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Restaurants in Nice

Terrace cafés cluster along the cours Saleya. Old Nice offers Niçoise and Mediterranean cuisine, while Central Nice offers everything from Japanese to Lebanese restaurants. Head to the promenade des Anglais for Michelin-starred cuisine at Le Chantecler or choose La Zucca Magica in Nice Port for the Riviera's best vegetarian food. Meals are usually served 12pm-2pm and 7pm-10pm. Service, at 12.5%, is generally included but check the bill.

Top-end

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  1. 1. La Petite Maison - Top-end: (More than €55 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    La Petite Maison serves upmarket regional cuisine with favourites such as zucchini-blossom fritters and baked sea bass in rock salt. Presided over by the flamboyant Nicole, this busy tavern in Old Nice is always packed with locals, celebrities, politicians and beautiful people. Diners should book a few days in advance to avoid disappointment.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Mon-Sat 12pm-3pm & 7.30pm-12am

    Address

    11, Rue Saint François de Paule, Nice 06300

    Telephone

    +33 (0) 4 93 92 59 59

    Transport

    Opéra-Vieille Ville tram stop

    Website

    La Petite Maison Website

  2. 2. La Réserve de Nice - Top-end: (More than €55 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Chef Sebastien Mahuet conjures up gastronomic Mediterranean cuisine at La Réserve de Nice near Nice Port. Popular with diners in designer clothes who come for the customised menus and spectacular views over the Mediterranean Sea, this upmarket restaurant isn't cheap, but promises a luxurious dining experience.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 12pm-2pm & 7pm-10pm

    Address

    60, bd Franck Pilatte, Nice 06000

    Telephone

    +33 (0) 4 97 08 14 80

    Transport

    Bus 30 to La Réserve

    Website

    La Réserve de Nice

  3. 3. Le Chantecler - Top-end: (More than €55 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Le Chantecler, Nice. Photo by Louise Simpson

    The training ground for many of the finest French Riviera chefs, Le Chantecler is an upmarket restaurant at the renowned Hôtel Negresco in Central Nice. Well-dressed diners enjoy exquisite Michelin-starred cuisine within the surrounds of extravagant Regency decor and wooden panelling. Signature dishes include Mediterranean red mullet risotto and beef fillet with olive crust.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Wed-Sun 12.30pm-2pm & 7.30pm-10pm

    Address

    Hôtel Negresco, 37, Promenade des Anglais, Nice 06000

    Telephone

    +33 (0) 4 93 16 64 00

    Transport

    Bus 8, 11, 52, 60, 64, 94, 98 to Albert 1er

    Website

    Le Chentecler Website

Mid-range

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  1. 4. La Merenda - Mid-range: (€30-€55 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    The ex-chef of Le Chantecler, Dominique Le Stanc, gave up his Michelin stars to open the tiny La Merenda bistro in the Old Town. Slow-cooked lamb and orange-flavoured oxtail feature on his Mediterranean menus that are written on chalk boards each day. They don't accept credit cards (cash only).Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Mon-Fri 12pm-3pm & 7pm-11.30pm

    Address

    4, Rue Raoul Bosio, Nice 06300

    Telephone

    +33 (0)4 93 57 36 95

    Transport

    Cathédrale-Vieille Ville tram stop

    Website

    La Merenda Website

  2. 5. L'Ane Rouge - Mid-range

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    Facing the old port and occupying an antique building whose owners have carefully retained its ceiling beams and stone walls, this is one of the city's best-known seafood restaurants. In the two modern yet cozy dining rooms, you can enjoy traditional specialties such as bouillabaisse, filet of John Dory with roulades of stuffed lettuce leaves and salmon in wine sauce with spinach.

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    Cost

    Main courses 24€-75€; fixed-price dinner 35€-68€

    Opening hours

    Fri-Tues noon-2pm; Thurs-Tues 7-10:30pm

    Address

    7 quai des Deux-Emmanuels, Nice, France

    Telephone

    04-93-89-49-63

    Website

    L'Ane Rouge

  3. 6. Le Tire-Bouchon - Mid-range: (€30-€55 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Le Tire-Bouchon, Nice. Photo by Louise Simpson

    The Bordeaux-wine-coloured walls and tablecloths set the scene at Le Tire-Bouchon in Old Nice. A well-established restaurant, it is popular with local residents and a good choice for a romantic dinner. It offers specialities of south-western France such as foie gras, onion soup with a crusty top and cassoulet (Toulouse pork-and-bean stew).Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 7pm-10.30pm

    Address

    19, Rue de la Préfecture, Nice 06000

    Transport

    Cathédrale-Vieille Ville tram stop

    Website

    Le Tire-Bouchon Website

Budget

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  1. 7. La Zucca Magica - Budget: (Less than €30 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    La Zucca Magica along Nice Port serves the best vegetarian cuisine on the French Riviera. A relative of Luciano Pavarotti, larger-than-life chef Marco has a loyal following of locals that love his fixed-price menus stuffed with Italian cheeses and pasta. The pumpkin-inspired décor might not be to everyone's taste, but the lasagne should be.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Tue-Sat 12.30pm-2pm & 7pm-10.30pm

    Address

    4 bis, quai Papacino, Nice 06000

    Telephone

    +33 (0) 4 93 56 25 27

    Transport

    Bus 3, 20, 82, N1 to Port de Nice

    Website

    La Zucca Magica

  2. 8. L'Ybane - Budget: (Less than €30 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    L'Ybane, Nice. Photo by Louise Simpson

    L'Ybane is a trendy Lebanese restaurant in the Old Town that oozes contemporary style. Diners mix with fashionable young Niçois (locals) and enjoy mezze snack dishes such as taboulé salad, hummus, falafel, meatballs, salad and flatbreads. Another branch has opened in nearby Rue de la Préfecture.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Mon-Sat 9.30am-12am

    Address

    1, Rue de la Liberté, Nice 06000

    Telephone

    +33 (0) 4 93 16 26 26

    Transport

    Bus 8, 11, 52, 60, 64, 94, 98 to Albert 1er

    Website

    L'Ybane Website

  3. 9. Au Petit Gari - Budget: (Less than €30 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Au Petit Gari, Nice. Photo by Louise Simpson

    With its banquette seating and red-and-white gingham tablecloths, Au Petit Gari is an unashamedly old-fashioned bistro. Set beneath the arcades of the Place Garibaldi in Old Nice, this homely restaurant serves traditional French dishes such as scallops with melted cheese, grilled duck breast and rabbit pâté with prunes. Don't miss the melt-in-your-mouth cheese selection.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Mon-Fri 12pm-2pm & 7pm-10pm

    Address

    2, Place Garibaldi, Nice 06300

    Telephone

    +33 (0) 4 93 26 89 09

    Transport

    Cathédrale-Vieille Ville or Garibaldi tram stop

    Website

    Au Petit Gari

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