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L'instinct Gourmand

14 rue Saint Leonard, 44000, Nantes, France
+33 2 40 47 41 64
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  • Excellent59%
  • Very good30%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“ravioli” (2 reviews)
“lamb” (2 reviews)
“bread” (2 reviews)
12:00 PM - 2:00 PMAll hours
French, European, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
14 rue Saint Leonard, 44000, Nantes, France
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Reviewed October 8, 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 September 14, 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 July 30, 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 April 25, 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 March 11, 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 January 7, 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 September 29, 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 September 21, 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 August 10, 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
Reviewed July 15, 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...More

Thank Dr_Bob1
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$12 - $35
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Special occasions, Families with children, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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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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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