The 11 best wine bars and restaurants in Champagne 2024

The wine scene in the Champagne region is booming, and there are wine bars and vibrant dining options springing up all over the place. Here Star Wine List's ambassador Sara Underdown leads the way to the wine bars and wine restaurants you don't want to miss.

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  1. Phone: +33 03 26 35 16 95

    Address: 6 Place Godinot, Reims

    Executive chef, Kazuyuki Tanaka, and his sommelier wife, Marine, have created a lovely fusion between Japan and France for the concept of Racine. The restaurant’s reputation of technical mastery, with a menu of almost surgical precision and meticulously sourced Champagnes to match, has earned them cult status amongst those who know. Racine is a two-star Michelin wonder located in the heart of Reims and is always in demand. It is tiny – seating just 14 people – which adds even more exclusivity to securing your seat at the table. Book well in advance and be rewarded with a wine list that is uni...

  2. Phone: +33 03 26 47 48 22

    Address: 37 Boulevard Foch, Reims

    Le Foch is a family-run restaurant that succeeds at balancing fine dining with warm hospitality. It attracts endorsement from a notable crowd, where Champagne’s Cellar Masters and local luminaries come for special moments with their families. The small dining room combines neutral tones and atmospheric lighting which extends the warm and intimate feeling all the way through to service. Brandishing one Michelin star, Le Foch’s Executive Chef and Owner, Jacky Louaze, has achieved some fame for his approach to fish and shellfish - especially seabass cooked within clay from Vallauris. The seafood...

  3. Phone: +33 03 26 32 52 26

    Address: 11 Boulevard Pierre Cheval, Aÿ-Champagne

    There’s nothing like drinking wine on its original terra firma. Step inside Calsis restaurant, located in Champagne’s historic cradle for Pinot Noir in Aӱ, and you’ll be wining and dining amongst the vineyards. With its expansive wrap-around windows and coveted location at the foothills of Aӱ, you can take advantage of a representative wine program, favouring producers immediately surrounding, in the Grande Vallée. Order from a menu that is uncomplicated, modern and stylish and a wine list organised by Champagne’s terroir and associated micro-producers purely in the Marne department. Careful...

  4. Phone: +33 03 26 57 70 06

    Address: 59 Rue de Cramant, Avize

    Along a road less travelled, it’s worthwhile making your way to Les Avisés, a hotel come restaurant located on the chalky slopes of the Côte des Blancs in Avize. The estate is an extension of Domaine Jacques Selosse, and whilst a visit to the domain may be on the wish-list for many, you’ll be hard-pressed to get an appointment. Opt instead for a light gastronomic meal at their fantastic restaurant then a night or two in their sophisticated rooms. In the restaurant, Stéphane Rossillon tantalises with seasonal and local highlights and the wine list is seductively long, combining some of the fin...

  5. Phone: +33 03 26 84 64 64

    Address: 40 Avenue Paul Vaillant-Couturier, Tinqueux

    You know that a restaurant is serious about wine when its owner and Executive Chef has created an exclusive glassware range with Lehmann. Arnaud Lallement is as much of an institution in Champagne as his restaurant, L’Assiette Champenoise, located just a few kilometres from the heart of Reims. Since taking over the business in 2002, Arnaud has achieved a 3-star status with the Michelin Guide. His approach to cuisine sits on the ‘edge of acidity’ with lots of purity and freshness and works particularly well with the colossal list of Champagnes he has procured for enthusiastic Champagne lovers....

  6. Phone: +33 3 26 24 90 00

    Address: 64 Boulevard Henry Vasnier, Reims

    To appreciate the heightened level of refinement you’ll experience at Le Parc, it’s necessary to understand its location – at Domaine Les Crayères. This 19th-century castle, also a member of Relais & Châteaux, is located in the heart of Reims. It’s a sprawling luxurious property, regarded as a hallmark of French classicism, where you can rest your head in a decadently decorated room or sip and dine your way through what is arguably the most elegant restaurant in the Champagne region. With two Michelin stars, Le Parc offers the most extensive list of champagne and French wines in the region. So...

  7. Phone: +33 03 26 52 87 11

    Address: 9 Rue de la République, Champillon

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    At the top end of town is Le Royal, located in the region’s newest five-star hotel, The Royal Champagne Hotel and Spa, in Champillon. It is a destination in itself by virtue of its sweeping views of the Marne Valley and refined hospitality. Le Royal is the hotel’s gastronomic restaurant bearing one Michelin star and takes its role as an ambassador for Champagne seriously. To this end, they showcase all the different regions of Champagne and have procured relationships with specific producers to offer exclusive experiences. For example, there is a significant investment in a cellaring program...

  8. Phone: +33 03 26 83 18 18

    Address: 18 Rue Tronsson Ducoudray, Reims

    Any experience at La Grande Georgette should begin with a glass of champagne on the terrace. With an uninterrupted view of Reims’ majestic Cathedral, it will add context and magic to every glass of champagne you sip. Speaking of which, champagnes on pour change monthly and are always offered from a larger format, usually jeroboam. La Grande Georgette is the official restaurant of La Chaserne Chanzy Hotel & Spa, the only luxury hotel in the centre of Reims. It has a modern bistro-esque menu to match its sharp, modern interior, and a refined air. The wine program takes its lead from Champagn...

  9. Phone: +33 09 52 78 27 37

    Address: 2 Place Auban Moët, Épernay

    Take a seat at Épernay’s popular watering hole, Sacré Bistro - where the locals go - and you’ll never want to leave. It has a youthful flair and no-fuss order but don’t let this fool you; there’s a serious wine list on offer that will satisfy almost every palate. Choose wine by the glass or bottle from an impressive list and snack on delicious tapas like tempura de poulet and rillettes de crabe or lunch from a more substantial casual menu. The wine program focuses on local Champagne growers, especially those who are committed to an organic pathway, highlighting producers who ‘transmit the sou...

  10. Phone: +33 03 26 03 45 29

    Address: 7 Rue Courmeaux, Reims

    Au Bon Manger is a bona fide Champagne institution, a neighbourhood bar, tucked away on a quiet street in the better part of Reims. It’s where the locals go and the pilgrims find their way. Inside you’ll find a seat at the table of something that looks more like a farmhouse kitchen than a bar, but that’s the idea. Here the food and wine philosophy is to source from small family-run farms and winegrowers that are terroir-focused, high-quality, and worthy of engaging conversations with passionate owners, Aline and Eric Serva. Ask for a glass of the house pour and you’ll be served blind - there...

  11. Phone: +33 03 26 05 89 94

    Address: 16 Place du Forum, Reims

    Sparkling Wine List of the Year France, presented by Nyetimber 2024

    Le Wine Bar may have a casual bistro-style menu but they attract a connoisseur crowd with their inspiring and extensive wine list featuring hard-to-find Grower and Maison champagnes alike, many harking back to the 1980s, and also in large format. Wow! Located adjacent to the Place du Forum in Reims, Le Wine Bar is very much a neighbourhood bar where owners and brothers, Nicolas and Pierre–Louis Papavero, will always make you feel so welcome. The bar takes a different approach to selecting champagnes for the list, establishing a personal relationship with each producer, visiting each one and t...