France is renowned for its gourmet food and there are many excellent restaurants in Aude. All of the restaurants listed below have been recommended to us by guests and friends. They are ordered approximately in terms of distance from the self-catering gite in Couiza, Languedoc-Roussillon. For vegetarians it's harder to find good food, so we've therefore put a (V) after all of the restaurants which cater well for vegetarians. If you know of other great restaurants in Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon, please let us know.

NB, it's a good idea to reserve your table for any of the restaurants below, particularly in the summer. The first 5 restaurants on the list all speak English.

France is renowned for its gourmet food and there are many excellent restaurants in Aude.

Restaurant le Carnotzet, Couiza (V)

High quality, traditional cuisine at a reasonable price in a restaurant in Couiza, a short walk from Gite des Cathares. This restaraunt and bar comes highly recommended from many different guests and has both indoor and outdoor seating. Sting visited the restaurant recently and described it as 'Incroyable'. We quite agree!

Tel 0468 74 13 13
63 Route des Pyrenees

Duc de Joyeuse Chateau, Couiza (V)

A 16th Century chateau in Couiza which is both a hotel and restaurant. The meals are quite pricey but of excellent quality. There is a separate vegetarian menu, which you need to ask to see. Advise booking ahead in peak season and on weekends.

There is also a very pretty candlelit bar in the courtyard, which can be used by non diners if they are not too busy.

Tel 0468 74 23 50

Patisserie in Couiza

We know it doesn't officially belong on this list, but we highly recommend the patisserie next to the Spar shop in Couiza, which has a fantastic range of sandwiches, snacks, cakes and other treats.

Pizza La Farigoulette, Couiza

Delicious and enormous pizzas delivered to your door or take away (they're only a few doors down from the gite in couiza), plus sandwiches, kebabs and couscous. Open 10am to 9pm 7 days a week.

Tel 0468 31 46 68

La Table de l'Abbe, Rennes le Chateau

Set at the heart of Rennes-le-Chateau in the garden of Berenger Sauniere, a fantastic restaurant grill, with meals served in a large beautiful garden. The host is very friendly, knowledgeable about the area and speaks English. There are often events here, including talks by Holy Blood Holy Grail author, Henry Lincoln, amongst others. Open over the summer.

Tel 0468 741679

Pizzeria de la Place (V), Rennes les Bains

A pizza restaurant on the square at Rennes-les-Bains with indoor and outdoor tables, open from the end of February to mid December.

Tel 0468 69 19 61

L'Atelier (V), Esperaza

Restaurant L'Atelier is a café, restaurant and pottery in Esperaza, serving a delicious range of crepes in a relaxing setting, surrounded by beautiful pottery and local artwork. Open all year round.

Tel 0468 74 16 06

22 Avenue de la Gare

Pizzeria Cathare (V), Esperaza

A good range of take-away pizzas with a small restaurant in Esperaza.

Le Capio (V), Quillan

Another pleasant family restaurant with a view over the little square in Quillan and hung with original artwork by local Artists and artisans. Le Capio provides menus in both french and english to help you choose from a selection of pizzas, bolognese, steak and a great choice of vegetarian food.

Tel 0468 20 16 50   
Place Raoul de Volontat

Pizzeria des Platanes (V), Quillan

Great pizzas in Quillan!

Tel 0468 20 27 22

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