Château de Marçay, Chinon
Tel: 33 2 47 93 03 47
Concierge.com's insider take:
The menu at this lovely 15th-century château offers such refined masterpieces as turbot cooked in veal sauce, served with asparagus; lobster infused with citrus; and seared John Dory with purple shiso and baby carrots. Desserts are elegant and simple: You might be offered local Loire Valley strawberries accompanied by homemade licorice. The dining room is elegant: Its beamed ceilings and modern art mix with antlers and other reminders that this is a Renaissance castle. In warm weather, the tables move out into the garden, nestled between the two wings of the castle.
Open daily 12:15 to 1:30 pm and 7 to 9 pm, April through October; Wednesdays through Sundays 12:15 to 1:30 pm and Tuesdays through Saturdays 7 to 9 pm in early November, December, and March. Closed latter half of November and mid-January through February.