The traditional “night off” for restaurants, it’s a challenge to find a good place to eat on Sunday and Monday… Here’s a list of favorite restaurants that are not only open on Sunday and/or Monday, but can be counted on for an excellent meal!
Let’s start with the Old Town…
My favorite for Sunday night is Le P’tit Resto, tucked away in a tiny corner of Old Nice, because the plat du jour is… ‘Trust the Chef‘! For 17€ you pick meat, fish, or vegetarian (16€), and tell them what you don’t like, and then …trust the chef to surprise you with a unique dish created just for you. If you aren’t feeling adventurous, you can still order off the menu, and they have a great 3-course deal for just 23€. 2 Rue Place Vieille, +33 9 72 83 41 58
From my list of Best Restaurants: Medium Price Range (which has more detailed descriptions of each), only a few are open both Sundays and Mondays:
- The homey La P’tite Cocotte (lunch and dinner)
- Les Garcons, dinner only with a 3-course set menu (and just around the corner from the Bar B*tch, which then has a free drag show in the street every Sunday night at 10pm!)
- The fun Chez Juliette (dinner only) with prime sidewalk viewing for the Bar B*tch drag show after, plus it’s right across from Shapko with live Jazz on Sunday and Monday
- La Griglia for meat lovers that want a gourmet twist (lunch and dinner)
- For Thai, Banthai (lunch and dinner, Sunday and Monday), and their sister restaurant (one of my top faves) Banthai Seafood (lunch and dinner, but closed Monday)
- For sushi, it’s 100% Sushi on rue de Collet, just off Place Centrale, where they’re open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner, and even do a 15€ all-you-can-eat sushi lunch special.
- Delhi Belhi, hidden away at 22 rue de la Barillerie, is open every night of the week, and has been a local haunt for Indian cuisine for 30 years. +33 4 93 92 51 87.
- And for high-end, I recommend the excellent Cote Marais (dinner only)
Come Monday, a few more of good choices open up:
- Chez Palmyre One of my faves, with the best 3-course bargain in Nice, (lunch and dinner) at 5 rue Droite 04 93 85 72 32
- Cose Cosi for authentic Italien (lunch only)
- and La Rossettisserie, just off Place Rossetti near the Cathedral at 8 rue Mascoinat, for spit-roasted meats +33 4 93 76 18 80. Lunch and dinner
All these restaurants are tiny and very popular with the locals, so call well in advance.
Sunday and Monday are also the perfect night to go Niçoise, with several truly excellent choices… in fact, these would be my picks to experience the local cuisine any day of the week:
- La Taca d’Oli at 35 rue Pairolière, for authentic Niçoise cuisine in a very local ambiance, since 1947. +33 4 93 80 70 93
- L’Escalinada, is another favorite for Niçoise faire, with the tables perched on the diagonal stairway of its name (pictured). 22 rue Pairolière, +33 4 93 62 11 71
- La Merenda is the foodies favorite for killer Niçoise served in the tiniest of hole-in-the-walls, and lovingly prepared by its formerly Michelin-starred chef that decided to get out of the rat-race. Go by in person to reserve: there’s no phone, no credit cards, no website, no nonsense. Closed Sundays, but open Mondays for lunch and dinner. 4 rue Raoul Bosio.
- Or try Carre Llorca for a creative take on Niçoise cuisine. Closed Sundays but open Mondays for lunch and dinner. Just off the Palais du Justice square at 3 rue de la Prefecture. +33 4 93 92 95 86
Stroll down rue de l’Abbaye, a charming street lined with tables from a variety of good Italian, French and Corsican restaurants. When other restaurants are closed, you can still have romantic dinner at Le Tire Bouchon (both nights), Italian at Ville de Sienne (Mondays), La Villa for Corsican (with a nice interior courtyard), or the seafood amphora at L’Estrihla (Sundays).
And of course you can always count on Cours Saleya, which despite its touristy slant, still has a number of restaurants that are good enough to attract the locals:
- The excellent (if pricey) La Safari
- The upscale La Cambuse
- La Storia for pasta
- Caffé dell’ Arte for hipsters
- Blast for rock-n-roll and cheeseburgers
- and La Voglia for bountiful Italian.
… All are open non-stop Sunday and Monday, including Monday lunch during the Brocante/antique market.
Now for the Port…
Côté Goût is a great new spot with a creative chef, really nice owners, and delicious food at 2 place Arson. Sundays they’re only open for breakfast and lunch, but lunch is served until 3:30pm, which is just perfect for a lazy Sunday. (Closed Monday)
Chez Pipo serves their best-socca-in-Nice on Sundays (both lunch and dinner) at 13 rue Bavastro. No reservations, just show up.
La Barque Bleue is an excellent choice for Italian with a seafood bent, a great view of the boats, and open both nights.
Directly opposite, Bistrot du Port is a local favorite open for lunch and dinner on both days, but is especially good for Monday lunch, when you can get their bargain weekday deal that includes 2 courses, wine and coffee for just 14.50€. 28 Quai Lunel
L’Ane Rouge, a top-tier restaurant gastronomique with a great story, is open both nights.
- What to do on Sundays 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
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Photo credit: Cours Saleya by Miniwark, licensed under Creative Commons