Menton, the "Lemon Capital", is just a few steps away from the Italian border and boasts a rich culinary culture. It peeps out from behind a curtain of colorful facades lining the beaches of the Mediterranean. There is an abundance of restaurants to choose from both along the waterfront and in the picturesque old town. In the kitchen, chefs put a new twist on southern French specialties and Italian favorites to create colorful, mouthwatering dishes.

    So, get comfy on a sun-bathed terrace cooled by old stones, or in a friendly bistro and try a few delicious seafood dishes. They are enhanced by the savoir-faire of the local chefs, skilled in the art of creating citrus fruit-based dishes. Here are 10 excellent restaurants in Menton to try on your trip.

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    Le Galion

    An array of Franco-Italian specialties with the flavors of the sea

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    Le Gallion's magnificent interior somewhat resembles a boat and, as you enter, you'll embark upon a gourmet journey full of Franco-Italian specialties based around delicious seafood products. The value for money is excellent, the food gourmet and the service flawless. The elegantly presented are full of originality.

    On board this culinary vessel that has been sailing Port de Garavan for many decades, you will taste raw fish tartare and carpaccio, Brittany lobster, Gillardeau oysters, rack of lamb with a fresh herb coating or gnocchi, Corsican sheep's milk tomme cheese fondue, sage and speck cured ham. The restaurant offers tailor-designed menu suggestions for groups and events.

    Location: Nouveau port de Menton Garavan, 06500, Menton, France

    Open: Thursday–Monday Lunch: from 12 pm to 2 pm Dinner: from 7 pm to 10 pm

    Phone: +33 (0)4 93 35 89 73

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    A Braijade Meridiounale

    Meat and fish skewers in a warm and rustic setting

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    A Braijade Meridiounale is nestled at the heart of the old town and will win you over with its original concept of skewers based around three main themes: vegetables, meat and fish. In order to maximize friendliness, the restaurant serves them exclusively as a fixed menu from beginning to end, including an aperitif, starter, trou mentonnais (local traditional meal), large vertical flamed skewer with a garnish, dessert and coffee.

    There's also a menu adapted for children. The wine list gives pride of place to Provence, showcasing the region's vineyards and Mediterranean red wines. You'll enjoy good value for money, local handmade produce and the chef's love for his meat and fish specialties.

    Location: 66 rue Longue, 06500 Menton, France

    Open: Open Monday–Friday from 12 pm and Monday–Sunday evening from 7 pm

    Phone: +33 (0)4 93 35 65 65

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    L’Ardoise

    A laid back gourmet restaurant to enjoy with family or friends

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    L’Ardoise is a quaint little Menton restaurant which specializes in French and fusion cooking made exclusively with fresh produce. Even if the dishes are well garnished, the menu is rather less so, but for a good reason: the restaurant only uses fresh and seasonal produce. That means the blackboard only features 5 dishes for each course, as well as the dish of the day served every lunchtime.

    Nevertheless, the dishes are delightful, the chef experienced and the value for money excellent. By the way, what would you say to a home made burger, crunchy pizza, generous salad, reinvented tartare and, to finish on a very local note, a Menton lemon millefeuille tart?

    Location: 3 rue de la Marne, 06500 Menton, France

    Open: Closed on Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday evenings and all day Monday Lunch: from 12 pm to 2.30 pm Dinner: from 7 pm to 10 pm

    Phone: +33 (0)4 93 86 69 32

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    Le P’tit Resto

    A welcoming table by the sea to enjoy home made cooking

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    Le P’tit Resto, located opposite the sea and a stone's throw away from the casino, is a family restaurant that puts the spotlight on traditional cooking. Everything is home-made, from the appetisers to the desserts and the menu gives as much pride of place to seafood as it does to meat.

    For appetizers, you can go for avocado and prawn or the snail casserole, followed by broiled swordfish steak. Meat lovers can try the beef tartare or fillet of duck breast with rosemary. There is, of course, crème caramel if you want to finish your meal on a sweet note, or white cottage cheese or gourmet coffee, to give but a few examples. The menu and dish of the day are both very affordable.

    Location: 19 avenue de la Madone, 06500 Menton, France

    Open: Open daily Lunch: from 12 pm to 2 pm Dinner: from 7 pm to 9.30 pm

    Phone: +33 (0)4 93 41 37 07

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    Da Mitchou

    From breakfast to dinner with your feet in the sand

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    Da Mitchou is everyone's dream of eating by the sea with your feet in the sand. You can't get a more pleasant experience, and Da Mitchou hands it to you on a plate from morning to night. Soak up the first rays of sun as you savor a copious breakfast against the pleasant backdrop of this restaurant which has its own private beach. You'll be won over at lunch and dinner time by the homemade French cooking at this restaurant that dares to revisit the big Mediterranean classics. Here, dishes are generous, gourmet and colorful.

    The blackboard that's forever being updated guarantees a true moment of happiness for your taste buds. What's more, you'll be able to enjoy a magnificent panorama over dinner at sunset. Menus can be adapted to groups, who are also welcome.

    Location: 9 promenade de la mer, 06500 Menton, France

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 8 am to 9.30 pm, Sunday from 8 am to 7 pm

    Phone: +33 (0)4 93 28 27 56

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    La Mandragore

    A welcoming gourmet wine bar

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    La Mandragore, a gourmet wine bar in one of the prettiest squares in town, offers perfectly simple but oh-so-delicious dishes. The menu is limited since it only uses fresh produce, yet diverse enough to be interesting. The laid back atmosphere, warm welcome and attentive service all come together so you can have an enjoyable family meal, as children are more than welcome too.

    The terrace by the market and pedestrian street is particularly pleasant in summer. What are the house specials? The petits farcis (stuffed vegetables), brandade de morue (salt cod and potato mash) and lemon meringue tart, of course.

    Location: Place aux herbes, 06500 Menton, France

    Open: Wednesday–Saturday from 10 am to 7 pm. Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm. Closed Monday and Tuesday.

    Phone: +33 (0)4 93 35 43 19

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    Maison Martin et Fils

    Fine Nice and Menton cuisine against a refined backdrop

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    Maison Martin et Fils is THE place to go if you love Menton and Nice specialties. This restaurant, located just opposite the old Marché des Halles and behind Jean Cocteau museum, will give you a friendly and professional welcome. The menu will transportation you on a journey through Menton and Nice before crossing the border for a few Italian specialties, such as Parma ham, San Daniele prosciutto and a wide range of fresh pasta.

    But fans of “Mentounasc” and “Nissart” dishes need not worry, as stuffed vegetables, zucchini flower tempura and sardine tempura are on the menu too. You can also increase the delicious delights for a reduced price with the tapas deal.

    Location: 7 rue des Marins, 06500 Menton, France

    Open: Tuesday–Saturday Lunch: from 12 pm to 2 pm Dinner: from 7 pm to 10 pm

    Phone: +33 (0)4 93 35 74 67

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    Le Petit Port

    Savor all the delicacies of southern cooking out on the terrace

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    Le Petit Port is a charming landmark for food lovers that will delight you with its terrace, warm and comfortable atmosphere and varied menu which puts the spotlight on fresh produce. There's a range culinary delights, including seafood and meat lovers and vegetarians. To begin, you can try stuffed zucchini flowers or figs stuffed with goats cheese and truffle oil, for example.

    For mains, be delighted by broiled bass or sea bream, or go for the Tournedos Rossini beef steak. And what would you say to a violet poached pear or the unmissable real Menton lemon tart to finish?

    Location: 4 rue du Jonquier, 06500 Menton, France

    Open: Thursday–Monday Lunch: from 12 pm to 2 pm Dinner: from 7.30 pm to 10 pm

    Phone: +33 (0)4 93 35 82 62

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