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Cancale - so many restaurants here and so popular....


Le Narval    

A huge mural of the owner/chef, complete with his handle bar moustache appears on the restaurant wall.  Always packed with diners, it is as well to reserve.  The food is first rate.  Try the Menu Clin d'Oiel with its surprise dessert.

Cancale 20 quai Gambetta +33 299-896312


La Grande Large

Moules are wonderful as is all the food on offer.  Owner is friendly and creates ambience and a lively atmosphere.  Plenty of indoor and Al Fresco eating space under cover.  Found at the far end of the Cancale seafront run of restaurants - the end furthest from the oyster beds - this restaurant is well worth visiting.  

Cancale 4 Quai J. Cartier +33 299-898290




Dinan and Surrounds



le Bistrot du Viaduct


You must go here!!!!  The restaurant is just across the Viaduct at Dinan and has panoramic views over the River Rance. Henri and Annick are the husband and wife team who own the Bistrot du Viaduct.  Standards are superb.  Restaurant decor is a copy of Monet's house at Giverny.  Dishes are a copy of no-ones, they are exclusively Henri's - owner and chef who has won countless culinary awards.  Henri - and his son - cook some of the dishes in the bar in front of diners.  Not cheap and cheerful prices but rather more reflective of the high standards, quality and choice of the menus.



+33 296-859500

Annick at Bistor du Viaduct


Pizzeria Cecco


Found in the rue de la Poissonnerie in Dinan Cecco's has always been a firm favourite with families and couples.  The restaurant serves first class Italian food and the pasta dishes and pizzas are excellent.  There are a selection of meat dishes for main courses as well and the starters are fantastic - try the Surprise Italien or the Prawn Cocktail with palm hearts! Cecco's has ambience, is child friendly, has plenty of seating and in the winter a log fire is lit in the traditional Breton granite fireplace.


Dinan 15 rue de la Poissonnerie 22100 Dinan +33 296-851532


Pizzeria Cecco

Close to Dinan - La Hisse - Taden - St Sampson sur Rance - Port Lyvet areas


Le Shetland


Combines an English Pub atmosphere with French food.  A particularly good place to dine with children.   In addition to the many selections of main courses,  you can cook the meat of your choice yourself on a charcoal filled table top brazier.   Delicious sauces accompany this meal. 


1 Rue Grippais, St Sampson Sur Rance,  (close to Taden and Dinan) +33 296854240



L'Effet Mer - was Le Ty Corentin


This restaurant at Port Lyvet, popular with Channel Islanders, is run by Stephane and his sister Laurance. 


Situated at Port Lyvet on the Rance,  the restaurant and bar has a large deck area  where customers can sit on sunny days and eat and drink whilst watching the river and world go by. 


Totally refurbished,  the character of the bar - beams and log fire - is retained.  The decor is welcoming with crimson walls and beautiful lighting. The restaurant is beautifully decorated too!  Importantly the food is wonderful! 


The picture on the left shows the terrace which is covered and heated for colder days. Perfect place for full meals, snacks, coffees and drinks !

Port Lyvet  22690 Vicomté sur Rance  (close to Taden and Dinan)

+33 296832110

L'Effet Mer Terrace

Work is undergoing on L'Effet Mer terrace

L'Auberge du Val du Rance

This restaurant which is part of a small hotel, has changed management a few times recently.  The latest team are really keen to provide good food combined with atmosphere and are very keen on marketing and new ideas....  Speed dating and paella in the bar on some Fridays .......  however this is for the locals and the restaurant offers traditional food at reasonable prices for their other clientele.

1 rue du port
22100 Saint-Samson-sur-Rance
Tél. 02 96 39 16 07
Mobile : 06 78 20 88 84


Au Comptoir Italien


Big surprise - this new restaurant has replaced the "Le Clercq Supermarket Canteen" at Lehon, close to Dinan!  Vastly changed, the restaurant specialises in Italian food and that does not mean a concentration on pizzas!  Big choice on pasta, plenty of fish and meat dishes and the desserts just wow! 


No longer self service, there is table service and the atmosphere is more "upmarket". Loads of seating, attractive surroundings, attractive prices and menus for the "Bambinos" too. 


Centre Commercial Leclerc Le Coulebart

22100 Lehon (outskirts of Dinan)

Tel +33 02 96 39 76 68

Au Comptoir Italien at Lehon



Dinard and Surrounds


Golf de Tremereuc


Even if you are not a golfer you can enjoy the restaurant at the Garden Golf at Tremereuc, close to Pleurtuit Airport.  Florence and Albert produce delightful food and serve good wines! Their menus contain some surprisingly tasty items which are different from the normal local menus and representative of food dishes further into France and for chip lovers their chips are deliciously home made Prices are reasonable and there is also a snack menu including steak and chips, omelettes etc. Either sit inside the restaurant or on the terrace in the sunshine.  The terrace is surrounded by landscaped gardens with a view of the beautifully landscaped course. 


Tremereuc 14 rue de Dinan (D766) between Airport, Pleurtuit and Ploubalay

+33 2 96 27 10 40


Golfing de Tremereuc Restaurant Interior

Le Bechet


This little restaurant on the seafront at St. Briac sur Mer. The food is wonderful, the atmosphere is as well


St Briac sur Mer  +33 299883874

Le Bechet

Le Petit Port


Down by the marina at Dinard, The Petit Port advertise their name on a barrel at the entrance to the road.  There is a small marina here and the Yacht Club.  Imaginative interior, with hand painted mural of Picasso type bathers. 

Food is classic French and impressive but interspersed with  some oriental dishes.  Mainly a la carte - listed on a  blackboard but there is a  menu of the day which is superb value. Food is wonderful, staff are wonderful and the restaurant has a good atmosphere and a superb view of the water and St Malo the other side of the bay.


Dinard Quai de la Perle,  Port de Plaisance +33 299-461641


Petit Port Restaurant

La Gonelle


La Gonelle is situated on the Promenade du Clair du Lune in Dinard.  Opening between May and October, the restaurant describes itself as an Oyster, Lobster and Seafood Bar where you can eat or take your food away.  Well it is the most upmarket "take-away" we know!  It is possible to sit outside on the little terrace, enjoy the view and the superb seafood menu.  The restaurant specialises in fish and has a huge sea water aquarium where your main course may be swimming!  Lucie, a charming waitress from the "Midi" in France,  is seen pictured here in front of the aquarium doing what she said is a "fish" imitation.  The preparation and presentation of the dishes is first class  and includes dishes such as Sea Bass served between layers of filo pastry,  Cotriade, or Lobster


Dinard Promenade du Clair de Lune  +33 2 99 16 40 47


La Gonelle with Aquarium and Lucie

La Passerelle


La Passerelle is the sister restaurant to La Gonelle and as its name indicates is a passageway.  However this passageway serves a range of Carpacio and Sushi that will delight those who enjoy marinated or raw fish and meat.  For those whose tastes differ there are alternatives although the restaurant concentrates mainly on the two styles mentioned.   The decor is a combination of purples and mauves and very attractive.  The view - particularly at night time - is fabulous.  Service is good and so are the wines which are served in glasses with purple stems encrusted with vines and grapes. La Passerelle is entered via steps from the Promenade Clair du Lune located just before La Gonelle.


Dinard Promenade du Clair de Lune



La Passerelle

Evran - close to Dinan


Le Vieux Chien Noir (The Old Black Dog)


The premises comprise a bar and restaurant with English influence.  Sunday lunches are very popular so book in advance. 


Bed and Breakfast is also offered in this location ideally situated  half way between St Malo and Rennes with a bus stop right outside, for trips to Rennes or Dinan and Dinard.


Click here to read owner Caroline Carver's account of how a Jersey Couple have adapted to running an English/French Pub and Restaurant.


Brittany Evran Department 22  Tel: +33 2 96 27 43 16

Le Vieux Chien Noir




Le Crouzil


I am told this was Brittany's choice for entertaining Tony Blair. 


Le Crouzil has a Whisky waiter. Locals say "Oooh" when you mention it and I will leave you to find out for yourself about the food.  450 bottle wine list!  VERY UPMARKET.



+33 296-841024



Le Crouzil



Café des Sports

Called Le Café des Sports and many people still call it by this name, the restaurant received the most favourable review in the Financial Times which it certainly deserved.. Always packed with diners at lunch time.  Sea Food is amazing.  Value is amazing.  A variety of vegetables appear on your plate. You will want to go back there again. Monday is official closure day but a workmen's menu is served.  The restaurant has changed hands since the picture on the right was taken but we are advised that the same excellent menu is available.


Ploubalay +33 296-272007

The owner and team from Cafe Piquet


Le Château d'Ho


The restaurant is in the top of the water tower.  Food is simple but excellent - prices reflect this.  The menu includes 2 pages of gallettes with innumerable fillings including scallops flambéed in Calvados, salads and Grillades.  The Grillades are mostly steak but come with a choice of sauces ranging from pepper to more exciting ones prepared specially by the establishment.  Desserts are heavenly and there is a page of mouth-watering crepes to choose from. A place for morning coffee and afternoon teas and ice creams as well as meals. I will mention the view however - from the observation area, which encircles the restaurant inside - one can see all around the area as far as Mont St Michel, Dinan and St Jacut!  Le Château d'Ho is siutated in Ploubalay which is close to the airport at Pleurtuit and Dinard.


Ploubalay +33 296-273117






Saint Malo  

Bistro de Jean

Gastronomic restaurant but informal atmosphere.  The interior is traditional, bistro style with original decorative touches.  Run by a husband and wife the team, the restaurant has ambience and the food is sufficiently wonderful to have won mentions in the guides Bottin Gourmand, Gault et Millau, Pudlo, Michelin et Champérard.


6 rue de la Corne de Cerf Intra Muros

35400 Saint-Malo

Téléphone : 02 99 40 98 68



Borgnefesse Taverne

Serves principally fish dishes.  The restaurant has been revamped considerably since the change of proprietor - from the irascible Jacques Yves Cadiou.  The old nautical and extremely lively bistro has become a calmer and more sophisticated place to eat.  The food is very good and the new owners charming.


St Malo (intra muros) 10 Rue du Puits aux Braies, +33 299-4005 05



Le Chalut

Le Chalut is considered to be the best fish restaurant in St Malo.  It is reasonably formal and the menu comprises fish dishes.  The cuisine is excellent and for fish lovers this is a delight.  Sauces are excellent and they are proud of their standards. 


St Malo (intra muros) 8 rue de la Corne de Cerf +33 299567158