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La Route du Sel

55 quai des Mariniers, 49350 Gennes-Val-de-Loire, France
+33 2 41 45 75 31
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  • Excellent52%
  • Very good29%
  • Average10%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible3%
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“pasta” (3 reviews)
“loire river” (5 reviews)
“main course” (2 reviews)
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French, International, European, Vegetarian Friendly
££ - £££
55 quai des Mariniers, 49350 Gennes-Val-de-Loire, France
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an absolute gem. We'd walked past a few times and envied the various groups who looked so relaxed over lunch and wine. Le Thoureil is such a picturesque village on this beautiful stretch of the Loire so we decided to return to pay...More

Thank JoeyTaylor71
Reviewed 18 September 2017

This place is a gem. It's located on the Loire river, reasonably priced (for the stellar view and touristic hot-spot location), and to top it off it's got great food and service. They accommodated us even though we showed up at their closing hours, and...More

Thank Daniel H
Reviewed 14 August 2017

This is great fish and sea food restaurant. You should book the place, it is very popular and was totally booked at the evening we were there!

Thank Leopad8
Reviewed 9 May 2017

The food is light, seasonal and beautifully prepared. Service is good, wine is excellent and the ambience is delightful. Situated on the banks of the Loire in Le Thoureil, 'une des belles petites cites de France'...parking is easy and very near to the restaurant. Lovely...More

2  Thank Juridique
Reviewed 14 March 2017

We were so pleased to meet the chef Marie, and her lovely husband, David, who suggested interesting wine choices and provided superior service for our quiet lunch. Marie is super inventive and talented --- amazing lobster salad and veal "main course". The restaurant was quiet...More

2  Thank connie s
Reviewed 11 October 2016

This is consistently the best restaurant in the Loire Region. From the warm welcome and expert wine knowledge of Daniel to Marie’s superb touch in the kitchen, using the best fresh local produce, you could not ask for a better experience. The experience is classy...More

Thank Matt W
Reviewed 3 September 2016 via mobile

This is is the sort of restaurant that any tourist and visitor of France would want to see everywhere they go : stunning location, quaint French rural atmosphere, friendly (english speaking) service, superb french regional & innovative cuisine prepared with fresh ingredients and a menu...More

Thank LeThoureilObserver
Reviewed 10 July 2016

This restaurant is perfectly situated on the Loire and we had lunch there on a gloriously sunny day, ready to enjoy a leisurely holiday lunch in a place that came highly recommended. We were destined to be disappointed, not only by the poor quality food...More

Thank Keptcalmandcarriedon
Reviewed 21 May 2016

I always try to dine here when in the Loire Valley. The restaurant is a small building with lovely garden with terrace and tables....tables are also placed on the grass in suitable weather. Le Thoureil is 'une des belles petites Cites de France'......it is a...More

1  Thank Juridique
Reviewed 28 April 2016

What can I say? The restaurant was exceptional. A lovely setting, the best food of our trip to France. Friendly service and great wines made for an unforgetable evening. If you are ever in the Val de Loire, don't miss the chance to dine at...More

1  Thank RobertSterlingScott
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$21 - US$40
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Romantic, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
12:00 - 14:00
12:00 - 13:30
12:00 - 13:30
12:00 - 13:30
19:00 - 20:30
12:00 - 13:30
19:00 - 21:00
19:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 14:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 55 quai des Mariniers, 49350 Gennes-Val-de-Loire, France
  • Location: Europe  >  France  >  Pays de la Loire  >  Maine et Loire  >  Gennes-Val-de-Loire
  • Phone Number: +33 2 41 45 75 31
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La Route du Sel is situated in a traditionally built tuffeau stone house, constructed in 1851, on the left bank of the Loire. Today, the restaurant is a family run affair, now with the fifth generation from the Region. A relaxed atmosphere, seasonal menus, local ingredients and famous but reasonably priced wines by the glass and by the bottle. In the beautiful and peaceful village of Le Thoureil, within the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Loire Valley, La Route du Sel offers unrivaled panoramic views over the river from its restaurant, terrace and garden.
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