In this port city of southern France, seafood plays an important role in the food scene, with a wealth of ingredients then being sourced from the surrounding land. Whether dining in the heart of the city or on the rocky shoreline, this culinary identity can be seen in restaurants helmed by world-class chefs. Experience this local flavor by seeking out the five best restaurants in Marseille.
Le Petit Nice
This three Michelin starred restaurant, and five-star Relais & Chateaux hotel, sits on the waterfront of the small coastal enclave Anse de Maldorme, overlooking the sea just outside Marseille. Here you can taste the accomplished cuisine of chef Gerald Passedat who is celebrated for creating dishes that embrace the region’s abundant fish and seafood with influence taken from Marseille’s distinct culinary identity of French and Spanish flavors. The menu encompasses sections for shallow water, deep sea and land based dishes, with options including anemone served three ways—breaded, in custard and as light fritters—with caviar each time, and rock lobster with almond embers, cucumber, pear and horseradish. The ‘Passedat’ tasting menu consists of ten plates.