Auberge des Maures
4 Rue Dr Boutin, St Tropez, 83990
- Recommended for:
- Families with teenagers, First-time travellers, Mature travellers, Seasoned travellers, History, People watching, Romance
Expert review of Auberge des Maures
This central spot wins through warmth: the warmth of the welcome, the warmth of the fire-side eating in winter or of the terrace in summer, and the warmth of the memories generated by former regulars David Niven, Picasso, Charlie Chaplin and Greta Garbo.
It’s had the time to have a fair few glitzy folk like that through. In lovely Provençal surroundings – bare stone, beams, spring colours and a vast, vintage vine arching over that terrace – this is the oldest restaurant in St Tropez.
For the last 80 years, the Auberge has been ministering to the needs of the known and the unknown in the matter of fine traditional Provençal fare. In all that time, as far as I can tell, it has not developed a single air or grace. Which is perhaps precisely why the glitzy folk go.
No great surprises here. The Auberge majors on well-worked Provençal favourites – the stuff everyone actually wants to eat when they are in the south of France. So look out for daube beef stew in wine, bass, bream, hare chasseur and excellent lamb dishes. In summer, the barbecue fires up for herby fish and meat preparations.
Relaxed and friendly, it’s a first-name sort of place – but with a sense of style which stops it tipping over into mateyness. You’ll want to be on reasonable behaviour.
As mentioned above, it’s warm, ever-so-attentive – and professional. You’d expect nothing less. Greta Garbo used to come here.
Bang in the centre of St Tropez – down a little street an olive-stone spit from the Place des Lices.
Evening menus from around €50.
More information on Auberge des Maures:
- Price guide:
- French, Mediterranean, Seafood
- 4 Rue Dr Boutin, St Tropez, 83990
- +33 494 970150
- Opening times:
- Open March 1-November 30. Dinner 7.30pm-1am.
- Accepts Credit Cards:
- Essential at peak times