In a country known for its food, Nice offers some of the best dining options in the world. It even has its own regional cuisine — Niçoise. This deceptively simple cuisine blends influences from the Mediterranean and the Alps, particularly Sicily. Staples include fresh seafood, decadent breads, and light olive oils and herbs instead of heavy, cream-based sauces.
Here is a sampling of some of our favorite Nice restaurants. Don’t hesitate to contact us for a recommendation specific to the dining experience you want!
Best Outdoor Dining in Nice: La Terasse
Many Nice restaurants offer outdoor dining on sun-soaked terraces overlooking the bay and beaches.
At the top — literally — is La Terasse. Here, you’ll find rooftop dining at its finest, 10 floors above the Mediterranean. An Asian fusion menu makes this restaurant a departure from the traditional cuisine of the region. If you’re okay with that, you’ll find flavorful dishes like seabass with coconut, citronella and a tandoori sauce. Or, just order a cocktail and take in the showstopping views. Reservations highly recommended.
Best Fresh Seafood in Nice: L’Agua
At L’Agua, the menu cycles daily to reflect what’s freshest. Likely, the fish on your plate was swimming in the sea just hours before. At L’Agua they keep the recipes and décor simple so the outstanding seafood can steal the show. The seared tuna is arguably the best to be had in Nice.
Best Traditional Niçoise on a Budget: Voyageur Nissart
Voyageur Nissart is a family-run, street-side bistro that does everything right. The service is friendly, the food is delicious and authentic — made from passed-down family recipes — and the prices are quite reasonable. Try their speciality, the Gnocci Gorgonzola.
Best Sweet Treat: Fenocchio Glacier
Another Nice institution, Fenocchio Glacier is located at 2,Place Rossetti in Old Town, or Vieux Nice in the local tongue. Fenocchio Glacier has 100+ flavors of ice creams and sorbets, including innovative options like cactus, violet, tomato basil and beer, as well as more traditional favorites like vanilla, amaretto and chocolate.
There’s always a line, and it gets longer the later at night you arrive, but it’s well worth the wait and calories. It’s a great location for people watching, too. Note: Fenocchio Glacier is closed from the end of November to the end of February.