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L'instinct Gourmand

#10 of 1,121 Restaurants in Nantes
Certificate of Excellence
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14 rue Saint Leonard, 44000, Nantes, France
+33 2 40 47 41 64
12:00 - 14:00
20:00 - 22:00
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Tue - Sat 12:00 - 14:00
20:00 - 22:00
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30 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Tiny restaurant, not many seats, good staff and warm atmosphere. Excellent dining experience, with accurate selection and innovative usage of high-quality mostly local ingrediebts. I went for foie gras as starter, then duck fillet as main coarse, both super. Price 32€ menu (starter, main coarse, dessert - bev excluded). What else to tell...Just try it if you are by chance... More 

Thank Alessandro F
Wigan, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

I booked a table for one on Thursday, and was surprised to find the restaurant packed. I had sea bass with risotto, it just melted. I followed this with a bavarois, this was light and fluffy, an absolute delight. Once again the Michelin guide came up trumps!

Thank BarksB
Dublin, Ireland
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33 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

Definitely the best meal we had in Nantes. I was delighted with the quality, pesentation and taste of our 3 course meal (32 euro pp). I had a fantastic quail starter with freshly made ravioli, followed by a superb fish dish and a sublime chocolate fondant. My wife had a crab starter a beautifully cooked veal chop and a marvelous... More 

Thank JoeGleeson90
Manchester, United Kingdom
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63 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

We chose this restaurant for our stopover in Nantes based on the Michelin guide recommendation. As others have said, it is easy to find at the end of a pedestrianised street. The staff are extremely welcoming, very friendly indeed. We had booked but had arrived early. This was not a problem and we were shown into one of the two... More 

Thank Dawn W
London, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016

Such a fantastic restaurant. The staff were friendly and accommodating to the needs of the entire group, with service that was efficient but very relaxed. The cooking is very creative - they are clearly looking to push boundaries and introduce new ideas where they can - yet it didn't feel a stretch too experimental for a couple of the relatively... More 

Thank EtInArcadiaEgo7
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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553 reviews
309 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 214 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2016

I chose this restaurant from Trip Advisor to meet some friends while we were holidaying in Nantes. It’s quite a small place, right in the town centre and very easy to find. Inside, it’s dark and modern with menus on chalkboards on the wall. The service is good (this, again, seems to be a restaurant operated by a fairly young... More 

Thank Dr_Bob1
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 May 2016

Great place to enjoy romantic dinner with your loved one. Would totally recommend it for anyone who want to enjoy some alone time with that special person.

Thank simao82
Sydney, Australia
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46 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2016 via mobile

We had a lovely meal. The langoustine ravioli was particularly delicious. We both had the duck which was fantastic. Breast cooked perfectly. Desserts were equally as good.

Thank Deborah034
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103 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2016

We ate one dinner here because of the previous reviews and because of the proximity of the establishment to our hotel. It's a small restaurant with perhaps 12 tables accommodating about 48 diners. The menu is not complicated, about three appetizers and four main dishes. The wait staff was bi-lingual, and friendly. We both had a seafood appetizer, and a... More 

Thank goodinfo
Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2015 via mobile

I was in Nantes for a few days and found this place fantastic : food, service, menu, everything was combined for us to experience an amazing and quality time

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$11 - US$32
French, European, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Open Hours
12:00 - 14:00
20:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 14:00
20:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 14:00
20:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 14:00
20:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 14:00
20:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 14 rue Saint Leonard, 44000, Nantes, France
  • Location: Europe  >  France  >  Pays de la Loire  >  Loire-Atlantique  >  Nantes
  • Phone Number: +33 2 40 47 41 64
A new restaurant on the Nantes catering scene, with an exciting food based on a strong gastronomical back ground of the chef and a laid-back yet precise and efficient service. Very interesting wine list, affordable for what it is, where big hits meet smaller micro-winery products.The refurbishment of the place has been very well handled, warm and cosy, but stylish.Definitely deserves a stop-over.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?