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L'instinct Gourmand

#10 of 1,106 Restaurants in Nantes
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14 rue Saint Leonard, 44000, Nantes, France
+33 2 40 47 41 64
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Monday
Closed
Hours:
Tue - Sat 12:00 - 14:00
20:00 - 22:00
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Wigan, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I booked a table for one on Thursday, and was surprised to find the restaurant packed. I had sea bass with risotto, it just melted. I followed this with a bavarois, this was light and fluffy, an absolute delight. Once again the Michelin guide came up trumps!

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Dublin, Ireland
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33 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

Definitely the best meal we had in Nantes. I was delighted with the quality, pesentation and taste of our 3 course meal (32 euro pp). I had a fantastic quail starter with freshly made ravioli, followed by a superb fish dish and a sublime chocolate fondant. My wife had a crab starter a beautifully cooked veal chop and a marvelous... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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55 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

We chose this restaurant for our stopover in Nantes based on the Michelin guide recommendation. As others have said, it is easy to find at the end of a pedestrianised street. The staff are extremely welcoming, very friendly indeed. We had booked but had arrived early. This was not a problem and we were shown into one of the two... More 

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London, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016

Such a fantastic restaurant. The staff were friendly and accommodating to the needs of the entire group, with service that was efficient but very relaxed. The cooking is very creative - they are clearly looking to push boundaries and introduce new ideas where they can - yet it didn't feel a stretch too experimental for a couple of the relatively... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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479 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 197 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2016

I chose this restaurant from Trip Advisor to meet some friends while we were holidaying in Nantes. It’s quite a small place, right in the town centre and very easy to find. Inside, it’s dark and modern with menus on chalkboards on the wall. The service is good (this, again, seems to be a restaurant operated by a fairly young... More 

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7 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 May 2016

Great place to enjoy romantic dinner with your loved one. Would totally recommend it for anyone who want to enjoy some alone time with that special person.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2016 via mobile

We had a lovely meal. The langoustine ravioli was particularly delicious. We both had the duck which was fantastic. Breast cooked perfectly. Desserts were equally as good.

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Kabul
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2016

We ate one dinner here because of the previous reviews and because of the proximity of the establishment to our hotel. It's a small restaurant with perhaps 12 tables accommodating about 48 diners. The menu is not complicated, about three appetizers and four main dishes. The wait staff was bi-lingual, and friendly. We both had a seafood appetizer, and a... More 

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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2015 via mobile

I was in Nantes for a few days and found this place fantastic : food, service, menu, everything was combined for us to experience an amazing and quality time

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2015 via mobile

Looks can be deceptive and this looks like a warm and cosy neighbourhood bistrot. It is far far more: the food is spectacular and precise and the staff are a delight and speak excellent English. We started with a scallop and pumpkin dish and a pressed quail with foie gras. Both were inventive, cooked to perfection and generous. Mains of... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 11 - US$ 32
Cuisine
French, European, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
Tuesday
12:00 - 14:00
20:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
12:00 - 14:00
20:00 - 22:00
Thursday
12:00 - 14:00
20:00 - 22:00
Friday
12:00 - 14:00
20:00 - 22:00
Saturday
12:00 - 14:00
20:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 14 rue Saint Leonard, 44000, Nantes, France
  • Location: Europe  >  France  >  Pays de la Loire  >  Loire-Atlantique  >  Nantes
  • Phone Number: +33 2 40 47 41 64
Description
A new restaurant on the Nantes catering scene, with an exciting food based on a strong gastronomical back ground of the chef and a laid-back yet precise and efficient service. Very interesting wine list, affordable for what it is, where big hits meet smaller micro-winery products.The refurbishment of the place has been very well handled, warm and cosy, but stylish.Definitely deserves a stop-over.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?