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Nice, like the rest of France, takes food seriously. The result is a local cuisine that is tirelessly prepared, meticulously presented, and thoroughly satisfying. The city’s Mediterranean locale translates to a sun-drenched diet rich in olive oil, seafood, and fresh vegetables seasoned with a wide variety of herbs including basil, rosemary, thyme, coriander, and garlic.

Top Restaurants in Nice

Chez Pipo

This inexpensive eatery is renowned for preparing the local favorite socca – a large pancake that is made from chickpea flour and olive oil, cooked in a wood-burning stove, and served with black pepper.

13 Rue Bavastro, French Riviera, 011-33-4-93-55-88-82
Tags: family | budget | french

Don Camillo

This intimate, 10-table restaurant is known for its attention to both cuisine and service. Expect authentic Niçoise dishes from the season rotating menu. The somewhat unexpected sushi bar is also top-notch.

5 Rue des Ponchettes, French Riviera, 011-33-4-93-85-67-95
Tags: moderate | french | japanese

L'Ane Rouge

Head to this Vieux Port favorite for excellent seafood. Choose from freshly caught wild sea bass, hake, and lobster, with sides like truffled macaroni or green herbs gnocchi. Traditional Provençal bouillabaisse is also on the menu.

7 Quai des Deux-Emmanuels, French Riviera, 011-33-4-93-89-49-63,
Tags: seafood | expensive | smart splurge | french

Le Bistrot de Vieux Nice

A reliable choice, particularly for its budget-conscious, three-course, prix-fixe menu of Mediterranean fare. Try their excellent vegetarian lasagna.

8 Rue du Marché, French Riviera, 011-33-4-93-13-45-01,
Tags: budget | french

Le Chantecler

Hotel Negresco’s Michelin-starred eatery specializes in seafood and Mediterranean cuisine with a menu that rotates almost weekly. Expect dishes like blue lobster cooked with socca, green beans, lemon, and thyme. Tasting menus are also available.

37 Promenade des Anglais, French Riviera, 011-33-4-93-16-64-00,
Tags: expensive | french

Le Grand Café de Turin

A landmark eatery under the arches of Place Garibaldi, patrons pour in for the hearty platters of grilled fish and coquillage (raw shellfish), al fresco terrace seating, and mouth-watering pastries and ice cream.

5 Place Garibaldi, French Riviera, 011-33-4-93-62-29-52,
Tags: moderate | french

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