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The 6 best Michelin Bib Gourmand restaurants in Nice, France

The 6 best Michelin Bib Gourmand restaurants in Nice, France

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  • 1. Bistrot d'Antoine
  • 2. La Merenda
  • 3. Olive & Artichaut
  • 4. Chez Davia
  • 5. Fine Gueule
  • 6. Rouge
  • P. S.
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The irresistible charm of Nice, belted by sea and mountains, cannot be overemphasized. The glorious Mediterranean gem of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region exudes natural allure and serenity with its endless beaches, serpentine cobbled streets of Old Nice, and pleasant climate throughout the year. Immerse yourself in an enjoyable and funky jazz summer vibe, fall welcomed with the symphonies of The Opéra de Nice concert, winter adorned with the merry carnival cheers, or spring with the most stunning backdrop of Villefranche-sur-Mer.

No matter, when you decide to come here, one thing always remains the same: an unmatched culinary scene revolving around the finest seafood offerings, professional contemporary cooking style, as well as immense respect for the rich heritage of the region. Sounds appetizing, doesn’t it? What if we told you that you can savor local delicacies without breaking the bank? With our selection of the best Michelin Bib Gourmand-awarded restaurants, every foodie will know the top destinations worth checking out while in Nice. Allons-y!

1. Bistrot d'Antoine
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Bistrot d'Antoine
#8 of 3660 restaurants in Nice, France
27 Rue de la Préfecture, Nice, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France
Closed until tomorrow
Duck breast
Duck breast

Duck Breast is a succulent poultry dish that is known for its rich, tender meat and crisp, savory skin. It's often pan-seared to render out the fat, which results in a crispy outer layer. The taste of duck breast is stronger and more robust than chicken or turkey, but less gamey than goose. It is usually served medium-rare, ensuring it remains tender and juicy.

You cannot travel to France without experiencing a quintessential brasserie cuisine. Complete this delightful task at Bistrot d'Antoine. It is a neighborhood favorite restaurant where patrons get a chance to try Niçois specialties in a warm and welcoming setting. Nestled in the heart of Old Town, the romantic place oozes a convivial atmosphere. The decor is intimate and casual, made up of two levels of dining area featuring vintage tiled flooring, polished wooden furniture, dim lighting, and an open kitchen concept.

The culinary team is run under the guidance of owner Armand Crespo, who presents a menu of Southern French offerings, prepared using the freshest produce from the Cours Saleya market. Some of the scrumptious classic dishes you will sample here are beef tartare with mustard dressing, sliced leg of lamb with black pudding, pork casserole with Jerusalem artichoke, crispy duck breast in orange sauce with smoked cheese, and roasted cod in lemon emulsion with mashed potatoes. Enjoy the variety of homely, delicious dessert items like apple pie, chocolate mousse, and pineapple tart with ginger crumble.

Average bill – €42

2. La Merenda
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La Merenda
#514 of 3660 restaurants in Nice, France
4 Rue Raoul Bosio, Nice, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France
Closed until tomorrow
Polenta
Polenta

A dish made from cornmeal, which in most cases resembles a porridge. Polenta is eaten as a side dish or as an independent dish with various additives (mushrooms, meat, anchovies, etc.), in a fried or baked form.

What comes to mind when someone mentions a Michelin-starred cook’s restaurant? You might imagine a modern stately dining room, highlighted with the best amenities and serving fancy nano-sized experimental meals. Well, then you are in for a surprise at Chef Dominique Le Stanc's place called La Merenda. He left the world of haute cuisine far behind after taking over a small traditional family-run bistro with a goal to celebrate the most authentic and unpretentious food.

The eatery looks like a tiny bundle’s home where you just drop by for a hearty dinner. One remark, though: here, the owner is a culinary legend who has worked in some of the top establishments in Monaco and Nice. The seasonal menu is scribbled on a black chalkboard that is brought to every table. Guests can savor delicious market fresh specials, such as stuffed sardines, fried zucchini flowers in garlic aioli, tagliatelle made in creamy basil pesto, ratatouille with polenta, beef stew with garlic bread, and veal tripe with black pudding in onion relish. To enhance the overall experience with a deep maroon brush stroke, pair your meal with their regal French vintages.

Average bill – €37

3. Olive & Artichaut
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Olive&Artichaut
#18 of 3660 restaurants in Nice, France
6 Rue Sainte-Reparate, Nice, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France
Closed until tomorrow
Mille-feuille
Mille-feuille

The dough for this slice was invented in France, although there, it is called "mille-feuille", which translates as "a thousand sheets". In Britain it is called a "vanilla slice", Australians also say that they invented a vanilla brewed multilayer dough sprinkled with powdered sugar. Slice is prepared with an incredible amount of the most varied tastes. Eat it with cream.

Situated a stone’s throw away from Place Sainte-Réparate, Olive & Artichaut is a charming and elegant restaurant started by Chef Thomas Hubert and his wife. It is a quaint establishment that serves Niçard street-style classic food. The kitchen presents a menu of traditional cuisine prepared using local ingredients representing the bountiful sea and mountains of the region.

Indulge your taste buds on a gastronomic journey with flavorful dishes, including roasted scallops with fried leek, Gorgonzola risotto with pear shavings, grilled halibut with braised potatoes, and roasted chicken in lemon butter emulsion with carrots. In desserts, do not miss out on sweet delights, such as crispy mille-feuille with roasted figs, madeleines in caramel sauce, and chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream. Elevate your dining experience by pairing it with their drinks selections: herb apéritifs, biodynamic wines, iconic single malts, creamy liquors, and citrusy gin-based cocktails.

Average bill – €51 (without drinks)

4. Chez Davia
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Chez Davia
#195 of 3660 restaurants in Nice, France
11bis Rue Grimaldi, Nice, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France
Closed until Wednesday
Ratatouille
Ratatouille

A French dish belonging to the Provencal cuisine, in the classical version, it is prepared from fresh peppers, sweet tomatoes, onions, garlic and, of course, zucchini. The first mention of it dates back to the 18th century when the dish was popular among poor peasants.

Serving the community for nearly 60 years now, Chez Davia is an authentic petit bouchon, which is French for a small family-run restaurant. It was started by Italian emigrants who settled in the region, and has transformed into the epitome of generational business in the city. In 1995, the grandson Pierre Altobelli, who extensively trained as a chef at the Lycée Hôtelier de Nice, took over the establishment. Chef Altobelli specializes in traditional French–Italian fusion cuisine, crafted using seasonal, carefully selected ingredients.

Visitors can savor decadent creations – homemade tagliatelle with sugar snap peas in olive oil pesto, raw artichoke salad with marinated anchovies, stuffed sardines with green leaves of chard, Moroccan curry-spiced ratatouille, rabbit terrine with fragrant sage, and minced veal stuffed with local vegetables. They also feature a wine list consisting of biodynamic and organic labels mostly from Southern France. The ambiance is warm and cozy, complete with red and white checkered tablecloths, floral arrangements, and old photographs and canvases adding an inviting touch to the dining space.

Average bill – €48

5. Fine Gueule
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Fine Gueule
#34 of 3660 restaurants in Nice, France
2 Rue de l'Hôtel de ville, Nice, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France
Closed until tomorrow
Deviled eggs
Deviled eggs

This dish is stuffed with eggs, suitable for meetings with friends as snacks. Not very suitable for children, because among the ingredients there is a hot pepper.

Situated opposite the Town Hall in Old Nice, Fine Gueule is a newly renovated Bib Gourmand establishment where you can treat yourself to uncomplicated bistro cuisine that oscillates between Italy and France. It was set up by two food enthusiasts, Kim and Géraud, who met each other at the Paul Bocuse Institute in Lyon. The refurbished interiors are elegant and tastefully designed using elements like polished timber flooring, a central open kitchen covered in glass, black wooden brasserie furniture, and cream white color palette. They also offer terrace seating that is ideal during warm months (meaning, all-year-round).

The culinary process is managed by Géraud, who developed a menu of traditional specialties sprinkled with Mediterranean flair. Diners can relish exquisite dishes, including deviled eggs, beef cheek stew with polenta bread, small pasta risotto with zucchini peppers, charred cod served with butter garlic aioli, and pan-fried scallops with roasted eggplant. End your meal on a sweet note with lemon meringue pie, vanilla rice pudding with caramel pearls, or opt for red fruit tart with a cloud of whipped cream.

Lunch menu – €21
Tasting menu – €39

6. Rouge
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Rouge, Restaurant - Bar à vin
#7 of 1254 pubs & bars in Nice, France
2 Rue de Foresta, Nice, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France
Open until 11:30PM
Chorizo
Chorizo

Сhorizo is a cured spiced sausage made from chopped pork and red pepper. The dish is extremely popular in both Mexican and Spanish cooking.

For a casual and festive wine bar experience, we recommend coming over to Rouge – a cheeky roadside bistro in the hip antique dealer neighborhood of Nice. Overlooking Port Lympia and facing Mont Boron, it is a friendly gastronomic spot that revolves around Mediterranean-style sharing plates and an impressive selection of drinks. The open bar space is chic and modern in ambiance: glossy tables, painted tall stools, and huge refrigerated glassed-in vino cabinets.

The owners, Gautier Creissard (Yves Camdeborde’s former right-hand man) and his wife Alexandra, have created a haven where patrons can explore thousands of vintages of biodynamic labels without breaking the bank. They present a free tasting of the wines before purchasing a bottle. Rouge also features a menu of small Southern plates of tapas food. Expect to indulge in mouthwatering offerings like tomato carpaccio sprinkled with feta, zucchini blossom tempura with garlic aioli dip, crispy pork belly caramelized in honey, and pan-fried chipirons (a type of squid) served with chorizo. The sweet culmination – vanilla rice pudding or lemon cream sprinkled with berries – is an undeniable must.

Average bill – €35

P. S.

What is the best time to visit Nice? Share your thoughts in the comments below to help other avid travelers from the Restaurant Guru community plan an impeccable vacation. If you intend to conduct more in-depth research on local culinary delights, we recommend equipping yourself with the most insightful information collected in our guides:

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Freya Evans (Guest) 28 days ago Request content removal

Nice is such a beautiful city with beaches, mountains, and great food. I visited once and loved the old cobblestone streets and the delicious seafood. However, I didn't like how crowded some parts of the city were with tourists.

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