Brasserie des Arts
5 Place des Lices, St-tropez, 83990
- Recommended for:
- Business travellers, Families with teenagers, First-time travellers, Honeymooners, Seasoned travellers, Nightlife, People watching, Relaxation, Trendiness
Expert review of Brasserie des Arts
When you go to a restaurant in most small French towns, you go to eat. When you go in St Tropez, you go to make a statement about yourself.
Visiting this brasserie implies that you wish to be identified with local life (it’s bang on the Places des Lices, by the plane trees, market and celebrated boules players) but without losing your grip on hip.
Long a legend in the resort, the B-des-A shut down for five years, re-opening in recent times in a cool new guise – all contemporary décor, leather banquettes and a cushion effect to the walls.
The eat-and-be-seen terrace is the funkiest in St Tropez’s centre, the food majors on southern brasserie fare with a fusion twist and the place evolves into a low-lit lounge bar for the sleek as the evening wears on.
This is a brasserie. It bustles at meal-times – so the cuisine is not really haute. But it’s bright with flavour in a Med-meets-the-Orient sort of way, and it’s very pleasantly presented.
Last time through, I had a first-class sea-bream with a sort of crushed mixture of olives, pine-nuts and basil. My companion’s chicken supreme looked to be a pretty decent version of the dish, too.
Indeed, some thought has been given to both fish and meat dishes – and also to the starters, where roasted asparagus topped by a poached egg caught my eye.
They also lay on a Sunday brunch, from 11am to 5pm. I can’t tell you anything about this, as I’ve never sampled it. But, if it’s of the standard of the rest of the fare, it should be good. And heaven knows whom you might meet there.
The B-des-A is pretty much where-it’s-at on the Place des Lices. The surroundings are as sharp and slick as some of the clientèle, and the lounge area, with its low tables and leather settees, is groovy enough for most late-night tastes.
But there’s little sense of exclusivity. At least, I didn’t sense one – and I’m as sharp, slick and groovy as a Ford Escort. Everyone is made welcome, whether on the terrace or inside. You might, though, feel more at ease if you’re wearing, say, loafers rather than sandals over blue socks.
As you know, the staff in trendy establishments can be withering to the uncool and non-famous. Here they’re not. Indeed, they verge on the jolly. Top marks.
On the central Place-des-Lices, an errant boules-shot from the plane trees, market and also, of course, the boules players.
Best deal is the two course lunch at €18. From there, prices shoot up. Dinner time starters are from €12, mains from €22 – and accompanying veg adds €6 or €7 to that.
More information on Brasserie des Arts:
- Price guide:
- Bar, Brasserie, Restaurant
- French, Mediterranean, Modern
- 5 Place des Lices, St-tropez, 83990
- +33 494 402737
- Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
- Opening times:
- Open daily and all year, 9am-2am. Brunch on Sundays, 11am-5pm.
- Accepts Credit Cards: