Biarritz for some is all about surfing and spa treatments, but for others this charming Basque Country town is a gourmet getaway. There are many restaurants to choose from. Some chic, others more casual, nestled in the marketplace or in pride of place along the seafront; some that focus on Southern French cuisine and others that specialise in sweet delicacies.

    Foodies flock here tempted by the range of flavours and are welcomed with open arms by the city's chefs who are can't wait to tantalise their taste buds. From tapas bars to tea rooms, bistros and fine dining restaurants, here are the 10 most mouthwatering restaurants in Biarritz, hand-picked especially for you.

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    Restaurant L’impertinent

    Local, seasonal cuisine in a refined setting

    • Couples
    • Luxury

    Restaurant L'Impertinent is, undoubtedly, a jewel in the crown of local bistronomy thanks to its excellent reputation in Biarritz and the surrounding region. The elegantly presented dishes display an array of market produce, as well as a more exclusive local cuisine. Here, the chef's expertise lies as much in the style and presentation of the dishes as in the inventiveness and preparation of the recipes themselves.

    The menus will give rise to unexpected emotions, especially when tasting the exceptional scallops served 3 ways: marinated with avocado, Meyer lemon, samphire and jalapeños; cooked over a wood fire with seaweed, beurre noisette, soya and Brazil nuts; or seared with fennel, leeks and saffron stock.

    Location: 5 rue d’Alsace, 64200 Biarritz, France

    Open: Open Tuesday–Sunday Lunch: 12.15 pm to 2 pm Dinner: 7.30 pm to 10.30 pm

    Phone: +33 (0)5 59 51 03 67

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    Restaurant L’Atelier Alexandre Bousquet

    Unexpected flavours in an idyllic setting in the Basque Country

    • Couples
    • Luxury

    Restaurant L’Atelier Alexandre Bousquet features unquestionably in Biarritz's restaurant hall of fame. This temple of gastronomy has the beautiful Basque Country landscape as its backdrop and is situated within a pretty 18th-century farm – an unusual setting incorporating natural materials emphasising its authenticity. The chef's expertise is expressed on a number of different levels: gastronomic research and the creation of mouthwatering products.

    In the spirit of sharing, the kitchen is open and the wine cellar free to visit for any wine connoisseurs. Try a 3-course lunch menu, or in the evening be tempted by a 4- or 6-course meal. The restaurant will also be happy to adapt its dishes for vegetarians and vegans.

    Location: 52 rue Alan Seeger, 64200 Biarritz, France

    Open: Open Tuesday–Saturday. Lunch: 12 pm to 1.30 pm Dinner from 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm

    Phone: +33 (0)5 59 41 10 11

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    Chez Scott

    Mouthwatering, southern French cuisine in a modern setting

    • Food

    Chez Scott offers a new twist on traditional French dishes and local specialities, all with a dash of creativity. The restaurant favours fresh, organic and seasonal produce. As a starter, why not try free-range eggs, cooked to perfection, local foie gras or even a lobster salad with citrus fruit. To follow, tantalise your taste buds with sweetbreads, free-range lamb or sole with mushrooms.

    By way of a sweet conclusion, leave a little room for a Dacqhuète, a creamy chocolate and puffed rice dessert, or a duo of pistachios and cherries. There's no doubt you'll love this gastronomic interlude in the modern and refined setting of this friendly Biarritz restaurant.

    Location: 4 rue Jean Bart, 64200 Biarritz, France

    Open: Open Wednesday–Sunday from 10 am to 11 pm (Tuesday and Sunday until 2.30 pm). Closed all day Monday and Tuesday.

    Phone: +33 (0)5 59 22 85 98

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    L’Entre Deux

    French haute cuisine for every season

    • Food

    L’Entre Deux welcomes you in a modern and refined setting. Comfortably seated at your table, you can admire the deftness of the chef and team in the restaurant's open kitchen. The dishes are magnificently presented in an explosion of colour and perfect balance and are sure to wow you.

    Here, the freshness and quality of the produce are enhanced by skilful preparation and cooking techniques. In terms of menus, you have the choice of a 3- or 4-course meal. But regardless of your choice, fresh, seasonal products from good-quality producers will always be in the spotlight.

    Location: 5 avenue du Maréchal Foch, 64200 Biarritz, France

    Open: Open Monday–Saturday, from 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm.

    Phone: +33 (0)5 59 22 51 50

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    Brasserie Chez Gaby, Biarritz

    A laid-back eatery near the beach

    • Food

    Brasserie Chez Gaby is a friendly cafe-brasserie in the heart of Biarritz. Perfectly proportioned, its industrial-style modern decor is complemented by a few splashes of colour that will immediately lighten your mood. Inside, the day's specials are written on a large chalkboard. It's immediately apparent that seasonal, high-quality and rigorously selected produce is key here.

    There are wonderful platters of charcuterie, magnificent oysters or moules a la plancha (mussels cooked on a large griddle) to be shared. After a few appetisers, the starters, main courses and desserts are just waiting to be sampled. Pig's trotter ravioli, fresh tagliatelle with king prawns or roasted figs, there aren't any bad choices here.

    Location: 11 rue Gardères, 64200 Biarritz, France

    Open: Open daily from 10 am to 10.15 pm.

    Phone: +33 (0)5 47 75 11 45

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    Le Bistrot Gourmet

    Inspired, appealing and affordable bistronomic cuisine

    • Couples
    • Food

    Le Bistrot Gourmet, as its name implies, is a gourmet bistro in an elegant and extremely welcoming setting. Take a seat in this modern yet cosy Biarritz restaurant and admire the elegant crockery, which is further enhanced by the perfect presentation of the dish. The original concept of this bistro allows you to choose starters and main courses from the menu as tasters. The size of the portions will therefore depend on your appetite, and the budget will of course be adapted accordingly.

    Here, preference is given to local producers and local culinary specialities. You can sample a platter of Basque Kintoa pork or scallops a la plancha (cooked on a large griddle). Wines are perfectly matched to the array of flavours on offer here and are both appealing and affordable.

    Location: 18 rue de la Bergerie, 64200 Biarritz, France

    Open: Open Thursday–Tuesday. Lunch: 12 pm to 2 pm (Saturday and Sunday) Dinner: 7 pm to 9.30 pm (Monday, Tuesday and Thursday–Sunday)

    Phone: +33 (0)5 59 22 09 37

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    El Callejon

    Basque and Spanish specialities against a backdrop of azulejo tiles

    • Food

    In El Callejon bar, bodega and restaurant, just a few steps from the beach and the Place Clémenceau, warmth and camaraderie are on the menu. Popular with artists, some of whom return every weekend, this unusual place offers a range of Basque and Spanish specialities to share. Try some delicate Serrano ham, chipirons (baby squid) cooked with garlic or porcini mushrooms, tortillas, platters of mussels or razor clams or even cod-stuffed peppers.

    As well as tapas, there are also main dishes. Paella, of course, but also zarzuela (seafood stew), fideuà (paella with fideos pasta) with king prawns and saffron, or confit of shoulder of suckling lamb. And to finish this gourmet journey on a sweet note, what would you say to some sheep's cheese accompanied by a black cherry preserve, or a salted caramel rice pudding?

    Location: 5 rue Monhaut, 64200 Biarritz, France

    Open: Open daily from 6 pm to 1.30 am (Sunday from 7 pm)

    Phone: +33 (0)5 59 24 99 15

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    La Belloteka

    Mouthwatering charcoal-grilled cuisine in the heart of Les Halles

    • Families
    • Budget
    • Unusual

    La Belloteka is an intimate and warm restaurant in the heart of Les Halles marketplace in Biarritz. You'll no doubt love its industrial-style decor with exposed stone walls enhanced by a dazzling mosaic. Discover the many delicacies made from fresh produce and grilled over charcoal embers. Why not try a starter of Iberian charcuterie served on a slate platter or a grilled salad with romaine lettuce?

    For the main course, fish, burgers and rib steaks are all excellent choices; however, the signature dish is the Blonde de Galice beef, matured for 60 days. Vegetarians will love the excellent burrata cheese accompanied by rocket and a medley of red fruit. And children can choose from a specially adapted menu at a small price.

    Location: 8 rue du Ctre, 64200 Biarritz, France

    Open: Open Monday–Saturday from 7 pm to 11.30 pm

    Phone: +33 (0)5 59 24 58 57

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    Fumoir Marin

    Culinary delights fresh from the ocean

    • Food

    At Fumoir Marin, you can try all the delights of the sea. But whether the food is smoked, fried, marinated or roasted, the chef makes it a point of honour not to lose the authentic taste of the produce. The concept behind this restaurant is to offer a tasting platter composed of 10 or so different fish and shellfish to discover a range of new flavours and share this experience with your family or friends.

    So as to cater to all its guests, the restaurant also offers a few meat dishes. The skills displayed in this restaurant can not only be seen in the kitchen, but also in the dining area, where you can watch table-side carving and flambéing. In short, you'll enjoy a truly colourful experience here.

    Location: 10 avenue de la Marne, 64200 Biarrtiz, France

    Open: Open Tuesday–Saturday evenings, from 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm.

    Phone: +33 (0)5 59 22 84 05

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    Manatee

    An environmentally friendly restaurant and tea room in Biarritz

    • Food

    Manatee invites you to enjoy a warm, peaceful moment in a modern, refined setting. In this restaurant and tea room, everything is made in-house with fresh, seasonal, local and often organic produce. You can enjoy culinary pleasures first thing in the morning with a gourmet breakfast. A bistro menu is available at lunchtime. And finally, in the afternoon, you'll love the exceptional coffees and teas on offer here, accompanied by mouthwatering patisserie.

    On Sundays, Manatee puts even more emphasis on the love of good food with an equally mouthwatering and generous brunch menu. And no matter what the time of day, there's always something here for those who are vegetarian or gluten intolerant, as the recipes can be adapted to suit all allergies and diets.

    Location: 13 rue Gambetta, 64200 Biarritz, France

    Open: Open Thursday–Tuesday from 9 am to 7 pm. Opens at 10.30 am on Sunday. Closed on Wednesday.

    Phone: +33 (0)5 24 33 03 06

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