On the Banks of the Gironde

On a lovely terrace on the right bank of the Gironde, Julien & Marion Vergnolle, owners of the restaurant La Petite Gironde, offer visitors not only excellent cuisine, but also some excellent regional wines. We asked them to tell us a little more about their place.

JV: Our dynamic and convivial team will welcome you for a great moment by the river. Our Chef, Davy Rio and his team cook with only fresh products. The menu offers you meals such as home smoked salmon, duck breast from the south west of France, and oysters from Arcachon or Cap Ferret. The selection of wines is typical of Bordeaux, from Côtes de Bourg to Medoc and Pessac-Léognan, and some of the best “crus classés” like Château Gloria, Haut Marbuzet or Carbonnieux.

Do you have a favourite restaurant or wine bar?

MV: Our favourite wine bar is not far away from La Petite Gironde. Ma Cave à Vins – 3 avenue Thiers, Bordeaux – offers a wide range of French and foreign wines selected by Nicolas, the very nice owner who will give you the best advice. You can also find a few original whiskies and rums, and Nicolas is also able to advise in this respect. At night, the shop becomes a wine bar from Thursday to Saturday, with tastings, meetings with wine growers, and delicious home-made meals. And it’s the owner of the bookshop right next to the wine bar who cooks! A friendly team for good food and perfect wine match.


Can you suggest a “must” for those on a first visit to the city?

MV: For a first visit in Bordeaux, you definitely need to cross the river and leave the centre, to discover the most beautiful view of the city. At dusk, from the right side of the river, you can appreciate the lights on the 19th century buildings and see the different activities on the river, such as cruises, kayaks and paddle boards. A promenade will lead you from the Pont de Pierre, to the Pont Chaban-Delmas, with a stop at la Petite Gironde on your way!

Can you recommend an unusual place for the visitor to discover?

JV: For an unusual place to discover, you’ll need to get out of the city, and go to Bouliac. On the heights of Bouliac, where you can find one of the best restaurants around, Le Saint James, the view over Bordeaux and the river La Garonne is stunning. Around there you can also visit some vineyards like Château Carignan, wines from which you’ll find in our restaurant.

Photo: Marion & Julien Vergnolle, La Petite Gironde