The Best Restaurants in Nice
You want to go all out? Here are the best places to eat in Nice. Remember that you'll get the best deals at lunch--up to 30% off the price of a dinner menu. Call before showing up as opening hours can be unpredictable. The following restaurants have all been awarded one Michelin star.
Chef Mikhael Gracieux has studied with a number of top French chefs but now he could teach them a thing or two. The lunch menu (a la carte) concentrates on risotto paired with the freshest local produce. At night, his creativity soars and a stylish crowd of gourmands feasts on the best boeuf charolais in France.
The eponymous chef hails from Japan which clearly influences his elegant presentation. The minimalist decor provides a calm ambience in which to savor Matsushima's scrupulously prepared treats.
Its Michelin star is well-deserved. Since September 2007, this venerable establishment in the splendid Hotel Negresco is headed by a new chef, Jean-Denis Rieubland. Even though the average age of the lunch crowd seems to be in the triple digits, the new chef is introducing more modern touches to the menu. Read my review.
Chef David Faure likes contrasts: sweet vs. savoury, crunchy vs. smooth, local vs. exotic. The result is outstanding and the lunch prix-fixe menu at €25 is excellent value. By the way, the smoke coming from the chef's mouth is an emanation from one his more imaginative "molecular cuisine" dishes. Read my review.
No molecular cuisine for these two young chefs, Mikael and Gael Tourteaux yet their cuisine is delightfully inventive. After receiving its first Michelin star in March 2011, this restaurant has attracted droves of new customers. Reserve in advance but you must go. Read my review.
Other Fine Restaurants
Le Ane Rouge
A long-time classic, the chef here showcases local products.The interior is elegant and the terrace has lovely view of the port.
La Petite Maison
Visiting celebrities (and resident ones too) make a point of dining in this discreet dining room. The flavours are decidedly Mediterranean as the menu on the website indicates.
The impeccable pedigree of the eponymous chef insures a delightful meal in this small restaurant. The menu changes every week according to the market and the service is friendly and welcoming. Read my review.
Best Budget Restaurants
In the heart of Old Nice, this tiny and traditional place has been feed several generations of local diners. The three-course menu is a steal at €15. Reserve well in advance. See my review.
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