UPDATE 2011 - new owners, new decor (brown), new menu, same location
What we have been looking for a long time here in Antibes. French quality, cooking with fresh ingredients bursting with taste and flavour - at reasonable prices. Patronised mainly by French visitors and locals. The tourists are thankfully drawn to the obvious spots around the corner.
Favorite Dish: Omlette complet believe it or not is sensational. I am told by my better half the reason for its rich satisfying taste is that it has been cooked in lard, animal fat, or some other forbidden substance the nanny health nazis have banned as its bad for you. Well it tastes great, and that's good enough for me.
If the omlettes' off, the spaghetti with mushrooms is another suprising winner, bursting with creme sauce with a smoky flavour and mushroom cooked in lard (see above).
Seared salmon with freshly made real tartar sauce, fabulous.
Tarte tatin to die for.
Wine reasonably priced in pichets.
Great atmosphere good unhurried service. I continue to go back, as it "rings my bell and floats my boat" - as good analogy as you will get for Antibes.
(When some "foodies" on a travel site recently asked for the "best five restaurants in Antibes" I threw this one in, and was immediately rebuffed. "Never found anything on the menu I fancied" "Me too just didnt offer anything that appealed..." Point Bacon came up as a winner - around five times the cost of Le Chineurs. You pays your money and make your choices.)
UPDATE: July 2009
Les Chineurs has undergone a makeover, neutral and grey colour theme, more modern, and the menu seems to have changed, perhaps new management? Reserve judgement until tested the current offering.
The restaurant is big and the ambience is great, even though the age average of customers is over 40. My husband and I have already been here twice, once for lunch and another time for dinner.
Fish and seafood are expensive, especially if you come for dinner.
Service tends to be a bit slow on Sundays due, so you have to be patient.
Favorite Dish: I think the best deal here is to come for lunch and order the set-menu for 19 Euros.
If you like mussels with fries, they have a 18 Euros all you can eat deal (only in the summer until end of August).
If you know who Fernandel is and like his movies, you may enjoy this place... I can't complain about the place and the service, but the food was a bit deceitful (quality wise)... I had "l'assiete spéciale Don Camillo"...and it was huge, so I couldn't finish my dish (also some vegetables weren't that fresh...). I think next time, I should better stick with a pizza, which seems to be good.
You can check the menu on the restaurant's website.
Close on monday (lunch time only) and sunday.
It's a small charming café that also serves lunch. I've only come here to have some tea/coffee or hot chocolate (cold weather). Tea is around 4 €. Café gourmand (expresso with a mini-dessert) is 3€50.
Lively place next to a big hotel/apartment complex across from the beach, this small bright yellow Italian restaurant offered a nice variety of Italian dishes... and made the best steak and frites I had the whole trip because of the melt-in-your-mouth and kick up your taste buds to make your mouth water gargonzola cheese sauce dripped all over the hearty meat. I saw someone else eating it so I ordered it. Several other folks had it, too. Fantastique. Oh... and the fact it was across the street from the beach was kinda nice, too.
Favorite Dish: Gargonzola-drenched steak and frites.
Travel partner's pesto ravioli was good, too. A young girl devoured what looked to be a brushetta pizza that was the size of her whole head, so it must've been good.
Come for the food and get your Thai fix. If you like Thai/Asian food, this is a good one. The owners are Thai and Chinese and are welcoming. We made a special order since we're spoiled in SoCal with great Thai food. Our waitress got it made and it was delicious. Tom Ka Gai (soup) is on the menu. The spicy pork wasn't. I'm sure all their food was decent, though, as they had a good crowd. Small and not so close to all the action. But a good find.
Favorite Dish: Specially made pork Pad Ka Pow and the Tom Ka Gai. Spicy and flavorful. Tres bien.
This is definitely not a place for claustrophobics (looks like a cavern/cellar)...and it's too noisy for my taste, but if you've got no other choice, the food is worth it.
This is restaurant is very popular with groups/family, so don't forget to book a table.
The service is very busy, so you might wait a little to order, but after ordering, the service is quite fast.
I don't recall all their menu, but they offer many choices from meat to fish (I believe all dishes are wood-fire cooked). If you prefer eating pasta, you should try their next door restaurant "Le Brulot Pasta".
The only put-off is that they let in street-sellers (dunno the right word) inside the restaurant, so while you're eating, people will bother you to buy stuff (flowers, lighters, etc)...so always keep an eye on your belongings (purse, camera, etc).
For dinner from Monday to Saturday.
For lunch from Thursday to Saturday.
Favorite Dish: We had the 19 Euro-menu (entrée + main dish + dessert). The main dish is usually huge, so depending on your choice, you could share it with someone else. Dessert and entrée are good for only one person.
This restaurant/tea house is located at the back of a building and surrounded by a lime tree and flowers. If the weather is nice, you should take a table outside, but you won't have the same feeling as eating inside. Once you are inside, you feel like you inside someone's chalet (except that there are too many tables for a normal house). The only thing missing is the fireplace.
My friends and I usually come here for lunch. I don't know their menu by heart, by they serve a lot of salads (around 12€50, except the "assiete du jour" 14€50). Home-made desserts are 5€50. Their portions are generous, so if you want to taste their delicious dessert, wait a bit to order it.
I'm not an Indian food connoisseur (sp?), but I have a friend who loves the food, so we always come have lunch here, and so far I really liked what I ate here. The place isn't big, so if you are a big group, you might book a table beforehand.
I always pick the 9 € menu (main dish + naan + rice). You got 3 main dish choices: curry (chicken, vegetable or something else I think), chicken tandoori (served with salad) or sheesh kebab (served with salad). I've already tried the last two dishes and really liked. If you order the curry, they usually ask how hot you like it.
This small restaurant, tucked away on a side street in Old Antibes, is run by a young couple. The ambience consists of candles lighting up the solid wood rafters and old stoves, with green plants carving out intimate spaces for each table. The service is not rushed at all, letting you set the pace and we happened to stay for at least two hours. The food here was absolutely wonderful and the prices entirely respectable for the quality. We got menus, but were served amuse-bouches and digestifs in addition. Entrees were: terrine de volaille with subtle delicate flavors of fig and pickle(!) and two soft-boiled eggs served with foie gras. Main courses: raviole of lobster in cream sauce and a tender cut of lamb with home-made ratatouille. Desserts: chocolat fondant and a refreshing parfait of raspberries, vanilla ice cream and slightly sour yogurt. This was the perfect dinner to finish off our vacation in Antibes/Juan-les-Pins and I would highly recommend it.
Make sure to make a reservation, because seating is limited and the restaurant operates on a typical French fashion of one party per table for the whole night.
Favorite Dish: Terrine de volaille - the tender poultry meat mixed with figue, pickle and spices created a chain reaction of flavors in your mouth, one following the other. So many flavors, each coming out individually to be savored.
I'm not a fan of Indian food, but my friends like it... so we went to this restaurant close to the port (it wasn't their original choice, but as the other restaurant was closed we ended up here) and we were their first customers. The restaurant looks big (many tables outside and inside) with nice decoration. We had a table outside, luckily under a shade, because it was too hot.
We had the 11 € menu (starter + bread + rice + main dish + dessert). I had pakora + nan bread + rice + tandoori chicken + ice cream. For the price, I think it's worth it (I was happy with my choice and didn't get sick afterwards), but whether it is or not authentic indian food, I have no idea. One of my friends who knows about Indian cuisine, said she was disappointed with the chicken curry as it was tasteless and that the nan bread tasted like pizza dough. She said she wouldn't come back here...
This restaurant is situated on Rue James Close, a little side street just off one of the main squares in Antibes old town. A few steps up to the front door and you're in what was once someone's living room. You can either choose to eat at one of the tables here or venture into the basement for a more private dining experience.
Favorite Dish: This restaurant specialises in seafood and there have been a few occasions when the steak has been fairly poor in quality. Pick a fish dish though and you're in for a real treat. The fresh ingredients and the attention to detail make you savour every mouthful. Fish soup is exquisite and the desserts......!
This should be on the 'to do' list of every visitor to Antibes.
Provencal style French restaurant serving delicious quality food. Great seafood.
At the back of the restaurant there is a outdoor terrace.
Essential to book in the summer. Highly recommended.
Score: Food quality 8/10, food choice 8/10, food presentation 8/10, atmosphere/surroundings 8/10, friendly staff 7/10, service 7/10, family friendly 8/10, toilets 6/10, car parking 4/10, value for money 8/10, total 72/100.
Would I go back again - yes.
Quality Italian & Provencal food.
Set downstairs in a basement (slightly 'cave-like') in a (grubbyish) side-street.
Delicious thin, huge pizzas. The pasta is also to be recommended.
They also have a 'Provencal' style restaurant in the same street a few doors along.
Always best to book ahead, gets very busy after 8:30pm.
Score: Food quality 7/10, food choice 7/10, food presentation 7/10, atmosphere/surroundings 7/10, friendly staff 7/10, service 7/10, family friendly 8/10, toilets 6/10, car parking 4/10, value for money 8/10, total 68/100.
Would I go back again - yes.
Favorite Dish: Pizza Bergere, €9,50 mmnnnn.... Just try it!
Situated in the Place du General de Gaulle, this excellent restaurant is ideal for a lazy morning/afternoon coffee, great lunch or a special romantic evening meal. In the Summer, sit outside, Winter time, inside.
The quality of food is consistently good, with a very good daily 'special' menu.
Always best to book before hand.
Closed on Sundays
Score: Food quality 8/10, food choice 8/10, food presentation 8/10, atmosphere/surroundings 8/10, friendly staff 8/10, service 7/10, family friendly 8/10, toilets 7/10, car parking 5/10, value for money 8/10, total 75/100.
Would I go back again - yes.
Favorite Dish: All good - can't go wrong with anything!