Comfort Hotel Strasbourg
14, Rue des Corroyeurs
Phone: (33) 3 88290606
Fax: (33) 3 88293666
This café has a very modern interior and a terrace of the museum with a lovely view of Petite France and the Ponts Couverts (this is also an opportunity to admire the mix of old and new). In between visits to art exhibitions and various collections, stop by for a cup of tea, or a salad meal (salades-repas), such as a plate of cold pasta with olive oil, Italian ham and slivers of parmesan. On Sundays their brunch is a good way to start the day after a long lie in. Expect to pay from 55F (EUR 8.38) for salads and from 110F (EUR 16.76) for brunch.
The doorman may not be very chatty, but the Mexican atmosphere within is warm and enticing. As for the tapas, you'll find plenty of choice, but little that's original. There are as many vegetarian tapas as meat and fish ones, and all at very reasonable prices. Wash it all down with tequila or Mexican beer. Later in the evening Latin-American music inspires diners to dance the salsa or bossa-nova. Expect to pay around 16F (EUR 2.44) for a soft drink, 15F-20F (EUR 2.28-3.05) for a beer, 35-40F (EUR 5.33-6.10) for spririts, 10F-20F (EUR 1.52-3.05) for tapas, 15F-20F (EUR 2.28-3.05) for a glass of wine, 15F (EUR 2.28) for a glass of sangria and, during the happy hour, 12F (EUR 1.83) for tapas, sangria and Spanish beer.
If you can't make it to Reunion Island, this restaurant's réunionnais decor and music are guaranteed to make you dance at least. Taste all the dishes of the region, spiced with ginger, curry, coriander and lemon. Choose from salads, acras, samoussas, the famous creole black pudding, and fish and meat specialities like rougail, cari and massale; a great escape! Expect to pay: menus for two at 115F (EUR 17.53) and 130F (EUR 19.81), average à la carte prices from 100F (EUR 15.24) to 170F (EUR 25.91).
This bierstub (beer and wine bar) is located in green surroundings in the middle of the river Ill. It is owned by Schutzenberger, one of Alsace's breweries, and all the food contains beer in some form: soupe d'escargots à la biere (snail soup with beer and croutons), jarret de porc Jubilator (pork knuckle) and pied de veau farci en crépinette à la bière (stuffed calf's foot in beer). The colourful, wooden décor creates a warm atmosphere.
A family winstub in a warm setting; the owner is often to be found sitting at the entrance with his friends having a drink. You will thus have the pleasure of being greeted by Madame who will make you at home and present you with the menu to be found on each table, which is positively brimming with wonderful meat and fish dishes to satisfy even the hungriest of customers: rib of beef, breast and knuckle of lamb, tripe and grilled fillets of red mullet with vegetables on a lentil salad from Puy. And, as the days begin to shorten, a panful of chanterelle mushrooms and escargots is guaranteed to keep your spirits high as autumn approaches. Expect to pay: dish of the day from 65F (EUR 9.91), midday menu at 95F (EUR 14.48) with starter + main dish + desert, menu from 80F (EUR 12.19) at 150F (EUR 22.86). Call ahead for restaurant hours.
At its convenient location in the fashionable district of Strasbourg, this flowery auberge is the place to be in the summer, when its little terrace brims with life and provides an insider's view of the hustle and bustle all around. Light locally-inspired meals of high quality are available: terrine of herrings in cream, perch sauerkraut and a superb salt beef. Expect to pay 54F (EUR 8.23)-118F (EUR 17.98) for prix-fixe menus and 150F (EUR 22.86)-250F (EUR 38.10) à la carte.
If you had to summarise the Tapas Café in one word, it would be 'authenticity'. Take one step inside this bar and you'll no longer be in Strasbourg, but in a Catalan ascienda. The decor is a great success. The tapas menu could not be more exhaustive and the atmosphere is pleasant. At the Tapas Café, you always feel a little Spanish! Expect to pay around 10 F to 14 F (EUR 1.52 to 2.13) for a soft drink, 15 F to 30 F (EUR 2.28 to 4.57) for a cocktail, 15 F to 20 F (EUR 2.28 to 3.05) for a glass of wine, from 10 F to 15 F EUR 1.52 to 2.28) for a draught beer, 18 F (EUR 2.74) for a bottled beer and 20 F (EUR 3.05) for a tapas.
This restaurant serves everything from ostrich to kangaroo meat. Choose from prime cuts, tournedos, entrecote and T-bone and name the size you want - the bravest can get 500g! Regional dishes such as sauerkraut also feature on the menu, and there's a good choice of reasonably priced French and foreign wines to complement your meal. An unpretentious, cheerful place with quick service. Set menus are available for 70F (EUR 10.67), 99F (EUR 15.09) and 139F (EUR 21.18); à la carte prices range from 130F (EUR 19.81) to 250F (EUR 38.10). Wines from 80F (EUR 12.19) to 295F (EUR 44.96).
Now that you know about these two establishments, you will no longer have any excuse for not knowing what a baeckeoffe is when you leave Alsace. Surrounded by wood, winstub-style, enhanced by engravings, taste this rich dish containing meat, fish, veal, poultry, or even--for dessert--fruit. Rest assured that other regional dishes are available including knackwursts, a Riesling tart, a bibeleskas and sauerkraut. Branch: 24, Rue des Hallebardes, +33 3 88 32 14 42
When in the picturesque Petite France area, a visit to this restaurant is strongly recommended; you will not be disappointed by this handsome winstub where Monsieur, who cooks, and Madame, who serves, offer you a most warm welcome. Traditional Alsatian recipes include delicious flambé tarts and wonderful grumbeerekiechle (potato pancakes) in apple compote. Ask for table outside if the weather's good, and admire the view of the Ill and the Ponts Couverts. Expect to pay 85F-95F (EUR 12.96-14.94).
This restaurant is located in one of the prettiest and most photographed parts of the city (apart from the cathedral) in a half-timbered three-storey building. Ask for a table by the big bay windows for a superb view of the Petite France quarter and the locks along the Ill river. The numerous Alsatian dishes served here are excellent value for money and you may be lucky enough to hear a singer and pianist perform traditional French songs. Main course plus starter and dessert 60F (EUR 9.14) at lunchtime. A set menu with starter, main course and dessert costs 140F (EUR 21.33)
This place is known by the citizens of Strasbourg for the fringe theatre and cabarets that are performed here, but there is also a fun and authentic winstub run by Roger Siffer, a famous local performer. This restaurant serves choucroute au chou rouge au jambonneau (sauerkraut made with red cabbage and knuckle of ham) and the more traditional version with excellent charcuterie (cold meats). Wash it all down with a Fischer beer - the best in Alsace. Frequent live musical entertainment and cabaret-dinner-show reservations available.