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The best restaurants

Vacations are often an opportunity to discover local gastronomy and introduce your palate to new flavors. Looking for a restaurant on the Ile de Ré? A fisherman’s shack for a succulent plate of seafood, a family restaurant or an intimate setting for a dinner for two? A round-up of the 5 best places to eat on the island of Ré.


A restaurant with an evocative name, L’Ecailler specializes in fish and seafood. Housed in the oldest house in the port of La Flotte, it attracts visitors for its location and cosy atmosphere. A must-visit restaurant during your stay on the Ile de Ré if you love seafood and authenticity.

Address: 3 quai de Senac, Port de La Flotte, 17630 La Flotte
Tel: +33 5 46 09 56 40

Le Balaou, seaside restaurant on the Ile de Ré

If you’re fascinated by rétaise cuisine, head for Le Balaou in La Couarde. On a terrace surrounded by greenery, you can enjoy a delicious ceviche, grilled cuttlefish or iodized oysters, just 100 meters from the beach.

Address: Avenue de Nouralene, 17670 La-Couarde-sur-Mer
Tel: +33 5 46 29 86 07

Le Chat Botté

With its charming white façade and green shutters, this little restaurant welcomes you in a setting that’s both chic and friendly. Le Chat Botté stands out for the presentation of its dishes, its wine list and its elegant garden, which can be accessed from the dining room.

Address: rue de la Mairie, 17590 Saint-Clément-des-Baleines
Tel: +33 5 46 29 42 09

Restaurant Les Viviers Rivedoux

Sit out on the terrace and enjoy the ocean view, with the Ile de Ré bridge in the background. This small restaurant is renowned for its warm welcome, excellent service, seafood and value for money.

Address: 573 avenue de la Corniche, 17940 Rivedoux-Plage
Tel: +33 5 46 09 86 22

Les Embruns, restaurant ile de ré Saint Martin

As you step through its doors, you’ll feel as if you’re stepping aboard a ship. The restaurant Les Embruns offers a refined cuisine that has won unanimous acclaim, earning it the state title of Maître Restaurateur in 2014. One of Île de Ré’s best-sellers.

Address: 6 Passage Chay Morin, 17410 Saint-Martin-de-Ré
Tel: +33 5 46 66 46 31

Want to know the story behind the oysters you’ve just eaten on the terrace? Discover all the secrets of oyster farming on the Ile de Ré.