La Cave Croisette

Address: 15 Rue d'Antibes, Cannes, 06400, France
Telephone: 04 92 59 14 22

- Mid-range

4.3

Vintage eating in Cannes’ coolest wine bar.

Racks of bottles round the walls, polished barrels for tables and a dinky little terrace out front: there’s a hedonist appeal to this contemporary and convivial spot. It is damnably difficult to resist. You enter knowing good cheer is the aim, and you’re unlikely to be disappointed.

Of course, this is a French wine bar, and there are some 800 wine references available, so you might like to start off swirling, sniffing and discussing bouquets. Nothing wrong with that. Producers have put a lot of effort into creating these brews, so the least you can do is to try to appreciate them properly. Apart from anything else, it’s fun.

Unhappiness is not on.

But that can only last for so long, then conversation canters off elsewhere – and you opt to stay to eat. Wise decision. There’s a fine selection, from tapas through beef carpaccio, Spain’s sumptuous pata negra ham and onto full dishes like wild mushroom ravioli with mushroom cream and shavings of ham.

And wines by the glass will keep on coming for as long as you deem reasonable. There’s a first rate lady sommelier on hand to guide your choices, should such be necessary. It may just be possible, but it is distinctly difficult to be unhappy in such circumstances. Certainly, I’ve never seen it happen.
 

Food and drink
4.5
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Service
4.3
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Food and drink
4.5
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Value for money
4.3
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Ambience
4.4
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Location
4.2
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Food and drink

I find it hard to get beyond the great selections of charcuterie served on planchas, in the contemporary manner. If you’ve never tasted pata negra ham, then this is your chance. Grab it. The beef tartar with basil, parmesan and sun-dried tomatoes is also a temptation. The great thing, though, is the flexibility. You want a full meal or just something to help the wine down? It’s yours.

Ambience

Jolly, in a cool and civilised sort of way.

Service

Charming.

Location

At the top end of Cannes’ main shopping street.

Price advice

Daily special dishes 12.90 euros. Two course menu 16.25 euros, three course menu 22.40 euros.

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Culture vultures
  • Foodies
  • Mature travellers
  • Seasoned travellers
  • Relaxation
  • Trendiness

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