Places to eat in Champagne


Planning a trip to the Champagne region in the future? Check out our blog piece on Places to stay in Champagne and Houses to visit in Champagne. No doubt you’ll be in need of some eateries during your trip.

Setting aside the renowned beverages and lavish accommodation, the Champagne region boasts an extensive selection of superb dining establishments. Reims serves as an ideal hub, blending history and culture with a sophisticated culinary landscape. The city offers a plethora of restaurants, most within walking distance from the city centre, though there are worthy exceptions. Epernay mirrors this on a more intimate scale. Both cities teem with tourists in the summer months, ensuring a variety of dining options are always open, even if your top choices are unavailable.

Reims
Fine Dining:

L’Assiette Champenoise: Consistently one of the most respected French restaurants in the world. 3 Michelin-starred Reims restaurant. It is run by Chef Arnaud Lallement who’s culinary style is inspired by France and beyond, with a focus on serving the best quality products with a respect for their natural taste.

Les Crayères: In this mansion standing in superb grounds that used to belong to Louise Pommery lies a distinguished hotel featuring a two-star Michelin restaurant Le Parc offering tranquility, exceptional service, and an extensive selection of Champagne. A summertime pleasure as you enjoy your drink on the terrace with views of Champagne’s grandest lawn.
The grounds are also home to Le Jardin which offers a slightly more relaxed atmosphere but an equally eclectic menu that includes exquisite dishes for a much more affordable price.

Racine: Top level 2 Michelin star Japanese-French fusion restaurant that showcases the exceptional culinary skills of chef Kazuyuki Tanaka, hosting an impressive wine selection and a view of the kitchen.

Au Petit Comptoir: Traditional French restaurant with interior that oozes chic and elegance, complete with a beautiful terrace. This Reims restaurant is run by chef Thierry Sidan and serves a modern take on classic bistro cuisine.

Le Foch: many consider this one Michelin star restaurant as downtown Reims best restaurant after Les Crayeres and is great value for money.

3 Michelin starred L’Assiette Champenoise

There have been a lot of new openings in Reims recently;

Le Bocal: Nestled behind the Poissonnerie des Halles in the historic heart of Reims is this 14 seater bistro, Le Bocal offers a marine-inspired eatery and a straightforward yet delightful dining experience for seafood lovers.

Au Cul de Poule: go where the locals go. This casual place with good food and good wine is one of my favourites in Reims. A great Champagne list, with big houses and growers alike. They also own a nearby brasserie called Les Cocottes which is even more casual, and a wine bar/cave à manger called Cul Sec.

Le Coq Rouge: sort of bar à manger/tapas-style place, her you can enjoying great bistro food and an extensive Champagne list.

Bistro des Anges: Food and wine were better than I expected. It is a friendly restaurant with a large zinc bar where guests can meet up with food that changes with the seasons.

La Grande Georgette: the restaurant of the hotel Caserne Chanzy, a fine terrace with a breathtaking view, one never tires of admiring the façade of Notre Dame Cathedral. Lots of ex-Les Crayères people here alongside young chef Julien Raphanel producing high-quality.

Sacré Burger: owned by the same people as Sacré Bistro in Epernay, but burger/sandwich-focused. Good wines. ‘Royal’ heavy with burgers dedicated to Kings Clovis, Louis XIV and Charlemagne

L’Atelier: Friendly restaurant with a young team, good food and equally good value champagne list.

L’Epicerie au Bon Manger:  more of a natural wine bar (with food) still good, and plenty of wines.

Arbane: Culinary genius and former Head Chef of Les Crayeres Philippe Mille having cut his teeth with the greatest and obtained 2 stars in the Michelin Guide, he embarked on a new adventure to offer a more accomplished and more personal interpretation of his cuisine by opening his own restaurant.

Two-star Michelin restaurant Le Parc

Epernay

Sacré Bistro: Hip small brasserie with modern ambiance and friendly staff, it’s no wonder that this restaurant is always busy with both the locals and tourists. But the wine list is easily the best in town.

La Grillade Gourmande: Very charming, great traditional French style grilled food that’s always packed.  Owned by Chef Christophe Bernard who showcases his expertise and generosity in his traditional yet sophisticated Lyon-style cuisine, complemented by his and his wife Kristel’s welcoming hospitality.

Le Theatre: Le Théâtre is a great place to enjoy fine dining in the Champagne region located next to the central theatre of Épernay.

Cave de l’Avenue: Good restaurant and great wine selection right in the Champagne Avenue proud to use mainly fresh local produce from small businesses.

Le Table Kobus: feels like a time warp from an early 20th century Parisian brasserie. Very popular with champagne producers and wine lovers as a whole, especially during the week when it allows customers to bring their own bottles without corkage.

Cave de l’Avenue

Côte des Blancs

Les Avisés (Avize): The best restaurant south of Reims. Charming guesthouse atmosphere; when the sun is out you can enjoy the large terrace. Orchestrated by Stéphane Rossillon and his wife Nathalie, at the helm of the restaurant.

Terre de Craie (Vertus): a relatively new place in the Best Western hotel located in the heart of Vertus, this modern kitchen will make you travel from your plate.

La Gare (Le Mesnil):  located in the old train station. The decor may be simple, but the main attraction is the cuisine of Chef Geoffrey Bemont, which is outstanding. Moreover, the wines, including champagnes, are priced more affordably here than almost anywhere else.

Les Avisés by Stéphane Rossillon

Montagne de Reims

Couvert de Vignes Chigny-lès-Roses: great to have a lunch place with a feeling “in the vineyards” located in the heart of the Reims mountains.

Le Bec Fin (Bouzy): same story, casual restaurant in the vineyards. Le Bec Fin restaurant is the ideal place to discover the best of Champagne cuisine in an exceptional setting.

Restaurant Attis (Chenay): A privileged setting, offering a breathtaking view of the Chenay vineyards from an old farmhouse completely renovated. Very small menu, which favours first-hand products.

Le Bois Joli: a two sided restaurant, home to both a bistro for lunches and an informal restaurant for the evenings with a wine shop on site. Situated in the middle of the Montagne de Reims forested hill.

View of the vineyards from restaurant Attis

Terrace of Le Royal at Royal Champagne

Cote des Bar

Le Garde Champetre: Stunning local restaurant surrounded by its 1-hectare organic farm that provides much of the produce for the restaurant. Great food and they cater for vegetarians.

Hostellerie La Montagne Restaurant Natali: In the capable hands of chef Jean-Baptiste Natali who has plenty of international experience. At only 27, JB Natali became the youngest Michelin star chef in France in 2002 and has since never lost its star.