La Baule is a coastal resort in the Loire-Atlantique region that’s packed with excellent restaurants dedicated to authentic local and traditional French cuisine. Local specialities among the vast array of food on offer range from seafood to savoury buckwheat pancakes known as les galettes bretonnes.

    Some of the best local restaurants in La Baule are upmarket hotel restaurants, while others are modest brasseries or creperies serving simple snacks or healthy food. Most of their offerings are made with ingredients sourced from around Presqu'île de Guérande, notably beef raised in the Marais de Brière marsh as well as fish and shellfish caught along the Breton coast. Check out these best local restaurants in La Baule to sample such flavourful dishes.

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    La Table du Saint-Christophe

    Enjoy traditional cuisine in a beautiful setting

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    La Table is the restaurant of Hôtel Saint-Christophe which serves top-quality local dishes. Located in a typical La Baule villa, not far from the market and a hundred metres from the beach, the restaurant is a peaceful and charming place where taking your time is a good thing. Its beautifully presented dishes put the spotlight on a menu that's updated according to market availability and the catch of the day.

    Sample sea bass direct from nearby Le Croisic or beef from a cattle farm in the peninsula's marshes. With its cosy interior and attentive service, it’s great for a romantic dinner. If you're with your family, a children's menu is available with adapted portion sizes and high-quality ingredients. On sunny days, consider booking a table on the pretty patio filled with trees and flowers.

    Asukoht: 1 Avenue des Alcyons, 44500 La Baule-Escoublac, France

    Avatud: Daily from 12.30 pm to 2 pm and 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm (closed on Sundays and Mondays during winter)

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    14 Avenue

    Enjoy fresh seafood from the Guérande peninsula

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    14 Avenue is a seafood restaurant in La Baule that treats you to fresh shellfish and fish-based dishes from the Guérande Peninsula. The establishment is in an elegant white-walled house a few streets back from the seafront, not far from the Le Royal hotel. It has a simple, stripped-down interior, leaving the dishes to do the talking.

    On the menu, there's an impressive selection of starters and main dishes, such as oysters from Île-aux-Moines, sardines from La Turballe, turbot from Île d'Yeu and even sole from Le Croisic. The waiters highlight the day's catch so you can make a well-informed choice. Even though it’s a go-to for seafood lovers, meat and poultry options are also featured on the menu daily.

    Asukoht: 14 Avenue Pavie, 44500 La Baule-Escoublac, France

    Avatud: Tuesday–Saturday from 12.30 pm to 1.30 pm and 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm, Sunday from 12.30 pm to 1.30 pm (closed on Mondays and Tuesdays during winter)

    Telefon: +33 (0)2 40 60 09 21

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    L’Eden Beach

    An elegant restaurant by the sea

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    At L'Eden Beach, quality cooking is in perfect harmony with the exceptional view over the bay of Le Pouliguen. The restaurant is part of the L'Hermitage luxury hotel on the promenade in La Baule, which looks out over the sea. The restaurant is extended by a large covered patio as well as deckchairs and parasols on the beach to create both a pleasant and comfortable setting.

    For starters, try the langoustines in bisque accompanied by seaweed croutons and garlic sauce thickened with bread called rouille, or go for the king scallop and beetroot carpaccio. Order one of the sharing plates to enjoy together, such as sea bass coated in Guérande salt or lobster paella. On weekdays, a 2-course menu offers a starter and main dish or main dish and dessert at a reasonable price.

    Asukoht: 5 Espl. Lucien Barrière, 44500 La Baule-Escoublac, France

    Avatud: Daily from 12.30 pm to 2.30 pm and 7.30 pm to 10 pm

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    Le Carpe Diem

    Enjoy a cosy meal by the fireside

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    Le Carpe Diem is a restaurant in La Baule where you can enjoy fine local dishes in laidback settings. Leave the seafront and cross the centre of Escoublac towards Avrillac to discover this restaurant in a tranquil neighbourhood near a golf course. Its understated and elegant interior features a beautiful fireplace which is splendid for lunch on rainy days.

    The menu highlights regional produce and local seafood and several options help you choose the right menu for your budget. Try the sole of the day or rabbit from La Turballe, or leave it to the chef by opting for dîner les yeux fermés or an "eyes closed" dinner that presents you with 4 dishes created according to the inspiration of the moment and freshest in-season produce.

    Asukoht: 29 Avenue Jean Boutroux, 44500 La Baule-Escoublac, France

    Avatud: Monday and Thursday–Saturday from noon to 1.15 pm and 7.15 pm to 9 pm, Sunday and Tuesday from noon to 1.15 pm

    Telefon: +33 (0)2 40 24 13 14

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    Le BistroBaule

    A small bistro offering local homemade delights

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    Le BistroBaule is a modest bistro serving traditional French dishes in the city centre of in La Baule. Close to Place de la Victoire, its small patio marked out by red barriers and matching awning is eye-catching and offers a wonderful view. Inside, small wooden tables are lined up in a simply decorated red-and-grey room.

    Grab a little something to eat on the go, such as topped bread slices or platters of cheese and cold cuts. You'll also find salads and dishes made from fresh produce and local, often organic, meats. The dishes of the day are simple, delicious and homemade, in the purest of French tradition, such as veal Marengo, steak tartare with homemade chips and aiguillettes de poulet chicken strips bathed in mushroom sauce.

    Asukoht: 15 Avenue Georges Clemenceau, 44500 La Baule-Escoublac, France

    Avatud: Thursday–Monday from noon to 2 pm and 7 pm to 9.30 pm (closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays)

    Telefon: +33 (0)2 40 61 09 22

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    La Table de Loic

    Inventive cooking in a spice house

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    La Table de Loic is a French delicatessen in La Baule where you can enjoy simple and creative dishes made from fresh, quality produce. A stone's throw from Halles market, between Avenue des Ibis and Avenue du Maréchal-de-Lattre-de-Tassigny, its saffron-coloured shop front is hard to miss.

    At lunchtime, choose the market menu or snacks listed under ‘land’ and ‘sea’. The lobster sandwich on a brioche bun is perfect for a fine meal on the go. Want something more refreshing? The well-dressed salads will make your mouth water. In the evening, its the chef's choice with a substantial discovery menu. The dishes are prepared before your very eyes. And, in good weather, you can have lunch at one of the tables on the patio.

    Asukoht: 1 Avenue du Marché, 44500 La Baule-Escoublac, France

    Avatud: Tuesday–Thursday from 9.30 am to 8 pm, Friday–Saturday from 9.30 am to 9.30 pm, Sunday from 9.30 am to 2 pm (closed on Mondays)

    Telefon: +33 (0)9 61 36 99 20

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    La Parenthèse

    Sophisticated dishes in an understated, contemporary setting

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    La Parenthèse is a traditional French restaurant with an emphasis on using fresh produce in seasonal dishes. The restaurant has a simple interior decor that reflects its exterior image in an elegant and modern grey. It’s set back from the seafront, behind Le Royal hotel and just off Avenue du Maréchal-de-Lattre-de-Tassigny.

    Though the menu is somewhat compact, the selections are always fresh with a menu of the day presented throughout the week with 2 dishes to choose from for lunch. Prices are reasonable and La Parenthèse is great for families as they also have carefully selected children's menu.

    Asukoht: 22 Avenue Pavie, 44500 La Baule-Escoublac, France

    Avatud: Tuesday–Friday from 7.15 pm to 9.30 pm, Saturday from 12.15 pm to 1.30 pm and 7.15 pm to 9.30 pm, Sunday from 12.15 pm to 1.30 pm (closed on Mondays)

    Telefon: +33 (0)2 40 19 37 28

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    Les Sablons

    Seafood with sea views in La Baule

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    Les Sablons is a seaside restaurant that specialises in seafood and traditional buckwheat crepes known as galettes bretonnes. It sits right in the middle of the bay of La Baule, with an outdoor seating area sheltered from the wind and a slightly elevated position that allows for beautiful views of the bay.

    Enjoy generously sized seafood platters with a wonderful assortment of langoustines, oysters from Mesquer, clams and periwinkles with a half crab. If you don't fancy shellfish, the crunchy buckwheat crepes come in a great choice of fillings. For dessert, try one of the thinner wheat crepes. In the busy summer months, you'll need to make a booking if you want to eat on the patio.

    Asukoht: 6 Boulevard René Dubois, 44500 La Baule-Escoublac, France

    Avatud: Thursday–Monday from 12.15 pm to 2.30 pm and 7.15 pm to 10.30 pm (closed on Tuesdays)

    Telefon: +33 (0)2 40 11 36 11

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    La Palmeraie

    Refined French cooking in a pretty setting

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    La Palmeraie is a fine-dining French brasserie at the hotel of the same name that’s in a quiet spot a few metres from La Baule beach. The restaurant only opens in the evenings, but you can come for brunch on Sundays. Enjoy an all-you-can-eat buffet bursting with pastries, cakes, sliced ham, cheese boards, hors d'oeuvres made with produce from the market and oysters at the end of the morning.

    The menu is a homage to the local fishing community and traditional French cuisine that's been both tastefully and elegantly revisited. To get there, follow the white walls of the hotel and down a little alley edged with palm trees. Inside, it’s bright and tranquil. If the weather’s good, you can also enjoy the sun on the rooftop during your brunch or for a drink before or after dinner.

    Asukoht: 7 Avenue des Cormorans, 44500 La Baule-Escoublac, France

    Avatud: Hours vary by season

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    Crêperie La Ribote

    A true Breton creperie

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    Crêperie La Ribote is a charming traditional creperie on the shopping street that runs from Boulevard de l'Océan towards Place des Palmiers in La Baule. It has a few tables outside below an aniseed green awning and a simple yet stylish interior where you can see the owner preparing the galettes or buckwheat crepes before your eyes. 

    The savoury galettes de sarrasin buckwheat crepes and crêpes de froment wheat crepes are prepared with organic flour. The pastry has a crunch to it with classic and generous fillings. If the options offered on the menu don't really suit your taste, you can choose your own fillings and tailor-make your personalised crepe. It's a great option for families with a children's menu available.

    Asukoht: 22 Avenue Louis Lajarrige, 44500 La Baule-Escoublac, France

    Avatud: Daily from 12 pm to 2 pm and 6 pm to 10 pm

    Telefon: +33 (0)2 40 24 26 18

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