The 10 Best Restaurants In The Loire Valley

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9 February 2017

Wine aficionados flock to this storied grape-rich pocket of France to tour wineries and châteaux alike. The region is equally gastronomically gifted, so read on for the top 10 restaurants to visit in the Loire Valley.

Blois | © Patrick Giraud/WikiCommons

Au Rendez-vous des Pêcheurs

Restaurant, Grocery Store, French, $$$
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This charming and welcoming restaurant in the cobblestoned town of Blois is housed in a former grocery store and the simple setting belies the innovative and tasty food. Don’t miss the baby pigeon served on a bed of cabbage after an afternoon spent visiting the Château de Blois.

La Maison À Côté

Restaurant, Hotel Restaurant, French, $$$
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Château de Chambord
Château de Chambord | © Éléosud/WikiCommons
This restaurant, just outside of Chambord, marries the traditional with the contemporary in both its decor and its seasonally-variable menu, which consists of French haute cuisine with a fresh twist, like a filet of duck served with caramelized endives.

Les Années Trente

Restaurant, French, European, Vegetarian, $$$
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Chinon | © Phillip Capper/WikiCommons
This delicious restaurant is steeped in history, from its 16th century facade to its location in the shadow of the royal fortress of Chinon. Choose from the three different menus and finish off the meal with a selection of regional cheese and wines.

Le Lift

Restaurant, French, $$$
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For a fresh and unique experience, head to Le Lift in Orléans, which offers a view through the windows of a neighboring park and also offers a terrace with a view of the Loire River. Take in the ambiance as you sample chef Philippe Bardeau’s creative dishes made with local ingredients.

Restaurant L'Odeon

Restaurant, French, Seafood
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Gare de Tours
Gare de Tours | © Claude_villetaneuse/WikiCommons
For a more contemporary experience, head across town to this Art Deco dining room near the Tours train station. L’Odeon specializes in fresh and local products, including Loire Valley wines and an assortment of fine cheeses. Try the fixed price three-course dinner, which consists of a seafood starter, main dish of duck and a tasty dessert.

La Licorne

Restaurant, French
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Abbaye de Fontevraud
Abbaye de Fontevraud | © Aurore Defferriere/WikiCommons
It’s hard to miss this picturesque historic townhouse, which— as the name suggests— is marked with an old-fashioned hanging sign with a painting of a unicorn. Take a seat on the terrace, amidst a verdant floral garden, and tuck into a plate of decadent Triple Sec soufflé.

L’Aigle d’Or

Restaurant, French, $$$
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Azay-le-Rideau | © Thomas Steiner/WikiCommons
Opt for the prix-fixe menu at this Azay-le-Rideau venue, where chef Jean Luc Fèvre produces interesting and tantalizing takes on Francophone specialties. Of particular note is the dessert of peaches, roasted and served with pistachio ice cream.

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