Northern France has so many great restaurants that it’s difficult to pick out the best. For a start there are 16 Michelin-starred chefs in northern France. Two restaurants, both in Pas de Calais, have two stars; 14 spread through Nord, Pas de Calais and Picardy have one star.

And don’t forget the restaurants with a Michelin bib gourmand (good quality; good value). Always look out for the local estaminets which are good bistro-style restaurants often with a Flemish twist.

There are many that should be included in this list of the best restaurants in northern France. So please if you find top restaurants, bistros, small local estaminets or even places for excellent snacks, do let me know.

For this article, Northern France refers only to the Hauts-de-France region. More on Normandy restaurants later!

PLEASE NOTE: I have only included set menu prices. Every restaurant has a carte to choose from as well.

A Note about the Maps

Here is a map for the whole northern France – Hauts-de-France region. You’ll find restaurant maps for each department – Nord, Pas de Calais and Picardy at the top of each list.

I have listed the restaurants geographically. So go to the map, see where you might be staying and click on the relevant restaurant. Information of the restaurant is in each department, following the geographical layout. I hope this makes sense!

Restaurants with 2 Michelin Stars in Northern France – Pas de Calais

La Grenouillière

La Grenouillère outside with house on ground floor and two steel marquee towers on toope. Green grass in front in dappled sunlight
La Grenouillère

Alexandre Gauthier cooks up a storm at La Grenouillière near Montreuil-sur-Mer. It’s a beautiful location in an old farmhouse now transformed with two impressive metallic marquees. The view is over the extensive woods and gardens to the countryside and Montreuil’s ramparts.

Alexandre Gauthier took over from his father in the kitchen 20 years ago. One of France’s most inventive chefs, his molecular cooking is contemporary, providing a meal to savour. He has a 19/20 score in Gault Millau. He also has the new ‘Green’ Michelin star given for his local, regional credentials.
There are 4 rooms to rent in the grounds.

La Grenouillière
19 rue de la Grenouillère
La Madelaine sous Montreuil 62170
Tel: +33 (0)3 21 06 07 22
Menus€155; €185; €245
Open Restaurant opening times vary according to the season. So please check the website.

Château de Beaulieu

Château de Beaulieu exterior showing large buildings in striped brick with exterior terrace and tables and umbrellas outside. Looking from green lawn
Château de Beaulieu

Château de Beaulieu is owned and run by Christophe Dufossé . The estate has a vegetable garden (watered by springs from the estate and the moat), citrus greenhouse, a small farm for animals, an orchard, aromatic garden and beehives. The chef is a champion of organic, self-sufficient and sustainable fish and meat. Don’t miss out on the desserts! There are two restaurants in the red brick 19th-century mansion, the Michelin-starred dining room and a country style brasserie. He has a green Michelin star for his use of over 30 local producers like saffron and fish from the Côte d’Opale.

Château de Beaulieu
1098, rue de Lillers
Busnes 62350
Tel: +33 (0)3 21 68 88 88
Menus €190; €220
Open Wed to Sunday lunch; Wed to Sat dinner

For more restaurants in Pas de Calais see below.

Best Restaurants in Northern France – Nord Department

Haut Bonheur de la Table1 Michelin Star

Outside of Haut Bonheur de la Table restaurant in Cassel. Old Flemish brick house with 6 windows all lit up and name of restaurant over doorway
Haut Bonheur de la Table in Cassel ©Sophie Stalnikiewicz

Perched high up on a hill with great views, this restaurant is in the charming typically Flemish village of Cassel, well worth a visit for its windmill and museum. And here you’ll find this small restaurant (20 covers only) where chef Eugène Hobraiche produces some spectacular cooking. Fish comes from Dunkirk; try grilled wild turbot or tuna for a treat.

Haut Bonheur de la Table
18 Grand’Place
Cassel 59670
Tel: +33 (0)3 28 40 51 03
Menus €50; €63
Open Sun, Mon lunch, Tues-Sat lunch & dinner

L’Auberge – Bib Gourmand

Once a tannery, now a very good simple restaurant near Hazebrouck. Chef Antonin Maresciano champions local produce and cooks well-known Flemish classics given a light modern twist.

2590 route de Bailleul
Caëstre 59190
Tel: +33 (0)3 28 40 25 25
Menus €37; €57
Open Wed-Sat lunch & dinner; Sun lunch

Auberge du Vert Mont – 1 Michelin Star

Auberge du Vert Mont with interior of windows on two sides, wooden floor and long table and chairs
Auberge du Vert Mont

Florent Ladeyn champions Flemish food with some of his inspiration from nearby Belgium. In a dining room with exposed rafters and overlooking the West Flanders hillsides, the food is cooked on a wood fire in front of the diners. He has always championed local produce using flowers and plants to decorate his dishes and he has been awarded a green Michelin star as well. Don’t miss the fries cooked in Maroilles cheese with caramelised onion.

Auberge du Vert Mont
1318 rue du Mont Noir
Boeschepe 59299
Tel: +33 (0)3 28 49 41 26
Menus €50. Child’s menu at €15 is a small version of the adult one
Open Tues-Sat lunch & dinner

Nature – 1 Michelin Star

Nature restaurant with long light wooden modern table and chair, napkins, glasses and board in middle with greenery
Nature ©Sophie Stalnikiewicz

Opposite the Saint-Vaast church in Armentières, Nicolas Gautier’s cooking is classical with contemporary twists. Local specialities produce dishes like lightly smoked scallops and roast Flanders pigeon stuffed under the skin with mushrooms. Fish comes from Boulogne and Dunkirk; local cheeses are excellent and varied.

20 place de Saint-Vaast
Armentières 59280
Tel: +33 (0)3 20 87 93 05
Menus €39; €75; €96
Open Tues-Sat lunch & dinner

Bistro RG – Bib Gourmand

Bistrot RG interior with smart wooden table laid with place setting and glasses in front of open kitchen behind glass window
Bistrot RG

Just next door to Nature, this more casual restaurant is run by Nicolas Gautier and his brother Mathieu. The short menu is based on the cooking of their father, Roger Gautier. It’s an acknowledgement of how important their father’s cooking was. Short bistro-style menu has favourites like steak frites, mussels; service is very good.

Bistrot RG
3 place du Général-de-Gaulle
Armentières 59280
Tel: +33 (0)3 20 87 93 05
Menus €22; €30
Open Tues-Sat lunch & dinner

Outside Lille

Lille, capital of the Nord department, is a foodie destination. Its proximity to Belgium has added another Flemish layer with cosy small restaurants specialising in Belgian specialities as well as some notable destinations.

Balsamique – Bib Gourmand

Balsamique restaurant interior with wooden table and chairs with plastic moulded shampe and iron legs. Table laid with glasses, menu etc and open kitchen behind

Benjamin Bajeux is the inspiration behind this pretty restaurant which has a terrace for summer dining. Try inventive dishes like a beetroot Baba with smoked haddock from one of the top smokeries in Boulogne; classics like magret de canard with oven-cooked boulangères potatoes are equally good.

13 place du Général-de-Gaulle
Wambrechies 59118,
Tel: +33 (0)3 20 93 68 55
Menus €50; €63
Open Sun, Mon lunch, Tues-Sat lunch & dinner

Le Val d’Auge – 1 Michelin Star

Val d'Auge restaurant showing modern interior with very high ceiling, low huge light and curved table and banquette
Le Val d’Auge

Christophe Hagnerelle is typical of the young chefs making a name in France today. He worked with Joël Robuchon at Le Jamin then went to Beirut and later spent six months in  Connecticut. He is strong on fish and also game in season such as grouse and hare.  

Val d’Auge
805 avenue du Général-de-Gaulle
Bondues 59910
Tel: +33 (0)3 20 46 26 87
Menus €60; €70; €75; €90; €95; €97; €109; €139
Open Tues-Sat lunch & dinner

Arborescence – 1 Michelin Star

Arborescence dessert with white round slab of plate and exquisite light pastry standin gup like trees with sugar and cream

In a former textile factory near the station, Félix Robert and his sommelier wife Nidta run the restaurant. The dishes are geared towards fish and vegetables often with a Japanese or Asian slant. So expect dishes like tempura and subtle curries, all given a classical French and beautifully presented.

76 rue de la Gare
Croix 59170
Tel: +33 (0)3 20 00 01 82
Menus €45; €70; €75; €90
Open Wed to Sun lunch & dinner

Rozó – 1 Michelin star

Industrial style interior of Rozó restaurant in huge space with steel and glass walls and open kitchen at back
Rozó restaurant

In Marcq-en-Baroeul, a suburb of Lille, pastry chef Camille Pailleau and chef Diego Delbecq are cooking up a few storms in a former printing works which took 2 years to restore. The open-plan, airy loft-style dining room has a glass roof and metal beams. The chefs operate in open kitchens behind glass panes and produce some great modern dishes using local ingredients like chicory and tartes au sucre. Two signature dishes to try: mushroom medley from the chef and heather honey dessert from the pastry chef.

34 rue Raymond-Derain
Bondues 59910
Tel: +33 (0)3 62 27 72 52
Menus €45; €69; €98; €120
Open Tues-Sat lunch & dinner

In Lille

Le Restaurant du Cerisier – 1 Michelin star

Le Cerisier open kitchen showing main chef looking on as young chef finishes a plate with waitresses waiting to pick it up
Le Cerisier open kitchen

On the first floor of a bold contemporary building in the heart of Lille, the former chef of Le Meurin, Mathieu Boutroy, can be seen performing in a superb theatrically visible kitchen. Mixing classic technique with modern flavours. Try lamb in a ras-el-hanout crust.

Le Restaurant du Cerisier
14 avenue du Peuple-Belge
Lille 59000
Tel: +33 (0)3 74 49 49 49
Menus €59; €109; €145
Open Wed-Sat lunch & dinner; Sun lunch

Pureté -1 Michelin Star

Pureté restaurant interior. Round mirrors on walls which have strange white bricks. Banquettes runing down one side withcushions against orange background, wooden tables and chairs

Lille’s old town is the location for another great restaurant. Behind a conventional wooden shop front, Gérald Guille’s restaurant decor is modern with wooden floors, tables and chairs and banquette seating. At the end an open kitchen shows the chef and his team cooking classic dishes with inventive touches, using the likes of yuzu and kumqat.

79 rue de la Monnaie
Lille 59000
Tel: +33 (0)3 59 51 87 91
Menus €42; €62; €73; €89
Open Tues dinner Wed-Sat lunch & dinner

La Table – Hôtel Clarance – 1 Michelin star

La Table - Hotel Clarance in Lille with tables withwhite cloths and black and wood chairs in classical room with very high ceilings, bright red curtains and chandeliers

The Hotel Clarance and La Table are located in an 18th-century mansion in Lille’s delightful old town. You can eat in the wood-panelled dining rooms and in the former library. In good weather, dine on the terrace looking out over the grounds. Chef Alexandre Miquel, originally from Bethune, is equally at home with fish or meat and uses local, seasonal ingredients with herbs from the hotel’s garden.

La Table – Hotel Clarance
32 rue de la Barre
Lille 59000
Tel: +33 (0)3 59 36 35 59
Menus €55; €75
Open Daily lunch & dinner

Best Restaurants in Northern France – Pas de Calais

Hotel/Restaurant de la Plage

Hotel de la plage restaurant with main focus on table in foreground with lovely plateau de fruits de mer in background and plates full of fish and shellfish
Hotel de la Plage in Audresselles

Niece of Michelin-starred William Elliot at Le Pavillon in the Hotel Westminster in Le Touquet, Solène Elliott won various big awards including Escoffier Young Talents in 2019. In 2020 she opened her restaurant in her parent’s hotel. Championing local produce, her menus include dishes like warm cheese pastry with salted radishes and smoked herring. Main dishes might include pork loin cooked in smoked garlic and paprika with creamed artichoke, onions and broad beans. The hotel, set on  the beach, is a delightful seaside destination.

Hotel/Restaurant de la Plage
21 Rue Gustave Danquin
Audresselles 62164
Tel: +33 (0)7 57 67 96 18
Menus Starters €11; main dishes from €23; desserts €10
Open Wed-Sat lunch & dinner; Sun lunch

Atlantic Hotel La Liégoise – 1 Michelin Star

La Liégoise in the Atlantic Hotel, Wimereux with curving wooden slats looking like branches from floor over ceiling, tables laid, windows overlooking the sea and blue colour scheme
La Liégoise

Take in the panoramic sea view from the first-floor restaurant in the delightful Opal Coast Atlantic Hotel, much beloved by the locals. Benjamin Delpierre concentrates quite rightly on fish and shellfish, red mullet, snails, oysters, razor clams and mussels.
There’s also the excellent Brasserie L’Aloze on the ground floor which is open for lunch and dinner daily.

Atlantic Hotel – La Liégoise
6 rue Notre-Dame
Wimereux 62930
Tel: +33 (0)3 21 32 41 01
Menus €65; €85; €115
Open Sat, Sun lunch; Wed-Sat dinner

Le Colegram

Le Colegram restaurant in Saint Omer. Corner of dining room with windows on two sides, small table and two chairs and large tree in corner. Very attractive place with wooden floor and view outside
Le Colegram in Saint-Omer

This small bistro which opened a year ago serves the freshest food using local ingredients. In an old house on a corner, it’s simply but stylishly decorated and has a professional, friendly staff. Attracting both locals and tourists, the good value menu includes starters from €7 and mains from €17. Don’t miss the desserts (from €6) of the young pâtissier, 24 year old Candice Declercq.

Le Colegram
86 Rue Carnot
Saint-Omer 62500
Tel: +33 (0)3 21 88 52 09
Open Mon, Tues, Thurs-Sat lunch; Fri, Sat dinner

Au Soldat Laboureur

Au Soldat Laboureur interior with ceiling beams and stone walls. Wooden tables laid up with chairs and fireplace withiron stove
Au Soldat Laboureur

Conveniently located near St Pol-sur-Ternoise, Arras and Béthune, Al Soldat Laboureux is a great, thoroughly traditional restaurant. The red brick building has a rustic décor, complete with wallpaper and a fireplace and is particularly good for families. The traditional menu has classic patés, well cooked meat and crème brûlée.

Au Soldat Laboureur
476, rue d’Anvin
Eps 62134
Tel: +33 (0)7 81 38 70 70/(0)3 74 05 02 29
Menus €24; €26.50; €27.80; €29
Open Wed-Sun lunch; Sat lunch & dinner

La Cour de RémiBib Gourmand

La Cour de Rémi with table with wooden board full of charcuterie and large French sausages and bottle and 3 glasses half full of red wine behind
La Cour de Rémi

Owner Sébastien cooks everything, from sourdough bread to ice creams. Well-sourced ingredients produce dishes like pink haunch of venison with dauphinoise potatoes or scallops with parsnip mousseline. It’s good value for money. If you want to stay, book one of the excellent rooms.

La Cour de Rémi
476, rue d’Anvin
Eps 62134
Tel: +33 (0)7 21 03 33 33
Menus €28; €38
Open Tues-Wed-Sun lunch & dinner (closed Sat lunch, Sun dinner)

L’oeuf ou la Poule 

L'oeuf a la poule rstaurant showing starter on oblong dish of pate with green salad and red tomatoes
L’oeuf ou la poule

In the heart of Arras, this buzzing, friendly and very local restaurant delivers traditional French dishes with a modern touch. Try la poule au pot or any of the chicken dishes cooked in different ways (or go for the guinea fowl or vegetable risotto). And of course any egg dishes come from happy, free range hens.

L’oeuf ou la Poule
13 Rue des Balances
Arras 62000
Tel: +33 (0)3 21 24 69 81
Menus €16
Open Mon-Thurs lunch; Fri, Sat lunch & dinner

Restaurant N9UF

Restaurant N9UF with half chest of man in checked shirt in background in front of a table with glass of water, fish in dish and fish on plate and creamy sauce in bowl in middle
Restaurant N9UF

The Leplat family runs this new restaurant opened in August 2022 on the ground floor of the large, grand, red brick Manoir Sainte Paule in a small town near Béthune. Chef Maxime Leplat produces modern dishes like veal paupiettes with a chausseur sauce and potatoes roasted with rosemary. All ingredients are locally sourced. There’s a terrace for summer dining.

Restaurant N9UF
2 Rue du 11 Novembre
Laventie 62840
Tel: +33 (0)3 21 02 68 46
Menus €35; €45
Open Mon, Tues. Thurs lunch; Fri, Sat, Sun noon-6pm

A l’Fosse 7

A l'Fosse restaurant with waiter in blue jacket with name of restaurant on pocket holding two plates of food with background of tables
A l’Fosse

This family-run, joyous restaurant is always buzzing with locals. Mellow stone walls, wooden floors and beams set the scene for good value, classic cooking. Dishes might include French onion soup and pot’je Vleesch and – great idea: all mains can be ordered in smaller portions. And with vegetables from the Sallaumines market gardens 3 kms away, you don’t get much more local than here.  

A l’Fosse 7
94 Bd Henri Martel
Avion 62210
Tel: +33 (0)3 21 43 06 98
Menus Weekdays main dish is €9.50. No set menus, but for a 3 course meal, count on spending between €30 and €35
Open Daily lunch; Fri, Sat dinner

Air Accueil – Bib Gourmand

Air Acceuil restaurant interior. Large light room withhigh cilinings, wooden floor, tables and chairs and picture on walls. Elegant
Air Acceuil

Chef Franck Gilabert offers good value for money and local specialities in this large restaurant near the Bitry-en-Artois airfield. Once the officers’ mess, now the restaurant offers the likes of local trout with creamed buckwheat and celery mousse. For meat try pork loin, braised chicory and creamed mushrooms. A far cry from the past.

Ais Accueil
50 rue Nationale
Brebières 62117
Tel: +33 (0)3 21 50 01 02
Menus €45; €72
Open Tues, Thurs-Sat lunch and dinner; Sun lunch

For more restaurants in Calais, here’s my guide to this great, unexpectedly interesting city.

Best Restaurants in Northern France – Picardy

La Clé des Champs – Bib Gourmand

La Clé des Champs restaurant in the Somme Bay. Picture at dusk with blue/red sky clouds, low while buildings with pitched rooves clustered in background with lights on and lights reflecting in water. Two boats moored
La Clé des Champs in the Somme Bay

Nicolas Chamoin and his wife Adéline are enthusiastic, knowledgeable and charming. The restaurant’s modern décor is delightfully comfortable rather than startling. Concentrate on the excellent fish and shellfish from the coast, though meat dishes are equally pleasing. They do take-away, and have a small shop attached.

La Clé des Champs
Place des Frères-Caudron
Favières 80120
Tel: +33 (0)3 22 27 88 00
Menus €35; €55; €65
Open Tues-Sat lunch & dinner

L’Orée de la Forêt – 1 Michelin star

L'Orée de la Forêt slanted picture showing pate i a jar with bread board and slices of bread, and pots
L’Orée de la Forêt © L’Orée de la Forêt

This familyrun hotel and restaurant has a great location in a late 19th-century mansion surrounded by wooded grounds. The restaurant was opened by the grandmother of the chef Nicolas Leclercq in 1956. From the beginning, vegetables from the large kitchen garden were used, something of a novelty back then. Nicolas Leclercq won his Michelin star in 1994 and has held it ever since. He uses top seasonal ingredients to produce classic dishes.

L’Orée de la Forêt
255 rue de la Forêt
Étouy 60600
Tel: +33 (0)3 03 44 51 65 18
Menus €100; €120; €140
Open Thurs-Sat lunch & dinner; Sun lunch

Auberge À la Bonne Idée – 1 Michelin star

Auberge À la Bonne Idée with comfortable dining room, laid tables, beamed ceilings and windows along one side
Auberge À la Bonne Idée

The restaurant is in a medieval village in the middle of the forest of Compiègne, near the Armistice Museum. With stone walls, beams and a fireplace, its’ a delightful venue. Try something a little different from chef Sébastien Tantot whose dishes are chalked up on a board. Set menus are adventurous and vegetables, fruit and aromatic plants and herbs from his own kitchen garden dominate.  

Auberge À la Bonne Idée
3 rue des Meuniers
Saint-Jean-aux-Bois 60350
Tel: +33 (0)3 03 44 49 82 09
Menus €90; €110; €165; €195
Open Wed-Sun lunch & dinner

Le Verbois – 1 Michelin star

Le Verbois dish with spoon on top of mushroom on wooden board with lots of attractive leaves and greenery
Le Verbois

Le Verbois is another very successful family-run restaurant. Located in the former Rothschild family late 19th-century hunting lodge, the décor is modern. Guillaume Guibet is the third generation, highly successful chef offering new creative dishes often with an Asian twist.

Le Verbois
6 rue la Grande-Folie
Saint-Jean-aux-Bois 60350
Tel: +33 (0)3 03 44 49 82 09
Menus €90; €110; €165; €195
Open Wed-Sun lunch & dinner

Auberge de La Grange aux Loups – Bib Gourmand

Auberge de la Grange aux Loups Terrace with taables set in courtyard and umbrellas shading them
Auberge de la Grange aux Loups Terrace

Julie and Dorian Wicart have established themselves in this enterprise – essentially a restaurant with rooms. Design is contemporary with exposed stone walls, wood beams and a central fireplace. Come here for excellent classic dishes with modern flourishes. Try a starter like salmon terrine with ratte potatoes and herbed fromage blanc. Mains include fish and meat with modern touches like roast shrimps and Camargue rice with chorizo and fennel. There’s a terrace for summer dining.

Auberge La Grange aux Loups
8 rue du 11-Novembre
Apremont 60300
Tel: +33 (0)3 03 44 25 33 79
Menus €31; €35; €59
Open Tues-Sat lunch & dinner

La Grange de Belle-Église – 1 Michelin star

La Grange de la Belle Eglise from corner table inside with warm orange covered chairs and white table cloth withlaid table looking through floor to ceiling windows at pretty white tower and gardens
La Grange de la Belle Eglise

This is the restaurant for great traditional cooking. The pretty restaurant is classically decorated with plush and comfortable tables and chairs and there’s a garden for outdoor dining. Chef Marc Duval champions classic dishes using local ingredients: asparagus, gnocchis, escargots. Main dishes are divided into 4 fish and 4 meat possibilities. Try roasted guinea fowl cooked in its own juice and in Jura vin jaune with sweet potatoes. For fish? Go for roast turbot with morilles and asparagus.  

La Grange de Belle-Église
28 boulevard René-Aimé-Lagabrielle
Belle-Église 60540
Tel: +33 (0)3 44 08 49 00
Menus €28; €48; €74; €96
Open Tues dinner; Wed-Sat lunch & dinner

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