We met Saray Restaurant by chance when we were walking along the Athenes Boulevard. It is very close to the St. Charles train station. You can eat all kind of Turkish food like döner kebap (4 Euro), iskender kebap (9 Euro), meat balls, dürüm, lentil soup (3 Euro), mixed kebap (12 Euro) and of course the famous Turkish dessert baklava. The kabaps were not the best may be but really tasty...You can sit the tables in front of the restaurant and enjoy your meal. The owner, Turan, was so friendly to us and to the other customers. If you are familiar with the Turkish food you will like Saray Restaurant.
Favorite Dish: Adana Kebap, soup, mixed kebap
The restaurant is at the pedestrian square, Cours d'Estienne d'Orves with lots of other restaurants. We were four and two of us had the set menu 16 Euro / per person.
The starter of fish soup was tasty. They served it with fried bread, cheese and special sauce with garlic and mayonnaise. The main courses were grilled fish (one of them was daurade) served with salad leaves and rice. They were fresh. At the end we preffered chocolate pie and creme caramel. Tasty too.
Other two of us ordered pizzas (each 9 Euro) and they were also happy :) Not the best service I have ever had but the staff were friendly. Nice place to sit on a warm evening, no traffic and rush...
Here are some famous fast food adresses in Marseille...
• McDonalds : 1 Boulevard Dugommier @ Canebiere; Metro Stop: Noailles
• KFC : 12 Avenue Olives @ La Croix Rouge; Metro: La Rose
• Quick : 19 Quai Belges @ Old Port ; Metro: Vieux Port
• Subway : 187 Rue Rome ; Metro: Castellane
• Starbucks : 17 Rue Republique @ Grand Rue ; Metro: Colbert/Vieux Port
I didn't write down the name of either restaurant we ate at, neither was terribly remarkable although the food was satisfactory.
For lunch we ate at a place with a set menu which seemed like a good deal but when they brought the food out, the portion sizes were smaller than regular portions which was OK but the seafood was actually smaller seafood, tiny mussels, tiny shrimp, tiny oysters.
For dinner we ate on the other side of the harbor, this time I selected a place with moule frites. The food was OK but not worth writing the name down
Always ready to try a curry on our travels and spotted this one close to our hotel. In truth, had far better elsewhere, small portions and little more than mediocre food. Disappointing but priced well.
An evening visit to this large and comfortable restaurant. had expected more of a "pub" atmosphere from the outside but, this is a "real" restaurant - albeit one of a chain.
Difficult to fault the food, a perfect duck steak for me with the vegetarian opting for an old favourite, Flammeküchen. Mrs B even finding room, and the Euros, for a sorbet to finish things off!
Not the cheapest place we've visited but quality food and friendly service - an enjoyable meal.
The restaurant is right on the Port Vieu. We wanted to sample the Bouillabaisse. From what we read in various guides, the best Bouillabaisse would include lobster, shellfish and local fish and should cost at least 35.00 Euros. We selected the restaurant after reviewing menus all along the Port and which at 49.90 Euros per person for Bouillabaisse was one of the most expensive. You could not order this dish for one person, so we both had to have it. The broth was tasty, and after a bowl of broth the server presented 5 kinds of fish with heads so we could identify the fish. This was then taken back to the kitchen and divided into two more bowls of broth. I did not finish mine because of all the bones in the fish, it was like picking needles out of your soup. I must say I saw other diners eating what looked like very nice dinners. All in all, if you go there save your money and do not order the Bouillabaisse. I am sure you can find it better elsewhere for less money.
Favorite Dish: We also had the Escargots which were huge and very good.
Here is a nice and safe place to eat - not too far from the Vieux Port (near the Palais de Justice). Friendly and cheap. The staff is well-travelled too - always ready to help!
Favorite Dish: l'Italien (ciabatta sandwich with smoked ham, mozzarella cheese and zucchini)
Bar de la Marine sits on one side of the Vieux Port, not far from the small César ferry stop. At lunchtimes, it serves as a restaurant, but at time of writing, I cannot comment on the food as I have never eaten there. It's a nice place to have a drink, though, with ample outdoor seating. Popular with the locals, many stop here for a pre-meal "pastaga" or beer, and it's a good place to watch the people go by, albeit somewhat noisy at times, due to its proximity to the main road. On some evenings, they run special function nights. See their website for details.
The Café La Samaritaine has been in existence since 1910 and has maintained its "philosophical" charm. Good breakfast (English too...) and sweet dishes (crêpes, ice cream) to accompany tea. Everything is served under the watchful eye of the "Good Mother". A chic and pleasant establishment near the old harbour. Style: 1930s. Special extra: snacks, live entertainment, and garden or terrace. Cuisine: French.
This restaurant is a bit off the beaten track, but well-worth the effort of finding. You`ll probably be greeted by the amiable chef-proprietor, Christophe Negrel. I chose a Fricassé de Morue (fricaseed cod, tomatos and potatos in garlic à la nouvelle cuisine). My friends chose Poèle Champignons et Foie Gras (compote of mushrooms and foie gras) and Filet de Daurade à la plancha (fillet of Gilthead Sea Bream). My cod was superb: just the right amount of garlic and salt, and my friends were very pleased with their choices. We drank a white Chablis which was okay. The wine list looked good; a bit let down by the coffee, though. Not the best. The bill for three came to 107 euros, 49.50 of which was wine. Recommended.
We discovered this restaurant throught the good advice of our owner of our guest house. And i have to admit it was a good surprise. the entrance of the restaurant is not along the street but through the parking. You enter an old house and there you start your good moment at La Maison. Though you sometimes get the impression of having landed in a fanatic religion movement, the concept is really nice.
No menu available, but you get some books and inside the choice of dishes. The ambiance is really nice with modern music but not too loud. Great !
Favorite Dish: I choose the hamburger and didnt regret this choice a single moment ! What a delight. The meat was so delicicous and the fried potatoes smelt so good ! I liked it. My wife chose for the duck with foie gras. It was served on a stone plate. She 'll never forget it !
"P&K" stands for Paule and Kopa, who are the two friendly hands-on owners. Ive eaten here a couple of times before, and this time we ordered a Pizza Royale to share as hors d`oeuvre, between three. Gorgeous, especially with the "Bandosi" (chilli oil). They also do a "Supions" hors d`oeuvre (chopped squid) which I`ve had before which is good. As main courses we chose liver and a "Pavé à deux" (steak for two). I shared the steak and it duly arrived cooked "blue" just as we had ordered. The steak comes with pommes frites or a courgette gratin. Between us we had both. The wine list is okay and we chose a red.. Sainte Marie, which was très buvable, as they say. The bill for three came to 113 euros, 32 of which was wine. Recommended.
Under the charm of the Estaque port (Marseille-west).
An amazing variety of dishes is one of the characteristics of this restaurant on the water which exists since 1927: meats served on a board, paëlla, pizzas, mussels-chips, fishes, shells all seafood... If the dishes are delicious and substantial - spit with 700g of meat! - the sight on the port of Estaque is great and the staff is efficient and friendly.
A great experience
(NB For the dinner, live music is included, good)
Pre-booking is recommended for the dinner
Favorite Dish: Seafood
Where do I start? Well, I'd heard some stories about this place before we went: tales of fluctuating prices, celebrities, tourists being ripped-off, and anyone daring to complain being thrown out on their ears.. so it was with some trepidation that the three of us walked up the hill behind Quai du Port to find Pizzaria Etienne. It was packed with locals which should have been a good sign, but then came the pay-off: there is no menu to look at, and no prices anywhere on the wall to show you what you will be paying, so you have no idea about the cost. You have to ask the waiters what is on the menu for the day. We chose a "moitié-moitié" pizza to share as a starter, and then followed up with supions (chopped squid) and a pavé (steak). The pizza was fine (my two french friends insisted that it is the best pizza in Marseilles), the supions (very small portion) were okay but nothing special, and the steak was, well, a steak. We drank rosé, and sent the first bottle back because it was corked. The wine was fairly poor, and not very cold, so we had to drink it with ice. The fun started when we asked to pay. They first said that the bill was 50 euros, then they changed their minds and said 80 euros. When my friend who was paying started to complain, they upped the bill to 100 euros! So he had a good go at the staff, saying that, for what we had had, the bill was extortionate.. but they didn't budge, and insisted on 100 euros. When he asked for a bill, we got one that just said "Three complete meals- 100 euros". Now, according to my two french friends, it is illegal in France for a restaurant not to display its prices somewhere in the restaurant, but Pizzaria Etienne just seems to get away with it. My friend, who had paid, left the restaurant, insisting that he would never go back. It was an experience, I can tell you.
The cost was 100 euros (16.38 vat) for one pizza, one steak, two small portions of supions, and two bottles of poor rosé.