55 Best Restaurants in The French Riviera, France

Le Bistro Gourmand

$$$$ | Old Town

This restaurant, steps from the Hotel Beau Rivage and with an outdoor terrace, focuses on the preservation of French cuisine. The sommelier amazingly seems to know your order before you do; a decent bottle of red will set you back around €50. The service is friendly enough, but the stark white setting with a few dashes of color is meant to keep your eye on your plate.

Le Bistrot de Grand'Mère

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La Brouette de Grand'Mère built a following as a charming hole-in-the-wall with a true-blue bistro menu, and although the restaurant has changed its name and location, it has kept its €55 three-course menu that includes wine, fizzy water, a shot of vodka, as well as surprisingly tasty food. It feels especially right in winter.

Le Bistrot de Louis

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This place checks all the French-bistro boxes—mouthwatering classic dishes, a chalkboard menu, and a setting on a cobblestone street—with the bonus of friendly service. The three-course €55 menu rounds off the experience, and there is a vegan option.

9 pl. Colbert, Ste-Maxime, 83120, France
04–94–44–88–27
Known For
  • Beef Wellington with truffle sauce
  • Accommodating service
  • Location on a quaint pedestrian square
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed Mon. and Jan.–Mar.

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Le Boucanier

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Years ago, former French pro soccer player Wilfrid Gohel teamed up with Eric Chaumier, president of the regional retailers union, and took over this waterfront favorite. They could have just banked on the wraparound views of the marina and château to bring in the dinner crowds, but instead they refined the menu to include grilled bass with smoked salt petals and salmon marinated with pure malt whiskey and sautéed with matcha tea velouté sauce.

273 av. Henry Clews, Mandelieu-la-Napoule, 06210, France
04–93–49–80–51
Known For
  • Good-value €49 three-course menu
  • Incredible views
  • Vegan, pasta, and kids' options
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed Mon. Oct.–Mar. No dinner Sun. Oct.–Mar.

Le Café

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The busy terrace here often doubles as a stadium for different factions cheering on local pétanque players in Place des Lices. Service can be slow, but the setting, the food (say, black truffle and foie gras macaroni with Parmesan or seven-hour lamb confit with spices), and the piano bar with throwbacks to Piaf and Aznavour make this place memorable. It's open daily 8 am–3 am (with a well-priced €18 lunch menu) and always seems packed, so reservations are a good idea.

5 pl. des Lices, St-Tropez, 83990, France
04–94–97–44–69
Known For
  • Well-priced lunch menu
  • French music nightly
  • Languid service

Le Girelier

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Fish, fish, and more fish—sea bass, salmon, sole, sardines, monkfish, lobster, and crayfish all fill the boats that pull into the Old Port and find their way onto the menu here. Although grilled seafood (with a little thyme and perhaps a whisper of olive oil and garlic) is the order of the day, this is also a stronghold for bouillabaisse. The clientele is buffed and bronzed, but the servers tend to treat everyone like tourists. The lunch plat du jour (€21) is a bargain in this town; otherwise, mind the check: you'll be surprised just how expensive fish per 100g can be.

Quai Jean-Jaurès, St-Tropez, 83990, France
04–94–97–03–87
Known For
  • Fabulous views of Vieux Port yachts
  • Seafood priced by weight (which gets expensive)
  • Reasonably priced wine list and lunch menu
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed Nov.–mid-Mar.

Le Magnan

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Just 10 km (6 miles) west of St-Tropez and 4 km (2½ miles) south of Grimaud and the village of La Mole, this bucolic old farmhouse restaurant sits on a hillside over forests dense with cork oak and chestnuts. Whether you eat on the terrace with its views of the Massif des Maures and Gulf of St-Tropez or in the rustic dining room, the food tastes and smells of the surrounding countryside. Think crispy baked St-Marcelin cheese with honey and nuts or grilled beef tenderloin, fried potatoes, and béarnaise sauce, nicely topped off with chocolate and mango sorbet. Add the warm and friendly service, and this is your dream French restaurant experience. Choose from a three-course set menu (€45–€55), or order à la carte. 

3085 rte. de Cogolin, RN 98, Le Môle, 83310, France
04–94–49–57–54
Known For
  • Roast chicken like Maman used to make
  • Large portions
  • Gorgeous views
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed Mon.–Wed. No lunch Thurs. Closed 10 days early Nov. and 6 wks starting Jan 2.

Le Maschou

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If you're tired of choosing from complicated menus, visit this long-popular restaurant in Le Suquet, where you only have to decide what kind of meat you want. Every dinner starts with a gigantic basket of whole raw vegetables—to be cut up and dipped in a selection of sauces—and grilled bread, and then come the generous servings of charcoal-grilled beef, lamb, or chicken (there's also a meat-free menu). With a low, wood-beam ceiling and only a few tables (draped in pink), Le Maschou (meaning "small pretty house") is a favorite during the Cannes Film Festival, when the 60-day matured prime rib is as hot as the red carpet.

15 rue St-Antoine, Cannes, 06400, France
04–93–39–62–21
Known For
  • Beef, lamb, or chicken straight off the grill
  • Quaint and intimate in Le Suquet
  • Signature Tomahawk for two with baked potatoes
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed Nov.–Jan. No lunch, Reservations essential

Le Pacha du Sloop

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Catering to the yachting crowd, this established portside restaurant has outdoor tables surrounding a tiny "garden" of potted palms. The focus is on fish, of course—soupe de poisson (fish soup), St-Pierre (John Dory) steamed with asparagus, and roasted whole sea bass.

Port de St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, 06230, France
04–93–01–48–63
Known For
  • Long-running portside eatery
  • Terrace views of yachts
  • Good value for Cap Ferrat
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed Wed.

Le Panier

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In an intimate space on a tiny street, just behind Cours Saleya, this restaurant has a chalkboard menu of dishes that showcase the natural skill of chef Aurélien Martin. The choice of market-fresh seasonal cuisine is easy, as there's one four-course menu for lunch and either a four- or a five-course menu for dinner.

5 rue Barillerie, Nice, 05301, France
04–89–97–14–37
Known For
  • Uncomplicated French cooking
  • Regularly changing prix-fixe menus
  • Reservations necessary for charming outside seating
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed Tues. and Wed. No lunch Thurs.

Le Restaurant Panoramique by Le Roof

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When Hell’s Kitchen presenter and chef Arnaud Tabarec left to open Beam! in Toulon, Lori Moreau stepped in at this trendy restaurant occupying the fifth floor of a former post office with fabulous views over Le Suquet. She shortened the menu, but there is still a good selection of fish and vegetarian dishes, as well as beef and chicken options. There’s also a stellar brunch menu if a lazy Sunday appeals.

Le Safari

$$$ | Port Nice

The Cours Saleya's desirable terrace tables provide an excuse for many of the restaurants along this strip to get away with culinary murder, but that's not the case at Le Safari, which pays more attention than most to ingredients and presentation. Choose from traditional Niçois dishes—the fish soup served with croutons, spicy mayonnaise, and cheese is particularly good—and Italian-inspired fare such as creamy risotto. Inside the colorful dining room is where the locals eat, and some even claim the food is a notch better there. Wherever you'd like to sit, it's a good idea to make a reservation.

Le Temps des Cerises

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You'll find your bonheur (happiness) in this popular and centrally located gem of Dutch owner-chef Lodewijk Schröder. From a hearty black Angus steak to a mouthwatering chicken vol-au-vent, the selection is classic French gastronomy (so definitely not vegan or vegetarian-friendly). There are a few chic surprises for the middle of a tourist town, like the Indonesian Nasi Rames spicy rice dish. Too bad about the trucks and motorcycles roaring past.

2 pl. de la République, Fayence, 83440, France
04–94–76–01–19
Known For
  • Consistently high-quality meals
  • Homemade ice cream and sorbets
  • Lovely terrace atmosphere on a slightly noisy road
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed Tues. and Wed.

Le Tilleul

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Before you plunge into the dense tangle of streets in old St-Paul-de-Vence, stop on the ramparts under the century-old lime tree for a meal or snack at this atmospheric café, where the breezy terrace looks onto the valley and the Alps. The kitchen makes more of an effort than you might expect, turning out colorful salads (crispy goat cheese salad with figs) and pastas at lunch and more serious fare in the evening. Pop by for the Salon de Thé (daily 3–6 pm), which offers much more than Mariage Frères tea: red berry tiramisu, crepes, and coffee on a separate menu. Across the street, Le Tilleul sells freshly made, sorbet and ice cream for takeout in flavors like wild peach and almond milk with sour cherry.

Le Vieux Moulin

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From just outside the walled village, you can see this restaurant that was once a 17th-century oil mill. Owner Frédéric Rossi hired the young chef Olivier Depardieu, who did his apprenticeship at the Colombe d'Or and worked at Château Saint Martin, to create regional dishes like risotto with artichokes and langoustines or sea bass with pole-fried vegetables. This place is best for a hearty dinner rather than a light lunch, especially since the terrace doesn't get much shade.

Les Delicatesses de Grasse

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All that perfume sniffing can build an appetite and this is just the place to refuel on cheeses, olives, charcuteries, tapenades, and chuntneys. It's open daily, and you could spend hours lingering over a half bottle of wine and sampling the delicious regional selections that are part of a shared platter (three to four people) for only €30.

Les Pêcheurs

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In 1954, French resistance hero Camille Rayon built a restaurant between two stone fishing huts from the early 20th century, and today it's part of the Relais & Chateau Cap d'Antibes Beach Hotel. Although beef is available, chef Nicolas Rondelli's menu emphasizes fish, and all dishes are complemented by produce from the nearby hills and wines from a formidable list that includes a 2018 Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey Meursault at €2,400 a bottle. Stunning, albeit pricey, desserts, give you an excuse to linger as the sun sets over the Îles de Lérins and the Estérel. The more affordable beach restaurant is open for lunch, and from June through September, dinner.

10 bd. Maréchal Juin, Antibes, 06160, France
04–92–93–13–30
Known For
  • Michelin-starred seafood
  • Stunning "Epilogue" desserts
  • Sunset views over the Îles de Lérins and the Estérel
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed Mon. and Tues. Closed mid-Oct.–Mar. No lunch.

Lycée Hotellier Paul Augier

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Popular with both locals and expats, the three restaurants at the Paul Augier Hospitality and Tourism School, attended by 1,200 pupils and apprentices, serve lunch weekdays and dinner some evenings—and everything is prepared by aspiring young chefs. The fifth-floor La Rotonde is the most sophisticated and expensive of the three restaurants, but, still, the set lunch menu is just €28 without drinks, and set dinner menus start at €35. Note, though, that reservations are by email only.

163 bd. René Cassin, Nice, 06203 Cedex, France
04–93–72–77–77
Known For
  • Three-course meals at a steal, from €28 at lunch
  • Unique way to experience local Nice
  • Chefs who could very well become the world's best
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed weekends

Nacional Trattoria

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When you've had enough of the “catch of the day" and need a good old dose of red meat—in various cuts, from rump steak to rib to sirloin XXL—this Italian restaurant in old Antibes is the place to go. The selection includes black Angus American, Australian, or Irish beef as well as veal, chicken, and foie gras, and it's all overseen by Nicolas Rondell, head chef at the Michelin-starred Pecheurs in the Cap. You can even read about where your meat was raised, as well as its breed, age, and feeding methods. If all of this is too much, you can order pasta—you know where that comes from.

61 pl. Nationale, Antibes, 06600, France
04–93–61–77–30
Known For
  • Steaks priced by the gram
  • Swanky summer terrace
  • Convivial service
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed Mon.

Nino's

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At the far southeast tip of Théoule's miniature bay, this unpretentious pizzeria serves simple Italian specialties—but, oh, what a setting. A few tables line a wooden "boathouse" porch directly over the lapping water, and at night the whole glittering necklace of Cannes reflects its luxurious glow over the bay. Good wood-oven pizzas and pastas add superfluous pleasure.

Récif

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This retro restaurant opened when luxe hotel Les Roches Rouges was transformed by French hotelier Valéry Grégo, and it has since picked up one Michelin star. The dinner-only menu is dedicated to gastronomic yet inventive regional dishes, which head chef José Bailly bases on La Cuisine Provençale de la Tradition Populaire, a 1963 cookbook of traditional recipes by René Jouveau.

90 bd. de la 36ème-Division-du-Texas, St-Raphaël, 83700, France
04–89–81–40–60
Known For
  • Three- and five-course tasting menus only
  • Spectacular seaside setting
  • Hotel guests aren't guaranteed restaurant reservations
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed Mon. and Tues. and Oct.–mid-May, Reservation necessary.

Restaurant Jan

$$$$ | Port Nice

Chef Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen is the first South African to be awarded a Michelin star, which he earned within two years of opening this self-titled restaurant in the port. Because of this, it can be tough to get reservations to sample a menu that might feature such innovative dishes as veal cheeks, potatoes dauphinoise, potato puree, trumpet mushrooms, foie gras, and lavender mayonnaise. For the record, the bread, ice cream, and sorbet are all homemade; the eggs and milk are organic; and Jan Hendrik grows his own vegetables, fruits, and herbs.

12 rue Lascaris, Nice, 06300, France
04–97–19–32–23
Known For
  • Set menus with pairing options
  • Homemade bread and ice cream
  • Reservations require deposit
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun., Mon., and 2 wks in late Nov. No lunch, Reservations essential

Restaurant La Tonnelle

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It's hard to believe that this tranquil island is only 20 minutes from Cannes by boat, and that it's the location of a scenic, 19th-century restaurant run by monks from the Île St-Honorat monastery alongside chef Mathias Metge. You're here for the views; although the menu focuses on very fresh grilled fish, prices seem aimed at the stars (literally), and service reflects a "we're the only restaurant on the island" attitude. There is a vegan option, and cheeseburgers also on the menu.  Take the opportunity to sample the wines, liqueurs, and eaux-de-vie that are produced by the island's busy monks.

Ile St-Honorat, 06400, France
04–92–99–54–08
Known For
  • Breezy luxurious atmosphere
  • Wines and liqueurs produced by island monks
  • Snack bar open mid-May–mid-Sept
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed Nov.–mid-Apr. No dinner, Reservations required

Restaurant Le G'envie

$$$$

It’s always a good sign when people are willing to line up for a seat at a tiny joint like this one. Tucked away on an unassuming street behind the port, with views of Notre Dame church, this restaurant is where you come for classic French food without the St-Tropez prices. The magret de carnard has diners salivating, and the traditional veal and lamb dishes are equally as delicious.

67 Rue Portail Neuf, St-Tropez, France
04–94–79–85–09
Known For
  • No-reservations policy
  • French duck and traditional veal dishes
  • Tiny shaded spot on a tiny street
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed Mon., Reservations not accepted

Table 22

$$$$

In a city where style often wins out over substance, food lovers treasure this Suquet eatery, run by Noël Mantel, who, among other top-notch jobs, worked with Ducasse at Louis XV in Monaco. The contemporary setting harmonizes with the exquisitely detailed Mediterranean cuisine on the seasonal prix-fixe menus (€39, €49, or €60).

22 rue St-Antoine, Cannes, 06400, France
04–93–39–13–10
Known For
  • One of city's finest restaurants
  • Excellent and varied wine selection
  • Gluten-free, lactose-intolerant, nut-allergy, and vegan options
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun. and Mon. No lunch.