Best Restaurants in Nice: Top Tier

Michelin-starred or otherwise, they’re considered the very best restaurants in Nice.  Here are the foodies top picks for achieving gastronomic bliss in Nice.  

 

Michelin-2015-knives and forksLe Chantecler at Le Negresco –  Chef Jean-Denis Rieubland is the only chef in Nice with two Michelin stars, distinguishes him from a long line of celebrity chefs that have run that prestigious kitchen.

The latest new star awarded to a restaurant in Nice (2016 Michelin) is to chef Jan Hendrik’s little jewel Jan in the Port.  A local favorite, this is the restaurant with the most buzz at the moment.

Flaveur – The brother-chef team Michaël and Gaël Tourteaux won the only new Nice Michelin star in 2011

L’Aromate – Chef Mickael Gracieux, one Michelin star, well deserved.

These next eateries, whether former star-holders or up-and-comers, are generally accepted to be among the top restaurants in Nice:

Keisuke Matsushima – Following on the success of his first restaurant Kei’s Passion, this latest incarnation almost immediately won a star last year, and then promptly lost it this year.  But that does not stop his loyal followers from flocking to his door, especially for his amazing lunch deal.

Le Bistro Gourmand in Old Nice –  Similar story: Chef David Vaqué was awarded a Michelin star in barely a year after opening, but then lost it in 2014.  But Michelin-Smichelin, it’s still a local favorite.

Aphrodite – Chef David Faure, surely Nice’s boldest and most innovative chef, had a Michelin star, but it was retracted in 2015.  Maybe it was his creative use of insects?   ***update May 2016: Aphrodite has closed!

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

Diamant Noir – Chef Benjamin Bruno, who is all about truffles.

L’Ane Rouge –  The restaurant originally belonged to Chagall’s stubborn red-headed mistress, whom he nicknamed the Red Donkey, hence the name, located in the Port. Chef Michel Devillers does great things here… Ask for their special Menu Discovery: a fantastic 3-course menu for the bargain price of 26€, that’s not offered unless requested… kind of a local secret.

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