The 10 Best Restaurants In Grenoble's Historic Center

Grenoble july 2009
Grenoble july 2009 | © Milky / Wikipedia
Laura Pioli

Stendhal once wrote that at the end of every street in Grenoble you will be able to see a mountain. Many tourists enjoy visiting this cultural and modern city in France surrounded by the Alps. We have selected the best restaurants in Grenoble’s historic center so that you know where to go for a meal next time you visit this city by the alps.

Grenoble july 2009

1. La Petite Idéè

Restaurant, French

In this traditional French restaurant the menu changes two or three times a year. They always offer fresh food from the market and their meals are made paying great attention to detail. They offer a daily menu for lunch with the option of a 10€ main or a main and a dessert for 14€. They also have a regional menu, a gourmet menu and an a la carte menu. Come to La Petite Idéè to sample some regional specialties when you visit Grenoble.

Price: Mid-range.

Opening Hours: Tue-Sun 12pm-2pm / 7pm-10pm

Watch out for: Rosemary-rubbed lamb with creamy gratin dauphinois

2. Chez Mémé Paulette

Bakery, Restaurant

Chez Mémé Paulette

Filled with old books and random artifacts, this original restaurant is good value for money and it’s a great place to come for dinner to or a quick lunch with friends. The place attracts a young crowd everyday, serving quick meals such as hot dogs and toast with a variety of toppings. They have some tempting desserts and bakery items, and their Viennese chocolate is hard to resist. Try to spot the stuffed chickens hidden all over the place in this fun restaurant.

Price: Budget

Opening Hours: Tue-Sat 12pm-12am

Watch out for: Meat and cheese baked in a cocotte

Address and telephone number: 2 rue St-Hugues Grenoble, France +33 4 76 51 38 85

3. Ciao A Te

Restaurant, Italian

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When you walk into this Italian restaurant the first thing you’ll see is the kitchen, which shows that food is the priority in this place. Serving authentic Italian meals, this restaurant is one of the most loved in Grenoble so it’s recommended to book a table in advance because it’s always busy. The pasta here is freshly made, so try some of their beautifully presented gnocchi or ravioli dishes.

Price: Mid-range

Opening Hours: Tue-Sat 12pm-2pm / 7.30pm -10pm

Watch out for: Panzerotti (deep-fried calzone)

4. La Fondue

Restaurant, French

Cheese fondue in bread
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Serving 17 different kinds of cheese that you can choose from to have with your fondue, La Fondue is a restaurant you must visit if you happen to be in Grenoble. The place is simple and rustic but their fondues will not let you down. They also have a variety of chocolates so you can try a sweet fondue as a dessert if you’re not that into cheese. The restaurant is located close to Grenoble’s Cathedral.

Price: Mid-range

Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 12pm-1.3opm / 7pm-10.30pm

Watch out for: Cheese fondue

5. Le Petit Bouche

Bistro, Restaurant, French

This classic French bistro has a loyal following especially from the locals. The restaurant is decorated in traditional style and has a welcoming atmosphere. It’s recommended to book in advance since the restaurant is small and it doesn’t have many tables. They offer simple yet comforting dishes served in generous portions and you can watch your meals being cooked.

Price: Mid-range

Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 12pm-2pm / 7pm-9pm

Watch out for: The chocolate cake

6. Zakhang

Restaurant, French, European, Indian, Dessert

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This is an original restaurant which offers a menu which combines French, European and Indian cuisines – all of their dishes are beautifully presented. The restaurant has a comfortable and modern setting. The staff speak English and will gladly help you out with the menu. They serve a good variety of cheeses and great wines alongside Asian specialties such as the spring roll. For dessert, try the Indian rice pudding with mango sorbet.

Price: Fine-dining

Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 12pm-2pm / 7pm-10pm

Watch out for: Cold zucchini soup

7. Le Castel Blanc

Restaurant, French

A family-run business, Le Casel Blanc is a tradintional French restaurant that offers good food served alongside great wines which you can select from a varied wine list. Its interiors are comfortable and simple. The staff is friendly and the service fast, and all their meals can be ordered as starters or mains. Try their fish with dauphinoise and for dessert you’ll be tempted by traditional delicacies such as the chocolate fondant or the Crème brûlée.

Price: Mid-range

Opening Hours: Wed-Sun 11pm-2.30pm / 6.30pm-10.30pm

Watch out for: the salads

8. La Table Du 20

Restaurant, French

Restaurant La Table Du 20, Eybens
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This intimate and laid back restaurant is a little gem in Grenoble which serves quality traditional dishes made from fresh and seasonal produce. La Table Du 20 offers a tastefully decorated space in which you can enjoy the creations of the French chef, Franck. The menu changes with the seasons depending on the products sold in the market. The staff are passionate about food and wine and they’ll be able to give you advice on the best pairings. In the summer you’ll be able to sit outside on their shaded terrace.

Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 12pm-2pm / 7.30pm-9pm

Watch out for: Salmon Gravlax

9. Barbara

Restaurant, French

Restaurant Barbara, Grenoble
Courtesy of Barbara
This restaurant will make you feel at home with its lovely atmosphere and setting. The original and chic décor inspired by the aesthetics of the 30s gives the place a unique touch. This is the perfect spot to enjoy some typical French dishes and wine for a dinner with friends. They serve classical dishes with innovative twists, and some dishes are changed seasonally, chosen by the chef.

Price: Mid-range

Opening Hours: Tu-Sat 11am-2pm / 6pm-10pm

Watch out for: Crepes, Omelettes, Big Mixed Salads and Gratin de Ravioles

10. La Girole

Restaurant, French

The perfect spot for couples, this restaurant has a warm and relaxing atmosphere. Here, delicious French cuisine is served in a modern and refined setting. Their mains are served with vegetables on the side, and the restaurant is popular for its mushroom dishes. All their meals are made using quality, fresh, seasonal ingredients. Their menu offers a variety of starters, meat and fish dishes and cheeses. Try their sea bass fillet with tomatoes, girole mushrooms and basil sauce or the lamb loin and samoussas, chard, girole mushrooms and Syrah juice.

Price: Fine-dining

Opening Hours: Tu-Sat 12pm-2pm / 7.30pm-9.30pm ( Sat only 7.30pm-9.30pm)

Watch out for: Anything with mushrooms

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