The capital of Normandy, Rouen can be found in northern France along the Seine. Rouen is certainly not lacking in incredible restaurants, from fine-dining gems to more budget-friendly options. With so many excellent dining choices, we’ve compiled a list of 10 of the best.
Situated along the bank of the Seine near the Rouen Cathedral, Restaurant Gill is a definite must-try for anyone who has a love of incredible cuisine. The recipient of two Michelin stars, it’s easy to see why gastronomes absolutely love this place. Chef Gilles Tournadre creates four menus each year, showcasing the freshest, high-quality ingredients available. Highlights from the menu include the pan-fried duck foie gras with onion, crystalized bacon cream and fresh truffle, and the roasted Brittany lobster with shredded cod, parmesan, shellfish and basil broth. Tantalizing desserts are also available, such as the coffee meringue filled with caramelized pecans, along with carefully selected wines. Lunch and dinner are served Tuesday to Saturday.
Restaurant Origine is a lovely restaurant that is perfect for any occasion, whether it be a gathering for family and friends or a romantic rendezvous with a loved one. The interior space is contemporary in its design, complete with neutral colors along with bold pops of color adding a vibrancy to the decor and ambiance. Serving lunch and dinner Monday to Friday, the food is nothing short of amazing and utilizes only the best seasonal ingredients. Try the pêche côtière, which is baked in salt and served with yellow carrots and pickled black and white grapes, followed by a creative dessert. Reservations are recommended.
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Tucked inside a 16th-century Gothic mansion with a warm, relaxing atmosphere, L’Odas is a wonderful restaurant specializing in French cuisine and is a recipient of a Michelin star. Within an intimate, light-filled space complete with contemporary accents, guests can savor an array of delectable meals created by Chef Olivier Da Silva. Offering lunch and dinner Monday to Saturday plus brunch on Sunday, L’Odas offers dishes such as foie gras with whelks (sea snails), lemon confit, and grilled bread, pigeon with puréed peas and bourbon vanilla jus, and exotic fruit for dessert.
As the name suggests, La Pêcherie serves up a variety of incredible fish and seafood dishes for lunch and dinner Tuesday through Saturday. Within a cozy environment, guests will have access to a limited menu, however, the recipes are brimming with fresh flavors. The menu offers several different types of oysters and other seafood and fish delicacies, like European seabass with shell juice and ginger. Meat lovers won’t feel left out, thanks to options such as the sliced beef with béarnaise sauce. Those with a sweet tooth will be delighted with desserts like the classic tarte Tatin.
For those diners seeking out a more wallet-friendly option, Un Grain De is a great place to add to your list of culinary destinations in Rouen. Located near the Vieux-Marché (old market), this restaurant offers a small menu inspired by local flavors. The interior space is very welcoming and adorned with purple-pink hues, making it a lovely spot to savor the recipes on offer. Past highlights included the filet of dorade with tartar sauce, osso bucco, and grilled beef with a choice of sauces. As for desserts, you might find rhubarb crème brûlée or lemon tart with meringue. Un Grain De is open for lunch and dinner Tuesday to Saturday.
Located in the heart of the historic district, Restaurant Le 6e Sens is a charming establishment that is a perfect pit stop to refuel after seeing the beautiful historic sites of Rouen. The restaurant is truly unique, as its decor is contemporary but its locale is an 18th-century cellar with beautiful vaulted ceilings – the perfect blend of old and new. Visit the lounge bar to have a cocktail or two before sitting down for an elegant, refined meal made with ingredients delivered fresh every day. The menu is constantly changing, and previous highlights have included roasted chicken with seasonal vegetables and spring rolls with crisp vegetables and pepper basil. They are open daily for lunch and dinner, and when the weather is warm, be sure to ask for a table on the terrace.
Located on the charming street of Robec, La Cornaëlle is a delicious crêperie that is no doubt one of the best in the city. Nestled inside a building brimming with old-world charm — think stone walls and exposed beams — the atmosphere is warm and inviting. The menu features a variety of regular and specialty crêpes, along with some sweet options for those looking to satisfy a sweet craving. However, if you’re looking for something savory and hearty, be sure to try La Rougemare with emmental cheese, egg, chicken, mushrooms, and curry cream or La Beauvoisine with egg, lardons, cheese and cream.
A place filled with locals is a place you’ll definitely want to try out. One such restaurant in Rouen is Auberge St-Maclou, a friendly restaurant located in the heart the city. The culinary team at the restaurant focuses on food made with the freshest, seasonal products procured from local purveyors. The inside is stunning with a lot of natural elements, including varying shades of beautiful woods. As for the menu, previous diners have raved about the steak with potatoes, the fish of the day, and the pollock and oyster mushrooms with smoked salt. A tempting array of desserts along with a great selection of handpicked wines are also available. Lunch and dinner are served Tuesday to Saturday, and lunch is served on Sunday.
Another popular dining destination in Rouen is La Petite Auberge, also located on rue Martainville. A restaurant perfect for the entire family, the great location and friendly atmosphere combined with the classic French regional cuisine keep people coming back for more. Some of the dishes you might find on the menu include steak frites with pepper sauce, scallops, and their specialty, escargots, which they serve with a variety of sauces. They are open for lunch and dinner every day except for Monday, and because the place is so small, reservations are highly recommended.
If you’re looking for an alternative to French fare and want to try some new flavors, then give Restaurant Le Kaboul a try, as they specialize in Afghan cuisine. Kaboul is located in a light-filled space with dark furnishings and white walls adorned with golden accents; it’s a lovely interior perfect for feasting upon the colorful dishes served here. Some of the dishes on the menu include degui – poultry with curry, mushrooms, pepper and basmati rice, sabzi tchalao – spinach and rhubarb with fragrant rice, and kabouli – golden rice with raisins, carrots, and sauce with veal or lamb.