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L'instinct Gourmand

14 rue Saint Leonard, 44000, Nantes, France
+33 2 40 47 41 64
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  • Excellent58%
  • Very good30%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“ravioli” (2 reviews)
“amuse bouche” (2 reviews)
“lamb” (2 reviews)
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14 rue Saint Leonard, 44000, Nantes, France
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Reviewed 22 December 2017 via mobile

A fantastic meal to celebrate our wedding anniversary. The staff were very helpful. All the courses including amuse bouches and palate cleansers were amazing. One of the best meals we've ever eaten in France - in a great relaxed atmosphere

Thank Jumpa-mcr
Reviewed 8 October 2017

We loved it way all the way, including my vegetarian wife who got mushrooms and veggies "sur mesure". Nice, but small restaurant so you'd better reserve on week-ends.

Thank Krsto57
Reviewed 14 September 2017

An excellent selection of fish starter and main plate. Perfect seasoning and wonderful presentation. Cheerful service, but a bit loud for a small room. Of course our lunch party of vacationing Americans made it even louder, so no complaint. Just an observation. Overall, a very...More

Thank CKBG
Reviewed 30 July 2017

Went there with my adult family and we tried all starters and mains. The scallop and red snapper and the mystery starter fantastic. From the mains the lamb and fillet steak were right up there. Highly recommend.

1  Thank h0lidaydiva
Reviewed 26 April 2017

Attached to the restaurant's name L'Instinct Gourmand is the phrase "Sans Etiquette". What the restaurant is saying is that it is not bound by rules, or convention, in the exploration of food tastes/combinations. I had mustard ice cream, surprisingly tasty! Get the picture? I've never...More

1  Thank jacquesto
Reviewed 11 March 2017 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,...More

1  Thank Alessandro F
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...More

1  Thank BarksB
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...More

1  Thank JoeGleeson90
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...More

1  Thank Dawn W
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...More

Thank EtInArcadiaEgo7
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$12 - US$37
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Romantic
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
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Please note that we do NOT accept dogs! 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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