The best restaurants in Nice


The Acchiardo family arrived in Nice from Piedmont in 1927, opened a restaurant in the Old Town and their great-grandchildren are still at it, serving local staples in a bubbling scrum of a place. Recent works have lightened the restaurant up a bit, and extended it considerably – into the cellar where previous generations aged their wine. This has lightened the crush a little, but not too much – and the atmosphere remains jolly and boisterous, as at an Italian village festival meal. The welcome is warm and English-speaking, and the chefs really are on top of dishes such as beef daube in wine, cod stew and petits farcis. And they serve Provençal wine straight from the barrel. Expect to pay around €23 (£21) for three courses.

Contact: 00 33 493 855 116
Prices: ££
Opening times: Mon-Fri, 12pm-2pm, 7pm-10pm. Closed throughout August
Reservations: Essential

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‘Jan’ is, let us be grateful, short for Jan Hendrik Van Der Westhuizen, a young and gifted fellow from South Africa. He’s had the bright idea to mix ideas from his homeland – milktert, biltong – with Mediterranean produce and serve them up to Michelin-starred effect. His menu may, incidentally, be the only one in Nice available in Afrikaans. The dinky little restaurant is found in Rue Lascaris in a district just back from the port, which is, right now, on the cusp of hipness. Thus garages and television repair shops are still found among the bars, clubs and restaurants. Don’t hesitate, in short.

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