Recommended restaurants in Nice: our favourites!

Nice has everything going for it, from its celebrated cuisine to open air concerts, festivals and carnivals! From the old town to the legendary Promenade des Anglais, there are many, varied occasions to enjoy this authentic town on the sparkling Côte d’Azur.

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The infamous salade niçoise and pan bagnat are the city’s iconic offerings, for lunch. For dinner, savour genuine "Niçois cuisine"! Restaurant proprietors who hold the "Cuisine nissarde" label are committed to cooking Nice specialities adhering to tradition. This means following recipes accurately, making diners feel welcome and well-informed, and above all, using top-quality products and ingredients. All of these factors work together to bring you an authentic dining experience.

Restaurants for tight budgets

Le Bistrot d’Antoine

For an impromptu lunch in Nice old town, head to Bistrot d’Antoine. This little restaurant has a friendly feel and offers inventive yet simple fare. On offer: sausages with lentils, pasta with basil pesto, and duck breast. The portion size is right for the ravenous. As for dessert, the red fruit pana cotta is delicious. Be warned - this one is often booked out.

Bistrot d’Antoine
27 rue de la Préfecture,
06300 Nice

Tél. : 04 93 85 29 57

Chez Palmyre

This is the place to get delicious food at affordable prices in Nice. Open since 1926, it has somewhat outdated interior décor. However, you can’t go wrong with the food. Here you can enjoy regional specialities (sardine fritters or Nice-style tripe) prepared the home-cooked way.

Chez Palmyre
5 Rue Droite,
06300, Nice.

Tél. : 04 93 85 72 32

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Nice’s unmissable restaurants


Henri Cagnoli’s restaurant l’Escalinada, in Nice old town, is one of the city’s can’t-miss restaurants. The menu consists of the most characteristic Mediterranean dishes. He offers home-cooked traditional fare: courgette fritters, home-made stockfish, fresh Nice-style octopus and baby cuttlefish, homemade ravioli and gnocchi, amongst other delights.

22 Rue Pairolière,
06300 Nice
Tél : 04 93 62 11 71

Restaurant Keisuke Matsushima

Nice has a number of prestigious Michelin-starred restaurants, one of them being the Restaurant Keisuke Matsushima (22 ter rue de France). Chef Keisuke Matsushima left his native Japan in 1998 for the love of French cuisine. His aim is to let the Mediterranean shine through his cuisine with a Japanese touch, appealing to discerning gourmet palates fond of innovative fare.

Restaurant Keisuke Matsushima
22 ter Rue de France,
06000 Nice
Téléphone : 04 93 82 26 06

Grand Café de Turin

Any self-respecting Niçois spends at least one evening at the Café de Turin, before going to the opera for example. The highlights are the seafood, its old-style brasserie feel (the institution dates back to 1908) and of course its location, on one of the city’s prettiest squares.

Grand Café de Turin
5 Place Garibaldi,
06300, Nice

Tél. : 04 93 62 29 52

La Merenda

La Merenda is a restaurant where you can turn up without booking a table. A must-visit in the Nice old town! Le Chef, Dominique Le Stanc, is Nice born and bred, and previously ran the restaurant of the Negresco hotel. His cuisine uses ingredients fresh from the local market, and his dishes are very much local specialities: pasta with basil pesto, capsicum tart, and tripe, amongst others.

La Merenda
4 Rue Raoul Bosio,
06300 Nice


In summary, here are our favourite restaurants in Nice:

  • Le Bistrot d’Antoine
  • Chez Palmyre
  • L'Escalinada
  • Restaurant Keisuke Matsushima
  • Grand Café de Turin
  • La Merenda

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