French Riviera – Where to Eat

Le Café De Paris, St Tropez

Type of Cuisine: Trendy
Place to see and be seen, this chic café with its beautiful terrace is perfectly located on St Tropez harbour to offer uninterrupted views of the port and magnificent boats docked there. Inside empire style fabric, facet wall mirrors, baroque chandeliers. On the menu: Foie gras terrine, beaf fillet steak, steak tartare, sandwiches, salads. And there is a sushi bar.
15 Quai Suffren, 83990 St Tropez
00 33 4 94 97 00 56

© Casa Mia

Casa Mia, Cannes

Type of Cuisine: Fine dining
Right in the centre of Cannes, a stone’s throw from the Palais des Festivals and the Croisette, Casa Mia serves a delicate, subtle Italian cuisine in cosy setting. With a verdant terrace and a chic, sober interior decoration, the restaurant can seat more than a hundred people. The Chef, the Venetian Franco Geronutti serves a refined cuisine with homemade pasta and risotti, fritto mixto, lamb cooked in Valpolicella or quite simply Caprese. On the first floor, you’ll find a unique bar and lounge, worthy of the most beautiful of all capital cities and a resident DJ.
7 Rue Marceau, 06400 Cannes
00 33 4 93 38 93 93

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Rivea, St Tropez

Type of Cuisine: Fine dining
Alain Ducasse invites you to discover the taste of the French Riviera, in one of Saint-Tropez’ finest venues: Formerly Spoon at Byblos is now Rivea at Byblos St Tropez. An establishment drenched in sun, just like Alain Ducasse so loves. For 25 years, his quest for the just produce has revealed all the strengthand richness of Mediterranean cuisine. It is this freshness and immediacy that he wishes to impart, in a festive and refined manner, to the brand-new table at the Hotel Byblos.
Hotel Byblos
Avenue Maréchal Foch, 83990 St Tropez
00 33 4 94 56 68 20

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Olsen Butik Fréjus

Type of Cuisine: International
Olsen Butik Fréjus is an acclaimed Scandinavian restaurant, extremely popular with a varied clientele and loyal base of customers. Olsen Butik Fréjus is also a luxury delicatessen, specializing since 1991 in the distribution of Scandinavian and festive specialties and offers an exclusive range of smoked or marinated fish, herring, fish eggs, caviar, Taramas, anchovies, rillettes, and takeaway dishes. The restaurant is ideally situated along Fréjus Beach.
194 Rue de la République, 83600 Fréjus
00 33 4 83 09 38 35

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La Vague d’Or, St Tropez

Type of Cuisine: Haute cuisine
La Pinede’s restaurant uses the highest quality ingredients and combines them with elegant attentive service in the tradition of the Delion family, the owners of the place, earning the restaurant the right to flaunt its second star from the Michelin Guide. You will enjoy a delicious experience thanks to Chef Arnaud Donckele’s creative mastery of his craft, in pursuit of the highest standards in pure and refreshing cuisine, wonderfully accompanied by the chief wine steward’s selection of wines from near and far.
Résidence de la Pinède
Route nationale, plage de la Bouillabaisse, 83990 St Tropez
00 33 4 94 55 91 00

© Hotel Negresco

Chantecler, Nice

Type of Cuisine: Haute cuisine
Hotel Negresco’s le Chantecler is one of the best Michelin Guide award winning restaurants in Nice. In a dining room with Regency style decoration including magnificent XVIII century woodwork, Jean-Denis Rieubland proposes his menus : “Découverte” at 140€, “Chantecler” at 90€, and on Sunday for lunchtime his menu “Plaisir” at 58€, inclusive of taxes and service charge (beverages not included). Le Chantecler is open from Wednesday to Saturday for dinner and on Sunday for lunch and dinner.
Hotel Negresco
37 Promenade des Anglais, 06000 Nice
00 33 4 93 16 64 00

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Keisuke Matsushima, Nice

Type of Cuisine: Haute cuisine, International
Chef Keisuke Matsushima offers Asian-Mediterranean fusion cuisine in his Michelin star restaurant. Bream carpaccio with aioli-soy sauce, grilled duck foie gras with roasted black figs are some of the delicious dishes on the menu.
22 Rue de France 06000 Nice
00 33 4 93 82 26 06

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Le Baoli, Cannes

Type of Cuisine: Late night
Le Baoli is a spectacular restaurant and nightclub in Cannes which is often visited by celebrities, especially during the Cannes Film Festival. The tropical setting makes for a magical dinner and later at night the champagne flows freely and the dancefloor is packed with beautiful people.
Port Canto la Croisette, 06400 Cannes
00 33 4 93 43 04 32

© Solidor

Solidor, Cannes

Type of Cuisine: Traditional
Solidor is situated in the heart of Cannes, in its Carré d’Or or Golden Square, and offers refined gourmet cuisine, with the menu changing monthly and meals prepared with seasonal produce while fish is bought fresh every day. The restaurant has a modern décor and warm ambiance and its dynamic team is cheerful and friendly. The menu is varied, from carpaccio to crepes, and prices are very moderate. A great place to stop for lunch or dinner.
9 rue du Bateguier, 06400 Cannes
00 33 4 97 06 07 36

L’Atelier du Goût, Bandol

Type of Cuisine: Traditional
Gilles Demaure has created a warm and refined restaurant that draws its creativity from the supply of fresh local produce, poultry, meat, goat cheese, vegetables and seasonal fruit. Earthy cuisine: the colours, fragrance, delicate flavours and local produce, selected from farmers and small producers; L’Atelier du Goût sets itself apart by its devotion to quality food. Glass, wood, metal, some herbs, soft lighting; L’Atelier du Goût has opted for sobriety and sees itself as the setting for a colourful cuisine of delicate flavours and fresh vegetable produce. Dinner, cozy corners, shaded terrace, with your partner, family or friends, the atmosphere is elegant and friendly.
2 rue Pons, 83 150 Bandol
00 33 4 89 66 61 37

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Le Quai, St Tropez

Type of Cuisine: Late night, International
Located right on the harbour, this trendy bar/restaurant/ night club with a large terrace facing the yachts and the floor covered with their iconic black sand is one of St Tropez’s highlights. The Quai ‘s menu features French-Asian fusion cuisine. The diner turns into a hip nightclub in the evening and is the only night bar open all year round in St Tropez. The musical atmosphere changes during the day, from breakfast to dinner, piano bar, lounge room with progressive live music – piano, sax dj.
29 Quai Jean Jaures, 83990 St Tropez
00 33 4 94 97 04 07

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Sénéquier, St Tropez

Type of Cuisine: Trendy
Located in the busy port of St Tropez, this popular brasserie has a sprawling terrace filled to maximum potential with its signature bright red lacquered chairs and tables. In 1887 Marie and Martin Sénéquier opened a patisserie and today this café’s terrace is the hottest spot in town to drink their delicious ice coffee in the sweltering summer heat and taste their own special homemade nougat while watching the rich and famous descend from their super yachts. This legendary café has been and still is visited by many celebrities over the years.
Quai Jean Jaures, 83990 St Tropez
00 33 4 94 97 20 20

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Le Mirazur, Menton

Type of Cuisine: Haute cuisine
Built in 1930s style, the Mirazur stands proudly beside one of France’s oldest avocado trees, elevated above the palms and bougainvillea of Menton with panoramic views of the town and its bay and the Mirazur’s own vegetable garden. Argentine chef Mauro Colagreco worked under superstar Alain Passard at L’Arpège in Paris, one of the world’s premier places for fresh vegetables, so it’s no wonder that his Côte d’Azur smart-casual restaurant includes the words “from our garden” next to nearly every dish.
30 Avenue Aristide Briand, 06500 Menton
00 33 4 92 41 86 86

Bacon, Cap d’Antibes

Type of Cuisine: Haute cuisine
Restaurant de Bacon on the Baie des Anges in Cap d’Antibes offers sea views all the way to Italy from its terrace and comes with a glamorous clientele who enjoy the Michelin-starred cuisine. The Sordello family has been running this restaurant since 1948 and it has had the same Head Chef, Serge Philippin, since 1978. Philippin aims to serve his guests the best of the fresh dayly catch and Restaurant de Bacon is known for its classics such as the bourride dégustation, the soupe de poisson avec rouille, and of course the bouillabaisse.
664 Boulevard de Bacon, 06160 Antibes
00 33 4 93 61 50 02

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Tétou, Golfe-Juan

Type of Cuisine: Fine dining

Since the 1950s Tétou has been one of the most famous restaurants on the Cote d’Azur and this specialty seafood restaurant is regarded as producing some of the best bouillabaisse in the world. Retaining its Provençal earthiness despite its exclusive prices, Tétou has thrived in a white-sided beach cottage for more than 65 years. Apart from the house specialty, bouillabaisse you find on the menu grilled sea bass with tomatoes Provençal, sole meunière, and several preparations of lobster.
10 bd des Freres Roustan, 06220 Golfe-Juan Vallauris
00 33 4 93 63 71 16

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Le Club 55, St Tropez

Type of Cuisine: Trendy
The world’s most legendary beach club restaurant, serving delectable Mediterranean cuisine, Club 55 is an institution in Saint Tropez attracting exclusive clientele from everywhere. However, everyone is treated in the same manner, and the right to a table is a privilege which needs to be earned. The waiters have been here for years and serve delectable Mediterranean cuisine. It’s best to begin with an opulent basket of crudités, select a bottle of Chateau de Pampelonne Rosé, and then sit back and relax.
Plage de Pampelonne
Boulevard Patch, 83350 Ramatuelle (St Tropez)
00 33 4 94 55 55 55

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The African Queen, Beaulieu-sur-Mer

Type of Cuisine: International
The African Queen has become a gourmet’s paradise for film stars and their fans from all over the world. Mediterranean cuisine takes centre stage at the African Queen. The restaurant has developed a real reputation for its dishes – replete with the specialities of Nice and the region and made with the freshest seasonal ingredients, such as the famous pizza with truffles or Vissian’s delicious salad nicoise. The colonial look and feel, with bronze statuettes, exotic woods and elegant lamplight, make the entire experience of the Aftrican Queen a truly memorable one.
Port Plaisance, 06310 Beaulieu-sur-Mer
00 33 4 93 01 10 85

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Le Banh Hoi, St Tropez

Type of Cuisine: International
One of Karl Lagerfeld’s preferred restaurants, this charming Asian pearl in the St Tropez harbour tucked away on a tiny romantic street behind the church specialises in Thai and Vietnamese cuisine, the ideal break from all that Provençal aïoli and bouillabaisse. Settle into the red-and-black decor and sample carefully prepared dishes such as Thai fish soup with lemongrass and coconut milk, shrimp and mango salad, ravioli stuffed with pork and mushrooms, and grilled chicken with satay sauce.

12 Rue Petit St Jean, 83990 St Tropez
00 33 4 94 97 36 29

© La Petite Maison

La Petite Maison, Nice

Type of Cuisine: Traditional
This bustling and noisy tavern in the heart of the Old Town resides in a 19th-century grocery store. Regulars include Elton John and his longtime companion, who live in a villa nearby. It’s usually packed with diners wanting to taste this array of Niçoise cuisine, the authenticity of which is virtually unequaled in the city. You can enjoy a delicious selection of grilled fish, or pastas, and steaks, all prepared with the right Mediterranean touches.
11, rue Saint François de Paule, Nice
00 33 4 93 92 59 59 / 00 33 4 93 85 71 53

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Les Deux Canailles, Nice

Type of Cuisine: International
This restaurant, run by two young men Laurent Inoué and Tsumoru Takano, is modern, colourful and welcoming. The former greets and looks after customers, while the latter takes care of the cooking. The carte is a savvy blend of French and Japanese inspiration creating a real taste experience. Laurent Inoué will be delighted to help customers choose the ideal wine to accompany their meal from the extensive wine list.
6 Rue Chauvain, 06000 Nice
00 33 4 93 01 84 83

© Sezz Hotel

Colette, St Tropez

Type of Cuisine: Fine dining
At Colette, in Hotel Sezz, Mediterranean cuisine gets inventive but with a strong root in tradition. Products are sourced from local suppliers and the menu ranges from fresh fish to grilled dishes. The casual atmosphere ensures a relaxed dining experience in the day, but in the evening the ambience in the restaurant changes to something more glamorous. With its chic interior and delicious food Colette is a favourite among both locals and hotel guests.
Hotel Sezz, Route des Salins, 83990 St Tropez
00 33 4 94 44 53 11

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Cristina Saulini, St Tropez

Type of Cuisine: International
Hailed as the best new restaurant in St Tropez this season, Cristina opened at the beginning of May 2010 and is the brainchild of Cristina Saulini, an Italian chef who takes personal control of the kitchen. Cristina is located in the narrowest stretch of a narrow lane running parallel with Rue Gambetta. Inside is plush whilst sitting outside gives you the opportunity to cozy up to passing tourists who find themselves clinging to the menu blackboard as they squidge through the tiniest of gaps.
13, rue des Feniers, 83990 St Tropez
00 33 4 94 97 46 10

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HANgoût, Nice

Type of Cuisine: International
Lovely restaurant with a modern and sleek décor and open kitchen that offers gastronomic cuisine reinvented by Japanese Chef Takayuki Kamiya and prepared only with seasonal fresh produce. The chef has used his origins and experience to create HANgoût’s French/Asian menu. Traditional French dishes are subtly revised and infused with Asian flavours; beef tenderloin sautéed in soy sauce with onions, roast duck breast with miso, homemade ice cream, seasonal fruit tart. Former sommelier Jean-Michel Baranger will prepare you a fabulous cocktail and advise you on the best wine with your meal.
5 Rue du Moulin, 06300 Nice
00 33 4 22 16 99 26

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Les Vieux Murs, Cap d’Antibes

Type of Cuisine: Traditional
This charming Provençal tavern is inside the 17th-century ramparts that used to fortify the old seaport, not far from the Musée Picasso. White paint complements soaring stone vaults, and a glassed-in front terrace overlooks the water. The owner, Philippe Bensimon, and his chef, Thierry Gratarolla, run a warm, welcoming place. They use market-fresh ingredients, especially seafood, which is prepared with flavor and served with style. Daily offerings depend on what was best at the market. Lusty provençale meat and poultry dishes are menu staples.
25 Promenade Amiral de Grasse, 06600 Antibes
00 33 4 93 34 06 73

Autres Ray’son, Fréjus

Type of Cuisine: Traditional
Restaurant Autres Ray’son is ideally located on the harbour, boasting a sunny terrace and modern wood and teak dining room decorated with many flowers. A warm ambiance and friendly staff make you feel at home. With a modern take on traditional cuisine, foie gras gets flavoured with new ingredients, the desserts have surprising touches to them, and the main courses created by the talented Chef have refined and innovative flavours. This neighbourhood restaurant has remained simple despite its privileged location.
37 Quai Marc Antoine, 83600 Fréjus
00 33 4 94 17 11 21

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Le Vingt4

Type of Cuisine: Traditional
Restaurant Le Vingt4, fully refurbished with a bright décor in white and lilac tones, offers: breakfasts, various salads and daily specials a l’Ardoise – served on a slate platter – (note: coffee is free for ladies) appetizers, gourmet menu and wine and champagne bar and in the evening, all in a relaxed atmosphere. Le Vingt4 has a unique presentation of wines: The menu is classified by colours, and is not categorised by region or grape varieties, but by the flavour of the wine.
24 Rue Alphonse Karr, 06000 Nice
00 33 4 93 88 45 49

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Le Salon des Indépendants, Cannes

Type of Cuisine: Traditional
One of Cannes’ best restaurants, with its unique and relatively inexpensive menu formula where all is included: Champagne, salad, charcuterie, terrine as apéritif. Then the starter of the day and a shot of vodka. The main course is either fish or meat which is accompanied by a half bottle of wine per person. Dessert is a choice between four to five desserts. Every evening there is live latin music. All in all, Le Salon des Indépendants offers a very pleasant atmosphere with great value and quality dining.
11 Rue Louis Perrissol, 06400 Cannes
00 33 4 93 39 97 06

© The Strand

The Strand, St Tropez

Type of Cuisine: Trendy
Casually elegant, restaurant the Strand sets an identifiable benchmark of progress for Gustavia restaurants, combining mood, setting, people and food in perfect proportion, and proving that a restaurant doesn’t have to be boring to put out great food, or sacrifice culinary standards because it’s hip. Here, both are admirably achieved, but for culinary purists, come before 10 pm, after which the restaurant mood swings decidely more to lounge.
2 rue du Petit Bal, 83990 St Tropez
00 33 4 94 97 43 22

© La Pesquiere

La Pesquiere, St Tropez

Type of Cuisine: Traditional
Opened in 1962 by Jacques Cadel and now run by his daughter Anne-Marie Cadel and Jean Jauffret, this family restaurant has managed to preserve its tradition, its conviviality and has retained the loyalty of its regular customers. With a wonderful ocean view, this legendary restaurant is a special visit for everyone. Jean and Marie-Anne offer a simple and traditional Provencal cuisine.
1 Rue des Remparts 83990 St Tropez
00 33 4 94 97 05 92

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