The main dining-room

An exceptional place

Stepping into the restaurant feels like diving in the fascinating world of the deep ocean.

The marine decor was imagined by the owners, Chef Christopher Coutanceau and his partner manager Nicolas Brossard, both sea lovers.

Together with the ABP- Architectes® company, they created an ocean world-inspired decor, featuring sand-colored walls, deep blue carpets, a wavy seabed-like ceiling enlighten with a set of eight hundred pendants oscillating like wavy sea plants, between white and yellow.

Everything here reminds one of the ocean, down to the tableware, with waterdrop-shaped plates and fisherman-like knives.

Every item has been thought out and custom-made. The art of the table reflects the chef’s seafood creations.

Nicolas Brossard

The Manager and Head Sommelier

Nicolas Brossard is a courteous and cheerful man, moved by his passion for gastronomy and wine, respectful of the experience gained  from his mentors.

He worked in the most renowned French restaurants, such as Lucas Carton in Paris and the Louis XV in Monaco. This humble and sensitive man loves to talk about the wines and beautifully tells their terroir and the men behind.

Partner for more than 10 years at la Maison Coutanceau, Nicolas Brossard is driven by his sense of perfection, the desire to please his guests and to inspire his team.

The restaurant

in a few dates

1984
1986
1987
2002
2003
2007
2013
2017
2018
2019
2020
The restaurant’s history starts with Michel Crépeau, then mayor of La Rochelle, who decides to rehabilitate an old beach pergola. The Chef Richard Coutanceau and his wife Maryse open the restaurant on the Concurrence beach.
The restaurant is awarded Michelin 2-star
Honored Member of the Relais & Châteaux Tables
Christopher joins his father in the kitchen
Nicolas Brossard joins the restaurant as head sommelier
Richard and Maryse Coutanceau retire. Christopher and Nicolas Brossard become partners and co-owners.
Joins “Les grandes tables du monde »
Full renovation of the dining room
Opening of the second restaurant, La Yole de Chris
Christopher Coutanceau was awarded the "Prize of Sustainable Gastronomy" in 2019, a first in the Michelin guide history.
Awarded Michelin 3- star