La Potinière

Address: 13 Square Mérimée, Cannes, 06400, France
Telephone: +33 493 390282

- Mid-range

4.6

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
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Service
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Food and drink
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Value for money
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Ambience
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Location
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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.

Recommended for

  • Business travellers
  • Couples
  • Families with teenagers
  • Foodies
  • Seasoned travellers
  • People watching
  • Relaxation

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