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We couldn’t visit Strasbourg without visiting one of the oldest Winstub’s in the city, Chez Yvonne.

Its history dates back to 1873 under a different name, S’Burjerstuewel, which was opened by Eugene Jacquemet. He ran it for 40 years and since then, there were different owners until 1956 when Yvonne Haller purchased the restaurant which then became “Chez Yvonne”, as it’s known today.

Chez Yvonne

Chez Yvonne is located in the historic city centre, a short walk from the cathedral. Even though the restaurant has three floors, it’s not exactly the most spacious restaurant so reservations are recommended. They’re open everyday for lunch from 12pm to 2:15pm and dinner from 6pm to midnight.

The décor doesn’t look like it has changed much over the years. It features dark wood paneling and has a bit of a kitschy feel to it. It’s cozy and inviting but definitely nothing fancy.

The interior

Similar to the food at S’kaechele, this winstub serves Alsatian fare. Here, you’ll find items like Presskopf (headcheese), several preparations of foie gras, pork knuckle and choucroute.

While ordering, they gave us a small complimentary dish of headcheese. Delish!

Complimentary Head Cheese

As I mentioned, they have several foie gras preparations at Chez Yvonne. Having difficulty narrowing it down, I noticed that they have something called the Dégustation de Foie Gras (23.50€) which was described as a “dish sample made with fattened goose”. Essentially, it was a foie gras tasting.

Dégustation de Foie Gras

It consisted of 5 different preparations of foie gras – smoked, spiced, a terrine, a macaron and crème brûlée.

Foie Gras Macaron

Each component was delicious but the foie gras crème brûlée was the clear winner. A perfect sweet and savoury combination! It was one of the best things I ate on the entire trip.

Foie Gras Crème Brûlée

The second starter we ordered was the Tarte à l’oignon (8.90€), another Alsatian specialty. It actually resembled an onion quiche in taste and appearance. It was perfectly seasoned and was packed full of onions. This also knocked it out of the park for me. We loved every bite!

Tarte à l’oignon

We’ve noticed that portions in Strasbourg are quite generous. Combined with the fact that we ordered two heavy starters, we decided to share one entrée, the Coq au Riesling – with spaëtzle (15.90€). This was basically a coq au vin but with white wine instead.

Coq au Riesling

As we had suspected, the portion was enormous! The dish arrived in a huge pot consisting of large pieces of chicken, potatoes and croutons in a creamy sauce. The sauce was delicious and tasted amazing with the spaëtzle (little pieces of egg pasta) which soaked it all up nicely. It’s just unfortunate that the chicken was really overcooked and dry. Otherwise, it would’ve been a killer dish.


Despite the misstep with the overcooked chicken, we had a great meal at Chez Yvonne as the rest of our food was flawless. I recommend checking it out if you find yourself in Strasbourg!

At a glance:
• An old winstub which dates back to 1873; serves Alsatian fare
• Located in the historic city centre, a short walk from the cathedral
• Reservations recommended
• Open everyday for lunch (12pm to 2:15pm) and dinner (6pm to midnight)
• Some servers speak English and there are English translations on the menu
• Must orders: foie gras crème brulee and the onion tart

Ratings (out of 5):
• Food: 4 stars
• Service: 3 stars
• Atmosphere: 3 stars

  1. Ken (Reply) on Sunday 9, 2013

    Foie Creme Brulee sounds genius. Thank you for sharing!

    • Jess (Reply) on Sunday 9, 2013

      It really was – two of my favourite things combined into one dish!