France is a country known for its excellent food. From haute cuisine to croissants, they have it and came up with it. The Dordogne region is no exception to this. But with all the choices, where can you best eat in the Dordogne? Which places are suited for kids? Read on for the restaurants where we ate together with our son and our experiences at those places.
Restaurant Maleville/Hostellerie Maleville
Our top place to eat in the Dordogne is Hostellerie Maleville in Beynac. Your kid(s) do have to be able to sit here for a while, but you get excellent food. It’s a hotel with a restaurant and they have a terrace overlooking the Dordogne river. The view was perfect: on one side the Dordogne river, on the other side the town of Beynac.
The restaurant was at the foot of the hill where Beynac is built against and on. The setting of the restaurant is in one word: perfect. They had 3 course dinners, also for kids. Yuri ate duck for the first time and fell in love with it. He loved it so much he wanted to go back here every day. The cuisine was French, and the quality of the food was excellent. We all loved the duck very much. It was by far the best restaurant of our whole week in the Dordogne and we talked about it for a long time afterwards.
The waitress who helped us was a bit grumpy. When we entered I accidently knocked some glasses, and well she obviously didn’t like that and was blunt with me for a while. Towards the end it went better. But as they say this is typically French.
Le Palais des Glaces
Perfect place to go with kids. But what else is there to expect of a restaurant/café that sells crepes, ice cream and waffles. We went here with friends. They have a terrace and the restaurant is in the middle of the town on the main road. We could see cave dwellings in the rocks and on the other side some more of the town and trees.
Their ice cream was super good. The crepes and waffles where also of good quality. But if there’s one thing the French can do well, it’s making super thin, delicious crepes. The terrace was fully covered and that is great with the sun, but also for the rain we just had. We sat here for a while and had a good time.
33 Avenue de la Préhistoire
24620 les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil
Restaurant Moulin de la Pique
We stayed on camping Moulin de la Pique and on site there was a restaurant. We ate here twice. On the second day we had dinner here and loved it. The quality was good as well as the service. The setting is beautiful on the second floor of an historic building. We had high windows from which we looked down on the grounds. There was a play area for kids.
The second time we had a pizza party from the campsite, which was outside. Good pizzas and good company.
Hotel Restaurant le Bellaroc
Another good place to eat in the Dordogne when visiting Rocamadour. It’s a hotel with a restaurant and a terrace. They serve French cuisine. We sat on the terrace since we had beautiful, warm weather. The terrace had beautiful views. We loved eating here and the quality was good.
Restaurant de Pays les Tilleuls
This restaurant was on the grounds of Castelnaud. It’s a tourist place, but luckily not in a bad way. We sat on the terrace and looked down on a man making artisan goods. The restaurant served French cuisine and we had crepes and icecream here.
Restaurant le Donjon
This restaurant is in Beynac, it’s a place just for tourists, no locals to be found here. We ate here, liked it, but it just wasn’t as good as the other places we ate at in the Dordogne. Pricy for what you get, but that’s to expect if it’s smack in the middle of a touristic area.
The setting was great, the terrace was on one of the medieval streets of Beynac, close to the castle of Beynac.
Rue du Château
These are the places you can eat in the Dordogne with kids and have good food. I hope that we have inspired you to go to France and eat at these places in the Dordogne. All with one purpose and that’s to have a good time and make memories.
We have more blogs about the Dordogne, you can read that here.