Strasbourg’s Best Winstub – Our 5 favourite Alsatian restaurants

by | Updated on 15/02/2024 | Restaurants, Strasbourg | 0 comments

In Alsace, it’s no secret that we have a good fork. If you’re visiting Alsace’s capital, a meal in a Strasbourg winstub (win = wine, stub = room) is part of the protocol: a must. To discover local gastronomy in a wooded, intimate, rustic but always warm (even noisy, but that’s part of the charm of the experience) setting, there’s nothing better than one of the town’s many “wine bars”. On the menu are Alsatian specialties such as traditional sauerkraut, but also Fleischkiechle, Fleischschnecke, Baeckeoffe, Grumbeerekiechle, Lewerknepfle and Bibeleskäs, which are much easier to taste than to pronounce (although after a few glasses of local cuvĂ©e…).

While some Alsatian restaurants should be avoided because they’re clearly geared to tourists, here’s a list of our top winstubs in Strasbourg: these are our go-to places for Alsatian food. Make sure you book in advance, as these establishments are often full all year round (even on weekdays and in winter). And don’t miss the Flam’, Flammkueche, tarte flambĂ©e! For our favorite addresses, I invite you to read this article on Alsace’s tarte flambĂ©e restaurants

La Vieille Enseigne – Between Alsatian tradition and modernity

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La Vieille Enseigne winstub, located on rue des Tonneliers in Strasbourg’s city center, is a perfect blend of modernity and tradition. We enter the main room, warm and luminous, to reach the second, more hushed room. Covered with the very naughty drawings of Alsatian illustrator Tomi Ungerer, its basalt wall reveals the original framework.

Those little details that remind us that we’re in an Alsatian restaurant ? The “Obernai” dinner service, just like at Grandma’s on Sundays, the little Baeckeoffe terrines in which the side dishes are brought to you, the revisited Betschdorf pottery, the copper kouglof molds adorning the walls, the light wood corner bench and the exposed-beam ceiling.

Enjoy a glass of Gewurz’, mini bretzels and jazzy music under the glow of vintage lampshades. Then we attack with Presskopf, snails or onion tart for starters. Pinot Noir-glazed ham, pike-perch fillet served with sautĂ©ed potatoes or spaetzle, 7-meat sauerkraut or BouchĂ©es Ă  la Reine as a main course. The plate is as delicious as it is copious (if you can’t get your knuckle to the bone, take the leftovers away in a doggy bag).

I liked

  • The menu: traditional Alsatian dishes, generous and well-cooked.

  • I really appreciated the warm atmosphere of the place, minus the hubbub.

  • A more contemporary, well-cared-for dĂ©cor. The Alsatian spirit is present through traditional elements. A really successful mix!

  • The gallery of Tomi Ungerer illustrations fits in well with the setting, adding a unique touch.

I liked a little less

  • Nothing (oh yes, we’d love to add a touch of kelsh to the decor!).

Practical information

Information and reservation

Visit the restaurant’s website.

Address

La Vieille Enseigne, 9 rue des Tonneliers, 67000 Strasbourg

Winstub Le Clou – In the heart of Strasbourg

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Winstub le Clou is located on rue du Chaudron, in the heart of the Orfèvres district on Strasbourg’s Grande ĂŽle. To enter Le Clou is to plunge into a typically Alsatian atmosphere. There’s no doubt about it, this is a winstub: with its wood-panelled ambience, inlaid paintings and depictions of Alsatian landscapes and scenes of life, it’s a perfect change of scenery for visitors. The walls also feature photos of celebrities who have dined at this fine establishment, and there are lots of them!

Le Clou is one of Strasbourg’s best-known Alsatian restaurants, offering both a typical setting and, of course (otherwise it wouldn’t be on our list of best winstubs!), delicious traditional Alsatian cuisine. Here, sauerkraut is sweet and savory, and there are many specialties to choose from. A la carte: foie gras, presskopf, pot-au-feu salad, baeckeoffe, fleischschnaka, jambon en croĂ»te… Among other dishes full of flavour!

I liked

  • Typical Alsatian setting
  • Authentic, high-quality cuisine
  • Very considerate service

I liked a little less

  • Nothing!

Practical information

Information and reservation

Visit the restaurant’s website.

Address

Le Clou, 3 rue du Chaudron, 67000 Strasbourg

Le Finkstuebel – Winstub near Petite France

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Housed in an authentic half-timbered house, the Finkstuebel is an Alsatian restaurant and guesthouse located just outside the Petite France district. It’s a good winstub for discovering traditional Alsatian cuisine in a rustic setting that’s just as rustic: half-timbering, painted ceilings, checked tablecloths and regional furniture put you straight in the mood.

The Ă  la carte menu features a wide choice of Alsatian dishes, served generously, some of them more original than the usual. For example, you can try Ribs (Ripple in Alsatian), calf’s head for the more adventurous, Käseknepfle or a potato pancake burger – it’s not so common! Baba alsacien, kouglof glacĂ©, mirabelle and quetsche crumble, the dessert menu is also local. The service is pleasant and polite, just lacking a little warmth.

I liked

  • Good traditional cuisine with some more original dishes
  • Generous portions
  • Really typical decoration
  • Central location

I liked a little less

  • Polite but not very friendly service

Practical information

Information and reservation

Visit the restaurant’s website.

Address

Finkstuebel, 26 rue Finkwiller, 67000 Strasbourg

Au Pont Corbeau – Strasbourg’s iconic Winstub

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Another very local address, well known in Strasbourg, with a Michelin Bib gourmand! Bottle-bottom windows, checked tablecloths, wood panelling and traditional Alsatian furniture… You’ve arrived at the Pont Corbeau Winstub! This family-run restaurant, run by Christophe Andt, has been in business for over 30 years.

We come to this good winstub to taste traditional homemade dishes prepared with fresh produce, mostly from local producers: SauerkrautPresskopf, grilled knuckle of ham, Fleischkieschle, Späetzle, fish on a bed of sauerkraut… Le Pont Corbeau is the perfect place to indulge in Alsatian gastronomy, with the added bonus of an excellent wine list.

Intimate and warm, the atmosphere is that of an authentic winstub. It’s even a little crowded (the close-knit tables are not to everyone’s taste), but it’s the kind of place where you’d rather come with friends than for a romantic dinner. Don’t forget to book – the place is always packed!

I liked

  • Excellent traditional Alsatian cuisine

  • Typical decoration

  • Friendly atmosphere

  • Wide choice of fine wines

I liked a little less

  • Small room and tight tables not suitable for all occasions

Practical information

Information and reservation

Visit the restaurant’s website.

Address

Au Pont Corbeau, 21 quai Saint-Nicolas, 67000 Strasbourg

Le Tire-Bouchon – Near Strasbourg Cathedral

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Le Tire-Bouchon is a fine winstub located a stone’s throw from Strasbourg Cathedral. You could even say it’s an institution! A very popular address in Strasbourg, where you can enjoy tasty traditional Alsatian cuisine. A warm ambience, an ultra-typical, richly-decorated wooded setting: at Le Tire-Bouchon you’ll find all the hallmarks of Alsatian decor and tableware. The menu is just as typical: marrow bones, Fleischkiechle, sauerkraut, Baeckeoffe, braised shank, pike-perch fillet on a bed of sauerkraut – all the flagship dishes of Alsatian gastronomy, cooked to perfection. The service and welcome are impeccable, nothing to say!

The restaurant is housed in a 16th-century half-timbered house with several floors (the ornate blue facade alone is worth a look). The restaurant is divided into small rooms and private lounges, giving it a pleasantly intimate feel.

I liked

  • Quality Alsatian cuisine
  • Pleasant setting and services
  • Near the Cathedral

I liked a little less

  • Nothing!

Practical information

Information and reservation

Visit the restaurant’s website.

Address

Le Tire-Bouchon, 5 rue des Tailleurs de Pierre, 67000 Strasbourg

CĂ©line

CĂ©line

Céline, Alsacienne pure souche, bec sucré, gourmande et passionnée de pâtisserie. Après avoir épluché et ficelé des dossiers, elle a préféré manier le beurre et clarifier les œufs. Mais aussi ciseler des textes. Elle tient le blog L’Heure du Cream sur lequel elle distille ses recettes et ses idées de sorties outre-Rhin sur Knack&Rucksack, son site de tourisme de proximité pour vadrouiller tout près d'ici et un peu plus loin.

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