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Great Value and Local Cooking in Nice , France
2015 Update

Although the culinary scene has been changing rapidly in Nice, providing more upscale restaurants, some of the best values still remain at those restaurants that have been in Nice for many years.


 Great Values and Local Cooking

Voglia di Piu and Favola Restaurants
Ristorante La Voglia
2, Rue Saint-François-de-Paule
04 93 80 99 16

This restaurant located at the western end of the Cours Saleya is one of the busiest in Nice. The portions are large and service is very profession. The menu consists of various pastas and pizzas. There are excellent value lunch specials.

There are actually 3 excellent value restaurants in this area. Voglia, Di Piu and Favola. All are owned by the same group and have similar style of food. Di Piu is on the beach side and has a wonderful view of the water. Favola is diagnol to Voglia and serves excellent Plat du Jour. Because of the close proiximity you can check all 3 lunch specials and choose your preference.

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Voglia also has excellent Plat du Jours M-F for lunch.


38 rue Droite
04 93 85 51 16


Located on rue Droite in the heart of the old city this local Nicoise eatery has very diverse clientele. Get there early since the tables fill up quickly. -- excellent lunch specials -


Cafe Turin
5, pl Garibaldi
04 93 62 29 52

 Located in Place Garibaldi for over 50 years this restaurant is one of the city's most authentic cafe-bars. Specialty: sea snails, clams, plump fines de claires, and salty bleues oysters, urchins. This is a very popular place so plan to get here early.
La Pizza
34 rue Massèna
 La Pizza and Taverne Massena are both owned and operated by Francis Cresci. Both establishments contain wood burning ovens and prepare among the best pizzas on the Riviera. Another La Pizza is located at the Port in Cannes.

Taverne Massèna
25, Rue Massèna
04 93 87 77 57

  Tavern Massena serves a full menu including wood oven pizza; excellent lunch and daily specials: mussels, choucroute. Outdoor cafe and indoor seating including an upstairs section...

You will find some of the best Plat du Jour (M-F only) lunches here.

Chez Memere
6 rue Francis Gallo, Old Nice,
nr Place Rossetti
04 93 62 48 46

We find their prix fixe three courses for 13 euros a real steal. Try the Petit Farcis Nicois, Brandade and choice of dessert. If they don't give you this menu indoors -- just ask for it.

Menus of Chez Memere

Lu Fran Calin
1, rue Colonna d'Istria
Old Nice
(0)4 93 80 81 81


Restaurant Lu Fran Calin is one of those restaurants busy with locals even as the tourist seems comes to end. The cooking of chef Daniel Silvetti is local Nicoise. Try their Degustation Plate that can be shared by two for a starter (see menu: L'Assiette Degustation - 12 euros)


Restaurant du Gésu
1, Place Jésus,
04 93 62 26 46

You will find some of the best pastas dishes at great prices at this local eatery. Portions are large so save room for their excellent selection of desserts. Gesu Menu
Restaurant du Gésu outdoor seating facing the Eglise Gesu


Lou Pilha

10 rue du Collet


Don't be deceived by the simple tables and benches, or the low prices of Lou Pilha. This simple cheap restaurant serves excellent Nicois style food. There is no waiter service here instead line up get your food and find a seat. Menu1 --- Menu2


22 Rue Pairolière

For over 50 years, this traditional auberge in Old Nice from its advantageous position nestled in the side streets, has served first class typical Niçoise cuisine. Although L'Escalinada is located on a street that would suggest a tourist restaurant, expect to see a mix of dedicated locals and tourists alike. The menu contains many of the Nicoise specials done to perfection: swiss chard-filled gnocchi, tripes a la Nicoise, and pine-nut tourte de blette. If the main restaurant is filled just walk a few steps to the right for the annex.


Zucca Magica
4 2, quai Papacino
04 93 56 25 27

 Vegetarian dishes are prepared daily. The menu changes every day according to available ingredients.

See also our selection (below) of top restaurants in Nice:

 Top Restaurants in Nice

Keisuke Matsushima
l'ane Rouge
Bistrot d'Antoine
Diamant Noir
Don Camillo Creations
Les Viviers
Stephane Viano
Luc Salsedo
La Merenda
Millesime 82

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