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Au Vieux Safran

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2 quai Gambetta, 35260 Cancale, France
+33 2 99 89 92 42
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Napa, California
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017

After walking the restaurant strip in Cancale we chose Au Vieux Safran. Really good casual lunch here on a sunny December day in Cancale. Very friendly staff and well prepared food. Fish soup was the best I had on the trip. They had to turn away clients as the restaurant was "complete" for most of our stay.

Thank mamuleady
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

great views from the terrace, wonderful oysters, Well cooked and beautifully presented meal. Cancale in October is often sunny and always beautiful

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
London, United Kingdom
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111 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016 via mobile

We ate the fixed menu - one €16 & one €23 - and it was great value. The oysters were good & fresh, and on both menus! Mussels were good; traditionally made. Steak was extra € & ok too. Chocs mousse yum... Wine very tasty. Would go again for good service & value but probably not the best we've ever... More 

Thank London_Redstar
Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2016

We ate here on the last evening, food and service superb. Boyfriend doesn't eat seafood, which is tricky in Cancale, but this restaurant had several other choices. He had a fantastic goats cheese salad, followed by steak and creme brûlée, I had a splendid scallop starter and mixed fish for main

Thank kerry831
Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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217 reviews
174 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2016

Just the most fabulous place facing the seafront in Cancale, you know its good because both locals and other French people (holiday makers) come here to eat. Again we went with the prix fixe menu - it includes mussels which are just so melt in the mouth you dont realise how quickly you eat them, good supply of bread, wine... More 

Thank Lindybow
Ghent, Belgium
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2015 via mobile

Today we chose to have dinner at 'au vieux safran' because of the warm interior and the inexpensive and varied menu. We had different delicious seafoods and mussels and ended with a sweet desert. And always serviced with a smile! I would recommend this to everyone

1 Thank Tim D
fort lee , new jersey
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542 reviews
376 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 194 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2015

I had to have the grand seafood platter. Enormous, generous, tasty, and varied comprised of shrimp, langoustines, clams, mussels, periwinkles, crab, and more! My wife had delicious mussels. A view of the water- what more do you want except bottle of Sauvignon Blanc! Nice coffee. Waitstaff did not speak English but who cares.

Thank lfbmonkey
Los Angeles
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329 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2015 via mobile

We had done the oyster experience earlier and didn't make reservations for dinner, but it turned out well. The two places we had considered were fully booked including the hotel where we were staying. We wandered down the street a bit and found Au Vieux Safran. No white tablecloths and quiet dining here. But wonderful food, great service and a... More 

Thank SACALosAngeles
Bath, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2015

Most Cancale restaurants offer similar menus featuring shellfish but we had already scoffed oysters at the quayside stalls (a must). So we wanted something a little different for dinner and Au Vieux Safran delivered. We chose the €22.50 menu and had Moules a la Creme and Goat's Cheese salad with lardons as starters - both very tasty and good-sized portions.... More 

Thank Martin50_50
Paris, France
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63 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2015 via mobile

There seems to be nothing else in Cancale other than restaurants and interestingly many are fully booked even when you arrive at 12pm. Some others seem empty while this one was in the middle with good occupancy but still availabilty on the terrace. Staff were very friendly and helpful, the food was ok.

Thank Michael G

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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
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$13 - US$37
French, Seafood, European
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol
Good for
View, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2 quai Gambetta, 35260 Cancale, France
  • Location: Europe  >  France  >  Brittany  >  Ille-et-Vilaine  >  Cancale
  • Phone Number: +33 2 99 89 92 42

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