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Top 9 Restaurants in Nice

By: Caroline Marongiu
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1992

Enjoy some of the best cuisine Nice has to offer.


Oliviera

Despite its name, Oliviera does not serve dishes based on olive oil but offers a unique dining experience by blending special oils with the dishes. Each dish is served with a different kind of oil which is designed to bring out the distinctive flavors of the dish and is added only after the dish is cooked. This gives each dish a unique taste and makes it more healthy as well. The different oils are also available for sale at the restaurant's shop.

Nice, France
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Chez Palmyre

Chez Palmyre invites you on a gastronomic journey of the city and pampers your palate with the enticing local flavors. This restaurant is known for serving Mediterranean delicacies along with French cuisine and is loved by all its visitors for its delectable ye easy-on-pocket menu. Keep some room for the sinful delights on their dessert menu, their regulars highly recommend tarts which taste heavenly. Though small, the interiors of the restaurant are elegantly decorated with cozy furnishings and are a great spot to catch up with your friends.

Nice, France
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Le Bar des Oiseaux

Tucked away in a corner of the old town, this original café is about as easy to find as a needle in a haystack. Once you find it at the corner of Rue St-Vincenta and Rue de l'Abbaye, Bar des Oiseaux offers a refreshing blend of live theater, concerts and philosophical discussions which can be accompanied by delectable dishes. It has built up a considerable following among locals, and weekends are particularly lively. Owing its fame to talented Niçoise actress Noëlle Perna (who performs here when other commitments allow), it's a good place to get a taste of the very special Niçois sense of humor and way of life.

Nice, France
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Taca d'Oli

The Taca d'Oli is the kingdom of olive-oil-based cuisine. Here you'll find all the specialties shunned by other similar establishments, such as Bagna Cauda (warm anchovy sauce used as a dip with fresh seasonal vegetables), or Bagna Pan (a fish-based dip for hot soup). Come and discover other forgotten Nice specialties.

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La Table Alziari

This restaurant has a cheerful yellow facade and is located on a tiny, steeply rising street off the busy Pairolière street in the old town. La Table Alziari is owned by a famous family from Nice who also produces olive oil, so you can expect typical local dishes. Specialties include cod served with potatoes, aubergine fritters or goat cheese with mesclun salad, all of which can be enjoyed with great wines from Provence, Bandol or Côtes de Bellet. The ambiance is serene whether you're sitting inside or outside on the terrace. A local favorite, this popular restaurant is simple, authentic and affordable. -Christine Pascal

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Lu Fran Calin

After the visit of the Cathedral Sainte-Reparate in the old town, you can stop at this restaurant to have dinner. In summer you can enjoy a large terrasse in front of the place which is quite pleasant, and if the weather is colder you can eat inside in a very convivial atmosphere. The key word of the restaurant is typical courses from Nice. The place is owned by an authentic chef born in Nice. He uses fresh products coming directly from the market of the nearby Cours Saleya. On the menu you can find most of the courses from Nice- meat braised in wine and stock with vegetables, stuffed vegetables, gnocchis or fresh pastas.

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Le Tire-Bouchon

After wandering round the narrow alleyways of Vieux-Nice, you will come across this little restaurant located near the Cours Saleya. Tire-Bouchon makes the style of cuisine particular to the city of Lyon known to the people of Nice, and it works fabulously! The dishes are truly succulent, scrupulously prepared, and you can order them again as much as you like, and the prices are as welcoming as the waiting staff!

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Le Romarin

This restaurant is in a prized location in the old town near the famous Rossetti Square and the cathedral. The warm and cozy decor creates a romantic atmosphere that is perfect for a night out with a loved one. Le Romarin's specialties are the traditional dishes of Nice. Savor and discover courses like Merda de Can (gnocchi with beets) or the famous Daube Niçoise (meat braised in wine and stock with vegetables). Plus, the restaurant serves pizzas and courses with meat, fish and seafood such as mussels with Roquefort. -Christine Pascal

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René Socca

A Nice institution, this place has been treating its clientèle since the 1970s with great local cuisine that includes pan bagnat (a specialty sandwich), stuffed sardines, zucchini and eggplant fritters, small fried fish, Swiss chard pie and Socca (a kind of soft crêpe made from chickpea flour). Chez René is self-service; diners order and help themselves at the bar, then sit down to eat at one of the large wooden tables outside. There's also a dining room inside.

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