5 Small Restaurants to Try in Grenoble, France

Let me tell you, Grenoble never really crossed my radar before but my husband sometimes works here now so I decided to take the opportunity to explore this off-the-beaten path city. Located in the Avergne-Rhône-Alpes region of France, Grenoble is the capital of the department of Isère and is historically known as being a city of resistance to Nazi, Germany while, in more modern times, a seat of scientific study. Science is what brought my husband and I to the region as his medical research company has offices located just outside the city. While Grenoble is often overshadowed by its larger, more illustrious neighbor, Lyon, the city has a lot to offer the traveler from beautiful parks, incredible mountain views, museums, nice shopping, and a great food scene. It’s definitely a place I’d consider living and I can’t wait to head back to explore more.

Walking through the city, history is palpable as you meander past old buildings, churches, and beautiful fountains. Grenoble’s Fort de La Bastille towers above the city and offers the best views which you can easily access by cable car also known as the bubbles. Take a quick hike to the National Memorial to the Mountain Troops and enjoy the serenity of standing at 2066 feet (630 meters) altitude surrounded by the Alps and the refreshing mountain air. Afterward you may choose to have dinner at Restaurant Chez Le Per’Gras, a lovely eating establishment located just behind the

5 Excellent Local Restaurants To Try In Grenoble, My Normal Gay Life
A quaint corner of Grenoble

Bastille with incredible views or you may decide dinner in the city proper is more to your taste.

The Alpes region of France is well-known for its food…especially Lyon, considered one of the culinary capitals of Europe. It’s no wonder one of my favorite things to do in Grenoble is eat! Walk a bit in any direction and you’re bound to stumble on some local gem of a restaurant. There are all kinds of restaurants in Grenoble including ethnic food such as Indian, Chinese, and Japanese; American style restaurants to which tourists flock; and, of course, French food. There is a remarkable air surrounding French food as even the most mundane of dishes is presented with a certain flair and it’s something I love about the French. They love their food and are happy to share their culinary culture with anyone.

 

5 Excellent Local Restaurants To Try In Grenoble, My Normal Gay Life
Place Victor Hugo

Alfred and I actually made a new friend in Grenoble, using the Grindr app, who showed us around a bit and provided some pretty great insight to the city. Yes, I know, Grindr is not usually used for spurring on new friendships but the app is really handy when we travel as it makes meeting other gay men a bit more practical.  In any case, our new friend walked around the city with us for a bit and took us to an incredible wine bar called Le Verre A Soi that offers a pour-your-own-wine experience. It also offers tasty looking cheese trays and other vittles but we did not order food here. After the wine bar, he took us to a really great restaurant serving traditional food from the Brittany region of France. I’d never tried Breton food before and was rather pleased with that experience as we sipped on cider and devoured a delicious galette. We certainly will return to both these awesome places!

Check out my list below of the top 5 small restaurants to try if you ever find yourself in Grenoble!

5 Excellent Local Restaurants To Try In Grenoble, My Normal Gay Life
Comptoir Briton
Comptoir Breton

This creperie is now one of my favorite restaurants in the city and is also the restaurant which our Grindr friend introduced us to during our last trip to Grenoble. We would have never found it were it not for him. It’s a hidden gem serving the best crepes and galettes which is usually only frequented by locals. The food is simple and the setting is warm and inviting. You really feel as though you are eating in someone’s home as the staff is friendly and go out of their way to make you feel at home. The restaurant also serves as a grocery store of sorts and offers fine Breton products such as ciders, fish, and spices. It’s a must-visit restaurant!

Comptoir Breton: 30 Rue Thiers, 38000 Grenoble, France

5 Excellent Local Restaurants To Try In Grenoble, My Normal Gay Life
Le Coq Hardi
Le Coque Hardi

Full disclosure: I did not eat at this restaurant. However, our friend recommended it as one of his favorite places to eat in the city. Le Coq Hardi serves generous portions of delicious food including tartiflette, salads, and steaks. I’m told the staff are very friendly and are happy to help non-French speakers with the French-only menu. It’s an unassuming laid back restaurant also has an excellent location close to Place Victor Hugo which is great for a post-dinner stroll.

Le Coque Hardi: 19 Rue de Belgrade, 38000 Grenoble, France

L’Ardois
L’Ardoise

L’Ardoise is located down a quaint alley and is affordably priced so it’s perfect for the budget traveler. Serving hardy French food, it even offers a 23 euro menu which includes an appetizer, main, and dessert. For this menu, you can choose from just about anything on the menu except for a few items. Guinea fowl, gratin dauphinois, filet, and raspberry tarts are just a few of the delicious menu items waiting for your taste buds. L’Ardoise’s staff are very friendly and the restaurant does provide English menus for those who find French a tad difficult. Be sure to call ahead and make a reservation as this restaurant is usually fully packed with diners.

L’Ardoise: 2 rue de Miribel38000, Grenoble, France

5 Excellent Local Restaurants To Try In Grenoble, My Normal Gay Life
Brasserie des Archers
La Brasserie des Archers

One of our favorite restaurants in the city, Les Archers has a sophisticated vibe with dishes to match. I highly recommend this restaurant for dinner as my entire meal (and that of my husband) was absolutely delicious. Our favorite items on the menu include steak tartar, snails with butter and parsley, and roasted duck breast. The restaurant also offers great wines which you can order by the glass, pitcher, or bottle. The staff is super friendly and really make us feel welcomed and the restaurant has a great outdoor seating area during the warmer months. It can get busy so you’d be best to make a reservation, especially during the holidays because Grenoble’s Christmas market goes right up to the restaurant. As you can imagine, it stays pretty busy.

La Brasserie des Archers: 2 rue Docteur Bally38000, Grenoble, France *+33 4 76 46 46 60

5 Excellent Local Restaurants To Try In Grenoble, My Normal Gay Life
La Ferme a Dede
La Ferme A Dede

Serving mainly food from Savoie and Dauphinois traditional food, be sure to enjoy the raclette, tartiflette, raviolis, and the large selection of meats. La Ferme a Dede is a small, quaint restaurant serving excellent food and wine. Service is friendly and the staff is not overbearing as they attempt to make you feel welcomed and serve you the best the restaurant has to offer. You’ll dine surrounded by farm-style decor while making your choices from the reasonably priced menu. However, this restaurant might be considered a tad expensive for some and is probably not the best choice for the budget traveler. I really enjoyed the setting of the restaurant as it is located in a quiet corner of the historic center. Just outside the restaurant is a giant old tree surrounded by benches. It’s extremely picturesque and a perfect place for romance.

La Ferme A Dede: 24 Rue Barnave, 38000 Grenoble, France

 

Check out my Quick Guide to Grenoble here! 


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J Harvey is a travel writer based in North Carolina. With two masters degrees, he decided to forget working a normal 9-5 job and instead create a travel blog focusing on travel for a more inclusive community. He hopes to increase LGBT representation within the travel industry while inspiring others to travel in whatever capacity.

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18 thoughts on “5 Small Restaurants to Try in Grenoble, France

  • December 5, 2017 at 2:02 pm
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    Isn’t it funny where work takes us, even if it is our partner’s work.

    I do love dining at small local restaurants. Ones not known as well as others. I definitely would want to check out La Brasserie des Archers, the tartar sounds simply gorgeous. Then add to that duck and snails, yum.

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    • December 7, 2017 at 3:49 pm
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      Oh for sure! I always try and travel with my husband if he goes somewhere cool for work!

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  • December 4, 2017 at 2:21 pm
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    These restaurants seemed really worth the visit.
    I love how each resto has something unique to offer, loving the ambiance of it as well. ❤️ Thanks for introducing this.

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    • December 7, 2017 at 3:50 pm
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      Yeah, the restaurants were all fun. Which restaurant did you prefer? Also, what do you mean by the ambiance, haha?

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  • December 4, 2017 at 6:08 am
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    When someone says restaurants I only think about food. But all these restaurants have such classy settings and I like the fact that they are not very crowded! The open setting of Le Coque Hardi offers the classic French vibes.

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    • December 7, 2017 at 3:52 pm
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      I tend to go for both good food and good experience overall!

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  • December 4, 2017 at 3:37 am
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    One common theme you notice in many good restaurants is that they are simple and unpretentious with their food. And these are often the ones that locals recommend, All of these look like worth trying.

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    • December 7, 2017 at 3:52 pm
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      Being French restaurants, they are all just a little pretentious but I like that about them! Delicious food!

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  • December 4, 2017 at 3:06 am
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    It’s always difficult to find local gems when we’re traveling so I love posts like these.

    Grenoble look like a lovely little city filled with history and it’s a plus that they have amazing food options. Like you mentioned, French cuisine has some interesting dishes like steak tartar, snails with butter and guinea fowl. Not sure if I’ll be a fan, but it’s worth trying at least once! The crepes though, that I’m sure that I will love.

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    • December 7, 2017 at 7:56 pm
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      The food is delicious! You should definitely explore Grenoble!

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  • December 4, 2017 at 2:44 am
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    I have never heard of Grenoble until now, thanks for introducing me. These all look like so called “average” places with great service and fantastic food, which are my kind of places. Thanks for putting some new to places to eat in Grenoble on the map.

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    • December 7, 2017 at 7:57 pm
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      Absolutely! You should def add Grenoble and the French Alps to your travel list!

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  • December 3, 2017 at 8:13 am
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    Posts like these always help a traveler. As a vegetarian, I am always looking for good vegetarian options to try. I am sure the visitors to Grenoble would benefit a lot from this post. I also like the fact that you use an App to get connected to other Gay men – quite creative I must day.

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    • December 7, 2017 at 7:58 pm
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      I don’t know about creative haha! But thanks for your support!

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  • December 3, 2017 at 6:50 am
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    I got hungry just reading this! All those places sound amazing. Maybe we should visit Grenoble next time we are going to France. The Le Verre A Soi sounds interesting too, pour it yourself wine and cheese, what’s not to love. La ferme a Dede sounds awesome too, I love raclette and tartiflette. Thanks for sharing.

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    • December 7, 2017 at 3:54 pm
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      Grenoble is a fantastic city that’s a bit off the radar. It’s definitely worth the visit!

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  • December 2, 2017 at 10:00 pm
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    All look like great eateries Jose. Oh yes; I definitely prefer eating at small spots, especially those off the beaten path haunts that always have the best food and usually, pretty inexpensive fare too. We visit spots that you rarely find on Trip Advisor, just by exploring, and taking a chance, walking in to a spot where we don’t speak the native tongue but where we can point and nod LOL.

    Ryan

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    • December 7, 2017 at 6:51 pm
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      No shame in that game for sure! And you’re bound to have an interesting experience that way too!

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