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Haute Cuisine: The French Riviera's best restaurants

By Richard Watkins   25 July 2019

Embark on a culinary adventure and experience some of the very best restaurants on your next South of France yacht charter.

The French Riviera is the ultimate destination for anyone with an interest in fine dining. This stretch of the Cote d'Azur is home to a remarkable concentration of culinary talent and spectacular restaurants which promise a gastronomic taste sensation. 

With so many choices, it's not always easy to know where to step ashore for a relaxed lunch or intimate dinner. Luckily, exploring the South of France on a superyacht charter means there are a myriad of options at your disposal.

We've rounded up our favourite fine dining restaurants in the South of France below: 

Mirazur, Menton

Voted the best restaurant in the world in 2019, Mirazur offers one of the world's great culinary experiences in a spectacular seafront setting in Menton.

Presided over by internationally-acclaimed chef Mauro Colagreco, the three Michelin-Star restaurant serves a menu inspired by the natural surroundings, with fruit, vegetables and herbs taking centre stage on the menu.

Much of it is locally sourced from the restaurant's gardens, which surround the venue. 

Mirazur is housed in a distinctive 1930s rotunda and provides panoramic views over the Mediterranean from the sun-drenched dining room.

Using fresh, locally sourced and seasonal ingredients, Mirazur presents an innovative and authentic taste of the French Riviera, and is an unmissable destination on your next South of France yacht charter vacation.

Stand-out dish on the menu: Langoustines with peach and verbena.

La Vague d'Or, St Tropez

Located in the luxurious Cheval Blanc hotel in St Tropez, La Vague d'Or offers a menu of exceptional regional cuisine created by the celebrated chef Arnaud Donckele.

The hotel has a private beach and its own jetty, making tender transfers easily and straightforward. Choose a table inside or outside and enjoy a relaxed lunch by the sea or a romantic dinner under the stars.

Five or seven-course taster menus are available to sample the very best of the chef's specialities. Alternatively, you can opt for à la carte with a menu described as 'a rustic journey through the Mediterranean'.

Dishes such as spiny lobster with grilled vine shoots, languostines with chestnut honey and rabbit with absinthe are a fitting testament to La Vague d'Or's three Michelin Stars.

Stand-out dish on the menu: Sea bream with chickpea panisse, peach and courgettes.

Le Plongeoir, Nice

Enjoying a spectacular setting perched atop a sea stack just outside the marina in Nice, Le Plongeoir provides a relaxed ambience and a menu of superb Mediterranean-inspired seafood.

Diners can expect a contemporary take on Provençal and Riviera classics including sea bream, prawn risotto and beef fillet with wild mushrooms. A children's menu makes it a great option for those chartering with little ones.

After taking in the panoramic sea views from the restaurant, head down the step to sea level, and enjoy a post-dinner cocktail or two in the restaurant's lounge bar.

Stand-out dish on the menu: Turbot cooked in salt, seaweed and lime peel.

L'Oasis, Cannes

Just outside Cannes, in the little village of Mandelieu-La Napoule, L'Oasis entices diners with its lush, palm-filled terrace and a colourful and creative menu of Provençal cuisine.

Seasonal dishes celebrate fresh locally-sourced ingredients, with beautifully-presented dishes including pigeon with a turnip confit, roast saddle of lamb, Mediterranean-style Sole and rock octopus.

There are four set menus, offering a taste of the chef's specialties, and an excellent wine list, drawing on a cellar containing some 450 vintages.

Housed in a grand neo-Gothic building, L'Oasis has its own private jetty, making it a convenient culinary destination for those visiting as part of a crewed yacht charter. 

Stand-out dish on the menu: Pigeon breast with foie gras, turnip confit and cherries.

L'Olivier, Porquerolles

On the charming little island of Porquerolles, Michelin-Starred L'Olivier provides the perfect, tranquil setting for sampling the best of modern Provençal cuisine.

L'Olivier is located inside the elegant Le Mas du Langoustier hotel, which is conveniently located for those visiting the Îles de Hyères as part of their French Riviera yacht charter vacation. It's easily to moor offshore and take a tender to the coast at Plage Noire.

To experience the best selection of carefully chosen dishes, try the three or seven-course set menus. Diners can expect locally-sourced monkfish, red mullet, grilled langoustines, beef fillet and more, with superb sea views from the terrace.

Stand-out dish on the menu: Sashimi with avocado and passion fruit sorbet. 

Le Figuier de Saint-Esprit, Antibes

With its eponymous fig tree flourishing at its heart, Le Figuier de Saint-Esprit, set in the Old Town of Antibes, is a welcoming and informal spot to enjoy high quality regional French cuisine.

Chef Christian Morisset has been awarded a Michelin Star for his creative interpretation of Provençal and Côte d'Azur classics, and diners can try inventive dishes such as roasted blue lobster with vanilla oil, squid cannelloni and saddle of lamb cooked in clay with truffles.

A seven-course tasting menu presents the best of Christian Morisset's creations, while there is also an excellent French wine list, including some of the best vintages from Château Lafite Rothschild and Château Latour.

Stand-out dish on the menu: Roasted veal fillet with lemon gel and candied fennel.

Le Louis XV Alain Ducasse

For a taste of Old World Riviera glamour, Monaco's Le Louis XV, located in the Hotel de Paris, is hard to beat. Presided over by world-renowned chef Alain Ducasse, the three Michelin-Starred restaurant offers one of the world's great dining experiences.

As the name suggests, the design is pure 18th-century French extravagance, replete with chandeliers, gilded stucco, marble busts and paintings, while diners can expect a menu of the highest quality classic French cuisine with a contemporary flavour.

The wine list is, of course, exemplary, drawing on the hotel's extensive cellars of fine wines from around the world.

Stand-out dish on the menu: Guinea fowl cooked over a wood fire served with chicory.

If you'd like to start planning a yacht charter vacation along the Cote d'Azur to experience these restaurants for yourself, you can take a look at our top attractions on the French Riviera.

You can also read our complete guide to South of France yacht charters.

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