La Rochelle Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in La Rochelle

August 8, 2017 Vivienne Hutton

Located on the Bay of Biscay, La Rochelle’s history mostly involved the sea; today it has a large pleasure-boat marina. Thus its heart is the picturesque "Vieux Port" ("Old Harbor"). The city retains a rich architectural heritage, and has an aquarium, attractive gardens and a natural-history museum. Book early for summer; mid-July in particular features Francofolies, a huge French music festival.
Things to do in La Rochelle

1. Restaurant Christopher Coutanceau

Plage de la Concurrence, 17000, La Rochelle, France Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Private Dining, Validated Parking, Accepts Credit Cards French, European Lunch, Dinner HK$675 - HK$1,358 +33 5 46 41 48 19
Excellent
81%
Good
13%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Restaurant Christopher Coutanceau

La plage de la Concurrence s’étend au pied de ce véritable phare de la gastronomie charentaise. Ici rien n’est laissé au hasard. Imaginez un instant à part, hors du temps, où tout est fait pour votre plaisir, où les horloges se sont arrêtées sur cette route du bonheur des Relais & Châteaux.

Reviewed By MRTL - Dublin

Lovely experience from start to finish. Food was of course superb and service attentive and pleasant. Lovely surroundings and view. All in all a delightful way to spend an evening. The set menu also provides good value for money. €18 for a gin and tonic...MoreDear sir, Thank you for your trust and your reservation. We are really happy to read your comment and want to thank you for your recommandation. We hope to welcome you back soon. Best regards, Nicolas Brossard

2. Les Perot-Quais

15 Rue St Jean du Perot, 17000, La Rochelle, France Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar French, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$259 - HK$361 +33 5 46 41 43 68
Excellent
64%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 660 reviews

Les Perot-Quais

Reviewed By turi69 - Issigeac Dordogne

This is a lovely place, atmospheric and obviously very popular. As others have said, you are served pate first and then you go straight on to order a single dish. I had scallops, a pot of deliciously creamy carrot puree, ratatouille, lettuce, cheesey risotto and it was all beautiful, perfectly cooked and sooooo tasty. My husband was just as pleased with his octopus with butter bean puree, a lovely sauce and sautéed potatoes. We were really too full for any dessert but when we ordered coffee, they made the suggestion that we could have a half portion of mixed desserts to share. What a good concept and we were so glad to be able to confirm that the pudds were just as gorgeous as the savoury dishes.
Do book if you want to come here.
Un grand merci au chef!!

3. L'Amaranthe

14 rue Bletterie, 17000, La Rochelle, France Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards French, European, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner HK$141 - HK$259 +33 5 17 83 07 21
Excellent
69%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 795 reviews

L'Amaranthe

Reviewed By TwellsTravellers - Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom

We loved everything about this restaurant - the food was excellent, the service attentive and a lovely location. The portion sizes were just right. So often in our travels we have been given portions that are enormous and we came away absolutely stuffed! The waiter wanted to make sure we were happy with everything and even changed the bottle of wine we ordered because it was not to our taste rather than there was something wrong with it. The restaurant was closed Sunday and Monday otherwise we would have booked to go again

4. Le Saveur Vivre

20 rue Rambaud, 17000, La Rochelle, France Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol French, European, International Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$165 - HK$487 +33 5 46 52 28 27
Excellent
70%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 524 reviews

Le Saveur Vivre

Reviewed By ParisMichael - Paris

La Saveur Vivre offers a limited menu that allows the chef to get everything just right and in our case that is exactly what we experienced. Knowledgeable and helpful service added to the enjoyment of the evening.
Prices for both food and wine were modest relative to the quality. The modern, spare design matched perfectly with the approach of the restaurant.
A totally enjoyable evening.

5. Le Jardin du Marche

5 B rue Gargoulleau, 17000, La Rochelle, France Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi French, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Drinks +33 5 46 41 06 42
Excellent
80%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 98 reviews

Le Jardin du Marche

Reviewed By TKCheltenham - Cheltenham

We stopped here to have a quick drink in the heat. Great coffee and refreshing mint tea. Our son enjoyed a lovely waffle with Nutella too. Service was prompt and the place had a good atmosphere. Reasonably priced for what we ordered. I will go back on my next trip to La Rochelle.

6. Iseo

4 Place de la Chaine, 17000, La Rochelle, France Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol French, Asian, Thai, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +33 5 46 41 06 08
Excellent
60%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 2 reviews

Iseo

Reviewed By badgirlwanted - UK

This is a lovely restaurant and unlike the usual tourist traps that you would typically find around popular Marinas. The food was tasty, well presented and fairly priced. The service attentive and polite. The seats in the covered terraced area were quite draughty, despite the generous coverage of infrared heaters so a table in the main area during the winter months is advisable. Well worth a visit.

7. 44 Cafe

44 rue du Minage, 17000, La Rochelle, France Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards French, Fast Food, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Drinks, Lunch +33 9 84 52 76 00
Excellent
86%
Good
13%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 119 reviews

44 Cafe

Coffee shop and take away, sandwiches, salads, paninis, smoothies, milk shakes, coffes, waffles

Reviewed By Rebecca R - Bordeaux, France

My friend and myself stopped off here as the recommendations on trip advisor seemed to be good. The owner is extremely nice and the sandwiches...where do I start? I had the 44 and my friend, the 22. Bread is delicious and as for the price, very reasonable!! I would recommend this place to anyone for a quick and satisfying bite.

8. Le comptoir de Walter

45 rue Saint Nicolas, 17000, La Rochelle, France Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Credit Cards French, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner HK$78 - HK$133 +33 5 46 50 67 71
Excellent
61%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 446 reviews

Le comptoir de Walter

Reviewed By Charles W - Princeton, New Jersey

We enjoyed this place. We arrived in La Rochelle near dinner time. We were tired and wanted a casual place where we could eat good food served quickly. Le Comptoir de Walter fit the bill perfectly. The vegetables were particularly delicious.

9. Cafe Coulisses

24 rue Verdiere, 17000, La Rochelle, France Reservations, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Bar, Cafe Lunch, Late Night +33 9 54 68 29 62
Excellent
63%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 147 reviews

Cafe Coulisses

Reviewed By WestMidlandsLizzy - West Midlands

La Rochelle is a fascinating place to wonder round, lots of interesting architecture. But feeling footsore and only wanting a light lunch we came upon Cafe Coulisses.Just what we were looking for. I had a croque monsieur with a very nice glass of rose and my husband an omelette. We both enjoyed our meals and the service was efficient and friendly.

10. A 2 Pas Du Marche

13 rue du Cordouan, 17000, La Rochelle, France Takeout, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner +33 5 46 56 06 90
Excellent
83%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 106 reviews

A 2 Pas Du Marche

Reviewed By Akumuk - Paignton, United Kingdom

This small restaurant is operated by two very welcoming men, who create gastronomic delights that really make the palate appreciate their efforts. The restaurant is tucked out the way and off the main routes in La Rochelle but should not be missed. It is well worth the effort to visit and is incredibly good value for your euro. Enjoy the simple luxury of their Deserts too!

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