Michelin Star Restaurants of Marseille

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Prepare yourself for the meal of a lifetime. Here is the ultimate guide to the diverse Michelin awarded restaurants in Marseille. Enjoy!

If you are a 'foodie' you probably already know the concept of Michelin Stars. For newbies in the gourmet world, let's just start with saying that the term Michelin Star is a hallmark of the best gourmet restaurants around the world. They are rated up to three stars and you can find several such restaurants in and around Marseille. Enjoy your taste buds at these amazing restaurants:

Alcyone Restaurant – One Star

This gastronomic restaurant strives to pay its tribute to the many different flavours found in the region.

The Inspector's view:

"Lionel Lévy is a proud captain at the helm of L'Alcyone (named after the daughter of the god Aeolus), which opened in 2013 within the famous Hôtel-Dieu. His idea is to offer a decidedly Mediterranean cuisine, inflected with spices and showcasing local fish. It is served in a chic, sober atmosphere. Right on course!"

L'Éspuisette – One Star

Indulge in delightful flavours inspired by the Mediterranean culture and enjoy a stunning sea view at L' Éspuisette.

The Inspector's view:

"An épuisette is a landing net, likely to be found among the rocks at the sea shore, like this restaurant standing on the reefs of the Vallon des Auffes - a wondrous backdrop. The house's signature set menu ("Fanny") is as dazzling as the July sun. A delightful port of call".

La Villa Madie – Two Stars

Definitely one of the gastronomical pearls of southern France. Word has it that La Villa Madie also considers dietary allergies and vegans.

The Inspector's view:

"This restaurant has an exceptional location completely facing the waves. It has a view taking in the sea and the pines, a minimalist designer interior decor, and a terrace overlooking the sea. The food elegantly navigates culinary trends and is spot-on and tasty, and the service is impeccable. In short, a real treat".

La Petit Nice – Three Stars

The three star Le Petit Nice is everything you need in a restaurant: a beautiful setting with sea views and the Château d'If and Planier Lighthouse in the background.

The Inspector's view:

"Gérald Passédat's style is a reflection of Provence and the mistral, life around the port and a taste for travel... and more particularly the Mediterranean, "my vegetable garden". Rediscover the riches this sea has to offer, and the symbolic bouillabaisse".

Star material

As you can imagine, the Michelin stars are a big thing in the world of gourmet. By reading on the Michelin website about ‘selecting our stars’, you will gain a better understanding on the careful process behind each star. No wonder celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay cried when the Michelin Guide stripped the stars from his New York restaurant.

But what are the criteria for receiving Michelin Stars?

The star symbol only judge what's on the plate, not the interior décor, table setting or service quality. It focuses only on the mastering of flavours, mastering of cooking, and personality of the cuisine. In addition, value for the money and the consistence of what the restaurant offers to its customers both throughout the menu and the year play a part in the criteria You can be sure of the authenticity of the stars, as the Michelin Inspectors are anonymous to ensure that no preferential treatment is given.

One Star

This indicates a very good restaurant which offers cuisine prepared to a consistently high standard – You will not be disappointed dining at a one star restaurant, and it is worth stopping on your travels to find one.

Two Stars

This showcases excellent cuisine and skilfully and carefully crafted dishes of outstanding quality. It is worth seeking out a two star restaurant for that special dinner.

Three Stars

Rewards exceptional cuisine where you can dine extremely well, often to the highest standard. The distinctive dishes are precisely executed, using superlative ingredients. It is worth travelling  far to seek out such an unforgettable dining experience.

Beautiful and tasty food on a plate

When traveling to Marseille, make sure to pay a visit to one or several of the amazing gourmet experiences in the area. Stay at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Marseille Vieux Port for the perfect base to the city's culinary highlights.

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