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Agay: Auberge de la Rade

Plage d'Agay , Phone:

Closing day: Open daily, Feb. to Mid-November

Reviewed by: azuralive from France, review #2698

When: 2007

Food is fine, but location better: right on the beach on the bay of Agay

Directions: Right on the beach at Agay, between Cannes and St. Raphael.

Auberge de la Rade, Agay, photo by Florence Chatzigianis

This is a busy little restaurant on the beach. We've been a number of times, and the results are consistent; food is not fabulous but decent and definitely abundant.

They're open daily and offer a "plat du jour" for between 11 and 13 euro on each day (Fall 2007 prices). Here's a week's sampler: Lundi = Paella; Mardi = Choucroute de la Mer (avec un verre de blanc!); Mercredi = Couscous Viande; Jeudi = Sardines Grillées; Vendredi = Bourride; Samedi = Couscous de la Mer. There's à la carte as well, with a focus on seafood.

The location is a treat with the Estérel Mountains and the Rade d'Agay behind like a cathedral. We often end up at one of their tables, after a vigorous early morning trek in the Estérel.

I also appreciate that the kids menu includes something other than burger patty or saucisse with fries: there's a choice of white fish in creamy sauce with rice and homemade tomato sauce. No left-overs on those plates.

Reviewed by: kaydee from TN, review #1578

When: 2005

Enjoyable beachfront restaurant on the Côte d’Azur between Cannes and Frejus. Beautiful views, great menu. Outdoor dining.

Directions: On the coastal road between Cannes and Frejus. About 30 km from Cannes and 15 km from Frejus. The restaurant sits right on the beach.

My wonderful seafood platter, photo by Kathy Wood

We've eaten at this restaurant twice, in June 2003 and in March 2005. We will definitely go back on any future visit to the Côte d’Azur.

The location is part of the appeal, on an absolutely beautiful stretch of the sea in a less-heavily touristed area. The drive from Cannes to Agay is spectacular, particular the red cliffs.

The restaurant sits right on the sand. There are two big indoor dining rooms and an outdoor terrace. The menu offers a variety of food, something for everyone: fish, seafood, steaks and other meat, salads, pasta, even pizza. The two "menus" (multi-course meals with a few selections for each course) are very reasonable with an incredible amount of food. Everything we had on both visits was excellent.

The second year I ordered the "Plateau de coquillages", a huge platter of assorted shellfish. My husband doesn't really like shellfish, and I was determined to get this since I was on the Côte d’Azur. I think the waiter was a bit surprised that I planned to eat this all by myself, since it was an enormous platter and really intended for sharing. I have no idea what half of the shellfish on the platter even were, but it was all great. I would have been happy ordering almost anything on the menu. On this particular visit, our daughter had pasta, my husband had steak, and we all had dessert. We also ordered some house wine and our daughter had a soft drink. Our bill for the three of us was €78, of which €28 was my shellfish. I was so proud of my shellfish that I even snapped this photo.

On our first visit almost two years before we sat outside. I ordered the moules-frites (mussels with fries), a very reasonably-priced €10.

The restaurant was very busy on this second visit in early March on a Sunday afternoon. Almost all of the diners were local people out for a special meal. We were very lucky to get a table. They are open seven days a week. I think reservations may be very important on weekends and during the main tourist season.

Take a look at the website, which includes the menus and pictures of the restaurant and the surrounding area. If you are traveling between the Nice airport and Provence, this is definitely worth a detour!

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