We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
New! Find and book your ideal hotel on TripAdvisor — and get the lowest prices

L'instinct Gourmand

#12 of 1,067 Restaurants in Nantes
Certificate of Excellence
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
14 rue Saint Leonard, 44000, Nantes, France
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Tue - Sat 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

322 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 24: English reviews
Dublin, Ireland
Level Contributor
33 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

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
Level Contributor
54 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 stars 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 - yet it didn't feel a stretch too experimental for a couple of the relatively... More 

Thank EtInArcadiaEgo7
Birmingham, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
463 reviews
273 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 192 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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 service is good (this, again, seems to be a restaurant operated by a fairly young... More 

Thank Dr_Bob1
Level Contributor
7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 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
Level Contributor
43 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 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
Level Contributor
88 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 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
Level Contributor
3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 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

Thank YoyonCaro
Level Contributor
15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2015 via mobile

Looks can be deceptive and this looks like a warm and cosy neighbourhood bistrot. It is far far more: the food is spectacular and precise and the staff are a delight and speak excellent English. We started with a scallop and pumpkin dish and a pressed quail with foie gras. Both were inventive, cooked to perfection and generous. Mains of... More 

Thank Matthew N
Salisbury, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015

We walked in at 8 pm to a fairly empty restaurant by 8.30 it was packed. The staff were exceptional, oh I do like good service. They were attentive, and able to translate a sophisticated menu. I have a very restrictive diet but it was catered for. Amazing food that I would definitely return to Nantes for!

Thank Susienewman

Travelers who viewed L'instinct Gourmand also viewed

Nantes, Loire-Atlantique
Nantes, Loire-Atlantique
Nantes, Loire-Atlantique
Nantes, Loire-Atlantique
Nantes, Loire-Atlantique
Nantes, Loire-Atlantique

Been to L'instinct Gourmand? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$11 - $34
French, European
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings
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: 33240474164
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.

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of L'instinct Gourmand and other visitors
3 questions
Ask a question
Questions? Get answers from L'instinct Gourmand staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?