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“French bistro” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Les Viviers

Les Viviers
22, rue Alphonse Karr, 06000 Nice, France (Thiers / Train Station)
0493160048
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Ranked #321 of 1,374 Restaurants in Nice
Price range: $48 - $84
Cuisines: French, International
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Thiers / Train Station
Helsinki, Finland
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26 restaurant reviews
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“French bistro”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

We visited Les Viviers Bistro on a Saturday evening. Before nine o´clock, practically all tables were occupied, so reservation is essential. The tables are pretty close to each other - meaning that there is not much privacy available.

The menu in French was presented on a roughly 50 cm x 80 cm black board placed on the table. No English version was offered. Neither did we ask for one, since we had printed out the menu in advance from the web.

As the kitchen´s greeting we were offered olives and two types of sandwich-like nibbles, which were quite nice. As actual starters we had artichokes salad and scallops carpaccio. Both were OK - no complaints, but not unforgettable. As the main course we enjoyed sea bream cooked in sea salt crust. The fish itself did not have very much taste, but the accompanying sauce had quite a strong taste. As a dessert I had flambéed crêpes with Grand Marnier. The crepes were OK, but to my disappointment they were not topped with whipped cream or ice-cream. My wife´s choice was Black Forest cake, which was quite delicious

The wine list was extensive, so we just followed the waitress´s recommendation, which turned out to be a good choice for our courses.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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S. E. England
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36 reviews 36 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Excellent restaurant for lunch”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

We had lunch there on a Friday in April. The food and wine were of a very high standard; the service was welcoming and efficient; all in all the best restaurant experience of our week in Nice.

This bistro style restaurant is an offshoot of the more upmarket place next door. The chef makes no secret of this and came to talk to diners on this side of the house as well as on the pricier side. His menus are seasonal and make good use of local produce - although it has to be said that just about all sea fish (as opposed to farmed fish) sold in Nice is from the Atlantic. Good wine is available in 50cl carafes, which seem much more suited to two lunchtime customers than a whole bottle. This is widespread in Nice and should be encouraged elsewhere.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Marion, MA
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“Classic French food in out-of-the way location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

Les Viviers in tucked away on a small side street but worth the effort to find it. We have eaten both lunch and dinner there, lunch menu being similar but less expensive. The food is excellent and presented beautifully. The seating is tight, but there was not a lot of noise and conversation was easy. The wine list is excellent. The prices are not inexpensive, but not out of line for the quality. Be sure to reserve in advance. It is not huge, and fills quickly.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Nice, France
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“Great Meal great service.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

Old style restaurant serving excellent food. They were very busy at lunchtime and the service though good was a touch slow. Every thing else was very good. Well worth a visit when you are in Nice.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Delray Beach, Florida
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“Best Quality experience in Nice”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

Going to Les Viviers is like going back in time and hanging on to tradition.
On one side of the kitchen there is the Bistrot and on the other is the more formal restaurant, but the cuisine comes from the same place and is this wonderful food!
I love fish and when I go to Viviers I know that any fish I have is going to be the freshest and most tasty; I do not look for creativity when the food speaks for itself.
Jacques Rolancy is both chef and owner of these two restaurants and runs a very tight ship as this place is full up every time we have been there; clearly the success of the food he prepares is very well-known to the locals.
Maybe not the most creative but it is a place I could go back to night after night!

  • Visited March 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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