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Top 10 Restaurants in France

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French cuisine is famous all over the world and the best restaurants from all continents pride themselves with the refined French influences they use in their menus. Given all of this, among the few things that can beat the food itself when you're having dinner in France are the setting, the location and the service. Wonderful locally sourced ingredients and inventive chefs work to provide the best meals for their hungry and pretentious diners, while other staff handles the atmosphere and the cultural resonance of the venues. One of the best places in Cannes is Le Festival, where posters of movie stars and sex idols accompany your elegant dinner, while Bordeaux boasts one of the first restaurants in France to have ever gotten a Michelin star (back in 1933!), Le Chapon Fin. For the Paris visitor that is indeed more interested in the view than in the food when he goes out for dinner, our best recommendation is Café Marly, an expensive restaurant that overlooks the Louvre pyramid. read more about Top 10 Restaurants in France

Os à Moelle (L')

Os à Moelle (L')

  • 3 rue Vasco-de-Gama
  • tel:33 1 45 57 27 27
  • Paris, 75015
Café Marly

Café Marly

  • 93 rue de Rivoli
  • tel:33 1 49 26 06 60
  • Paris, 75001
Café de Turin (Le)

Café de Turin (Le)

  • 5 Place Garibaldi
  • tel:+33 4 93 62 29 52
  • Visit website
  • Nice, 06300
Don Camillo Creations

Don Camillo Creations

  • 5 Rue des Ponchettes
  • tel:+33 4 9385 6795
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  • Nice, 06300
Vieux Bordeaux (Le)

Vieux Bordeaux (Le)

  • 27 Rue Buhan
  • tel:+33 5 56 52 94 36
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  • Bordeaux, 33000
Le Chapon Fin

Le Chapon Fin

  • 5 Rue Montesquieu
  • tel:05 56 79 10 10
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  • Bordeaux, 33000
Gaston et Gastounette

Gaston et Gastounette

  • 7 Quai Saint-Pierre
  • tel:+33 4 93 39 49 44 / +33 4 93 39 47 92(Reservations)
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  • Cannes, 06400
Festival (Le)

Festival (Le)

  • 52 Boulevard de la Croisette
  • tel:+33 4 93 38 04 81
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  • Cannes, 06400
Brasserie Georges 1836

Brasserie Georges 1836

  • 30 Cours de Verdun
  • Perrache
  • tel:+33 4 72 56 54 54
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  • Lyon, 69002

Heralded as a home for French gastronomy since 1836, Barsserie Georges offers a unique dining experience where you may feel like you've been transported back in time. The enormous dining room features a high ceiling adorned with an elaborate fresco and classic art-deco interior design that will make you wish you'd worn your Sunday best. The menu includes French and Lyonnais dishes, along with some European specialities. But if you're looking for a quiet dining experience, you won't find it at Brasserie Georges. With a seating capacity of 650, the restaurant can be pretty noisy when full. For live music while you eat, head to Brasserie Georges on Saturday night.

Café du Soleil

Café du Soleil

  • 2 rue St-Georges
  • tel:+33 4 7837 6002
  • Lyon, 69005

Café du Soleil is situated on the historic Rue Saint George in a quieter area of the UNESCO World Heritage zone. Having resided on the premises for over a hundred years, this established Lyonnaise bouchon is proud of its heritage, and is equally proud that the Café du Soleil kitchen supplies most local restaurants with the Lyonnaise speciality 'quenelle' (pike dumpling).

In true bouchon style, the interior of Café du Soleil is characterised by homey intimate surrounding. Be ready to have a conversation with your neighbour, as the tables are grouped together in a fashion that promotes a collective dining experience. Adding to the collective dining experience, the staff at Café du Soleil tend to float from table to table, sharing jokes and good humour, while treating all diners as guests in their home. The atmosphere is full of jovial banter; don't ask for an English menu if you don't want to be heckled (in a friendly way), but do ask the accommodating waiters to help you if you're unsure of the menu.

The menu at Café du Soleil consists of Lyonnaise specialities including the prized 'quenelle', Lyonnaise tripe, terrine de foie gra (liver of duck or goose that has been specially fattened), poulet au vinaigre (chicken in vinegar) and Lyonnaise salade, to name a few choices from the menu. The restaurant offers a selection from three set menus priced at 23 and 32 euros for three courses and a 'menu quenelle', which is priced at 19 euros. House wines include the regional Cote du Rhone and a selection from other regional vintages. In addition to wines, the restaurant has a wide selection of aperitifs and digestives. read more about Café du Soleil