2009

La Réserve de Nice Restaurant Review, Nice, France

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La Réserve de Nice

60 Bldv Franck Pilatte

Nice, France, 06300, CA

+33 04 97 08 14 80

+04 93 14 68 73 (Fax)

La Réserve de Nice Website

La Reserve Nice France Exterior Decor

La Réserve de Nice is situated on huge rock overlooking the harbor entrance to Nice, France. It has beautiful panoramic views of the water. It earned one Michelin star in 2009. Their menu changes daily with best values in their prix fix menus. We order one of each prix fix menu plus a Bouillabaisse. They have an upstairs dining room that was closed.

La Reserve Nice France Interior Decor

Dining Room

La Reserve Nice France Sea View

Decor, Vibe – Awesome location by the water. The view of boats, swimmers, animals was inspiring. Modern elegant decor, outside deck for warmer months. Well dressed folks in their 30’s to 60’s were dining. Couple tourist tables.

Menu Pictures (Click to zoom into any picture)

La Reserve Nice France Menu 3

Website Menu

La Reserve Nice France Amuse Bouche Croquette

Amuse Bouche of a fried fish croquette.

La Reserve Nice France Pain Bread

Their pain – bread was excellent.

Picks:

La Reserve Nice France Foie Gras

Amuse Bouche 2: Foie Gras with cherries – Wow, what a complimentary starter. A nicely sized, perfectly sauteed foie with tart cherries.

La Reserve Nice France Amuse Bouche 2

Amuse Bouche 2: Some sort of Creamed egg with shaved cheese. Very smooth and silky, but extremely rich.

La Reserve Nice France haricot verts en Salad

Haricot verts en salad – Green bean salad on a bed of peas, truffle tapenade, shallot vinaigrette looked amazing, nothing like what we expected. A crispy filo pastry was on top of the greens. We are truffle fans and loved the bits of truffle on the green beans, and the truffle essence in the tapenade.

La Reserve Nice France Tartare de tomates roma

Tartare de tomates – Roma Tomato Tartare with cold tomato soup, whipped cream, and chorizo. Another stunning dish. The ice cream like mound was creamy tomato flavored, making this almost a tomato three ways dish. Another great example of Provencal cooking’s use of vegetables.

La Reserve Nice France Bouillabaisse pot

Pot holding Bouillabaisse

La Reserve Nice France Bouillabaisse

La Bouillabaisse de la Reserve (€39) – Bouillabaisse is a regional specialty of this area, so we had to try it. Beautiful dish with excellent seafood broth, fresh fish, mussels, fennel, calamari, prawns, and more. The dish even comes with a big blue Staub pot with more. It costs as much as one of the 3 course meals, but the money is well spent.

La Reserve Nice France Retour de Peche Fish

Retour de peche taillee en pave – This fish was awesome, with a nutty crust, a lite sauce, and perfect cooking. Nice clams, artichokes, and other vegetables to accent it.

La Reserve Nice France Filet de cannette duck filet

Filet de cannette – Another beautiful dish. Young duck fillet with a nice rhubarb sauce. The piece of duck was tiny, but hit the spot with is flavor. Very creative shredded green salad arrangement.

La Reserve Nice France Bavaroise Fraiser

Bavaroise fraiser – Bavarian Strawberry. A heavy layered cheese cake like dessert with a smooth ice cream covered with a little olive oil. The top mousse is made of a fruit like a haw fruit and had a sprinkling of basil. Lots of different flavors in this complicated dessert.

OK:

La Reserve Nice France Berry Dessert

Fresh Berries were a pretty standard fruit dessert.

Pans:
None

La Réserve de Nice has a stellar view but also had some excellent food, a rare combination. Service was very good, friendly, but relaxed for a long meal. We have no problem recommending this place for a memorable dinner. On a budget? Come for the reasonable three course lunch (30€) to save a bunch.

Love this place? Chauteau Eza in nearby Eze Le Village has a view that surpasses this one and good food also.  They have several waiters with reasonable English understanding.

La Réserve de Nice Overall Rating: (Excellent 3)

Come Back?

Food Rating: (Excellent)
Service Rating: (Very Good)
Atmosphere Rating: (Extraordinary)
Value Rating: (Excellent)

Guide: 0 = poor, 1 = Below/Average, 2 = Good, 2.5 = Very Good, 3 = Excellent , 4 = Extraordinary

Alcohol:Full Bar
Attire:Dressy
Hours:Daily 10am - 10pm
Parking:Street
Reservations:Yes
Prices:45 - 65 €
Posted on September 28th, 2009
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One Response to “La Réserve de Nice Restaurant Review, Nice, France”

  1. Keith Gormezano Says:

    Unfortunately, I don’t agree with this review of La Reserve restaurant of Nice, France. I found them rude and inconsiderate to the residential neighborhood by playing loud music on their terrace/roof below us.

    While my parents who live next door and can see the new terrace restaurant have told me that the food is pretty good and Joseph is attentive to his customers, La Reserve restaurant blew their chances to make things right with me and the neighborhood by blasting loud music at Sunday, July 3, 2011 at 8:30 PM (after telling us that the party in question would end at 8 PM). We had asked them to turn it down as I was recovering from Pneumonia.

    The pounding music was so loud that I could hear it without my hearing aids.

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