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 eat well without blasting the budget, it to take advantage of the bargain fixed-price lunch deals offered at the best restaurants.  Here is our selection of the top deals for the very best meals in Nice for under 30€ (Michelin edition)

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

Among these formerly Michelin-starred restaurants in Nice, several offer a stunning lunch at a fraction of what you would expect to pay.

Seafood tartare at L'Ane Rouge restaurant in NiceAnd the winner is… Former Michelin-starred chef Michael Devillers at L’Ane Rouge! His incredible 3-course Summer Menu for just 27€ wins the coveted Best of Nice award for best lunch deal… and since this menu is available for dinner, too, L’Ane Rouge wins the whole shebang hands down!  It includes an ‘amuse-bouche’, appetizer, main course, dessert, and petit fours, so the bang-for-buck, or shall we say, stars-per-euro ratio here is very high.  And for a little trivia, I bet you didn’t know that the name L’Ane Rouge was Chagall’s play-on-words nickname for the original owner, his stubborn red-haired mistress… while you’re there, ask to see the Chagall red donkey sculpture.  7 Quai des 2 Emmanuels right on the Nice Port, tram stop Port Lympia, +33 4 93 89 49 63  Closed Tuesday and Wednesday.

Second prize goes to Le Bistro Gourmand in Old Nice, who won their short-lived star just a year after opening, but they’re still a star in our book. Weekday lunches only, they offer a 3-course blackboard Market Menu, changing daily depending on what they found in the market, for just 25€, or just 21€ if you only want 2 courses. 3 Rue Desboutin, Tram stops Massena or Opera, +33 4 92 14 55 55 Open 7 days a week

Former Michelin-starred chef, Keisuke Matsushima, offers a weekday-only 3-course Market Lunch Menu to tantalize your taste buds for a very palatable 30€.  22 Ter Rue de France, behind the Hotel Palais de Méditerranée, +33 4 93 82 26 06, closed Sunday and Monday

Bicycle outside restaurant La MerendaAnd lastly, I have to mention chef Dominique Le Stanc, former two-star (two!) chef of the famed Hotel Negresco, who years ago was the toast of the Riviera culinary scene, but chucked it all to get out of the rat race.  He is now perfectly content with his little La Merenda, which he runs with his wife, and serves a very limited menu of peasant-style Niçoise cuisine.  The restaurant is kind of an anti-star establishment, where they do everything to make it as uninviting as possible:  customers sit on small hard stools, packed tight on communal tables, and the glassware is cartooned jelly jars.  Reservations are a must, but he refuses to get a telephone, so the only way to make them is to go there in person.  Cash only, no credit cards, no website, and no nonsense.  But despite all this, his cuisine is so delicious that the foodies flock to his homey little shack …and you should too.  4 Rue Raoul Bosio, tram stop Opera, closed Saturday and Sunday.

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