Restaurants in Calais

Calais may not be the most beautiful coastal town in France but it makes up for it with its amazing selection of superb restaurants

Calais is blessed with restaurants at every corner ranging from the friterries – shed like kioks selling chips on street corners – to gastronomic restaurants offering simply sublime meals.

The most gastronomic restaurants tend to belong to Toques d’Opale, a group of 13 fine dining venues either in or within ten minutes driving distance from Calais. The dining experience though will last an entire afternoon, so make time for this.


To help you choose a venue, eateries and restaurants display their menu outside. It is important to know however, that in many restaurants that lunchtime is strictly between 12 and 2.30pm. After 3pm it is virtually impossible to get served. The exception is the macdonalds of the world and those brasseries and cafés that have a ‘Non-Stop’ sign on their door. Au Calice in the town centre is a fine example of a non-stop restaurant.

Our favourites restaurants are listed here – including those that offer a quick eat. But if you are really in a hurry, you could buy a baguette and a bottle of your favourite vino, some cheese and make your way to the beach for some al fresco dining and watch the seagulls as they chase the ferries out of the port.

Bon Appetite.


English is understood in most restaurants in Calais but its worth knowing some of the phrases you may wish to use or see on a typical menu:

Plat du jour: Today’s special
Entrée: Starter
Une carafe d’eau: Jug of water, usually tap water.
Service compris: Service included, usually 10%.


Aquar’aile is a stylish seafood restaurant located at the top of a block of flats.

Address: 255 rue Jean Moulin, Plage de Calais

Tel: 00 33 (0)321 34 00 00

Open: Daily (except Sunday evenings 12 noon to 3.45pm for lunch and 6pm to 10pm for dinner

Le Sole Meunière

Le Sole Meunière overlooks the yacht basin and offers seafood as its speciality.

Address:1 Boulevard de la Résistance, Calais

Tel: 00 33 (0) 321 34 43 01

Open: for lunch 12 noon to 2.30pm and 6.30pm to 10.30pm for dinner.

Au Côte d’Argent

Au Côte d’Argent offers fine seafood fare with views over the port.

Address:1 Digue Gaston Berthe, Calais

Tel: 00 33 (0)321 34 68 07

Open: Daily 12 noon to 3.45pm for lunch and 6pm to 10pm for dinner

L’Histoire Ancienne

L’Histoire Ancienne offers fine traditionally French fare.

Address: 20 rue Royale, Calais

Tel: 00 33 (0) 321 34 11 20

Open: Daily 12 noon to 2.30pm for lunch and 6.30pm to 10.30pm for dinner

Le Channel

Le Channel Traditional French food churned out with more than a dash of panache.

Address:3 Boulevard de la Résistance, Calais

Tel: 00 33 (0)321 34 42 30

Open: For lunch from 12 noon and from 6pm for dinner.

Au Calice

Au Calice is a brasserie, offering home made brew and Flemish food.

Address: 55 Boulevard Jacquard, Calais

Tel: 00 33 (0)321 34 51 78

Open: Daily 8am to 2am

La Pleiade

La Pléiade offers a gastronomic selection of seafood and other meat dishes.

Address: 32 rue Jean Quéhen, Calais

Tel: 00 33 (0) 321 34 11 20

Open: Daily 12 noon to 2.30pm for lunch and 6.30pm to 10.30pm for dinner

Buffet de la Gare

Buffet de la Gare located conveniently next door to the railway station, offers cheap eats all day long.

Address: Pont Jacquare, Calais

Tel: 00 33 (0)321 34 42 20

Open: Daily 6am to 10pm

Café de Paris

When you spot the replica Eiffel tower you know you have arrive at Café de Paris. It’s open all day and offers great, reasonably price food.

Address: 72 Rue Royale, Calais

Tel: 00 33 (0)321 34 76 84

Open: Daily 9am to 1am

La Buissonnière

La Buissonnière
offers reliable, traditionally French cooking served in attractice surroundings.

Address:Rue Neuve, Calais

Tel: 00 33 (0)321 96 22 32

Open: from 12 noon to 10pm

Le Ch’ti Charivari

Le Ch’ti Charivari is pine clad restaurant that specialises in the cuisine of the Savoie region

Address:6 rue de la Met, Calais

Tel: 00 33 (0)321 19 21 21

Open: daily

Restaurant La Mer

Restaurant La Mer is a fine seafood restaurant.

Address:30 rue de la Mer, Calais

Tel: 00 33 (0)321 96 17 72

Open: daily all day