22 Best Restaurants in Brittany, France

Allium

$$$$ Fodor's choice

When you've had your fill of crêpes, head over to this outstanding gastronomic dining room, beautifully set in its own kitchen garden, where each dish is a small work of art. With a wonderful backstory (the restaurant opened with the help of a crowd-funding campaign), flawless presentation, and seasonal organic cuisine that incorporates local (from its own garden) and wild whenever possible, it's no mystery why a Michelin star was earned in 2019. For a comprehensive experience of this marvelous cuisine, the tasting menu is obligatory, but leave yourself at least two and half hours for the six-course Allium menu (€125, other menus are a steal at €38 and €58). Outdoor dining is a pleasure here, and the chef is responsive to food sensitivities.

88 bd. de Créac'h Gwen, Quimper, France
02–98–10–11–48
Known For
  • Marvelous tasting menus, including a six-course one that can last 2½ hours
  • Outdoor dining spaces
  • Bright, contemporary decor
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun. and Mon., Reservations essential

Breizh Café

$ Fodor's choice

Not all crêpes are created equal, and you'll taste the difference at Bertrand Larcher's original Cancale flagship (his Paris outpost is the city's go-to crêperie). Traditional crispy buckwheat galettes are given a modern gourmet twist with the best locally sourced ingredients—organic eggs and vegetables, artisanal cheeses, local oysters and seafood, free-range meats, smoked or seaweed butter from the St-Malo–based dairy superstar Jean-Yves Bordier—and the tender white-flour dessert crêpes are to die for. Do not say no to the salted-caramel version, a world-famous recipe launched in Brittany, or the classic crêpe suzette served flambéed. Include a top-notch cider (for a real treat, try an apple or pear version from Eric Bordelet), and you'll see what makes a Breton crêpe the great French fast food.

Creperie Ouzh-Taol

$ Fodor's choice

When in Rennes, don't miss the chance to do what the natives do: feast on authentic Breton crêpes. For your main course, savory galettes made with buckwheat flour come with a huge range of fillings, from egg and sausage to tiny shrimps and mussels. There are also vegetarian options, like spinach and goat cheese. For dessert, don't skimp on delicious fruit jam or salted caramel-filled crêpe, or the queen herself, the crêpe Suzette—doused with Grand Marnier and set aflame at your table. Wash it all down with a nice dry artisanal Breton cider.

27 rue Saint-Melaine, Rennes, 35000, France
02–99–63–36–33
Known For
  • Gentle prices
  • Classic menu of sweet and savory crêpes
  • Excellent crêpe Suzette
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun. and Mon.

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Creperie Saint-Georges

$ Fodor's choice

What better setting than this historic half-timbered building, just steps from the cathedral, for a taste of authentic Breton cuisine at its best? This unusually snazzy crêperie (forget the lace curtains and wooden tables) also has an outdoor terrace and one of the city's more inventive menus, where you'll choose from a list of galettes—all named George—like blue cheese, pear, speck ham, and crème fraîche; or beef carpaccio, mozzarella, tomato tapenade, Parmesan, and potatoes with wasabi ice cream. The dessert crepes are no less inventive; try the Chamallow, with salted caramel, homemade marshmallows, bourbon-infused vanilla ice cream, and whipped cream. There's also a great selection of artisanal ciders, like the rosé version, Cidre de Brocéliande.

Ima

$$$$ Fodor's choice

Five years in a top Tokyo kitchen transformed Chef Julien Lemarié's scintillating, pared-down cuisine, for which he quickly won a Michelin star. Using only local products—as sustainably sourced as possible—the chef crafts stunning plates, featuring line-caught fish and high-quality meats with glorious vegetable accompaniments served in an elegant, streamlined restaurant that features natural materials: wood, waxed concrete, and ceramic. The chef's romance with Japanese cuisine is front-and-center at his new restaurant next door, Imayoko, specializing in donburi and izakaya-style dishes to share paired with artisanal sake.

20 bd. de la Tour d’Auvergne, Rennes, 35000, France
02–23–47–82–74
Known For
  • Imaginative dishes
  • Curated wine list
  • One of the city's best dining experiences
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun.–Tues., Reservations essential

L'Atlantide 1874 - Maison Guého

$$$$ Fodor's choice

At this beautiful 150-year-old house, a minute's walk from the Jules Verne museum, you'll enjoy panoramic views of the Loire River along with exceptional local cuisine. Michelin-star chef Jean-Yves Guého studied his craft in such far-flung places as Hong Kong, New Orleans, and Paris, but his real love is for the culinary riches of his native Brittany. Seafood takes front and center in dishes like langoustine marinated in bourbon vanilla and lime with fava beans and blood orange, or white asparagus with Petrossian caviar and wild garlic. For dessert, try the house specialty: homegrown lemon verbena soufflé with raspberries and a chocolate tuile. The beautiful dining room is a place to linger, and on nice days you can dine outdoors on a spacious terrace overlooking the river.

La Mandale

$$ Fodor's choice

Don't be fooled by this unassuming bistro's laid-back atmosphere and streamlined Scandinavian decor; here you'll discover some of the most deliciously inventive (and well-priced) cuisine to be found in Nantes. Fresh, local, and organic products are a big part of the alchemy, but it's the culinary wizardry of chef Léo Huet that really sets this dining room apart. There's plenty of deliciousness for vegetarians here too, and at €16 or €23 for the three-course menus at lunch and €25 or €35 at dinner, this is one of the city's best deals.

La Table Breizh Café

$$$$ Fodor's choice

Although an odd couple at first glance, the marriage of two seafood-centric cuisines—Japanese and Breton—actually makes perfect sense, especially once you've experienced the miracles of flavor that hail from the kitchen of Michelin-starred chef Raphaël-Fumio Kudaka. Imaginative, locally sourced dishes find just the right balance between French gourmandise and Japanese delicacy: lobster dumplings with pine nuts, crisp pork belly, morel, and shiitake mushrooms in a yuzu broth; langoustine, scallop, and foie gras tempura in a bonito-kombu broth; and for dessert, a luscious orange-crème mousseline, with blood-orange gelée and Brittany saffron coulis served over a melt-in-your-mouth Wasabon biscuit. Pair your meal with a natural French wine—you won't mind spending a little extra for something so far beyond the ordinary. This place is in the same building (and has the same owners) as the legendary crêpery, Breizh Café.

Le Flaveur

$$ Fodor's choice

Behind the marina on a quiet street just far enough from the bustle of the port, this petite duplex restaurant is an absolute favorite in town. This is seasonal food at its best, and the seafood-centric menus are revised daily according to the morning catch and whatever vegetables are pulled from the garden—even the bread is homemade. Witness the artistic dishes parading from the kitchen, each more beautiful than the next. It's popular with locals and the vacation crowd, so it's a good idea to reserve ahead.

4 rue Duquesne, Concarneau, 29900, France
02–98–60–43–47
Known For
  • High popularity, so reservations are smart
  • Beautiful presentation
  • Small but excellent wine list
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun. and Mon., Reservations essential

Le Roscanvec

$$$$ Fodor's choice

On a pedestrian street in the charming old city, this modern gastronomic restaurant ditches stuffiness in favor of a relaxed, contemporary approach to food. What it doesn't dispense with is seriousness in the kitchen: chef Thierry Seychelles seeks out top-quality ingredients from a wealth of local suppliers for his seasonal, meticulously presented cuisine. Start with oysters from the nearby Bay of Pénerf, cocotte of asparagus with lime hollandaise, tender foie gras–stuffed ravioli, or smoked eel with lemon confit in a parsley reduction, followed up by monkfish served with French caviar (depending on market availability and the chef's mood, of course). His take on the traditional kouign-amann pastry is made with apples and served warm with salted-caramel ice cream.

Les Chants d'Avril

$ Fodor's choice

It may not be the fanciest restaurant in Nantes or the most central, but Les Chants d'Avril is where the locals go for affordable "bistronomic" fare. Murals, dark-wood paneling, and leather banquettes lend a warm, traditional look; the attention to market-driven ingredients and interesting wines, however, puts it on par with the best modern bistrôts à vin. You can be sure you're getting the freshest seasonal ingredients, as the chef offers one menu each day based on what's best at market, though he will tailor to special needs. The prices for this caliber of dining are exceptional (3-course dinner, €35; lunch, €20, €25).

2 rue Laënnec, Nantes, 44000, France
02–40–89–34–76
Known For
  • Amazingly priced modern bistro cuisine
  • Fresh seasonal ingredients
  • Lively atmosphere
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed weekends. No dinner Mon.– Wed., Reservations essential

Lulu Rouget

$$$ Fodor's choice

Market-fresh cuisine, industrial-chic decor with elegant touches of velvet and polished wood, and an adventurous wine list all help make this Michelin-starred bistro a standout on Nantes's culinary roadmap. Well-crafted dishes forego French fussiness in favor of innovative combinations like scallops with tamarind and roasted-red-pepper puree, seared monkfish with wild l'ail d'ours (French garlic) pesto, or succulent spring veal accompanied by tiny roasted veggies. The four, five, or six-course menus (€75, €95, €115) are your only option at dinner, an assurance of the freshest ingredients, though food preferences are honored. Don't let the lackluster area put you off, as this is a Nantes culinary benchmark.

Pickles

$$$ Fodor's choice

At the hottest gastro-bistro in Nantes, Dominic Quirke, a young English chef, who worked in some of Paris's top kitchens before striking out on his own, combines a sophisticated menu featuring the best of the local producers with a stellar list of natural wines. Locals know a great thing when they taste it, and that's why they come here for Nantes veal with tartare of Breton langoustine; Sologne lamb with grilled polenta, beet pickles, and glacéed vegetables; and roast sea bass with fennel risotto and capers with creamed zucchini. A pleasant, unpretentious ambience and a roster of talented visiting chefs keep the bistro's many regulars on their toes. At €55, the five-course tasting menu is a steal.

2 rue du Marais, Nantes, 44000, France
02–51–84–11–89
Known For
  • Innovative, unpretentious ambience
  • Fresh, quality ingredients
  • Ultrapopular among foodies
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun. and Mon. No lunch Sat. No dinner Tues., Reservations essential

Racines

$$$ Fodor's choice

On full view from her open kitchen, chef Virginie Giboire is cool and precise as she prepares a sophisticated market cuisine that earned her a Michelin star, one of the few restaurants in Rennes to garner that distinction. Everyone nowadays is doing seasonal and local, but Giboire, who trained at Paris's prestigious Ferrandi school and with superstar Thierry Marx, wields a traditional mastery in dishes that carry her unique signature: mixing wild-crafted herbs and seasonal ingredients in dishes like John Dory with spring asparagus, wild garlic, and roasted buckwheat. The vibe is low-key and friendly, and the fixed price menus—there is no à la carte—are a good value.

Sao

$$$ Fodor's choice

Expect to have every sense engaged in the most delightful way at this warm, contemporary dining room overlooking the Odet River. Each dish is not just a pleasure for the eye, but a symphony of subtle flavors, mixing Japanese accents (ponzu, yuzu, shiso, ginger) with the freshest Breton seafood and local produce. A seat in the bay window with pretty views over the river is a bonus, but anywhere you sit you'll benefit from attentive service and an impeccable welcome.

Ar Iniz

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When in St-Malo, what could be more fitting than a seafood meal overlooking the ocean? When dining at this gently priced, fish-centric restaurant and bar set in a seaside hotel, opt for copious plates of langoustine, shrimps, oysters, and bulots (sea snails), or choose a fixed-price menu that highlights what the kitchen does best: fresh fish and lots of veggies. You can catch the sunset over the water from the large outdoor terrace or take a walk on the promenade after a satisfying meal. Popular with locals, it's a good idea to reserve a table ahead of time.
8 bd. Hébert, St-Malo, 35400, France
02–99–56–01–19
Known For
  • Friendly atmosphere
  • Exceptionally priced fixed menus
  • Terrace with views over the water
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed Mon. and Tues. No dinner Sun.

Au Vieux Quimper

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In a town where the crêpe is king, Au Vieux Quimper promises an authentic dining experience in a charming rustic setting. Savory buckwheat galettes are exactly as they should be: nicely crisped on the edges and generously filled with quality versions of the classic egg and ham, seafood, or cheese and plenty of other combos. The dessert crêpes are especially yummy (do not miss the salted caramel). Accompany your crêpes with a dry or sweet local artisanal cider served in traditional earthenware cups and you'll have a time-honored Breton experience.

Didier Méril

$$$$

Nudging right up to the beach in Dinard's historic center, this chic Michelin-starred restaurant has both gourmet fare and fabulous water views. Chef Méril takes his inspiration from the local bounty: fresh-from-the-sea dishes, such as salty-sweet Cancale oysters, fricassee de langoustines, and trilogie de poisson noble with lobster coulis vie with Breton specialties, like deboned squab dressed in foie gras. An impressive wine list, with 450 wines and digestifs from every region imaginable, satisfies the most discerning connoisseur. In warm weather, the seaside terrace is a fine place to enjoy a frosty glass of Champagne or an apéro. If you feel inclined to linger, on-site lodging is available in six stylish rooms that come with some endearing quirks. For example, the top floor's Room 6 offers spectacular ocean vistas from the bathtub, which is smack in the center of the room.

La Taupinière

$$$$

At an airy roadside cottage with an attractive garden, Guy Guilloux turns out a range of Breton specialties. Since the chef places a special emphasis on seafood, options might include a galette stuffed with spider crab, a langoustine flan, or a brochette de coquilles St-Jacques (scallop skewer) that’s been grilled on the large hearth in his open kitchen. For dessert, indulge without guilt on the light homemade rhubarb-and-strawberry compote. The €60 fixed-price menu is a good bargain for dinner.

Croissant St-André, Pont-Aven, 29930, France
02–98–06–03–12
Known For
  • Seafood specialties
  • Pretty setting
  • Vegetarian-friendly
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed Mon., Tues., and 3 wks in Oct. No dinner Sun., Reservations essential

Le Galopin

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Everybody loves an authentic French brasserie, but very few of these establishments strive to maintain a quality worthy of their traditional cachet; happily, Le Galopin is one of them. The vintage murals, wood paneling, and plush banquettes are the perfect backdrop for all those traditional French favorites: a heaping plate of oysters followed by steak or fish tartare, Breton lobster, grilled gambas shrimp, or marinated Wagyu beef. Spectacular desserts include all the classics like baba au rhum, crème brûlée, or Breton sablée, a local specialty. For a top-notch meal that won't break the bank, this Rennes institution is a good choice.

21 av. Jean Janvier, Rennes, 35000, France
02–99–31–55–96
Known For
  • Excellent prices, especially for fixed-price menus
  • Copious servings
  • Breton sablée for dessert
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed weekends, Reservations essential

Le Saint-Placide

$$$$

This sleek, modern dining room has managed to garner serious accolades—not to mention a Michelin star—in a town where culinary talent is in no short supply. Chef Luc Mobihan's cuisine brilliantly blends flavors to draw out the intrinsic qualities of local meat and seafood without overpowering it. Lobster-and-bacon risotto is both rich and light, and langoustine ravioli with coriander and Parmesan literally melts in the mouth. With three prix-fixe menus to choose from, diners have the pleasure of sampling a range of dishes.

6 pl. du Poncel, St-Malo, 35400, France
02–99–81–70–73
Known For
  • Exquisite presentation of fresh local seafood
  • Langoustine ravioli with coriander and Parmesan
  • Three prix-fixe menus to choose from
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed Mon., Tues., and 3rd wk of Feb., Reservations essential

Salon de Thé La Maison du Sarrasin

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Part of the Breizh Café crêperie empire, this chic little tearoom is where you can enjoy truly gourmet creations, all made from buckwheat, with a Japanese inflection. Try artisanal Breton ham with comté cheese, beurre Bordier, candied onions, and a side of seaweed pickles. Or if you prefer a savory pie, you'll find versions like artichoke, goat cheese, and zucchini with a buckwheat crust on the daily menu. Pastry chef Mayumi Okusa's exceptionally delicate dessert crêpes are a must; options include fresh strawberries and yuzu cream; salted caramel; or chestnut cream with vanilla mousse, candied chestnuts, and meringue. If you're inspired, stop into La Maison du Sarrasin next door to shop the best of Brittany's culinary delights.