The French Riviera is filled with delightful restaurants; from glamorous beachfront establishments to quaint Provencal cafes, you are unlikely to have a bad meal whilst on the Cote d’Azur.
However, the Michelin star rating system is used to define the very crème de la crème of eateries. Even one star is impressive, signifying ‘a very good restaurant’, with two stars judged as “excellent cooking that is worth a detour”, and three stars meaning “exceptional cuisine that is worth a special journey”. And whether you are visiting for a weekend or have a French Riviera yacht charter booked for the full summer season, you deserve to treat yourself to the best. That’s why we have rounded up the finest Michelin Star restaurants in the South of France… enjoy!
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Le Chantecler at Le Negresco
Le Chantecler’s two-Michelin-Star chef, Jean-Denis Rieubland, has taken this already prestigious kitchen to the next level. The fact that he is the only chef in Nice with more than one star makes Le Chantecler the town’s highest-rated establishment. As well as truly incredible food, the service is impeccable and 18th century grandeur will make you feel like you have stepped back in time.
This 24-seater fine-dining restaurant may be small, but it is Nice’s most up-and-coming joint. Based in the trendy district of Nice Port, one-Michelin-Star Jan serves mouthwateringly-good South-African cuisine inspired by local produce of the Cote d’Azur. Chef Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen stems from South Africa, having studied culinary arts and applied design in Stellenbosch before working for a range of food publications. This was what inspired him to bring South African cuisine over to Europe, adapting it to suit elegant Mediterranean tastes.
Le Louis XV – Alain Ducasse à l’Hôtel de Paris
Chefs Dominique Lory and Alain Ducasse have created a modern, authentic menu at this incredible 3-Michelin-Star restaurant. The dynamic duo’s culinary style is focused around fresh sauces and aromas that invigorate the senses, whilst a legendary 600,000-bottle wine list draws visitors back time and time again. What’s more, the excellent service is on par with what you could expect from crew on a French Riviera yacht charter. Whether you sit in the grand palace-style dining room or the summer terrace, you are sure to feel like royalty.
Le Vistamar’s Chef Benoit Witz has a passion for local, seasonal produce, straight from the fields of the sprawling Riviera countryside. Known for its sharing and tasting menus, this beautiful restaurant, based on the terrace of the Hôtel Hermitage Monte-Carlo, also offers up idyllic views of the Mediterranean sea. Le Vistamar works hard for its one Michelin star; sommeliers, cooks and front of house staff all work seamlessly together to create an unforgettable experience for every diner.
With three Michelin stars, five toques and a score of 19/20 by Gault & Millau, La Vague d’Or is one of the world’s most prestigious restaurants. Meals here take diners on a multi-sensory journey, with the mastery of the youngest ever three-Michelin-starred chef Arnaud Donckele behind each one. Alongside Donckele, a team of 21 highly-talented chefs work side by side to create incredible dishes, not forgetting Pastry Chef Guillaume Godin, named Young Pastry Chef of the Year 2018 by Gault et Millau and responsible for some truly unsurpassable desserts.
Rivea at Byblos
If you want a Michelin-Star experience but prefer food to be kept simple, Rivea at Byblos is the place for you. Offering healthy yet truly delicious dishes, Rivea draws influence from all over France; from Provence to the County of Nice, from Liguria to Piedmont, via the Principality of Monaco. Sit out on the terrace, sip on a selection of fantastic wines and let these classic dishes take you to paradise.
JUAN LES PINS
Chef Aurélien Véquaud cut his teeth working under Arnaud Donckele at La Pinede – another magnificent Saint Tropez establishment with 3 Michelin Stars – so you can expect only the best here. With a strong focus on crops grown in Mediterranean soil, dishes range from roasted pigeon with aniseed to sumptuously fresh seafood. However, it is the desserts that are the real stars of the show, with Pastry Chef Steve Moracchini (elected Pastry Chef of the Year 2016 by Gault & Millau) providing the perfect end to every perfect meal.
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Les Pêcheurs is a long-standing favourite amongst luxury holidaymakers due to its excellent reputation. New Chef Nicolas Rondelli has added to this with his innovative recipes, which balance Mediterranean gastronomic tradition with exotic accents to intrigue and excite guest’s palettes. Make time to stop at this one-Michelin-star restaurant, whether it means anchoring your French Riviera yacht charter in Juan les Pins for the night or simply passing through on your way to another Cote d’Azur destination. With breathtaking ocean views, we promise you it’ll be worth it.