Restaurant Calypso, Villefranche-sur-Mer
Tel: 33 4 93 01 96 73
Concierge.com's insider take:
Part of what's been called the "barefoot Riviera," Calypso sits along the port in the (relatively) relaxed fishing village of Villefranche-sur-Mer, with St.-Jean-Cap-Ferrat on one side and Beaulieu-sur-Mer on the other. Calypso is as unpretentious as the Côte d'Azur gets, with plain wooden tables on a veranda next to the busy port —and exceptionally fast service. Plentiful seafood is the game here: The salade niçoise is fresh, tangy, huge, and, at around $18, a bargain on this overpriced coast; the similarly priced salade Calypso, with grilled octopus, is another favorite. Depending on your olfactory sensitivities, the port setting is a blessing or a curse—the winds alternately bring fresh salt air or the smell of the fishing boats unloading their cargo. Either way, it's a perfect stop-off from the Corniche Inférieure—take the money you saved on lunch to the Casino at Monaco and try your luck.Ralph Martin
Open daily 12 to 2:30 pm and 6:30 to 10:30 pm.