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 2018 Michelin restaurant guide for France is now available. In it, three restaurants in Provence have earned their first Michelin star.

They are Gérard Passedat's new restaurant, Louison, at Château La Coste in Le Puy Sainte Réparade; Lou Cigalon-Maison Martin in Valbonne; and La Table de Manville in Les Baux de Provence. Two restaurants were promoted from one star to two: L'Hostellerie Jérôme in La Turbie and Flaveur in Nice.

But the really exciting news for Provence is the promotion of Christophe Bacquié's restaurant at the Hôtel du Castellet, where the Corsican-born chef has been based since 2009.

It has bagged its third Michelin star - just in time for the Formula One race at the nearby Circuit Paul Ricard next June. The inspectors write, "Great cuisine is fêted in an intimate atmosphere here...

"Ingredients are chosen with passion, fine work on textures and flavours, all complemented by a sleek dining area that overlooks the Mediterranean garden. A delight!"

Three restaurants in PACA have disappeared from the guide. L'Esprit de la Violette in Aix en Provence closed down late last year. And, on the Côte d'Azur, Bacon in Antibes and Au Fil du Temps in Grasse both lost their stars.

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.

To qualify, the restaurant must offer at least one three-course set menu for under 33 €uros (37 €uros for restaurants in Paris).

South-East France has 11 new entrants in this category in 2019, although most of these are concentrated in the Var and on the Côte d'Azur. There are no new entrants at all in Marseille, Arles, Aix en Provence or Avignon. You can find a full list of the 2019 Michelin Bib Gourmand restaurants in PACA here (scroll down to the bottom of the page).

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 neighbouring villages, including Ansouis, Bonnieux, Gordes and Lourmarin, are rich in stars.

There are now three restaurants with three Michelin stars in Provence. One is the long-established Le petit Nice in Marseille. An addition in 2013 was La Vague d'Or at the Résidence de la Pinède in Saint Tropez and the third, newly promoted in 2018, is the Hôtel du Castellet.

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 2018. 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, in the 2016 Michelin restaurant guide and in the 2017 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 *

 

ALPES MARITIMES (06)

 

Antibes -- Le Figuier de Saint Esprit *

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 *

Juan les Pins -- La Passagère*

Menton -- Mirazur **

Mougins -- Le Mas Candille *

Mougins -- Paloma **

Nice -- Chantecler **

Nice -- L'Aromate *

Nice -- Flaveur ** PROMOTED 2018

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 ** PROMOTED 2018

Valbonne -- Lou Cigalon-Maison Martin * NEW 2018

Vence -- Les Bacchanales *

Vence -- Le Saint Martin *

 

 

BOUCHES DU RHONE (13)

 

Aix en Provence -- Mickaël Feval *

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

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 **

Les Baux de Provence -- La Table de Manville * NEW 2018

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

Le Puy Sainte Réparade -- Louison at Château La Coste * NEW 2018

Read our full guide to Château La Coste

Saint Rémy de Provence -- Fanny Rey at L'Auberge de Saint Rémy *

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 *** PROMOTED 2018

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

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

Fayence -- Le Castellaras *

Lorgues -- Bruno *

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

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 *

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 *

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

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News for Gault Millau in ProvenceThe 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. It 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.

The 2019 Gault & Millau guide notches up a stunning success for Marseille: Alexandre Mazzia of AM has been named Chef of the Year!

There are several other notable successes in Provence and Monaco. Christophe Bacquié, of the Hotel du Castellet, has been promoted to the elite rank of chefs with five G&M toques (hats) - there are just 23 of them in the whole of France.

Sandro Micheli of the Louis XV in Monaco is Pastry Chef of the year, while Brandon Dehan of L’Oustau de Baumanière in Les Baux de Provence is Young Pastry Chef of the Year, Maxime Valery of La Vague d'Or in Saint Tropez is Sommelier of the Year and Matthieu Roche of L'Ouréa in Marseille is one of the 32 Young Talents.

As well as its national guide to restaurants in France, Gault & Millau also issues more specialised regional awards each spring. These are also really worth keeping an eye on for up-and-coming chefs and restaurants.

 

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