Michelin man Bibendum logoThis is a complete list of the Michelin-starred restaurants in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur (PACA), with links straight to their websites.

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We've also noted how many stars each restaurant currently holds.

News for Michelin restaurants in ProvenceThe main 2017 Michelin restaurant guide for France is now available. In it, nine restaurants in Provence earned their first Michelin star.

In Aix en Provence there were two new arrivals, both widely anticipated: the multiple award-winning young chef Mickaël Féval for his recently opened restaurant and Pierre Reboul at his own latest venture, which is slightly out of the town centre in the Hôtel Château de la Pioline.

Up in Saint Rémy de Provence, Fanny Rey and Jonathan Wahid have earned their first Michelin star.

In Vaucluse, Le Champ des Lunes in Lauris also has its first star. In the Var, Le Jardin de Benjamin at the Hôtel Château de Berne in Lorgues, La Palmeraie in Lacroix-Valmer / Gigaro and L'Olivier at the Hôtel La Bastide de Saint Tropez all enter the guide for the first time.

The Côte d'Azur, normally a rich territory for Michelin, welcomes just one newcomer this year, Le Saint Martin in Vence. Finally, the very under-represented mountain département of the Hautes Alpes boasts a very welcome Michelin addition: Le Roc Alto at the Hôtel L'Alta Peyra in Saint Véran.

And the losers? Michel - Brasserie des Catalans in Marseille, Le Diapason in Avignon (which recently changed hands), L'Auberge de Robur in Roure, Archange in Saint Raphaël and La Badiane in Sainte Maximine have all now lost their single star.

But remember that Michelin isn't the only game in town. Click here to read the different view of the best restaurants in Provence offered by the almost as influential rival guide Gault & Millau.

And Michelin itself publishes a second guide, the Bib Gourmand, which highlights restaurants, bistros and bars offering high-quality food, reasonable prices and good value for money.

Marseille has several new entrants in this category in 2017, including Schilling, a much talked about fish restaurant near the Old Town run by the Scottish chef Malcolm Gardner, and, over the other side of town in the Cours Julien district, L'Arôme.

In central Avignon, the Italian restaurant Italie Là-Bas! is another new arrival, as is the equally oddly named Carré 2 Vigne in Toulon, near the Opéra.

PACA comprises the départements of Les Alpes de Haute Provence (04), Hautes Alpes (05), Alpes Maritimes (06), Bouches du Rhône (13), Var (83) and Vaucluse (84).

In terms of numbers, the Alpes Maritimes are way ahead of the other regions of Provence. Another centre of gastronomic excellence is in the Luberon where a cluster of nearby villages, including Ansouis, Bonnieux, Gordes and Lourmarin, are rich in stars.

There are now two restaurants with three Michelin stars in Provence. One is the long-established Le petit Nice in Marseille. The other, a new addition in 2013, is La Vague d'Or at the Résidence de la Pinède in Saint Tropez.

Click here for our guides to the best restaurants in Marseille, Aix and Avignon, which include some gems that Michelin hasn't yet discovered. We've also indicated below where one of these restaurants is reviewed in full elsewhere on this site.

The list below covers all the Michelin-starred restaurants in Provence in 2017. The larger restaurants, especially those in the Châteaux & Relais group, have fancy websites, sometimes too elaborate, with all the bells and whistles, so beware of these if you have a slow internet connection. We've linked directly to their English-language area, where available.

At the other end of the spectrum, a handful of the smaller, independent new arrivals don't yet have their own websites, and in several cases the sites appear to be offline. Some just have a Facebook page.

Click here to read about what was new in Provence in the 2015 Michelin restaurant guide and here to read about what was new in Provence in the 2016 Michelin restaurant guide.

Fun fact for the Michelin restaurant guideIn 2017 a humble small-town café in Bourges in central France called the Bouche à Oreille was suddenly inundated with reservation requests.

bourges bouche a oreilleThe reason: it had just been awarded a star in the new Michelin guide. The only snag was that the star actually belonged to another, much grander establishment of the same name in a nearby town.

The mistake was quickly corrected, but in the meantime diners flocked to Bourges to enjoy a surprisingly excellent beef bourgignonne or mussels and chips for a bargain 12.5€.

 

 

 

LES ALPES DE HAUTE PROVENCE (04)

 

Château Arnoux -- La Bonne Étape *

Forcalquier / Mane -- Le Cloître at the Couvent des Minimes *

Manosque -- Dominique Bucaille *

Moustiers Sainte Marie -- La Bastide de Moustiers *

 

LES HAUTES ALPES (05)

 

Briançon -- Le Pêché Gourmand *

Saint Crépin -- Les Tables de Gaspard *

Saint Véran -- Le Roc Alto at the Hôtel L'Alta Peyra * NEW 2017

 

ALPES MARITIMES (06)

 

Antibes -- Le Figuier de Saint Esprit *

Antibes (Cap d'Antibes) -- Bacon *

Antibes (Cap d'Antibes) -- Les Pêcheurs *

Beaulieu sur Mer -- Le Restaurant des Rois *

Biot -- Les Terraillers *

Cannes -- La Palme d'Or at the Hôtel Martinez **

Cannes (Mandelieu La Napoule) -- L'Oasis **

Cannes -- Le Park 45 *

Le Cannet (Cannes) -- Villa Archange **

La Colle sur Loup -- Alain Llorca *

Èze -- Château de la Chèvre d'Or **

Èze Bord de Mer -- La Table de Patrick Raingeard *

 

Grasse -- La Bastide Saint Antoine *

Grasse (Magagnosc)-- Au Fil du Temps *

Juan les Pins -- La Passagère*

Menton -- Mirazur **

Mougins -- Le Mas Candille *

Mougins -- Paloma **

Nice -- Chantecler **

Nice -- L'Aromate *

Nice -- Flaveur *

Nice -- Jan *

Le Rouret -- Le Clos Saint Pierre *

Saint Jean Cap Ferrat -- Le Cap at the Grand Hôtel du Cap Ferrat *

Tourrettes sur Loup -- Clovis *

La Turbie -- Hostellerie Jérôme *

Vence -- Les Bacchanales *

Vence -- Le Saint Martin * NEW 2017

 

 

BOUCHES DU RHONE (13)

 

Aix en Provence -- L'Esprit de la Violette *

Aix en Provence -- Mickaël Feval * NEW 2017

Aix en Provence -- Pierre Reboul at the Hôtel Château de la Pioline * NEW 2017

Aix en Provence (Le Tholonet) -- Le Saint Estève *

Arles -- L'Atelier de Jean Luc Rabanel **

Arles -- La Chassagnette *

Les Baux de Provence -- L'Oustau de Baumanière **

Cassis -- La Villa Madie **

Read our full review of La Villa Madie

La Ciotat (Le Liouquet) - La Table de Nans at L'Auberge le Revestel *

Marseille -- Le petit Nice ***

Read our full review of Le petit Nice

Marseille -- Alcyone at the InterContinental Hôtel Dieu *

Read our full review of the InterContinental Hôtel Dieu

Marseille -- AM par Alexandre Mazzia *

Read our full review of AM par Alexandre Mazzia

Marseille -- L'Epuisette *

Marseille -- Une Table, au Sud *

Read our full review of Une Table, au Sud

Saint Rémy de ProvenceFanny Rey at L'Auberge de Saint Rémy * NEW 2017

Saint Rémy de Provence (Paluds de Noves) -- La Maison de Bournissac *

Ventabren -- La Table de Ventabren *

 

 

LE VAR (83)

 

Les Arcs sur Agens -- Le Relais des Moines *

Bormes les Mimosa -- La Rastègue *

La Cadière d'Azur -- Hostellerie Bérard *

Callas -- Hostellerie les Gorges de Pennafort *

Le Castellet -- MonteCristo at the Hôtel du Castellet **

La Celle -- Hostellerie de l'Abbaye de la Celle *

La Croix Valmer -- La Palmeraie at the Château de Valmer * NEW 2017

Fayence -- Le Castellaras *

Lorgues -- Bruno *

Lorgues -- Le Jardin de Benjamin at the Hôtel Château de Berne * NEW 2017

Porquerolles Island -- Le Mas du Langoustier *

Ramatuelle -- La Voile at the Hôtel La Réserve Ramatuelle *

Saint Tropez -- La Vague d'Or at the Résidence de la Pinède ***

Saint Tropez -- L'Olivier at the Hôtel La Bastide de Saint Tropez * NEW 2017

Saint Tropez -- Villa Belrose *

Tourrettes -- Le Faventia at the Terre Blanche Hotel *

Tourtour -- Les Chênes Verts *

 

 

VAUCLUSE (84)

 

Ansouis -- La Closerie *

Avignon -- Restaurant Christian Etienne *

Read our full review of Restaurant Christienne Etienne

Bonnieux -- La Bastide de Capelongue **

Cavaillon -- Prévôt *

Cucuron -- La petite Maison de Cucuron *

Gordes -- Les Bories *

Gordes -- Pèir at La Bastide de Gordes *

Gordes (Joucas) -- Hostellerie le Phébus *

L'Isle sur la Sorgue -- Le Vivier *

Lagarde d'Apt -- Bistrot de Lagarde *

Lourmarin (Cadenet) -- Auberge la Fenière *

Lourmarin (Lauris) -- Le Champ des Lunes * NEW 2017

Orange (Serignan du Comtat) -- Le Pré du Moulin *

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The Michelin remains the Bible for many diners - but Gault & Millau is almost as influential. It offers a refreshingly alternative point of view - more adventurous in many people's opinion - and confers targeted awards for specialised qualities such as service and innovation. And Gault & Millau is much quicker than Michelin to spot and spotlight emerging talent.

Provence chefs once again emerge with honours in the 2017 Gault & Millau guide. Last year Arnaud Donckele, of La Vague d'Or in Saint-Tropez, joined the exclusive club of five toques (chefs' hats) with a mark of 19/20.

In 2017 he has been promoted to an even more stellar 19½/20. (Donckele received his third Michelin star in 2013.)

Marseille has done outstandingly well this year too. Two Marseillais chefs, Gérard Passédat of Le petit Nice and Alexandre Mazzia of AM, each has four toques in the new guide.

And three more chefs from the city are cited as "Young Talents". They are Coline Faulquier of La Pergola, Ippei Uemura of Tabi no Yume and Noël Baudrand of Relais 50 (the house restaurant at the Résidence du Vieux Port hotel).

The other main award in Provence went to Mathieu Desmarest of La Vieille Fontaine (at the Hotel d'Europe in Avignon) who was named as one of six "Greats of Tomorrow" from across France.

 

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