L'Escale is at par with the tony scene (judging by the massive yachts anchored just steps away), the jet-set crowd: chic, bronzed French/international male and female beauties and the destination-savvy people like us. As soon as you score a table (the wait list can be very long)L'Escale promises to be an evening of culinary indulgence and a feast to the eyes when it comes to food and people-watching. If you know someone local and in the scene, you might just get bumped ahead...then your evening in St. Tropez will have a stellar start!
It isn't just another sexy, chic St. Tropez spot. The food's actually very good. We had seafood (three tiers of it to be exact) that were so fresh and tasty I could almost smell the plankton. L'Escale will seduce and indulge you as you step off your yacht to its sandy "shores." That's right! Sand is scattered on the floor but it's just part of Joseph L' Escale's flair and its alluring attitude. They totally serve up style as well as fantastic seafood, grand cuisine or in between, vodka infused sorbet. The hip DJ spins the latest sounds from the equally sexy clubs nearby like , Le Cave du Roi, Le Voile Rouge, Papagayo, VIP, etc.
Favorite Dish: Fresh seafood, its best offerings! Fruits de Mer, Crustaces, Poissons
This is a local spot where people converge to have cofee that watch 'St. Tropez life' go by. A hugely popular place among locals and visitors alike. Sensational nougat is available from the simple shop at the back of the cafe.
Favorite Dish: coffee is more expensive than average but the nougat alone is worth the walk/trip.
There are a lot of restaurants in St. Tropez and many of them are very romantic and furnished elegantly. I haven't tried any of them, but to my opinion they should be really great. For example this in my picture is situated at the end of promenade, you can sit inside but there are no windows so you feel like you are still enjoying sun, open air and street life.
At first I thought this place sell outdoor furniture. There is this very big patio and the tables and chairs look so new. Then I realized it actually is a restaurant when they start setting the tables for lunch. Since I planned on taking the 2:30 bus back to St . Raphael, I had to have an early lunch. I had the foie gras with toast points to start, and taglitelle with smoked salmon to follow. They were both excellent, other than the fact that the toast points were cold. The service was friendly and efficient. With a half bottle of white wine, San Pellegrino and a cup of coffee, the bill came out to be 60 euros.
There are many different restaurants in St. Tropez so it's quite hard to find the right one for a nice evening.
But have a look around and leave the mainstreets and the port behind then you'll find small and cosy restaurants like the one on the picture. They are of course also much cheaper than the front row.
The food was wonderful, the service great!
Thank goodness La Carafe was open when other places are closed (yep, I was the dumb American trying to get on schedule with France!)
Favorite Dish: I had the fish which was SMOTHERED in butter! No complaints here though!
'What can I say', indeed. We did not visit this restaurant, but they say this is the 'place to be' (or the place to be seen). As far as I could tell from a distance, it looked OK to me ....