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Top 5 best restaurants in Toulouse

The capital of the Haute-Garonne department in the South-West of France, Toulouse is the fourth most populated city in France and is also one of the most touristic. As such an exciting place to visit, the ‘pink city’ has many great attractions and restaurants. There are over eight hundred different restaurants, cafes and bars in Toulouse; there are real gastronomic attractions among them. Here is our list of some of the best restaurants in Toulouse.

Michel Sarran

Michel Sarran, the name of both the chef and the restaurant, is a two star Michelin restaurant that offers food of the highest quality. Despite its high standing of two Michelin stars, the restaurant feels more like a house than a restaurant thanks to its festive atmosphere. Sarran carefully constructs the dishes in his own distinct style, and the results are delicious! Alongside the fine cuisine, the wine cellar is rich with great wines and the sommelier is excellent. Michel Sarran offers a fine-dining experience in an atypical setting for a Michelin star restaurant.
Place: 21 boulevard Armand Duportal, 31000 Toulouse
Open: Monday-Friday 12:00-13:45 (except Wednesday), Monday-Friday 20:00-21:45 (closed weekends)
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Py-R is a gourmet, one-star Michelin restaurant, situated in the Quartier Esquirol. The restaurant is beautifully designed in an all white, cave-like room. The young chef, Pierre Lambinon, has made his name in prestigious restaurants around France, and this venture has only increased his stock. He uses good quality, fresh products and the presentation of his dishes is simply stunning. He uses high quality products, but will also turn to seasonal market vegetables to create wonderful combinations.
Place: 19 descente de la Halle aux Poissons, 31000 Toulouse
Open: Tuesday-Friday 12:00-14:00, Monday-Friday 20:00-22:00 (closed weekends)
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La Cendrée

In the historical setting of a Capitoul residence and with an imposing 15th century fireplace, La Cendrée welcomes you in with its warm atmosphere, just a stone’s throw away from Place Esquirol. This restaurant is a classic Occitan restaurant that serves traditional French cuisine, as well as regional south-western specialities, including dishes cooked over a wooden fire. They offer their famous cassoulet that contains pork from Laborie. Come here to enjoy a traditional French meal by the fire in a typically Toulousian establishment steeped in history.
Place: 11-15 rue des Tourneurs, 31000 Toulouse
Open: Monday-Saturday 12:00-14:00, 19:30-21:30 (closed Sunday)
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Le Bistrot des Sales Gosses

Despite the restaurants design helping remind us of our childhoods, Le Bistrot des Sales Gosses offers delicious and original dishes, as well as very generous portions. It was opened by twin brothers, Mathieu and Bruno, with the latter in charge of the kitchen having learnt from none other than Michel Sarran. The menu changes regularly and the flavours stay original. The lunch menu for €24 and the dinner menu for €34 are pretty well priced for a starter and main considering the quality of the options and the food.
Place: 7 rue de l’Industrie, 31000 Toulouse
Open: Wednesday-Saturday 12:00-14:00, Tuesday-Saturday 20:00-22:00 (closed Monday and Sunday)
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Le Mas de Dardagna

Away from the city, the idyllic family farmhouse of the Joffre family is home to an excellent restaurant to get a meal that allows you to relax and enjoy some good food away from the hustle and bustle of the city. While appreciating the beautiful setting, you are welcomed by some courteous service and some even better food. You can get all of this for a decent price as well. The ‘menu petit plaisir’ is served for dinner during the week for €32 and includes starter, main and dessert.
Place: 1 chemin de Dardagna, 31400 Toulouse
Open: Monday-Friday 12:00-14:00, 20:00-22:00 (closed weekends)
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So there you have our list of some of the best restaurants in Toulouse. As a city with a rich culinary scene, there are plenty of great restaurants to eat at in Toulouse, that offer French classics and some that offer a more inventive cuisine. Be sure to try some of the local and regional delicacies during your visit to the ‘pink city’, like cassoulet, cheese and wine.

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