Emily’s France Trip Report (The South of France) – Part 5: Where to (and Where NOT to) Eat

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Emily’s France Trip Report (The South of France) – Part 5:  Where to (and Where NOT to) Eat

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Emily:  In the last series about my trip to France, I talked about how our family of 4 went for our own “tour de France.”  With the help of miles earned from credit card rewards, we paid just ~$410 each for our family of 4 to fly round-trip to France in Business Class.  And had a luxurious stay in a ~$1,600 per night suite for ~$160 TOTAL.

This series of posts will highlight our time in Nice.  And will give you step-by-step instructions so that you can also go to Europe using miles and points!  Plus, I’ll share my tips for the cheapest car rentals and the BEST credit cards to use when traveling internationally.

Jen Looking Excited for Her Dinner in the South of France
Jen Looking Excited for Her Dinner in the South of France

In addition to staying in a beautiful hotel, we enjoyed riding bikes, jet-skiing, and taking a scenic drive into Italy.  I’m very grateful that miles & points made this trip possible.

How A Family Of 4 Visited Nice France In Business Class For 500 Each Part 5 Where To Eat
Room Service With a View

One of my favorite things about Europe is the long, leisurely meals.  When I am with friends and family, I treasure those hours-long conversations philosophizing about life, love, and struggles.  When I am alone and trying to get work done, it seems like I can’t find anywhere that has quick food (besides the kebabs and crepe stands, lol!).

Below are some of the restaurants we visited, including our favorites and the ones to avoid.

Pro Tip:  Many places in Nice fill up quickly, so make reservations!  We would stop by a restaurant a day ahead to make reservations for the next evening, and this worked well.

How to Save Thousands Off a Trip to Southern France Trip Report Index:

  • Part 1 – Introduction
  • Part 2 – The Secrets to Saving Money on Rental Cars in Europe
  • Part 3 – Where to Stay | Our Family Felt Like Royalty at This Hotel!
  • Part 4 – What to Do | Jet Skis, Road Trip Along the Coast, Visit Italy, Shopping Mall
  • Part 5 – Where to (and Where NOT to) Eat

Where to Eat

Chez Acchiardo

Acchiardo was a Rick Steves’ recommendation, and he was on target with this one.  The service was excellent and we enjoyed great food here.

How A Family Of 4 Visited Nice France In Business Class For 500 Each Part 5 Where To Eat
Rick Steves Was Right On With This Recommendation

Food tends to be expensive in Europe.  If you want to save money, head to the local supermarket and get some foods for breakfast.  You can make some delicious sandwiches by visiting the local meat, cheese, and bread shops!  The shopkeepers pride themselves on the freshness and selection they offer.

How A Family Of 4 Visited Nice France In Business Class For 500 Each Part 5 Where To Eat
Goofing Off at Dinner Time

My non-alcoholic drink of choice was diablos.  You can get them strawberry flavored or mint flavored.  I liked both of them!

How A Family Of 4 Visited Nice France In Business Class For 500 Each Part 5 Where To Eat
Food in France is Expensive, So We Had One “Splurge” Meal a Day

Lou Pilha Leva

This fast food eatery was also a Rick Steves recommendation, but I don’t think it should be on the list.  Do NOT go here.  The food was bland and definitely skippable.

How A Family Of 4 Visited Nice France In Business Class For 500 Each Part 5 Where To Eat
If You See This Place, Run the Other Way!

It was fast, and it was cheap…but I’d rather save my money for a fresh baguette with some local cheese and meats!

How A Family Of 4 Visited Nice France In Business Class For 500 Each Part 5 Where To Eat
When the Salad Is Tastier Than the Main Course, It’s a Problem

Le Luna Rossa

Le Luna Rossa was away from the tourist crowds on a quiet residential street.

How A Family Of 4 Visited Nice France In Business Class For 500 Each Part 5 Where To Eat
We All LOVED Our Meals (and the Service!) at La Luna Rosa

They had several specials for the day, as well as many Italian favorites.

How A Family Of 4 Visited Nice France In Business Class For 500 Each Part 5 Where To Eat
Another Expensive Restaurant…but at Least You Can Earn Bonus Points With the Right Credit CardYou Know What Credit Card to Earn Points With!

The seafood plates were full of fresh, flavorful food.  My family and I especially enjoyed the large helpings.

How A Family Of 4 Visited Nice France In Business Class For 500 Each Part 5 Where To Eat
Mouth. Watering. Now.

Le Lido

During our drive along the coast, we stopped in Menton.  There was a cute square with lots of restaurants.

How A Family Of 4 Visited Nice France In Business Class For 500 Each Part 5 Where To Eat
A Lively Square Usually Means Overpriced, Low-Quality Restaurants

Usually, the restaurants in a tourist square tend to be poor quality (and expensive!).  But we were very hungry and there wasn’t much open.  We went for a late lunch, but it was almost too late!

Le Lido was another skippable restaurant.  The calzones were bigger than Alfy’s head, and not that flavorful.

How A Family Of 4 Visited Nice France In Business Class For 500 Each Part 5 Where To Eat
Alfy Could Only Finish Half of His Lunch

Instead of calzones as big as your head, I decided to hold off for something better.

I’m glad I waited because I found Sini, an amazing pizza place behind the main square.  Do yourself a favor, and get 2 to 3 slices.  You WON”T regret it!

Not only was the food amazing here, but the owners were super nice.  If I’m ever in Menton again, I’d love to go back!

How A Family Of 4 Visited Nice France In Business Class For 500 Each Part 5 Where To Eat
Go to Sini for Lunch Instead

Room Service at the Hyatt Regency Nice

Normally I’m not a fan of hotel food, but sometimes you just want to relax in your room and not have to go out for food.  Alfy and I decided to try the veal escalope saltimbocca.  Wow, it was so good!  The only complaint I had was that the portions should be larger.

How A Family Of 4 Visited Nice France In Business Class For 500 Each Part 5 Where To Eat
A Romantic Sunset Room Service Dinner

I really enjoyed this dish and we ordered it once again before we left Nice.

How A Family Of 4 Visited Nice France In Business Class For 500 Each Part 5 Where To Eat
Yum!  This Veal Escalope “Saltimbocca” Was Worth Ordering Again

The Hyatt Regency Nice Breakfast Buffet

Our hotel had an amazing breakfast buffet.  If I don’t have status, I don’t pay for the buffets.  Instead, I find a local café or stock up on some food from the supermarket and store it in the minibar.  If the minibar is fully stocked, you can call the Front Desk and request they empty it.

How A Family Of 4 Visited Nice France In Business Class For 500 Each Part 5 Where To Eat
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There were several types of baked goods.

How A Family Of 4 Visited Nice France In Business Class For 500 Each Part 5 Where To Eat
Breakfast Fit for a Queen

As well as yogurt and fresh fruit.

How A Family Of 4 Visited Nice France In Business Class For 500 Each Part 5 Where To Eat
You Don’t Want to Miss a Breakfast This Good

We all really liked the fresh egg counter, where we could order eggs however we liked them, as well as made to order omelets.  They also served up made to order pancakes and waffles!

How A Family Of 4 Visited Nice France In Business Class For 500 Each Part 5 Where To Eat
Made to Order Eggs

There was also a hot buffet, including roasted potatoes, bacon, sausage, and scrambled eggs.

How A Family Of 4 Visited Nice France In Business Class For 500 Each Part 5 Where To Eat
There Were Several Hot Foods to Choose From

The restaurant never felt too busy, and we almost always got a table next to the sea, with a view of the Mediterranean.

How A Family Of 4 Visited Nice France In Business Class For 500 Each Part 5 Where To Eat
It Was Never Overly Crowded at This Hotel

Bottom Line

It cost ~$1,640 for the 4 of us to fly round-trip in Business Class from New York to Europe.  I used a combination of miles & points from different programs to book flights for me and my family.  Including AMEX Membership Rewards and Chase Ultimate Rewards points.

I’m so grateful that I could share the gift of travel with my family on this trip.  I feel like I grew closer to my cousin, Jered, and his wife, mostly over the long conversations that we had over meals.

One of our favorite restaurants in Nice was La Luna Rosa.  And we had amazing pizza Sini in Menton, France.  If you don’t want to eat out, you can save money by shopping at supermarkets for some of your meals.  And don’t forget to use the right credit card to earn bonus points for dining out!

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JohnB is correct. Food in Europe is actually less expensive than many U.S. cities, especially when you consider that taxes are included, tipping is not necessary (or certainly not what it is in the U.S.), and the markup on wine is much lower. The only negative is that not as many restaurants have menus online or have the ability to take reservations online.

I like your report. But roughly $20 for an entree is not expensive. That is below average for the US. When I get my airfare and hotel for a fraction of the usual cost, I don’t cheap out on meals. My feeling is that you may never go back to that place. To get the full experience of a place, I do everything. Of course, I use TripAdvisor and guidebooks for advice for best values. I also try places that are not “recommended ” and have had great experiences. Ask the concierge or locals, that has worked out well for us.

We also usually eat a late breakfast and an earlier dinner. Difficult in Europe, to eat early. But you can switch it around, and eat an early breakfast and a late lunch, in Europe. Which can work well as many museums open early and are not crowded at that time.