Located on the sunny Riviera and blessed with a bounty of fresh seafood, and fruits and vegetables grown on the surrounding hills, Nice has hundreds of great dining options. In an effort to help you narrow down your choices, the following is a list of the most popular restaurants.


La Merenda – Image by ferdinado

La Merenda is an authentic Nicoise restaurant serving fabulous food. The space is small, they only accept cash, but you must try to get in, pick your dish from the blackboard menu, and prepare to leave very very content. La Merenda focuses on using local produce to make traditional Nicoise dishes with a twist.

Le Chantecler rises high on everyone’s list of favorite restaurants in Nice. It is where you go for special occasions. Located in the exquisite Negresco Hotel right on the Promenade des Anglais, Le Chantecler also has a lovely Sunday prix fixe lunch available where the welcoming glass of champagne sets a refined mood.

Kei’s Passion is expensive and you have to reserve well in advance. It is primarily fine French food but with a Japanese flair, if that makes sense. Young chef Keisuke Matsushima has developed a huge following for his cooking that celebrates local produce and tradition. Opt for the prix fixe lunch or dinner the first time you go to get a good introduction to his superb cuisine.

L’Univers Christian Plumail is a highly rated and pretty restaurant where you can try a variety of menus presented either for the season, or for the produce the chef found in the market that day, or a la carte.

Restaurant Don Camillo Creations is exactly that. It makes beautiful creations for you to eat. High on flavor and inventiveness, Don Camillo earns high marks for great food and service.

Where To Eat In Nice - Le Chantecler France

Le Chantecler – Image by twiga_swala

For an affordable meal, try to reserve a table at Chez Palmyre in old town. It has a prix fixe menu which offers great value at lunch time. Keep your bill down by ordering a carafe of house wine and sit back to enjoy are truly delicious meal in a charming setting.

The French love their pizza, especially in Nice as it is so close to Italy. For the best pizza in Nice, baked in a brick oven, head to La Pizza on rue Massena. The pizzas are huge and really really good.

And for a dish that you can only find in the city of Nice you must have a meal at Chez Pipo and order their socca. This chickpea crepe is crispy and thin and perfect with a glass of chilled wine. Their socca is made in a brick oven and comes to the table piping hot and fragrant.

Esther, the author of the “Where to eat in Nice” is a travel writer and blogger, who loves to write about touring the world’s best cities. She also maintains her own travel blog.