By Olivia Cuccaro
Choosing the best of the best restaurants in France is no easy feat. The sheer volume of restaurants in France recognized by the Michelin Guide is almost innumerable, but nearly 30 restaurants across the country have earned the highest honor with a three-star rating. As Paris is a culinary scene all its own, we focus here on the restaurants acknowledged that lie outside of France’s capital. These are our picks of three-Michelin-starred restaurants in France. Be sure to check out the full list of Elite Traveler picks from our list of the Top 100 Restaurants in the World.
In Laguiole, Chef Sébastien Bras’ namesake restaurant is a creative haven for cuisine paying homage to the L’Aubrac region of France. The restaurant’s three menus – Aubrac, Balade and Légumes – change daily but uphold the same basics. Menu Aubrac focuses on local, seasonal fare of cheeses and sweetmeats, while Menu Balade extends into desserts and Menu Légumes centers on what can be found in the garden.
Les Prés d’Eugénie
From esteemed chef Michel Guérard, this restaurant is tucked into the French countryside for an authentic experience. Chef Guérard emphasizes traditional French cuisine in this charming setting over two menus: Grand Cuisine Naturaliste and Terroir Sublime. Savor dishes like homemade foie gras, wood fired beef and white peach on verbena ice cream. You can even stay in one of the suites onsite to get your fill of the garden, vineyard and three-Michelin-starred restaurant.
Auberge du Vieux Puits
Out in Fontjoncouse, Auberge du Vieux Puits is a colorful, contemporary dining experience from Chef Gilles Goujon. The Welcome to the Country, A Few Steps in Garrigue and Air of Parties in Cobrières tasting menus ensure an immersive introduction to regional cuisine. Fun courses like ‘Peas Peas … Peas Peas! What Peas? … Those of William Saury of course!’ await to delight tastebuds with fresh flavors.
La Maison Troisgros
Ouches is home to the elegantly simple Maison Troisgros restaurant. With a storied history, La Maison Troisgros has developed into a favored establishment in France for its understated wooden accents and inspired cuisine. Choose from the Seasonal Menu, which has been known to include courses such as asparagus, oysters and crayfish, or the First Menu which includes a glass of wine with each dish. The a la carte menu features options like black truffles, rack of lamb and eel.
Renowned Chef Anne-Sophie Pic chose serene Valence as the location for her eponymous restaurant. The atmosphere reflects the feminine leadership, with gray tones complemented by pink details and a crystal chandelier. The decor has a Japanese influence, but the cuisine here is inherently French. Maison Pic features a Discovery Menu, Harmony Menu, Essential Menu and Midi Pleasure Menu for you to peruse before indulging. The Essential Menu is indeed just that – plural tomato, langoustine, milk veal rusk and dragon pigeon are just a few of the dishes included.