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Top 3 Michelin Bib Gourmand restaurants in Nantes, France

Top 3 Michelin Bib Gourmand restaurants in Nantes, France

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  • 1. Indulge in the sanctuary of wine joy at Les Bouteilles
  • 2. Try simple and travel-inspiring cuisine at L’Ourse
  • 3. Enjoy the finest local seafood in old-world setting of L'Océanide
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Nantes, nestled just 60 kilometers from the Atlantic coast of France, is the vibrant capital of the Pays de la Loire region. With a distinct Gaul character and rich maritime heritage, this destination beckons history buffs to uncover its fascinating past. As a central city of Brittany for hundreds of years, it definitely has a lot to show through the captivating tales concealed within the walls of the breathtaking Château des ducs de Bretagne and numerous majestic cathedrals.

The famous theme park, Machines de l’île, also attracts adventurers of all ages to marvel at steampunk animals and embark on a thrilling ride aboard a giant mechanical elephant. Meanwhile, culture enthusiasts will find delight in the Musée des Beaux-Arts, complemented by an exciting calendar of art and music festivals. And the culinary landscape doesn't disappoint, offering the freshest seafood, delectable regional specialties and the renowned treasures of Muscadet wineries. Join us as we unveil the top 3 restaurants honored with the Michelin Bib Gourmand award, ensuring you have the best gastronomic experiences for unbeatable prices.

1. Indulge in the sanctuary of wine joy at Les Bouteilles
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Les Bouteilles
#5 of 1048 pubs & bars in Nantes, France
11 Rue de Bel air, Nantes, Pays de la Loire, France
Open until 11PM
Red mullets
Red mullets

Red mullet is a ray-finned fish popular in Mediterranean cooking. It has a flavoured textured flesh with a much stronger taste than many other species.

Your first glimpse of Les Bouteilles, nestled next to Marché de Talensac, is a chic gray façade adorned with vibrant artwork, evoking the spirit of Picasso's masterpieces. Inside, you'll find yourself in a cozy nook where bottles are the main character – over 800 of them, to be exact. You'll settle into your seat at a robust wooden table amidst this liquid treasure trove, feeling like you're in the best company. Naturally, here, oenophiles can dive into an exhilarating sensory adventure, uncovering the nuanced aromas of dried plums, candied lemon, or perhaps grapefruit peel in their glasses.

Mickaël Ravier, an ardent wine enthusiast and self-taught culinary maestro, has dedicated the past twenty-three years to crafting an exceptional gastronomic journey, relentlessly pursuing the perfect combinations that unlock entirely new dimensions of taste. Committed to using ethically-sourced ingredients, he draws inspiration from the market's bounty and local farms to whip up dishes in bistronomic style that are delightfully simple yet packed with flavor. Let us entice you with a preview of treats (though they do tend to rotate): think Iberico pork, slow-cooked alongside potatoes and veggies, red mullet from Le Croisic, poultry terrine with a delicate red wine jelly, or smoked salmon with avocado mousse. For dessert, you may have a refreshing strawberry and rhubarb soup topped with a crunchy biscuit streusel or puff pastry with praline and caramelized hazelnuts. 

Average bill – €25 – €44

2. Try simple and travel-inspiring cuisine at L’Ourse
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L'Ourse
#381 of 2419 restaurants in Nantes, France
1 Rue Montesquieu, Nantes, Pays de la Loire, France
Closed until Monday
Mussels
Mussels

Mussels are a type of bivalve mollusks, that are similar to clams and oysters. They are a great source of vitamins and have a mild, faintly sweet flavor. Mussels can be pan-roasted, steamed, stewed, or added to other dishes.

L'Ourse, meaning “bear” in French, gets its moniker from the signature décor element – a whimsical bear costume, gifted to the owner by the Paris Opera House and silently presiding over patrons as they enjoy their meal. But fret not, there's nothing creepy about it; on the contrary, this tiny bistro welcomes you in a warm homely atmosphere complete with a charming carpet, nice paintings and posters adorning its grayish walls, and abundance of natural light. Tucked between the Dobrée and Natural History museums, this place is operated by Céline Mingam, who dishes up her renowned, no-fuss, market-fresh treats, which garnered her a devoted following in Arles, before she made her mark in Nantes. With years spent in Vietnam and a wanderlust spirit, the chef delights in experimenting with local ingredients, whisking diners away on a culinary voyage with her creations. 

The daily lunch sets at L'Ourse are ever-changing, with current offerings displayed on a chalkboard outside the restaurant. For instance, you could indulge in a medley of intriguing flavors such as mussels in Thai sauce with coriander; sweet potato with herbs & yogurt sauce; hake paired with steamed apple, shiitake, oyster mushrooms, and spinach; poultry served with celery purée, parsnip, and pak choy; and chocolate crémeux accompanied by quince poached in red wine to cap off your feast. 

Average bill – €13 – €18

3. Enjoy the finest local seafood in old-world setting of L'Océanide
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L'Océanide
#25 of 2419 restaurants in Nantes, France
2 Rue Paul Bellamy, Nantes, Pays de la Loire, France
Closed until 7PM
Foie gras
Foie gras

A luxury dish made of a duck or goose liver. It is a real delicacy with rich, buttery and delicate taste. It is part of France heritage by the country law.

Just a leisurely 10-minute stroll from the Château des ducs de Bretagne, L'Océanide stands as a beacon of seafood delight along the banks of the Erdre. Since its inception in 2001, under the direction of David Garrec, a chef with an impressive background, this establishment has remained a culinary cornerstone of the city. Stepping inside, you might feel like you've slipped through a time warp, surrounded by vintage vibes, retro leather seats, plaster rosettes embellishing the ceiling, crystal chandeliers, and artworks gracing whitewashed walls. Anyway, it's a nice setting for those who don’t mind a bit of nostalgia, reflected also in impeccable service and high quality standards. The chef, a proud native of Brittany, channels his passion for gourmet cuisine, sourcing the freshest regional produce daily from Marché de Talensac.

We recommend opting for the menu Océanide, a trusted and reasonably priced selection, featuring monkfish carpaccio with sudachi, succulent langoustine tails, roasted Saint Pierre filet with porcini mushrooms, and a heavenly pavlova adorned with berries. For gourmets seeking an indulgent lunch experience, the market set includes a plethora of options, from grilled mackerel and cold calf's head with vinaigrette to terrine of veal tails slow-cooked for 16 hours with foie gras and roasted hake filet accompanied by thyme butter and shellfish jus. Little ones are not forgotten, with a special offer tailored just for them.

Océanide menu – €65

Degustation menu – €110

We hope you have a delectable experience in Nantes at one of these restaurants, celebrated both by the Michelin Guide and by satisfied diners. If you've had the pleasure of visiting them, we'd love to hear your thoughts. Did it live up to the hype? Please share your opinion as well as any other foodie discoveries you've made in the city in the comments below!

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SnackPack (Guest) a month ago Request content removal

Nantes sounds like a dream come true for history buffs and foodies alike! Mickaël Ravier's dedication to crafting exceptional dishes at Les Bouteilles is truly inspiring. Can't wait to give them a try!

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