Arbois is a great base for exploring the wine from the Jura with a number of cellar doors in town. It’s an interesting wine region with a good mix of traditional makers and newer biodynamic ones. The wines are quite different from other regions and a bit of an acquired taste for some especially the sherry like whites, which work so well with the local cheeses.
Our restaurant choices were a bit limited as two of our top choices (Le Grapiot & La Balance Mets et Vins) were closed for the week (Bastille Day holiday) but we found some decent places and enjoyed the food.
Le Bistrot de la Tournelle is a wine bar that sits by the river with a nice open air terrace. It has a simple menu of charcuterie and pates with wines from Domaine de la Tournelle. It is perfect for a light lunch or supper.
Les Arcades is a popular spot serving traditional local dishes in a €27 three course menu or ALC. They have supplements for dishes like foie gras and their Bresse Chicken with Morels and vin Jaune (€7). Good friendly service, very enjoyable food, an extremely satisfying holiday meal. We ate there twice, the first time we spent €184 including 2 x wine and the second visit €231 with 3 x wine.
Bistrot des Claquets is a very simple wine bar popular with locals in the wine industry. Its got a decent selection of wines and does a very basic lunch for €16 with a small hor d’oeuvre table and single choice for main, in evening they offer simple bar snacks.
Le Bistronome was slightly more upmarket than the other restaurants and offered a choice of set menus (€29.90). Again very decent local food with a few gourmet bells and whistles like an amuse bouche. Total bill for four was €206 with 2 x wine.
All the restaurants had decent local wine lists with good advice on choices.