Best Top-End Lunch Deals

Savoring an amazing meal in a top-end restaurant can be really pricey… and addictive… so true foodies know that the best way to experience fine dining without blasting the budget is to search out the fixed-price set-menu deals at the top restaurants.

They many not be among the current crop of Michelin star-holders, but each of these top chefs was awarded their coveted Michelin stars for a time, and continues to deliver a flawless product.

So without further ado, here is our selection of the top deals for the very best meals in Nice by Michelin-level chefs (with interactive map):

Dining room at Bistrot GourmandFirst prize goes to Le Bistrot Gourmand in Old Nice, who won their short-lived star just a year after opening, but they’re still a star in our book, and they still hold the prestigious Michelin Bib. Weekday lunches only, they offer a 3-course lunch menu with choices for just 27€. 3 Rue Desboutin, Tram stop Massena, +33 4 92 14 55 55  Open 7 days a week, so one of the few open on Sundays and Mondays.

Second prize goes to former Michelin-starred chef, Keisuke Matsushima, who offers a weekday-only 3-course Market Lunch Menu to tantalize your taste buds for a very palatable 38€.  22 ter Rue de France, behind the Hotel Palais de Méditerranée, +33 4 93 82 26 06, closed Sunday and Monday.

One step below the Michelin stars, is the Michelin ‘Bib Gourmand’ designation, which currently includes:

The Fine Gueule with a Michelin Bib and an unbeatable weekday lunch deal: 2-courses plus wine for 19€. It’s got a loyal local following and is right across from the City Hall at 2 Rue de l’Hôtel de Ville, tram stop Opera or Massena, closed Sunday and Monday.

Olive and Artichoke in Old Nice, current Michelin Bib honoree, with 3 courses for weekday lunch at 39€.  6 Rue Sainte-Reparate, tram stop Cathedrale. Closed Sunday and Monday.

Bar des Oiseaux in Old Nice offers a killer 3-course weekday lunch deal for just 22€.  It isn’t Michelin rated yet, but its sister restaurant Bistro d’Antoine does rank the Michelin Bib, so that counts, right?  5 Rue Saint-Vincent, tram stop Opera or Cathedrale. Closed Sunday and Monday.

L’Alchemie has the Michelin Bib and a 28€ 3-course weekday lunch deal, plus a 3-course dinner deal every night for 38€.  14 Rue Maccarani, tram stop Jean Medecin. Closed Sunday and Monday.

Just down the street, another Bib inductee, Chez Davia, offers a Nicoise 3-course weekday lunch menu at 39€.  11bis Rue Grimaldi, tram stop Jean Medecin. Closed Monday and Tuesday.

Bicycle outside restaurant La MerendaAnd lastly, there is no set-price deal, but I still have to give an honorable mention to current Bib holder chef Dominique Le Stanc, former two-star (two!) chef of the famed Hotel Negresco, who 25 years ago was the absolute toast of the Riviera culinary scene, until he spectacularly chucked it all to get out of the rat race and back to his roots.  Ever since, he and his wife Danielle have been running La Merenda, a tiny 20-seat hole-in-the-wall, cooking traditional Niçoise cuisine out of a miniscule kitchen …but it is the best Niçoise cuisine you will ever eat, I promise.  The quirky restaurant is full-on anti-star, seeming to make itself as uninviting as possible: customers are packed in tight on tiny tables, perched on small hard backless stools, and the glassware has recently been upgraded but it used to be cartooned jelly jars!  But despite all this, the cuisine is so divine (and the prices so moderate, around 15€ for each item) that the foodies absolutely flock to this homey little shack …and you should too.  Open lunch and dinner, closed weekends. Cash only, no credit cards, no phone: the only way to score a precious reservation is to go by in person (or now via their webpage).  4 Rue Raoul Bosio, tram stop Opera.

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Photo credits: Bistrot Gourmand and La Merenda by Best of Nice

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