Under an hour from Paris, the region of Champagne is renowned for its sparkling wine, but there is so much more to this region than that. From Michelin-star restaurants to cosy French bistros, it’s foodie heaven.

The historic cities of Reims and Epernay have something for every taste and every budget. The question isn’t where to eat in Champagne, but how many places can you fit into your schedule when you’re there?

In this best restaurant guide, we’ve done the hard work for you so you know exactly which restaurants to put at the top of your list.

The BEST Restaurant Guide on Where to Eat in Champagne

The restaurants in this region are as diverse as the vineyards, from family-run establishments dishing up hearty, regional menus to chic brasseries blending casual dining with a touch of elegance.

Many of the restaurant owners are big on local produce. In fact, in France as a whole, this is common practice.

The French don’t like to import anything, they’d rather stick with home-grown products. It’s why, for example, you won’t see pumpkins in the supermarket at any time of year other than November. 

Seasonality wins over variety and local weekly markets are a huge part of French life, which is reflected in the restaurant menus.

Restaurants in ReimsReims City Centre

Reims is the unofficial capital of Champagne and is full of history, making it a fantastic place to explore and work up an appetite. With its grand Gothic cathedral, a coronation site for French kings, the streets could tell you a story or two. 

Many of the restaurants are in and around the Place Drouet d’Erlon, a bustling square where the restaurants spill out onto the pavements. It’s alfresco dining at its best, especially in the summer months.

Gourmet: Le Millénaire

Le Millénaire is definitely a more gourmet restaurant renowned for its contemporary approach to its menus under the expert guidance of Chef Benjamin Andreux. So, if you’re after some fine dining, it’s a good pick. Their partnership with Maison Charles Heidsieck is quite unique and allows you to enjoy some exceptional champagnes with your food.

They also take pride in selecting the best the region has to offer, showcasing local producers, from bakers to chocolatiers. 

Type of Food

Contemporary French-European cuisine, with vegetarian options available.

Budget Range

From €34 to €120, with weekend tasting menus at €35 for three courses and €54 for five courses.

Menu Highlight

The degustation menus, especially on weekends, offer a comprehensive taste of the restaurant’s capabilities.

📍 6 Rue Bertin, Reims | 🌐 Website  | ⏰ Tues – Sat 12-1.30pm & 7-9pm

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Brasserie du BoulingrinMid-Range: Brasserie du Boulingrin

La Brasserie du Boulingrin is the oldest brasserie in Reims spread over two floors with gorgeous art deco decor, opposite the Halles (marketplace), which is a historical building. 

Heading up the team is Chef Thierry Sidan who specialises in creating quality dishes that won’t break the bank. 

Type of Food

French ‘bistro’ fare with a twist

Budget Range

Offers a variety of pricing options, including a Plat de Jour at €25, which covers an appetiser, main course, dessert, beverage, and coffee.

Menu Highlight

The menu is a celebration of quality and tradition, boasting dishes like terrines, marinated herring, pan-fried pig’s feet, and their famous gratin dauphinois.

📍 31 Rue de Mars, Reims | 🌐 Website  | ⏰ Mon – Sat 12-2.30pm & 6.30-11pm

Cafe du PalaisClassic French: Café du Palais

The Café du Palais, a family-run establishment since 1930, is steeped in history. The story began with Louis Millet, who ran it originally as a local café that later became the Café du Palais. Its eclectic decor, which includes a stunning stained-glass ceiling created in 1928 by master glassmaker Jacques Simon, is a real feature and depicts a celestial vault with mauve birds framing generous indigo clouds. It is a showstopper.

Type of Food

French comfort food with a variety of vegetarian-friendly options. 

Budget Range

Prices are reasonable, with a range between €19 and €52, providing a good value for an authentic dining experience. Specific lunch options are available.

Menu Highlight

Smoked salmon with potatoes and salad with a selection of wines by the glass and a notable variety of Champagnes to complement the meal.

📍14 Place Myron Herrick, Reims | 🌐 Website  | ⏰ Tues – Fri 9-9pm & Sat 9-11pm

LAssiette ChampenoiseMichelin Star Restaurant: L’Assiette Champenoise

 L’Assiette Champenoise is where you go if you want something special, and with not just one but three Michelin stars, they take you on an unforgettable gastronomic journey. The head chef, Arnaud Lallement, creates seasonal menus using local produce, and the setting really adds to the sense of occasion as the restaurant is within the grounds of an old chateau-style hotel just outside of Reims itself.

Type of Food

A modern twist on French classics

Budget Range

L’Assiette Champenoise’s menu varies, featuring a 6-course menu at €220, a comprehensive tasting menu for €315, and a more affordable weekday lunch option at €125. Special seasonal menus, like the white truffle menu, can go up to €395. A la carte selections range from €85 to €135

Menu Highlight

A standout dish is the Brittany scallop with beetroot and parsley cream, and the Brill from Brittany served with cabbage ravioli and vermouth cream, is another highlight.

📍40 avenue Paul Vaillant Couturier, Tinqueux | 🌐 Website  | ⏰ Closed Mon & Tues

Restaurants in ÉpernayEpernay City Centre

Épernay is the other major city in the Champagne region and has miles of underground cellars that run underneath the city, some of which are listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites. It’s also home to the iconic Avenue de Champagne, where many of the Champagne Houses have their headquarters. 

The main eateries are in the town centre, with several located on or near the Avenue de Champagne, offering everything from fine dining to casual bistros.

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Gourmet: La Table KobusLa Table Kobus

La Table Kobus is a gourmet restaurant that offers a “bistronomique” approach to its menu, a fusion of bistro and gourmet​. The focus here is on seasonal ingredients, with each dish rooted in the region’s gastronomic traditions.

The restaurant decor is a lot of fun and designed in the style of 1900s Parisian brasseries, offering a warm and classic French ambience. 

Type of Food

Gourmet French bistro

Budget Range

La Table Kobus offers a range of dining options suitable for various budgets. Their “Formule Ardoise” starts from €27, with the “Formule Gourmande” reaching €56.

Menu Highlight

La Granny Smith Crémeuse

📍3 Rue Dr Rousseau, Epernay | 🌐 Website  | ⏰ Lunch 12–1.30 pm and 7–8:30 pm Closed Mon all day and Thurs & Sun Evening

Mid-Range: L’Oeil de Boeuf

This is the perfect place to go if you’re travelling with your dog as pets are welcome. As the name would suggest, they are known for their beef and the setting is traditional French with a heated outdoor terrace if you fancy sitting outside.

Type of Food

French and European

Budget Range

Starters range from €13 to €19.50, main courses are priced around €14 to €22, and desserts are available from €7.50 to €11​.

Menu Highlight

The classic Bavette de boeuf Angus is a firm favourite along with crème brulée aux noisettes

📍40 Rue de Sezanne, Epernay | 🌐 Website  | ⏰Weds – Sat 12-2pm and 7.30-10.30pm Sun 12-2pm

Classic French: Le Théâtre

If you want something traditionally French but with a bit of history attached, you’ll love Le Théâtre, one of the oldest brasseries in Épernay. Its high ceilings and Art Nouveau style theatre-style decor make it really quite a special place to go offering something a little bit different and fun.

Type of Food

Classic French Cuisine

Budget Range

Le Théâtre is a bit more upscale, with a price range from $35 to $139.

Menu Highlight

Signature dishes include veal kidneys in Meaux mustard, pheasant terrine with juniper berries, and tender lamb leg with seasonal vegetables, reflecting the rich culinary heritage of France​.

📍8 Place Pierre Mendes France, Epernay | 🌐 Website  | ⏰Thurs – Sat 12-,2 pm 7-9pm, Sun & Tues 12-2pm closed Weds

Les Avisés Michelin Star Restaurant: Les Avisés 

Les Avisés is a Michelin-starred restaurant located in a stunning hotel. Its position at the top of the village offers a scenic view, adding to the dining experience​. The restaurant is run by a husband and wife team, Stéphane and Nathalie Rossillon, and forms part of the original champagne house that was built by Charles Kock in 1820, heir to German hoteliers from Heidelberg. The hotel has only ten rooms and is more of a guest house than a hotel with a real family feel to it.

Type of Food

French and European cuisines. 

Budget Range

Lunch is bistro style with a fixed 3-course menu priced at 47€ per person. Dinner is more gastronomic with a 4-course menu priced at 75€ per person. For children, a special menu is available at 17€ per person​.

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Menu Highlight

The menu changes weekly but dinner includes an amuse-bouche, appetizer, fish dish, meat dish, and dessert. 

📍59, Rue de Cramant, Avize| 🌐 Website  | ⏰Closed Tues & Weds

Unusual or Unique Restaurants in the Champagne region

Reims: Le Crypto

Le Crypto is housed in a former bank vault beneath the streets of Reims, offering a dining experience that’s both unique and memorable. The ambience is unlike any other, with the historic setting providing a dramatic backdrop for a menu that features modern takes on regional cuisine.

📍14, Place du Forum, Reims | 🌐 Website  

Épernay- La Grillade Gourmande (1)Épernay: La Grillade Gourmande

La Grillade Gourmande offers a unique twist on the traditional grill house, with an open kitchen where you can watch the chefs at work. The restaurant prides itself on its use of local ingredients and its extensive list of champagnes, which can be enjoyed in its cosy interior or on the terrace.

📍16, Rue de Reims, Épernay | 🌐 Website  

The Perching Bar

Verzy: Perching Bar

Perching Bar is really quirky and so much fun. It’s a champagne bar set in the treetops of the Verzy forest, near Épernay. Accessible only by a wooden walkway, it’s an eco-friendly bar offering panoramic views of the natural surroundings, and serving a selection of champagnes you can enjoy sitting in the treetops. Their swing-style chairs just add to the fun.

📍Forêt de Brise Charrette, Verzy | 🌐 Website  

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