The Most Affordable Michelin-Starred Restaurants in Europe
So, if you’re thinking of traveling around Europe this summer, you might want to keep this article on hand. And not to pressure you, but with the inflation rate at record highs, restaurant prices may also be rising. Many of the world’s best restaurants have already increased their prices in 2022, so now is the time to dust off that bucket list and enjoy a fancy dinner at a Michelin-starred restaurant.
L’Antic Molí is one of the finest restaurants in Spain, and the most affordable Michelin-starred restaurant you can find in Europe at the moment – if you opt for the Espai Bistro dining area. Here, for just €20 per person, you can enjoy a delicious meal concocted by chef Vicent Guimerà Sales, in the very heart of Spain, surrounded by extensive landscaped grounds and magnificent views.
If you’re looking for a delicious, Michelin-starred experience with a twist, then La Robe is the right restaurant for you. The two-floor dining area has a cozy, intimate vibe throughout, which allows guests to enjoy the unique offerings created by chef Xavier Giraudet. The most affordable menu option at La Robe is only €24 per person, and it’s definitely worth it.
The one Michelin-starred Hostellerie la Montagne is located in the same area where former French President Charles de Gaulle is buried. That’s why the dining area is named ‘A la table du General,’ or ‘at the General’s table’. Chef Jean-Baptiste Natali has plenty of tricks up his sleeve, including a special Christmas menu featuring beef lobster breaded with almonds and pine nuts, candied celery, and coquilles Saint-Jacques truffles.
Located in southwestern France, Les Clefs d’Argent is the epitome of French chic. The decor blends in seamlessly with the creative plating and vibrant colors of local Landes produce. Chef Christophe Dupouy trained in Monaco, Cannes, Toulouse, and Geneva, before setting up shop in his native Landes region. His menu is focused around local flavors and recipes, but with an exotic, modern twist.
The one Michelin-starred Essência restaurant is led by Portuguese-Hungarian duo Tiago and Éva Sabarigo. Guests can enjoy the best of both Hungarian and Portuguese cuisine by opting for a ‘fusion’ tasting menu that combines the two cultures effortlessly.
However, the venue also offers affordable options, starting at €25 per person for the most affordable three-course meal served at lunch. It also carries a selection of Portuguese and Hungarian wines to go with the delicious dishes.
Located in the heart of France’s Haut-Doubs Mountains, Hotel Restaurant Le France is an excellent choice if you’re looking for a Michelin-star experience in a cozy ambiance.
Chef Hugues Droz makes sure guests have an unforgettable time, presenting them with creative dishes that blend flavors, colors, innovation, and technical mastery.
If you want to enjoy the true flavors and architecture of France, then Le Mascaret will be right up your alley. Located in a former girls’ boarding school, the restaurant and hotel has distinctly Baroque tones, but with a modern feel.
Chef Philippe Hardy manages to impress with his creativity, precision, and attention to detail. Head over for a relaxing lunch date, and spend the night to get the full French-country-chic experience.
Silabario is a one-Michelin-star restaurant situated right beneath a massive avant-garde glass dome that houses the headquarters of the Real Club Celta de Vigo football club. For roughly €27 per person, you can enjoy Chef Alberto González Prelcic’s superb dishes, including seasonal lamprey, a favorite among locals.
Auberge du Cep is a one-Michelin-star restaurant led with gusto by Chef Aurélien Merot, whose dishes focus heavily around jus and sauces. The restaurant offers a wide selection of tasting menus, as well as a fine selection of regional wines to pair with the food for full effect. After all, Auberge du Cep is conveniently located on a popular Burgundy wine route in the Beaujolais region.
Cozy, isolated, quiet, quaint, elegant, classic – La Grange de Belle-Église is the right place for you if you want the quintessential French dining experience. The restaurant, led by chef Marc Duval, welcomes guests with high-quality ingredients, exquisite flavors, and a large selection of Bordeaux wines and Champagnes.
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