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Haute Cuisine: The French Riviera's best restaurants

By Richard Watkins   Last Updated: 11 February 2022

The French Riviera is the ultimate destination for anyone interested in fine dining, home to a remarkable concentration of culinary talent and spectacular restaurants that promise a gastronomic taste sensation. With such a variety to choose from, embark on a culinary adventure and experience some of the best restaurants on your next South of France yacht charter.

With so many choices, knowing where to step ashore for a relaxed lunch or intimate dinner is not always easy. Luckily, exploring the South of France on a superyacht charter means there are many sleek and delectable dining establishments at your disposal.

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

Mirazur, Menton

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

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.

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

outstanding views from restaurant Mirazur

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

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.

La Vague d'Or, St Tropez

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

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 easy 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 specialties. 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, langoustines with chestnut honey and rabbit with absinthe are a fitting testament to La Vague d'Or's three Michelin Stars.

Le Plongeoir, Nice

Stand-out dish on the menu: Beef Filet a la Plancha with grenaille potatoes, woodland mushrooms, and braised bok choy. 

Enjoying a spectacular setting perched atop a sea stack just outside the marina in Nice, Le Plongeoir provides a relaxed ambiance 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, too.

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.

L'Oasis, Cannes

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

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

L'Oasis restaurant in Cannes

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

L'Olivier, Porquerolles

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

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

The delectable L'Olivier restaurant in the stunning backdrop of the Porquerolles

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 easy 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.

Le Figuier de Saint-Esprit, Antibes

Stand-out dish on the menu: Roasted Colvert chest with Juniper berries, confit thighs.

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.

Le Louis XV Alain Ducasse, Monaco

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

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 flavor.

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

If you are interested in experiencing these fine restaurants and wish to incorporate them into your charter itinerary, please speak with your prefered yacht charter broker.

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