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.
The 146 year-old property once had guest rooms, a grocery, a café, and a gas station but now is a café-bistro only. Have some of the on-the-house sangria-like aperitif of red wine from the village cooperative, apple juice, and crème de cassis.
In a century-old house across from the train station in L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, a celebrated riverside town of antiquaires, Le Jardin du Quai is one of the best new restaurants in Provence.
Christmas Eve dinner at the château's Bistrot Mogador is a don't-miss: a traditional gros souper-grilled sea bass with aioli, vegetable gratin with black truffles, and more.
One of the contemporary bistros in Arles
The restaurant has an exhaustive wine list with an entire page of red magnums. The eatery occupies an ancient stone house beside the old public laundry basin.
Eat at the famous (and these days quite touristy) café on the Cours. You can sped hours watching the comings and goings.
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.