Versailles, a stunning French city renowned for its château and gardens, an elegant former capital and monarchical residence, and the spot where Marie Antoinette allegedly declared during a bread shortage, ‘Let them eat cake!’ The city is brimming with restaurants offering a variety of first-rate French fare and innovative, delicious dishes. Here’s our definitive list of the top 10 restaurants in Versailles.
Versailles is a city of luxury, and Gordon Ramsay’s food here is nothing less than sumptuous splendor. The Gordon Ramsay au Trianon has been awarded two Michelin stars, and has been elegantly designed to create a stylish setting in which to enjoy the delectable dishes on offer. Under the guidance of super chef Simone Zanoni, Ramsay’s food will not leave you disappointed. Highlights from the menu include the poached and roasted French turbot, celeriac and black truffle, braised potatoes purée and the oysters sauce. Address & telephone: 1 Boulevard de la Reine, Versailles, France, +33 130845018
La Belle Epoque
Restaurant, French, European, $$$
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La Belle Epoque is a restaurant offering pleasant surprises with both its food and charming atmosphere. The walls here are painted with intricate patterns and the furniture is styled in a sleek monochrome design. Huge bay windows give lots of natural light in which to dine, and the clean and inviting outdoor tables offer a brilliant view of the surrounding greenery. Beetroot and lightly smoked mackerel fillets carpaccio, and Bourbon vanilla crème brulée, are two of La Belle Epoque’s unmissable specialties. The staff here are always very helpful and attentive.
La Veranda is set amongst lush greenery just steps from the Chateau de Versailles. The restaurant boasts an elegant style with beautiful designs created by celebrated decorator Fiona Thompson, a setting which creates a pleasant contrast with the rural gardens outside. There is a diverse range of continental cuisine options on offer, a popular choice being the Detox Menu, a range of food devoid of any unhealthy substances. The menu includes a range of seasonal vegetables, roasted tofu and a sorbet made from fresh herbs. Ask for an outdoor table in summer to enjoy the breathtaking view of the Palace of Versailles.
Voted one of the best dining spots in Versailles, Le Sept is a restaurant small in size and great in quality. Tasty dishes are combined here with a robust list of wines, and the place has a rustic yet stylish interior, blending modern furniture fittings with aged stone walls. Reservations are a must as it is an extremely popular spot, and the owners, Sophie and Florent, are welcoming, warm and passionate about what they do. The terrine de foie grasis wonderful here as is the fresh mozzarella.
Jean-Baptiste Lavergne Morazzani is the inspirational chef at La Table du 11, a man who worked with culinary greats such as Yannick Alléno and Philippe Belissent before opening his own restaurant. His kitchen experience is deliciously evident in the high-class cuisine he serves, a top recommendation of which is the Label Rouge pork with eggplant and sage. The restaurant includes a light and airy interior with an open kitchen.
Offering a fascinating and innovative culinary experience, La Cour des Senteurs’s cuisine focuses on scents as much as on flavors. Specialising in desert delicacies, cakes, brownies, biscuits, trifles and more are on offer here, all smelling as good as they taste. Meaning ‘the courtyard of fragrances’ in English, the restaurant is surrounded by beautifully scented perfume shops on all sides. All of the seasonal dishes here are a triumph of color, with a selection of macarons available in many vivid shades, and the Tartelette citron meringuéea dazzling yellow in appearance.
Nuance is a restaurant offering a wide variety of food dishes and flavors, located just 300 meters from the Palace of Versailles. Decorated with a mixture of wood, glass, stone and black granite designs, the dining room here is as extravagant and indulgent as the food served. The millefeuilleis sweet, creamy and delicious, and diners looking for a light lunch should not miss the exquisitely presented Noirmoutier potato and vegetables salad. The restaurant uses only fresh, locally sourced products, and constantly changes its menu in accordance with the seasons. A convivial atmosphere makes it a top spot for family and friends, whilst the interior offers an elegant space for business meetings too.
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Chez Tiouiche is the top choice for diners searching for innovative and exotic Moroccan cuisine in Versailles. Situated next to the left wing of the Palace, excellent dishes are served bursting with aromatic African flavors. The restaurant’s simple facade disguises an elaborately decorated indoor dining area, adorned with geometrical patterns and colorful authentic artwork. Chez Tiouiche’s eggplant and tomato caviar is simple yet delicious, and the tajine kefta is recommended for those wanting to try something new and adventurous. The Couscous Royale here is divine.
Restaurant La Tour is situated in the heart of Versailles, just a few short minutes from the main attractions of the city. Its rustic and cozy atmosphere make it a popular spot for locals and tourists alike. The menu is composed of mainly meat specialities, including the signature Burger de la Tourand the tasty Pavé de la Tour.The white asparagus in a light seasonal sauce is also a must-try. Unbeatable value for money is offered here, as well as ample portion sizes.
Offering two refined indoor and outdoor dining spaces, Chez Lazare specialises in cooking tasty seafood and meat dishes on an open grill in the restaurant. Watch out for the gigantic salads, the scallops and the locally sourced cheese plate. Baskets of freshly baked, warm French baguettes are sent by the kitchen to complement every meal. Situated within close proximity to the Palace of Versailles, the place is always packed, so try and arrive early if you can.