Bordeaux on a plate: five unmissable places to wine and dine

You’d expect no less from a city renowned for creating fine wines. 


Bordeaux’s mix of top-notch eateries include Michelin-starred restaurants, dishes with locally sourced ingredients, and traditional french fare that’ll have you returning for more. Words Susan Gough Henly.


1. La Grande Maison

Superstar chef Joël Robuchon, whose various restaurants have a combined 28 Michelin stars, offers an appealing mix of classics, including roast meats carved at the table, and a refreshing array of exquisite vegetable dishes. The wine list offers 259 Bordeaux Grands Crus Classés.

2. Le Chapon Fin

The deliciously rococo one-Michelin-starred Le Chapon Fin with its grotto interior is Bordeaux’s oldest restaurant. These days its Vietnamese French chef has a light touch with the classics.

3. Garopapilles

Its fork-wine glass logo says it all: hand-made wines and the finest cuisine on an equal footing. And you can get a 10 per cent discount at the wine shop on the day you visit the restaurant.

4. Miles

Four classically trained friends from the four corners of the globe (Israel, New Caledonia, Vietnam and Japan) have joined forces to create a daily tasting menu of exquisite market-driven fare.

5. Belle Campagne

Bordeaux’s most committed locavore restaurant with all ingredients sourced from local farmers and fishermen. There’s a downstairs Brooklyn-esque tapas bar, while the airy upstairs restaurant has a pretty balcony overlooking the St Pierre neighbourhood.


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