The best restaurants in Honfleur take advantage of the town's charming harbour, medieval architecture, and picturesque ocean views. Located just 2 hours away from Paris, it's usually popular with travellers looking for old-world glam on the French coastline. With its numerous sailboats and vibrant cafes lined up along the waterfront, it’s no wonder Honfleur served as a muse for many Impressionist artists. 

    But the charming town isn’t just popular for its beaches and cathedrals. There’s an eclectic mix of shopping, entertainment, museums, and culinary delights. If you’re visiting this quaint Normandy town, be sure to try the local cuisine at one (or more) of Honfleur’s top restaurants.


    Chez D.D.

    Delectable cold cut platters and a fine selection of wine

    Chez D.D has a relaxing atmosphere and is only 5 minutes away from Honfleur’s town hall. This wine bar makes for an excellent stop if you’re strolling through the town and looking for a light meal and glass of wine. It offers an intimate setting and a wide selection of wines from the surrounding regions.

    You can enjoy light dishes like charcuterie, cheeses, and fresh seafood. For those looking for something a little heartier, meals are available for lunch and dinner. However, be sure to come early. While there’s ample seating in the late afternoon, it gets quite full by dinnertime.

    Location: 28 Rue Cachin, 14600 Honfleur, France

    Open: Tuesday–Friday from 11.30 am to 2.30 pm and from 5.30 pm to 11 pm, Saturday from 11.30 am to 11 pm, Sunday from 11:30 am to 10 pm (closed on Mondays)

    Phone: +33 2 31 87 17 86


    Le Bacaretto

    Are you brave enough to try “blind” wine tasting?

    Le Bacaretto serves delicious local fare like cheese, cold cuts, tripe, and meat and vegetable pies. Located within walking distance of La Lieutenance, its bright red entrance invites you in for a meal.

    Alongside the cosy venue and friendly staff, wine lovers will enjoy the bar’s “blind” wine tasting. The different wines aren’t named on the menu, but only listed as reds and whites by number. You can taste them and try to guess where they’re from. Answers won’t be revealed until the bill is paid, making it a cute way to inject a little fun into an evening.

    Location: 44 Rue De La Chaussee, 14600 Honfleur, France

    Open: Tuesday–Sunday from 7.30 pm to 10 pm (closed on Mondays)

    Phone: +33 2 31 14 83 11


    Huître Brûlée

    Extensive choices for all kinds of diners

    Huître Brûlée is designed with warmth and comfort in mind. This cosy restaurant is easy to find – only 2 minutes away from the old harbour’s entrance. It mixes rustic elements of wood, metal, and stone, creating a homey feel. You’re sure to feel welcomed the moment you enter Huître Brûlée.

    The menu has a wide variety of choices including delicious options for vegetarians and vegans. For patrons who want more adventurous dishes, the restaurant offers meals with surprising flavours and standout ingredients. After your meal, be sure try out their dessert of hazelnuts crispy biscuit with dark chocolate ganache.   

    Location: 8 Rue Brulee, 14600 Honfleur, France

    Open: Friday–Tuesday from 12.15 pm to 2 pm and from 7 pm to 9.30 pm (closed on Wednesdays and Thursdays)

    Phone: +33 9 82 57 90 18



    Fine dining over multiple courses

    With its bright brick façade and minimalist industrial interiors, SaQuaNa is a modern fine-dining restaurant for those looking for unique French cuisine and fine wines. A short walk from Honfleur Port, this Michelin-starred restaurant is known for its classy atmosphere and exquisite plating.

    A sommelier is available to recommend wines suited to the various courses. Dishes are well-portioned to allow diners to enjoy anywhere from 5 to 8 different courses. Despite smaller servings per course, you'll no doubt be satisfied and full at the end of the meal.

    Location: 22 Place Hamelin, 14600 Honfleur, France

    Open: Thursday–Sunday from 12 pm to 1.30 pm and from 7 pm to 8.30 pm (closed on Monday–Wednesday)

    Phone: +33 2 31 89 40 80



    A popular restaurant for families

    L’Envie has tastefully decorated interiors, though the quality of the food is its main draw. The charming eatery offers a large menu of delicious homemade local cuisine and even has a unique selection of dishes for children. There are larger set meals available for those who can’t decide what they want, along with an extensive list of wines and cheeses.

    With an attentive staff, the restaurant is efficient even when it’s busy — which is very often. Still, you can usually get a table without a reservation thanks to its large dining area. L’Envie is less than 3 km south of Carrousel de Honfleur.

    Location: 14 Place de la Porte de Rouen, 14600 Honfleur, France

    Open: Thursday–Monday from 12.30 am to 10 pm (closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays)

    Phone: +33 2 14 63 13 64



    Enjoy a stylishly plated meal with views of the marina

    L’Ecailleur is well known for its delicious menu and stunning views of Honfleur Port. You can select from a wide array of European cuisine dishes, including beef and fresh seafood like shrimp, lobster, and fish. The staff is both knowledgeable and helpful if you can’t decide on what to order.

    L’Ecailleur is an excellent choice for celebrating milestones, hosting business dinners, and even date nights. Be sure to either book ahead or come early if you want a table that offers views of the harbour.

    Location: 1 Rue de la Republique, 14600 Honfleur, France

    Open: Friday–Tuesday from 12 pm to 2 pm and from 7 pm to 9 pm (closed on Wednesdays and Thursdays)

    Phone: +33 2 31 89 93 34


    Le Gambetta

    Enjoy full hearty meals and homemade desserts

    Le Gambetta is just a short 2-minute walk from the Port of Honfleur. You can immediately spot this charming restaurant by its lovely white façade. It serves delectable French cuisine with fresh seafood. Every dish is hearty, filling, and excellently prepared by their chef. Their staff are friendly and energetic too.

    Le Gambetta gets full quite quickly. They even set up tables outside the restaurant, so don’t forget to make a reservation to ensure you get a spot. End your meal with one of their signature desserts, such as homemade tiramisu.

    Location: 58 Rue Haute, 14600 Honfleur, France

    Open: Daily from 7 am to midnight

    Phone: +33 2 97 47 22 05


    Côté Resto

    Traditional French seafood and interiors

    Côté Resto, located 300 metres northwest of La Lieutenance, is notable for its classic stone and wood interiors. It has a bit more formal feel compared to many restaurants in Honfleur, but it’s still open to all types of diners, including families and large groups.

    This French restaurant has menus of the day and delicate plating, offering a wide range of seafood, including langoustines, oysters and Norweigan lobsters, with sorbet served between courses to cleanse the palate. They also have vegetarian-friendly menu options. Côté Resto gets full quite easily so make sure to book in advance.

    Location: 8 Place Sainte-Catherine, 14600 Honfleur, France

    Open: Daily from 12 pm to 2.30 pm and from 7 pm to 9.30 pm

    Phone: +33 2 31 89 31 33



    Enjoy coffee and sweets with quirky local flair

    G’ours’mandise isn’t your typical touristy coffee shop in Honfleur. Reachable within a 5-minute walk from Honfleur’s centre, entering this café is like stepping back into your childhood. The interiors of G’ours’mandise are kitschy and bright – you’ll find several stuffed teddy bears, while garden gnomes can be seen guarding the garden outside.

    G’ours’mandise is known mostly for their local specialities, sweets, and coffee. This café is an excellent choice if you’re looking for a light meal and want to enjoy the local atmosphere. Must-tries include their waffles served with the region’s hams and cheeses.

    Location: 32 Rue des Lingots, 14600 Honfleur, France

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 6 pm

    Phone: +33 2 31 81 91 02


    Restaurant La Lieutenance

    Delicious French contemporary flavours

    Restaurant La Lieutenance has a stunning grey, silver, and cream exterior, along with a large patio for al fresco dining. The inside is just as lovely and can seat around 50 patrons. This part of the restaurant has a minimalistic design, with grey velvet chairs and crisp white tablecloths. Restaurant La Lieutenance is very easy to reach, thanks to its location in central Honfleur.

    The restaurant serves French contemporary dishes with an extensive wine list. They also have 3-course menus, vegetarian meals, and even gluten-free options. All of their dishes use only fresh ingredients and are plated impeccably. 

    Location: 12 Place Sainte-Catherine, 14600 Honfleur, France

    Open: Tuesday–Sunday from 12 pm to 2.30 pm and from 7 pm to 9.30 pm (closed on Mondays)

    Phone: +33 2 31 89 07 52

    Geri Mileva | Contributing Writer

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