10 must-try restaurants in Nice

Welcome to Nice, the pearl of the Côte d’Azur, where Mediterranean cuisine is at its best. This picturesque town in the south of France is not only famous for its sunny climate and magnificent beaches, but also for its rich and diverse gastronomic scene. In this article, we’ll detail 10 must-try restaurants in Nice, where you can enjoy delicious cuisine and discover the true essence of Nice cuisine.

 

Nice specialities

La Petite Maison

This restaurant is renowned for its refined Provencal cuisine and top-quality local produce. Dishes are prepared with love and creativity, and the setting is elegant and warm. Mediterranean flavors are showcased in exquisite dishes such as bouillabaisse, a delicious fish stew, or grilled beef fillet with seasonal vegetables. Desserts are also not to be missed, including lemon meringue pie and chocolate fondant.

Chez Palmyre

Founded in 1926 by Palmyre Moni from Tuscany, Chez Palmyre is a veritable Nice institution. Located in Old Nice, this restaurant offers an authentic experience of Nice cuisine. Try their daube niçoise, a traditional beef stew, for an unforgettable taste experience. Dishes are prepared using recipes handed down from generation to generation, guaranteeing authentic flavor and a warm welcome.

Chez Pipo

Located just a few steps from the beach, Chez Pipo is a Niçoise institution renowned for its local specialty, “socca”. This friendly, unpretentious restaurant is the ideal place to enjoy this crispy chickpea galette, perfect as an aperitif or starter. Chez Pipo’s socca is renowned for its quality, and is prepared according to a traditional recipe that makes it a true culinary experience. In addition to socca, you can also enjoy other authentic Mediterranean dishes, such as pissaladière and daube niçoise, in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere.

Acchiardo

A family-run restaurant serving traditional Nice cuisine for generations, Acchiardo is a hidden gem in Vieux Nice. You’ll find dishes like ratatouille, a tasty blend of Mediterranean vegetables, salade niçoise and pan bagnat, a classic niçois sandwich filled with vegetables, tuna, eggs and anchovies. The atmosphere is friendly and authentic, and the service is impeccable.

 

Antoine’s Bistro

This neighborhood bistro serves classic French cuisine with a touch of Nice. The food is simple but tasty, and the atmosphere is warm and welcoming. Bistrot d’Antoine is the ideal place to try dishes such as daube niçoise, a beef stew slowly simmered in a red wine sauce, or salade niçoise, fresh and delicious. The menu varies with the seasons, guaranteeing quality cuisine all year round.

Nice’s favorites

Jan

Nestled in Nice’s Port district, Jan is a Michelin-starred restaurant offering a unique gastronomic experience. South African-born chef Jan Hendrik Van der Westhuizen has created a refined menu that blends Mediterranean flavors with a touch of South Africa. Dishes are elegantly presented and prepared with top-quality ingredients, featuring local produce from the region. Jan’s culinary creations take you on an unforgettable taste journey, where each dish is a work of art to be savored.

La Voglia

If you’re looking for an authentic Italian dining experience in Nice, look no further than La Voglia. The dishes are prepared with fresh, quality ingredients, and the atmosphere is warm and friendly. Enjoy fresh homemade pasta, wood-fired pizzas and a selection of classic Italian dishes such as osso buco, risottos and antipasti. La Voglia offers you a culinary getaway to Italy without leaving the Côte d’Azur. And don’t nibble before you go, because the proportions are more than generous.

 

Le Plongeoir

Nestled at the end of a pontoon above the sea, Le Plongeoir offers a unique dining experience in Nice. This restaurant is renowned for its spectacular location, allowing you to lunch or dine overlooking the Mediterranean, with a breathtaking view of the Bay of Nice. The menu features fresh seafood and fish, which you can enjoy while admiring the crystal-clear waters of the Côte d’Azur. Dishes are prepared with great finesse, highlighting the natural flavors of seafood.

 

La Rotonde

Located in the famous Negresco hotel on the Promenade des Anglais, La Rotonde is an iconic restaurant offering a refined and elegant culinary experience. The restaurant owes its name to its impressive rotunda ceiling, adorned with frescoes and sumptuous chandeliers. The cuisine lives up to this prestigious setting, with a selection of Mediterranean and French dishes featuring quality produce. Enjoy exquisite dishes such as lobster à la nage, filet de boeuf Rossini, or herb-crusted rack of lamb. La Rotonde is the ideal venue for a romantic evening or special celebration.

 

Nice is full of restaurants where you can discover the richness of Nice and Mediterranean cuisine. Whether you’re a seafood lover, a vegetarian or a gourmet food enthusiast, this city has something to offer every palate. The restaurants featured in this article are a selection of the best addresses in Nice, close to La Maison Lamartine, a residence ideally located in the heart of Nice. So get ready for a holiday of exquisite flavors on the Côte d’Azur. Enjoy your meal!

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