It is no surprise that the French Riviera remains a world class top destination. In order to get the most out of your shared yacht ownership this summer, SmartYacht has collated some the best restaurants close to popular docking spots. From the ancient port of Villefranche to the well protected port of Golfe-Juan, find out the best places to sample the splendid cuisines and wines of the Cote d’Azur.
Le Vieux Port Saint Raphael
Restaurant: La Table
Just a stone’s throw away from Port Le Vieux in Saint Raphael, yet off the main tourist run is a cosy restaurant called La Table. The setting is unique, with a long central table offering a communal dining experience. The rest of the restaurant is set out with different table types allowing for more intimate dining. Hosts are friendly and highly attentive serving fresh cuisines and local wines. Well known for its 500g steak, La Table is decorated with shelves containing wine bottles which line the walls. Enjoy your fresh crevettes with noodles with a nice glass of Bourgueil, from the Loire Valley region.
Port of Cap d’Ail
Restaurant: La Pinede
Nestled between the rock of Monaco and Cap Ferrat, La Pinede offers professional service and a large sunny terrace featuring breathtaking views. Settle down and watch the world pass by on the coastal walk that runs from the restaurant, along the riviera cliffs. The food is well presented and fresh, the local grilled fish is very popular with guests and fine wines are available to accompany every meal. La Pinede is off the beaten path, making it a hidden gem on the Cote d’Azur. Guests who wish for extra shade from the sun are provided with straw hats. The Bouillabaisse is a must-have for seafood lovers, a stew composed of a variety of local fish.
Port Camille Rayon – Golfe Juan
Restaurant: Rio’s Banana Cafe.
Right in between the resort town of Antibes and the sparkling city of Cannes lies two ports side by side, Port of Golfe Juan and Port Camille Rayon. Located on the Marina is a restaurant providing a super friendly attentive service. Rio’s Banana Cafe specialises in hip and happy hamburgers and is a great location for sundowners while soaking up the atmosphere. The side of Indian spiced coleslaw is a favourite of many diners. After spotting Jupiter and Mars in the clear evening sky, head back into the restaurant where it is transformed into a glimmering dance floor.
Port of Villefranche
Restaurant: La Caravelle
The glistening bay of Villefranche is just 10km south west of Monaco. The bay is one of the deepest natural harbours in the Mediterranean Sea and the historic town features a medieval fort. Hidden in a pedestrian alley just up the stairs from the sea is a restaurant called La Carevelle. La Caravelle’s charming design will instantly invite you inside with the added extra of great hosts offering a personable service. The plat du jour is a top choice among guests offering excellent value, you will receive an appetiser, entree and a dessert. Why not try the escargot and shrimp salad which is well enjoyed by many guests? The mousse au chocolat dessert will melt in your mouth.
Please contact a member of the dedicated SmartYacht team to discuss your yachting adventure to the French Riviera.