La Potinière

Price guide: Mid-range

13 Square Mérimée, Cannes, 06400

Price guide: Mid-range

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By Anthony Peregrine, your Cannes expert

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#3 of 22
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Recommended for:
Business travellers, Couples, Families with teenagers, Foodies, Seasoned travellers, People watching, Relaxation

Expert review of La Potinière

First-rate food at mid-range prices

Here's a place I've walked past many, many times and never, until recently, entered. Which shows you how bright I am. Almost bang opposite the Palais des Festivals, La Potinière doesn't announce itself with any great fanfares.

It doesn't have to. It's been serving Cannes - locals, visitors and the occasional celeb - with charm, skill and dazzlingly good food for 50 years or more. Now that I've been there twice, the place has leapt to the top of my "mid-range Cannes" league.

Food and drink: 

Essentially, it's French Mediterranean fare prepared with great skill, attention to detail and a twist of invention. So expect excellent fish (the roast cod on a bed of vegetables is a stand-out, as is the wood-grilled sea-bass). Shellfish, too - but also splendid braised lamb and some pretty fine beef, as well.

In fact, it's got all bases covered.

Ambience: 

Sunny and informal. The pavement terrace is the place to be if the weather's fit. Inside, it's light, clear and contmporary - with a sort of interior garden ambience.

Service: 

Pretty much faultless - whether you are served by the charming young Lithuanian lady or one of her older, male colleagues. Cannes serving staff can be wildly off-hand, giving the impression that customers are nothing but a damned nuisance. 

Not here, though. The attention's terrific and the smiles apparently genuine.

Location: 

Opposite the Palais des Festivals, but a hop from La Croisette and the port.

Price advice: 

This is the clincher. There's a plat-du-jour (dish of the day) at 14.50 euros - and a two course menu for 17.90 euros. For the quality on offer, such prices rate as bargains.

More information on La Potinière:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Brasserie, Restaurant
Food:
French, Mediterranean
Address:
13 Square Mérimée, Cannes, 06400
Telephone:
+33 493 390282
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Mon-Sat 12-2.30pm; 7pm-10.30pm. Closed Sundays.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Essential at peak times

Have you been to La Potinière? Would you recommended it?

Community comments (1)

Great value - get there early when the festivals are on.