When chartering a yacht along the French Riviera, you’ll want to know the hotspots and restaurants along the way that will make your trip truly unforgettable. Travelling from Monaco to St. Tropez, you will find you are full of choice choice with beach front restaurants, but here we offer you a selection of what we consider some of the finest French Riviera dining spots along this stretch of coastline. While it may not be possible to berth/moor a boat at the restaurant, some places offer a tender service to collect guests so your captain can drop anchor offshore and call a tender to take you to your chosen lunch spot.
Best restaurants from Monaco to Saint Tropez
Dining spots in Monaco, Cap d’Ail
After beginning your cruise in the bustling Port Hercule of Monaco, seek serenity in nearby Cap d’Ail where you can drop anchor in secluded Mala bay. This beach and its turquoise waters lie in a protected bay that is difficult to reach by car, making it the perfect spot for peace and tranquillity. La Réserve de la Mala is one of two beach restaurants in this bay and boasts a relaxing environment, enhanced by the sound of a resident DJ. It is the perfect place for a luxurious, beach-front dining experience.
Stop for lunch at Cap Estel
Just around the corner is the luxury spa hotel le Cap Estel. This hotel occupies a unique location, jutting out into the sea and therefore offering spectacular, panoramic views of the French Riviera. With a choice of menus, the Table of Patrick Raingeard allows you to tailor your dining experience according to your desires. But please note that you will have to provide your chosen menu 15 days prior to your reservation date. To facilitate your arrival, the hotel proposes a tender shuttle service to bring guests to shore. This can be arranged by simply calling the hotel reception 15 minutes before your arrival. It is a complimentary service for those who have booked with the restaurant.
On a yacht – have lunch at Cap Ferrat
The glamorous Paloma Beach on Cap Ferrat offers a tender service to collect guests from their yacht and bring them to this renowned and beautiful setting. The beach has been here since 1948 and continues to be a favourite amongst locals and tourists alike. You can even do water sports here. That is if you are feeling energetic after dining on a delicious selection of grilled fish and local specialities.
Bring your boat to Villefranche sur Mer for dining
For a quaint coastal town, drop anchor in the beautiful bay of Villefranche and explore the boutiques and cafés lining the seafront. La Mère Germaine restaurant offers fine dining on the waters’ edge and proposes a free shuttle service. This is to bring you from your yacht to shore, in addition to an impressive menu and gourmet dining experience.
Lunch at the Cannes islands by boat or yacht
If you prefer to escape the mainland, the Cannes islands offer a more rural setting. Lunch at La Guérite on Ile Ste. Marguerite, the larger of the two islands, offers spectacular views of the coastline and promises a stress-free haven. The restaurant offers a choice of menus: à la carte and luxury, each promising exceptional quality. Just past Cannes, the charming Port de la Rague is home to several great restaurants, including le Repère that overlooks the bay of Cannes. This stylish restaurant offers a choice of settings for lunch as well as dinner and on Sundays there is live music in the garden.
Lunch or dining spots in St. Tropez
If you choose to take your yacht directly to St. Tropez for lunch, you will find a range of restaurants along the Pampelonne beach. Just around the corner from St. Tropez harbour. One of the most reputed French Riviera dining spots on this long stretch of beach is the Club 55, which offers a tender to bring you to shore. At this landmark institution, only its clientele rivals the scenery and it is truly the place both to see and be seen. Come to St. Tropez’s most legendary beach club to spend a few hours sipping rosé whilst enjoying the atmosphere and delicious food.
It can be a challenge getting a berth in the port of St. Tropez, not to mention expensive. However, tenders can be taken from yachts moored outside the port. A delicious treat not to be missed here is the Tropezienne cake, enjoyed by Brigitte Bardot and named according to her suggestion in the 1950s. This cake can be found in almost all of the cafés and patisseries in St Tropez. But try the patisserie ‘La Tarte Tropézienne’ on Place des Lices for the original experience. We hope these suggestions for the best French Riviera dining spots will enhance your yacht experience and would love to hear your feedback. Send your suggestions of “restaurants to stop your yacht at” to us and we will add them to this blog. Have a great yacht trip and bon appétit! See our yachts for day trips from Monaco to Saint Tropez.