Restaurants in Loire Valley
Foodies and gourmands will be living the dream in the Loire Valley, with its bounty of fresh ingredients and excellent wines. Here are some of the best Loire Valley restaurants:
La Roche le Roy. Located in Tours, this is one of the most renowned Loire Valley restaurants, thanks to chef Alain Couturier and old-meets-new French cuisine such as breast of squab with a sweet and spicy sauce.
L'Escargot. As the name suggests, this is the best place to go for great snails. Located in Saumur, this traditional French place also offers some of the best service for restaurants in Loire Valley: Friendly hosts, excellent wine pairings, and a quaint ambience.
Auberge du Bon Laboureur. Near the Chateau de Chenonceau, this Michelin-starred eatery, with a focus on fresh local ingredients, is a natural spot to have lunch or dinner after a castle tour.
Brasserie Julien. Near Chateau du Clos Luce, this Loire Valley restaurant offers traditional French food with a modern twist, like the popular seared duck breast with foie gras stuffing.
Dine on dandelion-and-marigold salad dressed in sunflower oil, a citrusy fresh goat cheese, and a cherry-and-almond tart. Specialties from Auvergne like pounti (a pork, Swiss-chard, and prune tartine) and tarte aux cèpes are often on the menu, which changes daily.