If you're looking to surprise your significant other with a very romantic dinner in Bordeaux, well, you won't have to look very far; Bordeaux is just bursting with romantic restaurants. L' Estaquade is built on stilts on the right bank of the Garonne, and in the evening offers a view of the illuminated Place de la Bourse. The menu offers many seafood specialties like the tartare of salmon flavored with oranges and more of Spanish-style cooking. There are also meat dishes, but the seafood remains the most popular. The cuisine is traditional and the atmosphere is very romantic.
Another cozy spot is Le Pavillon des Boulevards. Small, intimate, and charming, this is an impeccably managed restaurant where the skillful chef and the head of the dining room, his wife, provide sophisticated food for discerning customers. Menu items include a dollop of caviar from local sturgeon, served with chestnut-flavored cream sauce; grilled crayfish with grilled blood sausage and cider; Breton lobster sautéed with vanilla beans with sauterne sauce; filets of turbot with Parmesan-flavored risotto; and fried crayfish tails served with fried blood sausage and apple juice. The cuisine is attuned to the changing seasons.
Why don't more wine producers and chateaux have restaurants on site? It's a question you'll be asking yourself many times during a visit to almost any wine region in France, so make the most of Table du Calvet. Exposed stone walls, excellent food, intimately sized and an extensive wine list, including but in no way limited to Calvet's own range, this restaurant makes the perfect setting for that much dreamed about romantic dining experience. So, go ahead, and surprise your loved one. But these romantic Bordeaux restaurants just might very pleasantly surprise you, too.
quai de Queyries
5 Rue Montesquieu
29 Rue Esprit des Lois
59 rue du Palais Gallien
6 rue Porte de la Monnaie