Michelin-starred or otherwise, they’re considered the top restaurants in Nice. Here are the foodies top picks for achieving gastronomic bliss in Nice.
Le Chantecler at Le Negresco - Chef Jean-Denis Rieubland just won his second Michelin star, distinguishing himself from a long line of celebrity chefs that have run that prestigious kitchen. This second star nicely coincides with the end of the extensive hotel renovations, so a sparkly new star for a newly sparkling hotel.
Le Bistro Gourmand in Old Nice – In what must surely be a record, Chef David Vaqué has just been awarded a Michelin star barely a year after opening. The news came right in the middle of a giant renovation project to double the size of the popular restaurant; the work should be done towards the end of March, but the celebration should last all year.
Flaveur - Last year’s darling on the Nice restaurant scene, the brother-chef team Michaël and Gaël Tourteaux won the only new Nice Michelin star in 2011
L’Univers - Previously, this was the top restaurant with the worst decor, but chef Christian Plumail finally had the place literally gutted in November and within a week (!) reopened with a new ambiance and a much improved look. One Michelin star. See related blog post on cooking classes at L’Univers.
Keisuke Matsushima - Following on the success of his first restaurant Kei’s Passion, this new incarnation immediately won a star.
L’Aromate – Chef Mickael Gracieux, one Michelin star
Aphrodite - Chef David Faure, one Michelin star
These next eateries, whether former star-holders or up-and-comers, are generally accepted to be among the top restaurants in Nice:
La Petite Maison - A legendary Old Nice eatery that is a favorite of Presidents and Rock Stars alike… as evidenced by an awkward situation when Elton John and Madonna both dined there on the same night recently…
Don Camillo Creations - Located in the Old Town, Chef Marc Laville offers you a list of creative little culinary marvels with no prices. You pay a set price for 2, 3 or 4 little plates, and for slightly more, each little plate is accompanied with the perfect wine. Try the foie gras and risotto ‘sushi’… heaven.
Diamant Noir - Chef Benjamin Bruno, all about truffles
L’Ane Rouge – Chef Michel Devillers, located in the Port
Related Blog Posts:
- Michelin Star Announced: Local Winners and Losers in the Culinary Oscars, posted February 27, 2012,
- In the Kitchen with the Chef: Cooking Classes in Nice
- Nice’s Best Medium-priced restaurants
- Cheap Eats in Nice
- Local Nice Specialties and where to try them
- Food Finds in the Old Town
- Where to Eat on Sunday and Monday in Nice when most restaurants are closed
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