Les Viviers

Price guide: Mid-range

22 Rue Alphonse Karr, Nice, 06000

Price guide: Mid-range

Les Viviers

By Anthony Peregrine, your Nice expert

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#19 of 20
expert-rated restaurants in Nice
Expert overall rating:4.0 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.2
4.2
Ambience:
3.9
3.9
Service:
4.2
4.2
Location:
4.2
4.2
Value for money:
4.3
4.3
Recommended for:
Business travellers, Families with teenagers, Foodies, Singles, Relaxation

Expert review of Les Viviers

So keen on turbot, they named a menu after it.

Behind the reassuring, dark green frontage, Les Viviers offers two choices. To the right, the posher restaurant opens up in a bourgeois manner which puts at ease French people of a certain standing (and, let’s be honest, a certain age). It’s sort of Art Deco updated to the 1980s and, frankly, puts me (no standing, a certain age) at ease, too.

There’s a sense that things are going to be taken care of properly. As they are, notably with regard to the fish, some of which arrives daily from Brittany.

To the left, is the chummier, wood-and-bare-stone bistro – with a blackboard menu and a certain bounce about its early-20th-century style.
 

Food and drink: 

Lobster and, especially, turbot are two key restaurant specialities. Both feature as star-turns on their own lobster or turbot menus. For the former, I’m always seriously tempted by the version roasted with mushrooms in a red wine sauce. Then again, the plain-grilled turbot with hollandaise sauce puts up a hell of a fight, and has won on occasion. The menus come flanked with good starters, like prawn ravioli and very decent puds. Millefeuille of chocolate with fresh fruit, for instance.

Other fish dishes also crowd in and there’s a smattering of decent meats, too. Also vegetarian options, if you let them know ahead.

Over in the much more keenly-priced bistro, we’re talking simple grilled fish – sea-bass, sole, John Dory – with, perhaps, a tidy little white wine from Cassis.

Ambience: 

Pleasantly tranquil in the restaurant – where you’ll find yourself among decently-behaved Niçois regulars. There’s more bustle in the bistro.

Service: 

Professional, courteous and confident that what they’re serving is worth their while.

Location: 

On a top-end shopping street in the centre.

Price advice: 

In the bistro, you can lunch for 15.40 euros and tackle a full dinner for 33 euros. Across in the restaurant, a basic lunch is closer to 30 euros. The turbot menu comes in at 52.50 euros, the lobster menu at 62.70 or 81 euros, depending whether you opt for Canadian or European lobster.

More information on Les Viviers:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Bistro, Restaurant
Food:
French, Mediterranean, Seafood
Address:
22 Rue Alphonse Karr, Nice, 06000
Telephone:
04 93 16 00 48
Website:
http://www.les-viviers-nice.com
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Restaurant & bistro: 12-2pm; 7.30-10pm. Restaurant shut Sat Lunch and all day Sunday. Bistro open Sun evening, 7.30pm-9.30pm.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Suggested
Free tags / Keywords:
Quick bites

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