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Le Sud is a great respite from your typical French cuisine found in most restaurants in the city. The restaurant serves up delicious Mediterranean cuisine that is light, fresh and incredibly flavorful. The chef André Saubatjou utilizes seasonal produce and goods to ensure the quality of the food and the delight of the diners.
A division of the revered culinary school l'Institut Paul Bocuse, the l'Institut restaurant-école serves as a refined training ground for students, whilst also encouraging the practice of transparency with an open-kitchen format. Luxuriate within the spacious interiors designed by architect Pierre-Yves Rochon, with red velveteen seating that exudes aristocratic charm, even as the modernness of the set-up retains a businesslike vibe. The restaurant serves contemporary French cuisine, prepared with locally-sourced ingredients. An impressive wine list matches the high-quality meals.
Located inside a beautiful bourgeois house, Pierre Orsi is one the best restaurants in the city. The dishes are delicious, of a fine quality and are accompanied by some wonderful vintages. It is worth noting that during the week most of the customers are business people. With a menu filled with some great French cuisine, including duck aiguillette and roasted rabbit, diners here are always satisfying. You also get to chose from a great selection of well known French wines.
L’Auberge du Pont de Collonges is also known as Paul Bocuse after its celebrity chef. This restaurant has won three Michelin stars and most people have to save for months before dining here. It offers the ultimate experience in classic French dining, right from the impeccable service and jaw-dropping decor to the food presentation and complex flavors. The whimsical façade of maroon and green with bronze plaques belies the luxurious decor of the dining room, replete with vintage chandeliers, archways and potted plants. Truffle Soup, Loup en Croûte (crusted sea bass) with lobster mousse, and Rouget Barbet (red mullet) in layers of potato are just a few of the dishes on their extensive menu. Though you may well have to break the bank, a dinner at this riverside restaurant is regarded a must for all self-proclaimed gastronomes.