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Apr 28, 2009 09:48 AM

Restaurants in Strasbourg

We will be there for two nights next month. We are staying in the Petite France area, and would welcome suggestions for dinners for our nights there.

There are not very many posts on Strasbourg on these forums.

Thanks in advance for any help.

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  1. They have to have something good because, according to Frommer, "Strasbourg is one of France's greatest cities and the birthplace of pâté de foie gras. Here Rouget de Lisle first sang "La Marseillaise," the French national anthem."

    Go to for Frommer's picks and his ratings.

    I had heard of Au Crocodile before reading Frommer, but none of the others.

    We are taking the TVG over there for a quick walk about the second week in May, Wed & Thurs. We haven't made plans yet except for arriving and departing, some speeding on the Autobahn and a walk in The Black Forest near Baden-Baden.

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    1. re: hychka

      You can't speed on the Autobahn. Of you course you may. But the road is bad, old and narrow, and very, very crowded. I've lived between France and Germany for two years and I can tell you, one drives actually much faster in France. As I often say, the Germans put their money in cars. French, in roads.

      To me, the reputation of Alsace and Strasbourg as highlights of French gastronomy is a mistery. I read some papers, which I tend to believe, attributing that to the fact that, for the longest time, Michelin inspectors were recruited in majority from the Alsatian hospitality schools.

    2. Come on, Chowhounders, help us out here. Where can we get a decent meal in Strasbourg!

      Souphie, my German cousins tell me that their MB S will carry us faster on the Autobahn than any French car move out of its way on a French road..Look! I'm only repeating what they said today... and please notice that I am spending most of my vacation time enjoying Paris on foot.

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      1. re: hychka

        From our limited experience Srasbourg has lots of tourist restaurants and the couple we tried were not memorable. Michelin list 5 places with stars (mostly ones) and a couple of bibs. Given our dire experience with the ones we tried I would stick with Michelin on another visit.

        My advice is to head out of Strasbourg into the Alsace countryside and stay/eat in the small mediieval towns like Colmar and Riquewihr. I had one of my best meals in France in this area at the the "Auberge de I'lle" which is in a delightful country setting by a river south of Strasbourg at Illhaeusern. It is traditional 3 star cooking at its best.

        The autobahn just across the border in Germany is a two lane concrete road surface and very busy - good luck.

      2. We are not going to have a car in Strasbourg, so while I would love to try some of the restaurants in the surrounding countryside, we are limited by not having a car.

        So, PhilD, what are the restaurants you went to that I can cross off my list?


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        1. re: glsebs

          I debated and debated about my original lunch plan to go to Le Cerf in Marlenheim. Even though it is a 2 star, various food sites have reported horrible service and tired food, saying it is "totally over-rated and dated". Bottom line - this just is NOT TRUE.

          Le Cerf was started in 1933 and the Chef, Michel Husser is the 4th generation to carry on the Le Cerf tradition. Daniel Krier, who is the GM will celebrate 29 years at Le Cerf next month.

          Our impressions are up to the minute -- Le Cerf is not dated, not over-the-hill, not tired, and the service was exemplary. Chef Husser is one of the chefs like Passard, Kinch, Jardins Gourmand [Auxerre] who is committed to maintaining his own organic garden and sourcing the finest ingredients.

          In retrospect, we wish we had ordered their discovery menu so we could have sampled the full repertoire of the Chef.

          Pics here:

          Le Pont aux Chats - Strasbourg
          This was one of the few restaurants that required re-confirmation one week in advance. We certainly did not know why. There were only 3 tables of 2 all night including ours.

          The Chef, Valere Diochet, had been sous-chef for Antoine Westermann at Buerehiesel for 13 years ... a venerable Strasbourg 3 Star that has gone downhill and now has 1 star. Diochet takes great pride in using only the freshest products. His speciality is fish and shellfish. His product is definitely good, but his execution leaves a lot to be desired.

          Bottom line: don't go

          Pics here:

          1. re: lizziee

            Lizzie - I am glad Le Cerf has improved. We ate there in '06, whilst the food was good, the service was dire. The actual servers were fine, and maybe a touch embarrased, but the Maitre'd was a horror.

            Glsebs - as I said , the places we ate in were not memorable so I can't recall the names. My advice is to use Michelin. The best advice is to hire a car and get out of Stasbourg, the small medieval towns are amazing and the restaurants are far better. Strasbourg is really only the jumping off point for Alsace.

          2. re: glsebs

            I beg of you: Change your mind and rent a car! Strasbourg is a culinary wasteland surrounded by a sea of fantastic restaurants. My top favorite in the entire world is the exquisite L'Auberge de L'Ille, mentioned by another poster. A meal here would be worth the car rental on its own (Foie Gras Pate, Salmon "Souffle," and the best damed roast chicken you'll ever eat), plus the villages and countryside of Alsace are dazzling. It would be a crime to go to this part of the world and not see at least a few of its treasures.

            1. re: pikawicca

              Another absolute must is L'Arnsbourg - an absolutely magical place, but you need a car.

              1. re: lizziee

                Also in the immediate neighborhood of Arnsbourg are Auberge du Cheval Blanc in Lembach (now 1 star) and Le Cygne in Gundershoffen (2 stars). Both are wonderful. I have no idea why Michelin took a star away from Cheval Blanc about 2 years ago. You can have quite a gastronomic holiday in that little area of Alsace. You must have a car to get around. Here are links:




                In Strasbourg itself I would say avoid Maison Kammerzell. I ate dinner at Au Crocodile once soon after it was demoted from 3 to 2 stars. That remains one of the least inspiring meals I have had at a big name French restaurant.


                Agree that Auberge de l'Ill is fabulous, especially in the warm months when the garden is available for your aperitif and then after dinner coffee. I had one of the best pidgeon dishes ever at Le Cerf in Marlenheim a while back.



          3. Best winstub in Strasbourg is Chez Yvonne. A bit kitschy, but that's part of its charm.


            See this exchange (posts 21 and 22):


            Mulhaupt, also mentioned in the referenced exchange, is a great place for chocolate and other sweets.

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            1. re: rjkaneda

              We had two lovely lunches at Chez Yvonne in Strasbourg. I would recommend it. The appetizer of saurkraut, warm munster and kirsch in puff pastry was very different.

              1. re: hoteliere

                Will be traveling to Strasbourg later this month with my college age daughters...Chez Yvonne looks like the perfect thing for us!

                We'll be driving down through the Alsace region. Any suggestions for good places that are budget friendly for wine tasting, lunch and must sees?

            2. We ended up eating a quiche and a pastry on the train from Paul's in the train station and it was very good with a small bottle of red I found in a grocery store.

              Otherwise our hosts, German cousins, insisted on eating excellent food in German restaurants and cafes...Baden-Baden, Kuppenheim and two other villages with picturesque castles I can't recall their names right now.

              Not much help, I'm afraid.

              BTW the roads were actually as bad as most predicted above. We got to over 100 a few times, but that's kilos/not mph. Can't imagine why you'd want such a hot car (MB S class)for those speeds. When we could have opened up on the French roads, we met a wicked hail storm that stopped traffic in all lanes.Go figure.

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