Where to eat in the loire valley

The Loire Valley is a region that offers plenty of local specialties: fruit, vegetables (in the 15th century, Touraine - the region around the city of Tours, where most castles of the Loire Valley are located - was called 'the garden of France' by the Italians), cheeses, but also various animal species bred for human consumption... Gastronomy is part of the cultural heritage of our beautiful region - a few years ago, Tours was awarded the title of 'International City of Gastronomy' - and gastronmy and food will undoubtedly represent an important aspect of your stay in the Loire Valley. We have chosen to suggest you some local addresses of restaurants that we have tested ourselves and appreciated. An eclectic selection, to satisfy everyone's tastes and tastebuds.

In and around Vouvray


Les Hautes Roches


in Rochecorbon (between Vouvray and Tours)


This restaurant is located in one of the villages where Vouvray wines are produced. It is one of the best and most famous restaurants in the area. The food is wonderful, and the setting is exceptional, as the restaurant is located along the Loire. Its terrace overlooking the river is perfect to enjoy warm summer days and the scenery by siping a glass of Loire wine. And if you want to experience something really unique, why not book a room to stay on the premises after dinner? The place also includes a four-star hotel, whose troglodyte bedrooms are former cells dug in the limestone that were lived by monks coming from a nearby monastary in the Middle Ages. For sure, an exceptional place for an exceptional stay in the Loire Valley!



La Part Belle


In Rochecorbon (between Vouvray and Tours, opposite the church)


A restaurant located at the heart of teh beautiful village of Rochecorbon, that offers creative dishes and tasty food. Original flavours are created from daily and local ingredients. In the warm days, you will be able to enjoy the beautiful terrace overlooking the tiny river that goes through the village. La Part Belle is also a delicatessen, selling local products as well as wine, beers... from here and there. We have eaten there once with a group of Belgian chefs, who were all delighted by the food they were served.



Les Gueules Noires


In Vouvray (rue de la Vallée Coquette)


If you'd like to eat in a picturesque place while staying in the Loire Valley, this is the place to go? This restaurant located in a cave in Vouvray is absolutely unique. Both the locals and the tourists love it! In summer, enjoy the lovely terrace with its view on the vineyard; in winter, the former dwelling in the rock with its fireplace will be like paradise. No menu here, but several starters, main courses and desserts to choose from, which change according to what David and Catherine, the owners, find at local markets and producers'. They only cook fresh and seasonal products to prepare delicious ad original dishes. Lots of Loire wines - especially those produced in the Vouvray area - are available on the wine list.


L' Arche de Meslay


in Parçay-Meslay


The environment of this restaurant may be a bit confusing in the first place, as it is located outside Tours' city center. However the inside will make you think of a gastronomy restaurant. The food is really good, and the ratio between quality and price really interesting. Several menus are offered, from €18 during the week (a lot of people who work in the neighbourhood have made their 'canteen' of this restaurant) to €27 at weekends. A restaurant where I have eaten several times, with my husband, my family or some friends, and where I've never been disappointed. I recommend that you try the 'bouillabaisse tourangelle', inspired by a dish originally prepared in Marseilles and that uses Mediterranean fish, and that is here adapted as it includes local charcuterie. 

Between Vouvray and Amboise


Le Vers Nous


in Vernou-sur-Brenne (5 mn from Chançay)


One of the two cafés of the villlage of Vernou-sur-Brenne, located at the heart of AOC Vouvray, offers delicious and hearty lunches from Monday to Saturday. €15.50 for the 3-course menu: a very good price and the assurance of satisfying your hunger and thirst. We recommend that you book, as the address is well known by local people and winegrowers.




L' Eden Bar


in Reugny (5 mn from Chançay)


The café of Reugny, a village also located in Vouvray AOC, offers tasty family cuisine for lunch at a very good value for money: starter + main course or main course + dessert for €13.90, and starter + main course + dessert for €18.90. A friendly welcome, a nice room - but not very large, so it's better to book - generous portions and local wines to accompany home-cooked meals made with local products. I have eaten there several times and have never been disappointed!




in Saint-Ouen-les-Vignes (10 minutes from Amboise)


A beautiful setting for this gastronomy restaurant located at the heart of an old and lovely village close to Amboise.

The owners have perfectly combined tradition and innovation in this relaxing and peaceful restaurant. The food is excellent and the wine list is impressive - a lot of good wineries are reprensented, some of them from the Loire Valley.

The place is also a hotel, with a swimming-pool, and a spa open to the public.

In Amboise

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Les Arpents


5 rue d'Orange


A restaurant located just round the corner of the main shopping street of Amboise - rue Nationale - and within a 2-minutes' walk from the chateau. The €17.50 lunch menu includes a starter and a main course or a main course and a dessert, but if you are hungry and want to opt for the full menu of teh day, it will cost you €21.50. In the evening and at weekends, you will have to pay from €33 for a 3-course menu. A very good value given the quality of the seasonal products cooked by the chef and the nice and tasty food ending up in your plates. The wine lists presents beautiful bottles from local producers. We have tested this restaurant with friends and have loved it!




Rue Racine


A restaurant where it is better to book, as it is often full. We wanted to have dinner there one evening in July, out of the blue, but had to turn around. And even on weeknights, it is often full. So, what attracts people in this restaurant located near the parking lot of the Château d'Amboise, right next to a lock on the Amasse, the small river that runs through Amboise to flow into the Loire? First of all, the friendliness and smile of the owners. But also, a tasty cuisine, made with local products. Two menus to choose from - Chenin and Côt, named after two grape varieties, grown in the Loire Valley - which are renewed every week. As a result, you will only have 3 starters, 3 main courses and 3 desserts to choose from for your meal, but this is a guarantee of quality. The plates are sufficiently full, and the dishes are well prepared, the flavors original and sought after. We enjoyed it. The wine list offers a wide choice of Loire wines, and Touraine wines in particular.


Le Lion d'Or


17 quai Charles Guinot


This restaurant, located along the Loire River, just beneath the beautiful castle of Amboise, focuses on regional and seasonal products. Nice and welcoming staff. The dining-room is bright and clear, the food appetizing and savoury. This address is popular with both the locals and the tourists, so we recommend that you book before you go. We've already been there with some of our visitors, and everybody loved the food they were served. At lunchtime, you can eat there for less than €20. A very good value given the excellent quality of the food!

In the city of Tours


Le Bistrot des Belles Caves


23 rue du commerce


A wine bar and a restaurant at the heart of the city of Tours that are dedicated to gastronomy and wine. If you are food and wine lovers and feel like spending a friendly moment in a cosy environment, this is the place to go to. Comfortable sofas and armchairs will be waiting for you at the bar, for you to enjoy a large selection of wines by the glass, from the Loire Valley, France and the world in general, and served with a variety of cheeses, charcuteries, etc. For a meal, the restaurant, at the back of the building, offers fresh and seasonal products cooked with a lot of finesse. The wine list offers a lot of choice, of Loire Valley wines in particular, but not only. Ask the sommelier to give you advice to find the wine that will perfectly pair with the food you will eat. If you've enjoyed the wines you've tasted, it is possible to buy bottles from the shop located next to the restaurant.


Le Turon


94 rue Colbert


This restaurant located in the heart of the old city of Tours, in a traditional wooden and brick 16th-century house. A comfortable and cosy place to enjoy local and seasonal food. Only 3 starters, 3 main courses and 3 desserts on the menu, which proves all the meals cooked by young chef Mathieu Melin are home-made from fresh products. I tried the Pithiviers - a Loire Valley specialty bearing the name of the town it comes from - cooked with local chicken, foie gras and mushrooms. The pie was really tasty and there was a lot to eat in the plate! Loire Valley wines are well-represented on the wine list, with famous wineries and good wines.


Au Martin Bleu


34 avenue de Grammont

This nice restaurant is located near the main square of the city of Tours, place Jean Jaurès, that hosts the town hall and the courthouse. It is not very large and the address is famous and successful, so don't forget to book, even if you go during the week or at lunch time. The chef, Florent Martin, specialises in cooking fish in general, and Loire fish in particular : silure - a big catfish found in the Loire river - is one of the specialties you will find on the menu. Fish but not only! 'Tête de veau' (literally calf's head - a famous French dish that was loved by our former president Jacques Chirac) and 'beuchelle à la tourangelle' (a local specialty cooked with sweetbread and calf's kidneys served with a creamy sauce and mushrooms) are part of what you can eat in this restaurant, that serves local, fresh and seasonal products. An address very much appreciated by the locals!


La Deuvalière


18 rue de la Monnaie


A stone's throw from the famous Place Plumereau, in a 17th-century house in Tours, come and try the tasty cuisine of Emmanuel Deuval's team! A subtle alliance of flavors around seasonal products. A delight! If you come in winter, remember to ask for a table by the fireplace, this contributes to the pleasure of the meal!


Nobuki - Japanese restaurant


3 rue Buffon


For lovers of Japanese cuisine, here is a REAL Japanese restaurant, run by a Franco-Japanese chef and his Japanese wife. Refinement and tasty dishes await you. The food is cooked in front of the customers, behind the counter, where you can sit and eat in case no more tables are available. The restaurant is small and is not open every evening, so remember to book! Loire Valley wines are on the wine list, but also Japanese alcohol, tea and sake...


Two Thai restaurants in the centre of Tours 


Mai Tai

 24 rue Bretonneau



 17 rue Blaise Pascal


For those who enjoy Asian food - and Thai cuisine in particular - and don't feel like having French or local food every day, here are two good Thai restaurants, the first one being located in the old neighbourhood of Tours, close to Place Plumereau, the second near the train station. Good products for home-made food, nice people originally from Thailand giving you a warm welcome, for reasonable prices in the end.


Makeda - traditional Ethiopian cuisine


86 rue Colbert


If during your stay in the Loire Valley you get fed up with the local food - who knows?! - and feel like tasting something very different, why not try this Ethiopian restaurant, which is located in the old neighbourhood of the city of Tours? Various menus are available, but in any case there is always plenty to eat. A good opportunity to discover new ingredients and new flavours! In the evening and at weekends, don't forget to book, as the place is rather small and often full.

Near Tours




in Fondettes, west of Tours


One star in the 2021 Michelin guide for this restaurant, located on the banks of the Loire and which invites to peace and quiet. I had the opportunity to have lunch there with a sommelier friend and the 36€-menu was amazing  and an excellent value for money. We really enjoyed the meal: on the menu, two starters, two main courses and a choice between cheese or dessert. The dishes were all delicious, with a surprising combinations of flavours, as in this starter combining delicious oysters and different types of beetroots cooked in various ways. An address where I will certainly go back to have other people discover it. 

La Cabane à Matelot


in Bréhémont (between Langeais and Villandry)


You want to eat local food? This is the place to go. 'La cabane à matelot' is owned by Romand Gadais, a professional fisherman working on the Loire river. It is located on the banks of the Loire and therefore offers a superb view on the royal river. A few armchairs and deckchairs are waiting for you on the banks of the river to rest, take the time to sip a local drink and enjoy superb sunsets over the water. In the restaurant, you can taste the fish caught in the Loire by Romain - mullet, shad, catfish... - served with vegetables from local producers or from the garden. The address is renowned in the region, and frankly it deserves a detour. Make sure you book, sometimes a couple of weeks will be necessary to get a table there.


Les Roseaux Pensants


in Cormery, south of Tours


One of my favourite restaurants in the area. It was taken over by a young couple in 2021. Their goal is to cook local products as much as possible (in any case, everything they serve comes from France) and to focus on plants and on vegetarian dishes. If meat is part of the menu, it is nevertheless possible to opt for an entirely vegetarian menu. The tempeh, a main dish made from lentils or peas, cereals and vegetables, is absolutely delicious and very tasty. I also recommend that you try the cocktail made with elderflower liqueur and sparkling Vouvray, it's to die for!


In Loches


Arbore & Sens



This Michelin-starred restaurant located in the centre of Loches is one of the best tables in town. I had lunch there with my husband in summer 2023 to celebrate our anniversary and we both enjoyed the time we spent there. The owners and the staff were extremely friendly, the service was efficient and the food was amazing. The sommelier chose an excellent wine from the south-west of France, from AOC Jurançon, that we know quite well, but we were both surprised by the quality of the wine that perfectly matched all the courses we had chosen.


In Blois




A gastronomy restaurant (one star in the Michelin guide) located along the Loire River and run by a French chef and his Japanese wife. A subtle combination of two cultures and of two cuisines... for the sheer delight of the customers! The food is extremely refined and mixes local and seasonal products with Japanese culinary techniques. The tableware enhances the beauty of the food. Several menus are offered, for different budgets. The particularity lies in the concept chosen by the chefs: the ingredients chosen to cook the various dishes are not listed on the menu. A piece of paper is placed upside down on the table, to give the hosts the answers as the meal goes on. To make the meal even more playful, ask the sommelier to suggest some food and wine pairings (a lot of Loire Valley wines are included in the wine list) and to organise a blind tasting.

To mut it in a nutshell, this is one of the best restaurants where we've ever had the opportunity to eat! A memorable moment for both my husband and I, we absolutely recommend this place if you are food lovers!

Loire Wine Tours

Myriam Fouasse-Robert


37210 Chançay

+33 6 52 16 97 07



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