Restaurants in Provence
Provence restaurants have made their mark on the world of cuisine by combining traditional French ingredients with Mediterranean flavors. Its culinary all-stars get creative with fresh seafood, olive oils and a little extra spice, and the result is regional specialties such as ratatouille, pesto soup and the pizza-like pissaladier. Our guide highlights the best places to eat in Provence, including Le Clos de la Violette in Aix-en-Provence, which serves expertly prepared versions of the region’s signature dishes. Other outstanding Provence restaurants, like the Michelin-starred L’Atelier de Jean-Luc Rabanel in Arles, take a more avant-garde approach to cooking. Here, guests can settle in for multi-course tasting menus that get creative with seasonal, organic ingredients.
During the warm summer months, take the opportunity to dine al fresco many of the best restaurants in Provence. Les Deux Garcons offers outstanding outdoor dining from its location overlooking Aix’s iconic tree-lined boulevard, the Cours Mirabeau. Or, take in rural Provence at country bistros like L’Auberge in quaint Saint-Pantaléon-Les-Vignes. Housed on a 146-year-old property, the restaurant serves first-class prix-fixe meals.
Hang out in this cozy village bistro and dine on a magnificently fatty sauté of veal with salsify. You may even spot director Adrian Lyne - known to visit the spot.
The former mansion of Jules Pernod, creator of the famous anisette liqueur that still bears his name, now houses one of Avignon's newest restaurants, Numéro 75.
This Michelin one-star property sits on a bucolic farm with olive groves and fig trees in the village of Les Paluds-de-Noves. Lunch, prepared by La Maison's chef, Christian Peyre, begins with St.-Pierre poêlée—sautéed John Dory capped with bacon and serve
The mayor of St.-Jurs believed so strongly in a bistro/café/grocery/bread drop-off that he built this one with municipal funds.
Find this small country inn and restaurant owned by Alain Ducasse, for a long afternoon lunch.
With its resident DJ and even a bouncer, the Opéra Café is an oasis très design, as the French say, in the Papal City's principal square. At about $17, the lunch formule is a good value (appetizer and main course or main course and dessert).
New owners Jean-Louis and Mireille Pons, from nearby Arles, took over Chez Quénin, changing the name to the trendier-sounding Bistrot du Paradou and improving the cuisine, while maintaining the character—vintage-tiled floors, stone walls, timbered ceilings—of the old place.