Fodor's Expert Review La Mère Germaine

$$$$ Villefranche-sur-Mer French

This is a place to linger over warm lobster salad or sole meunière in butter with almonds while watching the world go by; the food is tasty, but the fabulous setting of this veritable institution is reflected in the prices (and the occasional attitude from the servers). The seaside restaurant opened in 1938, and proprietor Germaine Halap soon became a second mother to American naval officers and sailors who came into port. A movie has been made about "Mère Germaine," and excerpts from the book Mother of the Sixth Fleet were published in Reader's Digest.

French Views Casual Lunch Dinner $$$$

Quick Facts

Quai Corbert
Villefranche-sur-Mer, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur  06230, France


Known For:
  • Legendary local eatery for lovers of fresh seafood
  • Setting right next to the sea
  • Place in U.S. Navy history
Restaurant Details:
Rate Includes: Closed late Nov.–Christmas

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