French restaurants don’t come much more rustic and delicious than Le Brulo. This restaurant has a few tables on the ground level, but the real atmosphere is to be found downstairs, in a cellar room with exposed brick walls, low arches and wooden tables tucked into nooks. Le Brulo is an Antibes institution, particularly well known for its crispy duck breast or lamb dishes, both cooked in the wood-fired oven and served with crunchy potatoes. We recommend that you also try the whole baked fish with lemons and tomatoes; they will fillet it at the table for you and it is a truly divine dish. Friendly service, busy year round and you can get a really nice house bottle of wine here. This is traditional French food done very well, with no fancy frills.
Le Taille de Guepe is an extremely popular little restaurant in an Old Town side street, serving up what can only be called works of art on a plate. The plates are strewn with edible flowers and the menu is always changing to make the best of local produce, the scallops are particularly good. This restaurant gets a huge fan following on Trip Advisor, and it’s lovely to see a different concept succeeding so thoroughly.
If you ask a French local their favourite place in Antibes, there’s an excellent chance they will say "Le Vauban". One of the many restaurants in the old town, this restaurant has a strong feel of the special occasion about it, with white tablecloths, intimate lighting and silver service. You dress up to come here, but it’s reasonably priced, with a set menu for 35 euro. The décor is nothing particularly special but it has an old-fashioned, quite formal and very French feel about it. It’s the kind of restaurant where you spend a few hours, so don’t expect your meals to arrive quickly.
Le Comptoir de la Tourraque is a cosy little restaurant on the little hill running down from the market, this charming place has a frequently changing blackboard menu with excellent French cuisine. This is clever cooking and has some surprising delights on the menu, and the food is fabulously presented. Le Comptoir is particularly nice in the wintertime.
Le Broc en Bouche is another Antibes institution, with a little entrance hidden away amongst the back streets. Serving excellent French food in a cosy ambience, the specials change regularly and it’s a locals' favourite that’s been going strong for many years.
Place Nacionale has quite a few restaurants, most of which fall into the tourist trap bracket and just aren’t worth visiting. Yet the square is lovely and Le Rustic is one of the restaurants that make it worth dining there. It’s simple, but well-known for its fondue, and also has a good selection of mussels (try the chili version), pizzas and all the usual suspects. Cheerful service and all in all a pleasant and unpretentious place to spend an evening eating under the stars.
Les Vieux du Murs translates as "the views from the walls" and this classy French restaurant sits high on the wall of Antibes, with a splendid view across the Mediterranean. With elegant terrace tables outside and a lavishly decorated interior with big window sea views, this is a special occasion kind of place. It has wonderful degustation menus and a la carte offerings, with the best possible standard of service. Highly recommended for rich, sophisticated French cuisine.
Zinc is a fairly new addition to the Antibes scene, just opposite Le Quatre at the top of the market. This small wine bar and restaurant combines a smart modern vibe with classic French elements such as wooden farmhouse furniture, walls full of wine bottles and daily specials chalked up on a blackboard. Zinc is really making a name for itself - the wine list is excellent and reasonably priced, and the food is fresh, simple and splendid, meaning that the tables fill up fast! Try their artichoke salad, flavoursome lamb and their absolutely to die for chocolate fondant, which just oozes gooey chocolate and melts in your mouth. There’s also organic beef on the menu for the ethical eaters and a great range of cheese and charcuterie platters.