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.

marseille xavier zapata cafe des mediterraneesTo qualify, the restaurant must offer at least one three-course set menu for under 33 €uros (37 €uros for restaurants in Paris).

Marseille has several new entrants in this category in 2018. One is the Bistro du Cours in the Cours Julien, now quite a little centre of gastronomy, since fellow Bib-holders La Cantinetta and L’Arôme are also both in this part of town.

The other is Madame Jeanne in the city centre, which opened just under a year ago and has already made a name for itself with local food critics.

Currently in the kitchen: Xavier Zapata, pictured above, whose superb cooking we have previously enjoyed at the Café des Méditerranées. You can find a full list of the 2018 Michelin Bib Gourmand restaurants in France here.

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 - 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.

The 2018 Gault & Millau guide sees a stunning success for Les Baux de Provence. Just six chefs from all over France are selected each year as the guide's "greats of tomorrow" – and two of them come from this little village.

They are Glenn Viel of the Oustau de Baumanière and Matthieu Dupuis-Baumal of the Domaine de Manville

Other Provence chefs singled out by Gault & Millau are Guillaume Godin of La Vague d'Or in Saint Tropez ("young pastrychef of the year) and Paul Langlère of Sépia in Marseille (one of the guide’s 28 tips for "young talent").

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.

In June 2017 a gold medal went to Dimitri Droisneau at La Villa Madie in Cassis, which won the Gault & Millau d'Or for Best Restaurant in PACA (Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur). La Villa Madia also won an award for its pâtissier, Florian Grad.

Other honours went to Matthieu Dupuis-Baumal of Domaine de Manville in Les Baux de Provence ("tomorrow’s great"), Julien Lépine of the Auberge de Teillon in Castellane ("new talent"), Coline Faulquier of La Pergola in Marseille ("most promising chef"), Sandra-Rose and Jean-Jacques Prévôt of Maison Prévôt in Cavaillon ("tradition today") and Jérémie Léone of La Vieille Fontaine in Avignon ("sommelier").

Also, Séverine Beauvinon and Stéphane Biasetti of Saveurs Sincères in Ramatuelle ("service"), Ippei Uemura of Tabi No Yume in Marseille ("fish and seafood cuisine"), Geoffrey Poesson of La Badiane in Sainte Maxime (“innovation”), Stéphane Raimbault of L'Oasis in Mandelieu la Napoule ("technical excellence"), Grégory Brousse of Mas de Peint in Arles ("outstanding terroir, or regional cuisine"), Samuel Beatrix and Charlotte Valli-Mounier of AM par Alexandre Mazzia in Marseille ("young service staff").

Two Gault & Millau awards remain rather mysterious: "transmission", for Lionel Lévy of Alcyone at the InterContinental Hôtel Dieu in Marseille and "naturalité", for Valérie Costa of La Promesse in Ollioules.

 

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