Restaurants: Marseille

This area of the site surveys some of the best restaurants in Marseille. Click here to read a general overview of where to eat in Marseille and here for our section on the bars and cafés of Marseille, many of which serve simple but usually very good food. We also have a full list of the Michelin-starred restaurants of Provence, including some in Marseille.

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Remember: chefs can change and restaurants can rise, fall or even close down altogether. For this reason we have noted at the bottom of each review the date(s) when we dined there.

Check back soon for new additions. And bon appétit -or, as the locals say, "bon app"!

marseille lacailleSince opening in late 2015, this little restaurant tucked down a scruffy side-street in the hip Cours Julien district has become known as one of the best places to eat in the area, perhaps even in Marseille.

marseille cafe des mediterraneesThe Café des Méditerranées boasts one of the finest locations and some of the best food in the area around the MuCEM to the south of Marseille's Old Port - and all this at bargain prices.

Chefs en Provence smallYou might not expect to find a gastronomic restaurant at a provincial airport but Marseille has an exceptional one, Chefs en Provence, a showcase for leading local chefs and designers.

AM Alexandre Mazzia restaurant cardChef Alexandre Mazzia's eagerly anticipated restaurant in Marseille is simply called AM - and it's one of the best, quite possibly the best and certainly the most remarkable in town.

Marseille Baie des Singes aerial viewIt's in Marseille, but only just. To find the legendary Baie des Singes fish restaurant, drive half an hour along the coast to Les Goudes, a ramshackle village seemingly at the end of the world.

Marseille On Dine facadeA bistronomic restaurant tucked between the Old Port and the Panier (Old Town), On Dine has been one of Marseille's best kept secrets since its launch in June 2013.

Seafood platter

If you want to eat shellfish in Marseille, Chez Toinou has been the place to go for over half a century, a cherished local institution just off the Canebière a few steps from the Old Port.

The chef Michel PortosMichel Portos was born in Marseille's rough northern suburbs, became a superchef at the chic Saint James Hotel in Bordeaux, where he earned two Michelin stars and was named Gault & Millau Chef of the Year. Now he has come home to run Le Malthazar.

Le Comptoir Dugommier, MarseilleLe Comptoir Dugommier is a very cool brasserie in a deeply unfashionable location. Well off the beaten tourist track, it's a perfect pit-stop if you're in the station area, and worth a detour even if you're not.

Vinoneo restaurant, Marseille

Renaud Pierlot was a wine-maker for 17 years near the Mont Sainte Victoire. After selling his vineyard, he decided to open a restaurant where the food was excellent but the wine - paired by the glass with each dish - was the star.

Sardine can decor at La Boite a Sardine restaurant, MarseilleThe one thing you won't eat at La Boîte à Sardine (The Sardine Can) is tinned fish. Seafood comes straight from the sea at this colourful neighbourhood fishmonger's shop-restaurant a ten minute walk from the Old Port.

Gerard Passedat, chef at Le petit Nice, MarseilleLe petit Nice is the only restaurant in Marseille with three Michelin stars. In fact, it's one of only two three-star dining spots in the whole of Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur - with prices to match. Is it worth it?

Le Cafe des Epices, MarseilleThe concept behind Le Café des Epices couldn't be simpler: quality, imaginative food at affordable prices right in the centre of town. And the Marseillais, who don't much like pretension, certainly appreciate it.

La Virgule restaurant in MarseilleLa Virgule is one of the best restaurants along the northern edge of the Old Port, with an outdoor terrace offering lovely views of the port itself and Notre Dame de la Garde.

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