There’s plenty of choice of restaurants in Reims, from the very smart, Michelin-starred to the more modest. Many of them are around the main Place Drouet-d’Erlon which is always worth exploring, particularly for a light lunch.
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Just outside Reims and set it in its own park, the restaurant has two well-deserved Michelin stars. The décor is elegant, the cooking even more so. It is also a hotel with 39 beautifully decorated rooms. If you want to be outside Reims, this is the best choice but be prepared; this is expensive.
Château les Crayères
There are two restaurants at Château les Crayères, which is primarily a hotel. The best known, Le Parc les Crayères, is both a destination in its own right and a local favourite for special occasions. This is haute cuisine, preferably taken with some of the amazing Champagnes on offer from both small vineyards and the blockbuster names. Reckon on spending around 150 to 200 euros per person for 3 courses, with menus running from 80 to 300 euros per person (including drinks).
The second restaurant, Le Jardin Brasserie, is more casual and to my mind, more attractive than its grand sister. Natural materials in the décor -– brick walls and slate floor -– and plenty of greenery, both indoors and on the charming terrace, make this a thoroughly attractive venue. Dishes are classic but with an inventive slant, like sliced duck with endive or lamb roll with olive and apple puree. A 3-course meal runs around 49 euros per person, or take the excellent value, fixed price, 3-course menu at around 31 euros.
Brasserie Le Boulingrin
Feeding the good burgers of Reims since 1925, this smart brasserie provides all the excellent staples you’d expect from roast lamb chops to pigs trotters, from roast salmon to crème brulee, all in a fun atmosphere. Expect to pay around 30 euros per person for a 3-course, meal, with menus from 20 euros to 28 euros.
You'll find this excellent, good value restaurant next to the music conservatory just south of the Cathedral. It's bright and jolly, with paintings by the owner on the walls.
On offer are classics which change with the seasons, like foie gras terrine and smoked salmon for starters, a good selection of mains like braised veal sweetbreads with Jerusalem artichoke puree or beef tenderloin with potatoes in a red wine sauce. A 3-course a la carte meal costs around 36 euros; menus run from 19.50 euros (3-course lunch only) to 52 euros.
Restaurant Cafe de la Paix
More modern in décor than other brasseries in town, it’s a great place for a platter of shellfish on the terrace in the summer, or a hearty beef stew in winter. A la carte 3-course meal is around 28 euros. Menus run from 14.50 euros (lunch only) to 42 euros.
Go Italian at this friendly Mediterranean restaurant where pizzas are the order of the day baked in the oven in the center of the room. Dishes like grills and fresh pasta are also on offer. Expect to pay around 20 to 25 euros.