Saint Tropez has earned the reputation of being a luxury summer destination so it’s no surprise there are numerous Michelin-starred restaurants here. From fine dining at La Vague D’or to iconic beach clubs like Le Club 55, there’s a bit of everything to keep your meals and nights out interesting.
First, getting to Saint Tropez. There’s a flight from Paris to Nice, which is about an hour and a half away from Saint Tropez. There are also direct flights into Nice from major hubs like New York City.
For any of the restaurants that also offer a beach club experience, you will need to be clear in your reservations that you would like to reserve for lunch and also for beach chairs. Note: many of these places will not allow only a beach chair reservation, you will also need to have lunch there.
WHAT ARE THE BEST RESTAURANTS IN SAINT TROPEZ?
LA VAGUE D’OR
Three Michelin-starred La Vague D’Or is a fine dining, extravagant gastronomic experience. Chef Arnaud Donckele is the youngest chef to have three stars. Located at the Cheval Blanc, La Vague D’Or serves up creative culinary dishes with tasting menus starting at €330 per person. There are a few different tasting menu options, each ranging in price. This is a splurge and for those looking for an exquisite meal.
Le Club 55 is a staple Saint Tropez restaurant and beach club. Kept in the family for generations, the iconic Club 55 maintains an inclusive atmosphere. Located on the famous Pampelonne beach, le Club 55 serves food focused on simplicity and authenticity. This is the place to be in Saint Tropez – from jet setters, celebrities, and royals – but it stays true to its roots, serving Provencal style cuisine at outdoor tables adorned with light blue tablecloths. Though this is another spot to see and be seen, it’s all about making everyone feel welcome and enjoying their time here. The ambiance is lively and food is delicious – it’s a must when in Saint Tropez. Make reservations in advance for either the 1PM or the 3PM seating. The 3PM seating is when things get livelier but you can have a leisurely lunch at 1PM and still catch a bit of the live music.
Plan in advance and make a reservation at Gigi Ramatuelle. Located right near the beach, Gigi does not offer a beach club but does have a very chic pool to lounge by after lunch. The scene and décor is very chic and the food offers a delicious selection of everything from pastas, to fresh fish, pizzas, and carpaccio. The space is unique, offering a little something for everyone. There is the cucina and restaurant for lunch and dinners, the pool area, the bellini bar, as well as pétanque courts and play area (Gigi Circus) for kids. This is truly the “it” spot of the summer since opening in 2021.
LOULOU À RAMATUELLE
Loulou à Ramatuelle is the outpost the popular Loulou restaurant at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. The chic-bohemian aesthetic is balanced with Loulou’s elegant vibe giving diners a chic ambiance right at the Pampelonne Beach. The menu is full of seafood options and foods that incorporate both the French and Italian Riviera. Loulou also offers a beach club so make reservations for both lunch and the beach and plan to spend the day at Loulou. Burberry did a takeover this summer of the beach club where the Burberry logo adorned the umbrellas and beach cushions. Make reservations in advance.
BYBLOS BEACH RAMATUELLE
The Byblos hotel is located right in town but they also have a beach club and restaurant on the beach of Pampelonne. The restaurant serves up Mediterranean cuisine with lots of fresh seafood steps away from the beach lounge chairs. The wooden beach lounge chairs are covered by umbrellas and have a lush white mattress perfect for lounging all day. The atmosphere is relaxed and staff attentive, which makes for the perfect afternoon.
L’AUBERGE DES MAURES
Recently relocated, L’Auberge des Maures moved from their location right in town to the sunny terraces of the Château de la Messardière during the summer of 2021. Enjoy Provencal cuisine with view of Pampelonne beach in the distance. L’Auberge des Maures is a culinary experience in the Airelles Saint Tropez with a deep history of famous diners including Brigitte Bardot and Picasso.
Known for its premium beef cuts, Beefbar at Hotel Lou Pinet, is a Michelin recommended restaurant. Channeling the 1960s vibes of Saint Tropez, the restaurant encompasses a charming terrace at Lou Pinet that incorporates a more laid-back French charm. Located about 5 minutes from Place des Lices, Beefbar is hidden away from the bustle of town. Choose from cuts of black angus prime, wagyu, and kobe beef as well as seafood options such as grilled fish and ceviches.
LA PETITE PLAGE
La Petite Plage is a Michelin-recommended restaurant situated on a seaside terrace, adorned with wicker lamps, sandy floors, and floral details. A new take on Mediterranean cuisine, La Petite Plage offers plenty of seafood with a side of seaside views. During the summer evenings, a DJ livens up the atmosphere. This is a newer addition to Saint Tropez, opening in 2018, the restaurant offers a more relaxed environment for lunches during the day and becomes a lounge bar in the evenings.
DIOR DES LICES
For a luxurious start to the day, head to Place des Lices and grab breakfast at Dior des Lices. Though lunch and dinner are also served here, opt for coffee and pastries before doing some shopping. The environment is unsurprisingly chic in a Provençal building with baby blue shutters. Indulge in the “Petit-Déjeuner Dior” with fresh pastries and coffee stamped with the logo of the House of Dior. The chic gardens of the café is very Instagram worthy.
Cucine Byblos is located at Hotel Byblos and is under the helm of Alain Ducasse. Set in a colorful terrace adorned with lanterns hanging from trees overhead, Cucina Byblos serves up Italian cuisine in an elegant setting. The food at this Michelin recommended restaurant is classic Italian to switch it up from all the French meals of your trip.
Sénéquier is a staple café and restaurant in Saint Tropez, hard to miss with its notorious red awnings. The prices are expensive but worth the splurge as you dine on classic cuisine, sip on rosé, and watch the yachts in the port. If not for a meal, it’s the perfect pit stop in town to people watch and enjoy an aperitif.