One of the best reasons to consider spending time in this beautiful region is the incredible choice of French Riviera restaurants. The French are of course known for their cuisine, and the regional specialities from the South of France will excite your taste buds. From freshly-caught seafood to huge plates of pasta, without forgetting piping hot portions of socca and decadent ice-creams, the restaurants of the French Riviera serve some of the most delicious food around.
One of the greatest pleasures of living here or visiting on holiday is going out for a leisurely meal with friends and family, and enjoying some great food and wine. Here are a few of our favourite restaurants along the coast to give you some inspiration for your next weekend lunch or big evening out in the French Riviera.
Louis XV - Monaco
A night out in Monaco is always a special occasion. So, next time you’re in town why not book a table at the Alain Ducasse restaurant, le Louis XV at the Hotel de Paris. When a restaurant holds 3 Michelin stars, you know you’re in for a treat, and the Louis XV does not disappoint with its elegant design and traditional French cuisine. Eating at the Louis XV is more than just a meal, it’s a whole dining event, thanks to the impeccable service and stunning surroundings. Food is served on special ‘object-plates’ designed exclusively by Pierre Tachon and the centrepiece of the dining room is a 7m wide glass chandelier, this is one meal you definitely won’t forget in a hurry!
- Wine and dine here: Louis XV
La Table du Royal - St Jean Cap Ferrat
What could be nicer than eating outside in the sunshine, overlooking the Mediterranean? La Table du Royal at St Jean Cap Ferrat’s Royal Riviera Hotel is the perfect spot for an alfresco lunch. Enjoy a relaxing meal on their gorgeous terrace overlooking the bay in Beaulieu-Sur-Mer, and watch the world go by as you wait for your meal to arrive. The cuisine here is French with a Mediterranean twist, and the wine list features some delicious local wines from Provence. The staff are warm and welcoming, and the food is beautifully presented, the breadbasket, in particular, is a work of art. If you’re looking for a meal fit for a king, you can’t beat la Table du Royal.
- Treat your taste buds: La Table du Royal
Restaurant de Bacon - Cap d'Antibes
Antibes is known for its fantastic selection of restaurants. One of our favourites is the Restaurant de Bacon in the Cap d’Antibes. Originally a makeshift food stall on the beach, today the restaurant has a Michelin star and is famous for its fish dishes. Reserve a table on the terrace directly opposite the old town of Antibes, and prepare for one of the most incredible meals you’ve ever had. The house speciality is the traditional Provençal bouillabaisse, try the version with langouste for a true taste sensation. Run by the Sordello family since it opened, Le Bacon as it’s affectionately known is the perfect spot to enjoy a romantic meal while the sun goes down on the French Riviera.
- Something fishy going on here: Restaurant de Bacon
La Table du Chef - Cannes
There’s no shortage of fabulous restaurants in Cannes. But the most fabulous of all has to be La Table du Chef. Small and intimate with excellent service, the chef in question, Aram Atanasyan creates sophisticated dishes using only fresh, seasonal ingredients. The set 4-course lunch menu changes weekly and is always worth dropping by for, but the real piece de resistance is the 7 Deadly Sins evening menu. Enjoy 7 courses, each more delicious than the last, starting with sloth and ending appropriately with greed. The subtle flavours of the food make La Table du Chef paradise for food lovers, and we guarantee that one visit here will definitely not be enough!
- Indulge yourself: La Table du Chef
Colombe d’Or - St Paul de Vence
With its unique history and glamorous surroundings, a visit to the Colombe d’Or is a must when you’re in St Paul de Vence. After all, there are not many restaurants where you can dine under original artworks by Picasso, Matisse and Chagall. The restaurant is still charmingly old-fashioned, you’ll need to book by telephone or in writing, but the food is excellent and the staff are friendly and welcoming. In summer, enjoy an aperitif on the terrace by the hotel pool before eating, and in winter, head inside to eat by the cosy fireplace before strolling around the dining room to look at the priceless collection of art which adorns the walls. The Colombe d’Or provides food not just for the body but also for the soul.
- This place is gold: Colombe d’Or
La Vague d’Or - St Tropez
Thanks to its 3 and its delicious gastronomic cuisine, eating at La Vague d’Or in St Tropez is an unforgettable experience. The setting, right on the waterfront is absolutely breath-taking, but the real star here is the food, which is just sensational. Chef Arnaud Donckele creates a selection of new dishes each season using the traditional flavours of Provence. The staff are entertaining but incredibly professional and if you’re lucky, will sometimes arrange a tour of the kitchen for you if the restaurant is quiet. For the definitive gourmet meal, choose the Balade Epicurienne, an extravagent menu with 8 acts paired with wine by the head sommelier, this is truly the ultimate St Tropez dining experience.
- Michelin star magic: La Vague d'Or