One of the best things about my recent trip to Corsica was the food. If you think Pizza, hearty French dishes and seafood will tickle your taste-buds, then the island is definitely somewhere you’ll want to visit!
Staying in the town of Porto Vecchio for around two weeks allowed my family and I to sample such foods from many of the town’s restaurants. I have to say that all the meals we had were delicious! But, if you forced me to recommend somewhere, I’d suggest one of the five restaurants below.
Thus, here’s my opinion on ‘The 5 Best Restaurants in Porto Vecchio Corsica’:
1) Le Refuge –
Porto Vecchio’s highest rated restaurant on Trip Advisor is Le Refuge. It’s actually located about 20-minutes away from town’s center, but since a drive into the mountains should be top of your ‘to do list’ anyhow, it’s a spot you really don’t want to miss!
Make sure you check out my post on the ‘best things to do in Porto Vecchio’.
Le Refuge’s menu offers authentic Corsican cuisine, with the restaurant’s speciality being roast pork. Although I couldn’t quite bring myself to eat piglet, I have to confess that the smell coming from the next table was pretty mouth-watering!
Whatsmore with mains being reasonably priced at around €20, you may even have some change to spare at the restaurant’s shop, where you can purchase many of the cured meats and cheeses featured on the menu!
To summarise I’d say that Le Refuge is a very charming and rustic hidden gem.
2) Le Lodge –
Out of all of Porto Vecchio’s restaurants, I might go as far to say that this next one was my favourite…
Located in the towns beautiful harbour area, Le Lodge offers ‘a taste of home’ amongst the more traditional restaurants in Porto Vecchio. A wide burger selection was just the thing my dad and I were looking for after a day of lazing in the sun! The waiter was even kind enough to accommodate my gluten-free needs.
As a dessert lover, however, the restaurants melt in the middle chocolate pudding was the crowning jewel!
3) Tropicana –
Also located in the harbour, Tropicana mainly makes this list due to its amazingly strong cocktails… The accompanying food isn’t too bad either! 😉
This restaurant is somewhere you’ll definitely want to visit if you’re a fish lover. This is because my mum and I both had the most amazing seafood dishes! For one, my mum was served the most generous (and delicious) portion of muscles I’ve ever seen.
This said I’d recommend trying to get to Tropicana in the early evening as by the time we arrived at around 8pm they had run out of quite a few things on the menu!
4) Sous La Fannelle –
The fourth of my best Porto Vecchio restaurants is Sous La Fannelle. We stumbled upon this little gem whilst stupidly trying to find somewhere to eat on Bastille day. Despite being nearly full the staff kindly squeezed us in…
Rather than having a menu, the waitress brought us over a board and ran through the dishes of the day. Not only did this mean we didn’t have to translate, it also added a personal touch which we much appreciated.
What’s more, the atmosphere of this restaurant was simply charming! Its located in a cobbled backstreet and has vine-covered walls, making it the perfect location for couples or even families that just want to eat somewhere a little cosy. 🙂
SIDE NOTE: at all of the Porto Vecchio restaurants we visited, the menus were in French. Therefore I’d highly recommend downloading the google translate app whereby you can use your phone’s camera to translate the menus to English!
5) Les Jardins De La Paresse –
Last but by no means least is Les Jardines De La Paresse, a pizzeria located in the centre of the old town, which also has fantastic views out over the harbour.
Having a varied menu of not only pizza but also fish, meats and risotto meant that this restaurant was the only one we returned to.
The service and food were excellent each time we visited – with the added bonus of an English waiter which made it much easier to order and communicate what we wanted!
The restaurant itself is idyllic…. Situated down some steep steps, its multiple garden terraces are cut out from the rock. This means that despite being in the centre of town, the restaurant is miles away from the craziness of the main streets.
Because of this, Les Jardins De La Paresse has the perfect combination of gorgeous food, kind waiting staff and breath-taking views, meaning that it for sure deserved a place on my list of the best restaurants in Porto Vecchio Corsica.
Can you believe that I’m French and I’ve never been to Corsica? I’ve always wanted to, but I thought I’d have the time later. And then I moved to Australia and now it’s too far away! I mainly know Corsica for hiking, sailing and diving (which are my favourite activities). I didn’t know it was great for food too (which is also one of my favourite activities ;). That’s fantastic. I’m very surprised all the menus were in French. I thought they’d have at least an English option for this touristy island!
Eating is my favourite activity too haha! We were surprised about the menus too, the little French I could remember from school certainly came in handy 🙂
I am hungry now officially =D This foodie wants to visit Corsica now!
Haha I get the same after reading anything about food 🙂
I have to say that even though I went to Corsica once when I was a kid, I never came back there. Shame on me, it is not that far from my home! Really nice article, those places sound great!
Thanks for reading, you should definitely head back its a really beautiful island
So much good food! Le Refuge looks especially delicious <3
The atmosphere of being up in the mountains made it all the more special!
This is the type of holidays I like, a sunny location with great food. I have never been to Corsica but I know how beautiful the island is. All the dishes look amazing. I have pinned this for later! Thanks for sharing.
Me and you are on the same page!! Thanks for reading 🙂
Wow, everything looks delish! Would love to sample the offerings of these restaurants. Hopefully I do get a chance to visit Corsica.
Eating my way through travels is my favorite! These pictures are making me drool on the other side of the screen. I really want to try everything! Thanks for making me hungry and the great post! I will be saving it for sure!
hahaha! Its my favourite too
All those meals look so delicious! I love a place that wins me through eating! Looks like you had a lot of great meals!
Haven’t heard about Corsica yet. But this looks pretty good specially foods!
I’m dying to go to Corsica and now I’m dying to eat in Corsica (LOL thanks for the hunger pangs in my stomach I’m now experiencing from your drool worthy photos!). This is such a great list of restaurants and your photos are selling me even more on heading to the island! Pinned this for my trip 🙂
Hahaha exactly! Good views and good food, whats not to like
Did you know Corsica was the shooting location for the Bollywood Movie Tamasha! Look up the songs, think you shall like it 😀
Loved Corsica so much during the road trip we did in 2017, that we have booked another trip starting next month, all the way from india, appreciate the authenticity of the place and that I hope it stays this way, we hardly found anyone speaking good English, not many English speaking tourists also, a boat trip in bonafacio had all french commentary where we were the only two people not understanding ,but we laughed when they laughed, I am convinced after 8 years of traveling across Europe every year,we have found the place where we would want to retire.
Aww so glad you love it in Corsica! It’s certainly a really magical place 🙂