Best Restaurants in Nice

6 Incredible Restaurants in Nice

Discover our favourite restaurants that showcase the best of the region’s amazing produce

Updated 19/09/23

Looking for the best restaurants in Nice? Our insider guide has some incredible restaurants in the city that showcase the best of classic Niçoise cuisine. The city has a rich culinary history and there are so many amazing local dishes that you have to try during you stay. Just like in the neighbouring city of Marseille, there are a multitude of talented chefs who’ve opened up some superb dining spots that you need to go to. So read on and discover our favourite restaurants where you’ll eat incredibly fresh, local food!

The Best Restaurants in Nice

Are you planning your trip to Nice and want to know the best restaurants to visit? Our guide has some amazing restaurants in Nice that have been tried and tested multiple times (in no particular order).

Babel Babel

Babel Babel is located on the sea front – on the Promenade des Anglais – giving their terrace amazing views over the bay. It’s a great spot for craft beer, natural wine and of course, incredible food made with the best fresh, local ingredients. Open non stop during the Summer, Babel Babel brings New York funk to Nice with DJs spinning vinyls every evening until late.

Babel Babel Nice restaurant

The food here is modern Mediterranean with nods to Niçoise & Provençale cuisine. The kitchen use amazing fresh produce from the local markets in their ever changing, seasonal menu. Whole fish can be ordered and comes directly from the local fishermen each morning and boy is it good. The wine list is substantial and is only natural wine. There’s also a great cocktail menu and they have a couple of craft beers on tap.

What to know before you visit

  • You can reserve online
  • I’d recommend doing so at least the day before during the Summer
  • The food is non-stop during the Summer
  • They’re open until 2am Friday & Saturday

Address: 2 Cr Jacques Chirac, 06300 Nice
Tel: 04 93 55 74 19

La Merenda

La Merenda is a temple of Niçoise cuisine that is owned by formed 2 Michelin star chef Dominique Le Stanc. Located in the Vieux Ville (old town) and a one minute walk away from the Marché aux Fleurs Cours Saleya and the Promenade des Anglais. The menu revolves around seasonal produce with the local markets supplying the restaurant’s kitchen with the freshest ingredients.

The menu has multiple entree and main course options – all classics from Nice and the surrounding areas. For starters you can try the pâtes aux pistou which is a pasta dish with a pistou sauce which is a Niçoise version of pesto. There’s also crispy courgette flowers and an amazing tomato tart if you go during the summer. The main courses are hearty but very well cooked – you can try tripe with panisse or Italian sausage with delicious stewed lentils.

What to know before you visit

  • You can reserve online via their Instagram page
  • You’ll need to reserve 1-2 weeks in advance during the summer
  • They only accept cash
  • They only have small stools so bare this in mind if you have mobility issues
  • They have an annual closure usually for 2 weeks mid-June – check their Instagram page for exact dates

Address: 4 Rue Raoul Bosio, 06300 Nice

Chez Davia

Located between the main train station and the Promenade des Anglais, Chez Davia is a fantastic French bistro that brings a modern twist on classic Niçois cooking. The bistro itself is full of charm with red gingham tablecloths, vintage furniture and mismatched light fittings. First opened in 1953 by Chef Pierre Altobelli’s grandmother, the restaurant has continued through the generations serving up incredible local cuisine to locals and in-the-know foodies.

The food changes daily according to what comes in from their suppliers. It’s seasonal, fresh and full of passion. For starters you can expect raw, marinated prawns, anchovies along with aioli or Provençal-style stuffed sardines. On the main course side there’s an incredible Soupe au Pistou (fresh seasonal vegetable soup), Osso Bucco and steamed cod with Provençal vegetables.

What to know before you visit

  • You can reserve online via they’re website
  • It’s about a 10 minute walk from the Promenade des Anglais

Address: 11bis Rue Grimaldi, 06000 Nice
Tel: 04 93 87 91 39

Hôtel Amour

Nestled in the stylish boutique hotel ‘Hôtel Amour’ lies an incredible Greek restaurant. As well as having their own beach club (which also serves killer food), their main restaurant serves up some classic yet precisely cooked Greek dishes. The main dining room is classic boutique hotel design with a large green-house style wall of plants. It’s light and airy with a large glass roof and retractable awning covering the main dining area.

The food is awesome – it’s precise, well thought out yet unpretentious and certainly wouldn’t look out of place in a fine dining restaurant. To start their freshly cooked pitas are crispy yet fluffy inside and are perfect to dip in their house tzatziki. For mains, their vaguely described ‘spiced chicken’ is a perfectly cooked, tender piece of chicken breast which is lathered in a rich roast chicken jus. It’s the sort of cookery that you would expect in a 1* restaurant, not in a boutique hotel. Their confit lamb shoulder is crispy yet incredibly tender inside. On the drinks side, they’ve got an awesome natural wine list with many excellent Greek wines.

What to know before you visit

  • Open every day
  • At lunch food is served until 4pm
  • You need to call to reserve a table

Address: 3 Av. des Fleurs, 06000 Nice
Tel: 04 65 27 10 10

Le Canon

Le Canon is all about natural wine, local fish and seasonal fresh produce from the surrounding area. The restaurant-cum-wine shop is popular with locals and has a really cool vintage Paris bistro vibe.

The ever changing menu revolves around the seasons and what’s being produced & caught locally. Whilst not particularly huge, the menus that I’ve seen feature some killer high-end ingredients. Local fish including Red Mullet and the ubiquitous John Dory are featured and come with well thought-out sauces. The meat options can include confit pork shoulder and Provençal style lamb.

What to know before you visit

  • They’re closed Wednesday evening
  • Reservations by phone only
  • Closed in August

Address: 23 Rue Meyerbeer, 06000 Nice
Tel: 04 93 79 09 24

Bistrot Marin

Featured in the Michelin guide, Bistro Marin is a great restaurant with a focus on locally caught seafood and fish. The turquoise accented dining room is very cosy and is peppered with nautical trinkets and references to the sea. It’ an unpretentious restaurant that doesn’t take itself too seriously yet puts out some seriously good food.

For entrées you can expect fish soup, gratinéed mussels and seafood platters. For the mains, there’s lobster linguine, butter roasted scallops and a Provençal daube (stew) of squid and creamy polenta. The wine menu is relatively small but includes some incredible bottles from across France.

What to know before you visit

  • They’re closed Sunday & Monday
  • Reservations by phone & email only

Address: 11bis Rue Grimaldi, 06000 Nice
Tel: 04 97 20 55 36

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