55 Best Restaurants in The French Riviera, France

Chez Pipo Socca

$ | Port Nice Fodor's choice

There are plenty of places where you can sample socca in Old Town, but if you want to understand why so much fuss is made in Nice over the chickpea pancake, this out-of-the-way café behind the port is the place to go. As per usual, a batter of chickpea flour, water, olive oil, and salt is baked in giant copper tins in a wood-fired oven, but here, the cook expertly scrapes the surface of the nearly-cooked dough with a metal spatula so that it comes out extra-crispy. It's hard to explain why, but this is socca you can eat in large quantities even if you're not hungry: proof is the line on weekend nights, when people are willing to wait an hour or more for their petite (€3.50) or grande plates (€5.90). If you can't make it to this location, Chez Pipo is also at Terminal 1 at the Nice Airport. For the lowdown on everything socca, watch the short We Eat Socca Here by American filmmaker Scott Petersen.

13 rue Bavastro, Nice, 06300, France
Known For
  • authentic Niçois food
  • arrive at 5:30 opening to avoid long wait
  • cash-only policy
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Mon. and Tues. July and Aug.

Glacier Fenocchio

$ | Old Town Fodor's choice

For fresh, homemade, gelato-style ice cream offered in a rainbow of flavors and colors, stop at Glacier Fenocchio any day of the week from 9 am to midnight, March to November. There's also a choice of sorbets made with locally grown citrus, including orange, mandarin, and lemon.

La Colombe d'Or

$$$$ Fodor's choice

The food might be a bit overpriced, but where else in the world could you eat in a dining room under a Picasso, on a terrace beside a ceramic Léger mural, or next to a pool amid an idyllic garden with a Calder sculpture? The quirky but unpretentious Provençal menu has hardly changed over 50 years—the hors d’oeuvres de la Colombe (basket of crudité and hunks of charcuterie), salmon quenelles, and Grand Marnier soufflé flambé are as acclaimed as ever. If you can't afford a room at the world-famous hotel but still want wonderful Instagram moments, a dinner here does the trick.

Pl. Général-de-Gaulle, St-Paul-de-Vence, France
Known For
  • dining amid priceless art
  • lunch spot for celebs during Cannes Film Fesival
  • menu that hasn't missed a tasty beat in years
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Nov.–Christmas

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La Femme du Boulanger

$$ | New Town Fodor's choice

Although lunch and dinner are delicious, this the place to come for a breakfast of freshly sliced country breads, mouthwatering Ö Jardin Sucré jams (say, raspberry and violet or apple-pear with hazelnut), and organic yogurts—all made in France. Sure, you can still have your flaky croissant, but here the friendly owners deliver a toaster to your table to grill the bread exactly to your liking. Throw in Alain Milliet vineyard juices and creamy café au lait, and you’ll be planning to come back before you can wipe the jam off your chin.

La Merenda

$$$ | Old Town Fodor's choice

The back-to-bistro boom climaxed here when Dominique Le Stanc retired his crown at the Negresco to take over this tiny, unpretentious landmark of Provençal cuisine. For decades he has worked in a miniature open kitchen creating ultimate versions of stuffed sardines, tagliatelle with pistou, slow-simmered daubes (beef stews), and the quintessential stockfish (the local lutefisk)—but don’t worry, pizza is an option, too. There are two seatings at both lunch and dinner. You'll have to stop by in person or message on Facebook or Instagram to reserve entry to the inner sanctum as there's no phone—and note that credit cards are not accepted either.

4 rue Raoul Bosio, Nice, 06300, France
No phone
Known For
  • real deal when it comes to French bistro
  • amazing food for the price
  • cash-only policy and reservations only in person or via social media
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed weekends and 1st 2 wks in Aug., Reservations essential

La Table du Mareyeur

$$$$ Fodor's choice

Ewan and Caroline Scutcher haven’t left Port Grimaud since they married here nearly 36 years ago and set up this waterside gem, now considered one of the Riviera's finest restaurants. In a fun and relaxed atmosphere, they offer the freshest fish and seafood on the coast; certainly the politicians, royalty, and film stars (think Leonardo DiCaprio) who dine portside here among the locals don't complain. Selection is simple, uncomplicated, and the lunch menu—served on market days, Thursday and Sunday between mid-June and mid-September—is a deal at €26 with wine and coffee included. Avoid traffic and ask Le Table to arrange for a water taxi when you make a reservation.

10–11 pl. des Artisans, Port Grimaud, 83315, France
Known For
  • meaty oysters perfect for slurping
  • summertime lunch menu that's quite a deal
  • celebrity spotting
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed mid-Oct.–late Mar.

La Villa Archange

$$$$ Fodor's choice

You wouldn't expect to find a restaurant with two Michelin stars set in a residential area, 10 minutes by car from La Croisette, but Bruno Oger promises you an unforgettable evening in this très cozy spot surrounded by centennial trees and gardens. Yes, it's pricey (à la carte from €130 and the two set menus are €230 and €350 without drinks), but you'll have bragging rights that you and Robert De Niro have shared the same chef. That's right, Oger is official chef of the Cannes Film Festival. If this is beyond your means, opt for the three-course menu (€49) at Le Bistrot des Anges (Michelin Bib Gourmand), under the same management. While waiting, sink into an armchair, and watch the fashion parade at L'Ange Bar.

15 bis, rue Notre-Dame des Anges, Le Cannet, 06110, France
Known For
  • impeccable service
  • wonderful pairings by sommelier
  • perfectly executed nine-course Inspiration Menu (€570 with wine)
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun. and Mon. No lunch Tues.–Thurs.

Le Bistrot d'Antoine

$$ | Old Town Fodor's choice

You won't find any "concept" cooking here, just pure French bistro fare at its finest—beef salad with anchovy dressing, butter risotto with truffles, sliced leg of lamb, and traditional pork casserole. Save room for the day's dessert, such as the wonderfully warm peach-and-frangipane tart. The prices here are as appealing as the menu. If you can't score a reservation, try Peixes 3, chef Antoine Crespo's delightful, seafood tapas restaurant at 4 rue de l'Opéra.

27 rue de la Préfecture, Nice, 06000, France
Known For
  • excellent prices
  • jaw-droppingly tasty food
  • reservations necessary
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun. and Mon., Reservations essential

Le Canon

$$$ | New Town Fodor's choice

With a handwritten menu board, wine bottles as far as the eye can see, and a low-key assemblage of chairs and tables that look like they came out of a 1970s-era attic, this is the kind of authentic French bistro people travel to Provence for. Owner Sébastien Perinetti and chef Elmahdi Mobarik source the freshest hyperlocal produce to bring you a parade of taste sensations, all seductively priced. Each selection is described by Sébastien in its entirety, perhaps a Sardinian “fregola” pasta with cuttlefish and peas from the fields of St-Isidore, with a peach soup made with white peaches from St-Martin-du-Var.

23 rue Meyerbeer, Nice, France
Known For
  • organic food and natural wine
  • changing menu influenced by local suppliers
  • long leisurely meals
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed weekends. No dinner Wed.

Le Figuier de Saint-Esprit

$$$$ Fodor's choice

Christian Morisset’s Michelin-starred restaurant is named after the 50-year-old fig tree that, along with a canopy of vines, shades the private courtyard. This is one of the region's best restaurants, and the haute-cuisine chef bases his scrumptious set menus on what's available at the daily market. Yes, it's pricey—à la carte is around €70 for a main, and don't choke when you see a €3,900 bottle of 1990 Château Lafite Rothschild on the wine list; like everything else on the menu, it's there for a reason.

14 rue Saint-Esprit, Antibes, 06600, France
Known For
  • the main culinary attraction of Antibes
  • charming courtyard
  • local and organic (and some very fancy) wines
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Tues. Closed Wed. Oct.–June, Mon. and Wed. lunch July–Sept., 1 wk in Feb., last wk in June, and Dec.

Le Séjour Café

$$$ | New Town Fodor's choice

Owners Renaud and Marilène Geille, who used to run Les Viviers back in the day, pack this popular eatery by offering exceptional surroundings, fabulous food, and flawless service. The fish dishes are supreme, lightly accentuated by seasonal vegetables, and the magret carnard seems reinvented. The desserts may not seem particularly adventurous, but the delicate combination of salty and sweet will knock your socks off (if you’re wearing any). Next door is sister restaurant Le Petit Café, equally as atmospheric and delicious.

11 rue Grimaldi, Nice, 06000, France
Known For
  • small space so reservations a must
  • charming service
  • excellent sweet-and-salty desserts
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun. and Mon.


$$$$ Fodor's choice

Chef Mauro Colagreco—who learned his craft in Latin America before working with the likes of Bernard Loiseau in Burgundy and both Alain Passard and Alain Ducasse in Paris—now helms this innovative establishment, which has garnered three Michelin stars and is frequently cited as the world's best restaurant. Colagreco is one of the young chefs whose style has been dubbed la jeune cuisine—for him, the plate is a palette, and each of the ingredients, which are often gathered from the on-site vegetable garden, has its precise place and significance. The airy dining room overlooking a cascading garden and the sea on Menton's outer edge is the ideal setting for Colagresco's expressive (and expensive!) cooking; the €450/person menu featuring roots, leaves, flowers, and fruits is particularly intense. In 2023, a glassed-enclosed kitchen was added, as was La Puerta, a space adjacent to the restaurant that offers a more intimate experience. Can't get a reservation? Don't fret. Colagreco is everywhere, from BFire in Cannes to the Riviera in Roquebrune, an over-the-top (literally, on a cliff) spot at the Maybourne Riviera hotel.

30 av. Aristide Briand, Menton, 06500, France
Known For
  • inventive gastronomic cuisine by Argentinean-Italian chef
  • sensational views of the coast cannot match the flavor
  • requires reservations at least six months in advance
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Mon. and Tues., early Jan., and 2 wks mid-Nov. No lunch Wed., Reservations essential


$$$$ Fodor's choice
Young Nicolas Decherchi earned his first Michelin star only one year after opening Paloma, set in the serenity of a Provençal farmhouse and complete with distant views (in this case, of the sea and the Îles de Lérins off Cannes). The service is flawless, from the valet to the sommelier, and the food combines time-honored southern cooking techniques with a hefty dollop of imagination. Set menus are available at both lunch (from €59) and dinner (from €89) and the average price of à la carte is €80.
47 av. du Moulin de la Croix, Mougins, 06250, France
Known For
  • <PRO>gorgeous contemporary interior</PRO>
  • <PRO>bread service with pyramids of butter</PRO>
  • <PRO>cotton candy foie gras</PRO>
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun. and Mon., 1 wk in Feb., and 1 wk after film festival, Reservations essential

Restaurant De Sa Vie

$$$$ Fodor's choice

Judging by the crowd of regulars flocking to his restaurant, Daniel Desavie has built quite a reputation for his classic Provençal dishes—hardly surprising given that he was trained for 23 years by the late Roger Vergé at the famous Moulins de Mougins. Try the half lobster with cranberry beans and wild mushrooms salad in herb vinaigrette before tucking into thinly sliced beef with truffle coulis. If you want to add wine, a sommelier will help you turn your classic meal into a masterful one. There are splendidly set-priced lunch and dinner menus at both the restaurant and his more relaxed Le Bistrot, which features a weekly market offering. 

Restaurant Le Safranier

$$ Fodor's choice

Part of a tiny Old Town enclave determined to resist the press of tourism, this casual tavern has tables scattered across a sunny terrace on Place Safranier. Chef Gaïatto Olivier is in charge of a refined menu that reflects his five years in the kitchen at the celebrated Eden Roc—think roasted catch of the day with chickpea stew, chorizo, mussels fennel, and coriander—but at a fraction of the price.

Astoux et Cie Brun

$$$ | La Croisette

A beacon to all fish lovers since 1953, Astoux et Cie Brun deserves its reputation for impeccably fresh fruits de mer. Well-trained staffers negotiate cramped quarters to lay down heaping seafood platters, shrimp casseroles, and piles of oysters shucked to order. Open 365 days a year with nonstop service, it is noisy, cheerful, and always busy (so don't expect rapid service). Arrive early (noon for lunch, 6 pm for dinner) to get a table and avoid a line.

27 rue Félix Faure, Cannes, 06400, France
Known For
  • legendary address open 365 days a year
  • noisy, cheerful atmosphere
  • arrive early or be prepared for long lines
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Reservations not accepted



Specializing in salads, pizzas, and pastas—prepared on the spot from local produce—this place offers a refreshing, light alternative to all those heavy French dishes. But Attimi is as hot as the lasagna Bolognese it serves, so you'll need to reserve or eat early. A seat on the terrace next to the fountain at the end of Place Masséna lets you dine with a side order of people-watching.

10 pl. Masséna, Nice, 06300, France
Known For
  • thin-crust pizza
  • terrace seating with great people-watching
  • long lines that are worth waiting in
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Reservations essential

Café des Chineurs

$$ | Old Town

The best place to grab a bite in Place Garibaldi, this café has an eclectic feel that's as appealing as the food and friendliness—and it's a fabulous location for people-watching.

Cap Estel–La Table de Patrick Raingeard


For more than 50 years, celebs have holidayed and dined at Cap Estel along Èze's bord de mer, enjoying its private 5-acre peninsula with all-encompassing views of the Mediterranean. Chef Patrick Raingeard's Michelin-star set menus are worthy of the location and may start with six oysters "Pearls Monte-Carlo," followed by Charolais beef fillet with chard cannelloni, and then finish with "the all-chocolate tube." There is a four-course vegetarian menu (€145), and the produce often comes directly from the hotel's garden.

1312 av. Raymond-Poincaré, 06360, France
04–93–76–29– 29
Known For
  • great brunch
  • paradisical views
  • produce from the hotel's garden
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Jan.–Mar., Reservations essential


$$$$ | Promenade

Long a showplace for Riviera luxury, the Negresco is replete with Régence-fashion salons decked out with 18th-century wood boiserie and Aubusson carpets. Its main dining room, the Michelin-star Chantecler, has been playing musical chefs for the past few years and currently features a new-generation culinary artist, Virginie Basselot, and her selections of impressive haute cuisine. In the cave, there are 15,000 bottles (if you're counting).

37 promenade des Anglais, Nice, France
Known For
  • a leader in French haute cuisine
  • formal dress code
  • giant wine cellar
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Mon. and Tues. No lunch., Reservations essential, Jacket required

Cosmo Bar


Facing the Cocteau chapel with an enviable view of the sea from its terrace, this modern brasserie could easily get away with being merely mediocre. Instead, it serves fresh, colorful Mediterranean dishes ranging from an addictive anchoïade—crudités with anchovy dip—to omelets. It's a favorite of English-speaking expats, and it's easy to understand why, since it brings together all the ingredients that make for a casual yet memorable meal on the French Riviera. Book online ahead to be sure of securing a coveted terrace table.

11 pl. Amélie Pollonnais, Villefranche-sur-Mer, 06230, France
Known For
  • fantastic views
  • casual yet memorable French Riviera dining
  • terrace seating (reserve to nab a spot)
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Reservations essential

Dior Café des Lices


What could be more fashionable than tucking into exquisite cuisine—prepared by Michelin-starred guest chefs such as Yannick Alleno and Arnaud Donckele—in an enchanting sheltered garden designed by Peter Wirtz at the House of Dior? Meals are reasonably priced for St-Tropez, and the dessert selection is large (consider trying the much-lauded, tiny, round D’Choux pastries, which come in a variety of flavors). This magical oasis is also the perfect place to toast the sunset with a glass of Champagne; expect to pay €60 for une verre of Dom Pérignon 2004, though.

13 rue François Sibilli, St-Tropez, 83990, France
Known For
  • huge dessert menu, including famed caramel D'Choux
  • comparatively reasonable prices
  • secret garden vibe
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed mid-Oct.–Mar.

Grill & Wines


Could it be that Cannes finally has an eatery where good food and friendly service come together? Come for une verre on the terrace or a meal in one of two interior rooms, one modern and the other traditional, where the steak-house menu offers more than just grilled Argentine black Angus, Australian Wagyu, and Kobe beef—there are also fish and seasonal vegetarian dishes, as well as plenty of French and world wines.

5 rue Notre-Dame, Cannes, 06400, France
Known For
  • pricey but amazing food
  • friendly staff who speak English
  • selection of rums from a producer in Nice


$$$$ | La Croisette

When chef Jean-Paul Battaglia decided to set up shop in Cannes, gastronomes were delighted, and he does not disappoint—so much so that it’s not uncommon for tourists to eat here more than once during their stay. The roast beef is succulent, and the spicy lobster has just the right kick. L'Affable is always packed (and often noisy), so reservations are essential. Note that dinner service is a €53 fixed-price menu with lots of tempting choices, ditto for lunch (€28 and €32).

5 rue Lafontaine, Cannes, 06400, France
Known For
  • signature Grand Marnier soufflé
  • open kitchen setup and prix-fixe menus
  • packed (and noisy) atmosphere
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Mon. and Sun., Reservations essential

La Fontaine


The new owners of this St-Paul-de-Vence institution in the center of the old village have magically created a contemporary bistro, where a few seats on a second-story terrace (book in advance) overlook the street below. Choose the plat du jour, or order from an à la carte menu with everything from an organic egg to a chicken burger to a Jerusalem artichoke and shimeji-mushroom confit with smoked duck breast. Half bottles of wine are available, so sit on the terrace with une verre, and breathe in the views of the fountain square—an experience that more than compensates for occasions when service is slow or the kitchen runs out of certain dishes.

La Maison Bleue


Cheerful blue-and-white-checked tablecloths, massive colorful throw cushions, and a polished wood facade give this unpretentious "blue house" on the main pedestrian street a welcoming air. You'll find straightforward fresh pasta like tagliatelle pistou and ravioli and simple grilled meat and fish dishes, accompanied by well-chosen local wines.

48 rue Paul Bert, Ste-Maxime, 83120, France
Known For
  • magical last dinner of any vacation
  • friendly owner
  • good value €21 lunch menu
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Mon. and Tues. Apr.–June and Sept.–Nov. Closed Dec.–Mar.

La Part des Anges

$$ | New Town

This wineshop with some 300 labels and a few tables and chairs at the back is really about vins naturels—unfiltered, unsulfured wines made by small producers from hand-harvested grapes—but the often-simple food served here also happens to be excellent. Whether you choose a charcuterie or cheese plate or one of the handful of hot dishes (like spaghetti with razor clams or octopus cooked in red wine), you can expect it to be generous and fresh. No corkage fee is charged for wines off the shelf, a rarity for a wine bar. Reservations are advised for Friday and Saturday night. The bilingual owner Olivier has opened a second wine bistro with lots of food, La Mise en Verre, at 17 rue Pastorelli.

17 rue Gubernatis, Nice, 06000, France
Known For
  • natural and organic wines
  • informative staff
  • lunch in the heart of the cellar
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun.

La Reserve


This Michelin-starred hotel restaurant—a marvel of light and color—has been a crown jewel of the Mediterranean since it opened in 1880. Chef Julien Roucheteau uses fresh Mediterranean ingredients in original takes on classic dishes like langoustine tails roasted in hazelnut butter, and the four- (€165) and six-course (€195) set menus are a better value than ordering à la carte. The chandelier-bedecked salon is lined with bay windows that offer views of a watery nirvana. Reserve well in advance in summer, and, if you can swing it, spend a night at the hotel if only to use the sea-side pool.

5 bd. General Leclerc, Beaulieu-sur-Mer, 06310, France
Known For
  • perfect wine pairings
  • seaside location with gorgeous views
  • fabulous desserts
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Nov.–mid-Dec. No lunch May–Oct., Reservations essential

La Réserve de Nice

$$$$ | Mont Boron

Chef Jêrome Cotta knows what it takes to earn restaurant acclaim, and his originality and attention to detail are reflected in creations like mille-feuille of foie gras caramelized with maple syrup; fig marmalade flavored with port wine, cranberry, and red-currant jelly; and cod fillet cooked in frothy butter, shallots, and cocoa beans stewed with bacon in a fine truffle bouillon. It's easy to run up a bill of €200 per couple with drinks here, but the panoramic views, especially upstairs, from the Art Deco building jutting over the sea cannot be faulted. It's also the site of one of the city's most stylish bars.

60 bd. Frank Pilatte, Nice, 06300, France
Known For
  • seaside location with excellent views
  • trendy sea bar
  • set menu €95 and €120
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun. and Mon.

La Table de Patrick Raingeard


For more than 50 years, celebs holidayed and dined at Cap Estel in Èze, a private 2-hectare peninsula with all-encompassing views of the Med. And now, with chef Patrick Raingeard, whose produce comes directly from the hotel’s garden, the dining here can’t get any better. Start with the asparagus salad with creamy cauliflower and wild truffles, followed by the Charolais beef fillet à la Parillada in a “Los Lobos” red-wine sauce served with a potato-and-truffle cake. Finish it off with a banana soufflé. Vegetarian options are also available. Lunch set menus are a good value.