Whichever dazzling Mediterranean city you find yourself in, you can rest assured that here they know how to celebrate food and fine dining in the most authentic way possible. From the Côte d’Azur and the Greek Islands to the Amalfi Coast and Italian Riviera, the region is famed for its vast culinary heritage that resonates around the world through exceptional traditional ingredients that are amazing in their simplicity. Delicate freshness and aromatic herbs accompany zesty lemon aromas washed down by some of the world’s best wines. Dining is always an occasion here, so hours-long conversations, sharing plates and Michelin-acclaimed establishments are the standard. Let’s take a look at some of the best restaurants in the Mediterranean.
Le Park 45 | Cannes
Not only is Le Park 45 one of the most celebrated restaurants in Cannes but its Michelin-starred excellence makes it one of the best in the whole region. Perched beside the gardens of the glitzy Grand Hotel, you can choose between dining on the relaxed terrace or in the elegant dining room. The seasonally-changing menu highlights the best of the French cuisine while also serving absolute originality and keeping clear from overused culinary cliches. The A-la-Carte starts with beautiful duck foie gras and langoustine carpaccio then continuing with some remarkable fish and meat dishes. Delicate fish flavors and textures are lifted to a new level with a range of aromatic herbs and the refreshing crunch of chicory and phenomenal Parma ham. One of the highlights from the whole menu is, without a doubt, the preserved veal shank with swiss chard and small pumpkin, and Osso-Bucco juice.
Barracuda | Malta
Barracuda is a fine-dining legend in Malta that’s been going strong for over four decades now. Located in a pristinely-restored 18th-century villa overlooking Balluta and Spinola Bay, Barracuda is known both locally and internationally as one of the finest restaurants in the Mediterranean region. As the name implies, the menu offers excellent seafood. Lightly smoked Barracuda carpaccio with blackberry and beetroot-stained salmon ceviche are some of the most exciting appetizers we’ve seen in a while and these will certainly leave you wanting more. There’s also a great selection of dry-aged meats from T-bone to Aberdeen Angus, Iberian pork, and even wild boar loin. No dish will leave you uninspired, we can guarantee it. Impeccable presentation and service are at the very foundation of this restaurant. The incredibly broad wine selection from all over the world will satisfy any wine aficionado.
Joël Robuchon | Monaco
Located in the famous Hotel Metropole, Joël Robuchon restaurant celebrates Mediterranean-inspired cuisine and promises an unforgettable culinary experience confirmed with two Michelin stars. All courses prepared by Executive Chef Christophe Cussac and his team are honoring the freshness of regional Mediterranean ingredients and delicate flavors not only of the region but also its culinary history and heritage. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner service every day except for Wednesdays. The evening service offers beautiful king crab and langoustine from the starter menu to foie gras-stuffed quail and uncomplicated yet delicate John Dory fillet with Mediterranean vegetables in the mains. The overall experience is not only culinary but also visual – the fantastic terrace view on Monte Carlo is unlike anything else in glamorous Monaco.
Ristorante Puny | Italian Riviera
A timeless favorite among celebrities and locals alike, Ristorante Puny is one of the most iconic eateries in the entire Italian Riviera. This colorful restaurant sits in a prime position right on the piazzetta in front of the harbor and continues to retain an authentic feel from the town’s days as a tiny fishing village. Simply put, it’s a landmark in the Italian Riviera and makes for an unforgettable culinary experience, especially if you manage to snag one of just 15 tables on the exclusive outdoor terrace.
Immersed in the sights of the harbor, as well as the passing parade of people, Ristorante Puny makes for an al fresco dining experience like no other. On the inside, there are a few more tables that are surrounded by a cozy and elegant atmosphere. The seafood is fresh and the lengthy menu highlights several handmade Ligurian dishes including the divine pappardelle pasta with shrimp and topped with tomato and pesto sauce.
Cucina Byblos | Côte d’Azur
Cucina Byblos offers gregarious dining and the food is directly inspired by the French and Italian Rivieras. The Alain Ducasse restaurant celebrates the straightforward tradition of Mediterranean dining culture and cuisine while providing a glamorous and satisfying experience for any food lover. Without any pretentiousness, the restaurant is all about enjoying the pleasure of simple and healthy products, stemming from the region. As you might expect, a concept of sharing is not only available but is encouraged here. As the sun dips below the horizon, come together with friends to celebrate life while sharing stories, fantastic food and enjoying excellent wine.