Few places can match with Côte d’Azur when it comes to exceptional fine dining in some of Europe’s most beautiful locations. French culinary tradition is legendary within itself but it truly comes to life here on the shores of the Mediterranean where Michelin-starred chefs and restaurants can reveal their incredible talents in the most spectacular setting to star-studded clientele which isn’t always easy to impress but you can rest assured that when visiting one of these five restaurants in the Côte d’Azur, nobody leaves unimpressed. From Nice to Cannes and everything in between, each of these five restaurants in the Côte d’Azur has its own unique flair, taking well-loved ingredients and recipes, and presenting them in a fresh way. Also, the close proximity to the Mediterranean means only one thing – you’ll enjoy not only the dazzling views and buzzing life but also some of the best seafood options in the region.
Located on Cap d’Antibes in the charming little town of Juan-Les-Pins, La Passagère pays tribute to its stunning location and the menu focuses mainly on local seafood. Designer Olivier Antoine, who is known and celebrated for his work at Thermes Marins Monte-Carlo, redesigned the restaurant to include a contemporary design aesthetic that perfectly portrays the restaurant’s elegant, imaginative, and airy setting while preserving its Art Deco roots. White marble floors, spectacular chandeliers, and hand-painted porcelain plates are all part of this restaurant’s irresistible charm. Moreover, La Passagère is a Michelin-starred restaurant led by Aurélien Véquaud. Signature dishes include wild grey mullet marinated with sudachi lemon and peppermint, langoustine cooked in a salt crust, as well as the flame-grilled angler fish.
Cucina at the legendary Hotel Byblos in St-Tropez offers gregarious dining and the food is directly inspired by the French and Italian Rivieras. The food lacks pretentiousness as it thrives on the delicate and straightforward tradition of Mediterranean cuisine. 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, Rivea 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.
On the roof of the exquisite boutique Five Seas Hotel, Le Roof is unlike any other rooftop bar or restaurant in the famed city of Cannes, the view doesn’t stretch quite towards the sea, but instead looks over the roofs, ridges and other surroundings of the city, exuding authentic French vibes. Intimate and cozy, yet luxurious, the atmosphere on the terrace is calm, comfortable and harmonious. The beautifully designed all year rooftop restaurant serves exceptional cuisine to share, made by Chef Arnaud Tabarec. Baby sardines with algae butter create a lovely spin on traditional Mediterranean finger food while cooked foie gras with Aloe vera and Timut pepper meringue channel more classic French culinary vibes with an edge that’s so typical for Le Roof.
Continuing with the rooftop theme, it wouldn’t be a restaurant guide to the French Riviera without mentioning Le Terrasse in Nice. Unlike Le Roof in Cannes, which looks over the city, Le Terrasse and its floor-to-ceiling windows open up to the blue waters, offering an unmatched atmosphere with your dinner. Located on the 10th floor of Le Méridien Nice, La Terrasse is one of the highest rooftop terraces on La Promenade des Anglais offering the guests to savor a creative and contemporary cuisine with Mediterranean flavors, created by the executive chef for a unique culinary experience. The dishes are both traditional and inventive, allowing a spin on well-loved flavors. Starters like organic risotto carnaroli with white grated truffle from Alba or cream of pumpkin soup with royal-style chestnut, caramelized onions, espuma with argan oil, crunchy chestnut pancake are imaginative and leave a remarkable impression.
La Palme d’Or
Easily one of the most celebrated restaurants in the Côte d’Azur, La Palme d’Or has been welcoming guests since its opening in 1986 and gaining two Michelin stars in 1991 under chef Christian Willer, which it has retained to this day. The restaurant is a part of the luxury hotel Martinez, right on the Croisette in Cannes. The gastronomic heights here are unmatched to anything else which is understandable considering its Michelin-starred recognition. The restaurant enjoys an enchanted setting on the Bay of Cannes where the current Chef Christian Sinicropi serves his cuisine designed for the senses, always daring, always inventive. Impeccable service accompanies the phenomenal culinary creations and the menus feature some amazing seafood options like spider crab, scallops, and wild turbot, while meats are no less exceptional with black angus and veal leading the way. A star player, without a doubt, is the movement menu suggested for the whole table exploring the delicate flavors and textures chosen by the chef and his team.