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“Price-Fixed Cartel of Nice/Cannes/Monaco” 1 of 5 stars
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Love
13 Rue Massenet (angle rue de France), Nice, France
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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“Price-Fixed Cartel of Nice/Cannes/Monaco”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

Doesn't matter which cafe, bistro, or restaurant you visit in Nice, Cannes or Monaco, you will see the same items on the menus for exactly the same price; any traveller can check it out for themselves and we were certain there was price-fixing across all three resorts.

Salads, pizzas, soups, sandwiches; - all start at €11-13. Each menu displayed reflects the same, regardless of the standard of the place!

Even the 'cafes' in Monaco across the Marina charge €11-13 for a pizza or panini. These places get by on location only. On inspection, they are little more than Truck-Stop Grease Huts seen in Lay-bys around the UK, with plastic chairs outside.

Every basic meal costs a couple around €30 and is scraping by in terms of quality.

It is a little unfair that I have targeted this establishment for a particularly scathing review as it is no worse nor better than those found across The three resorts; but we did eat here and it does reflect the price & quality of the places In Nice, Monaco & Cannes. The higher end hotels charge differently and their standards reflect the high prices - that is expected and accepted. however, there is no justification for the lower end bistros to be operating a cartel!

Without highlighting what is going on, it will never change and tourists will continue to get a very raw deal!

  • Visited February 2014
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Paris, France
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“Best of a bad bunch”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

Wandered around Nice at lunch time having arrived from England with a hungry appetite earlier that day. Wanted French onion soup as this is a staple, traditional and what should be a low cost meal (as cheap ingredients to make). All cafe/restaurants in Nice seem to price fix (along with Cannes and Monaco, which we visited over the next couple of days (all basic food from pizza to salads start at 11 Euro - crazy expensive compared to England).

Now we have exposed this possible price fixing onto the review for Love cafe/restaurant.

1) compared to other cafes in area this one had a better but still fairly basic interior.

2) customers smoking outside caused smell of smoke to come into restaurant - not pleasant for non smokers.

3) Food ok but basic - turned up fairly quick and acceptable.

4) drinks expensive at 6 Euro for a 33cl bottle of Corona.

Overall - better than other restaurants around but compared to Uk standards not strong considering 30 euro for 2 people.

Do locals pay these high prices or do they get discounts? In England the equivalent of Euro 30 buys a meal for two plus a couple of beers in a middle class pub would cost this. Standards much higher in Uk.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Angles, France
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“A great spot for drinks.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2013 via mobile

We only had drinks here. On a warm Mediterranean evening it's a great spot, especially if you manage to get one of the sofas! There's an extensive drinks menu and service was good.

Visited October 2013
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Glasgow
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Drinks only....”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2013

Good bar, comfy sofas outside, great service.... Waiter remembered our drinks from the first night, these small things help make a holiday.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Melbourne, Australia
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“AVOID IF YOU CAN”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2012

This has got to be the worst meal we have had on our trip so far.
We learnt very quickly if you want a good meal in Nice you have to search for it.
Food took 20-30 min to come to table, Drinks took just as long, had to wait 20 min just to pay.
Lots of overpriced poor quality restaurants on the hunt for the tourist dollar, if you want a good meal pretty much avoid Massenet, or go on a search through old town.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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