If you’re a food pilgrim, then come pay respects at the the temple of Chef Arnaud Donckele.
The only three Michelin star restaurant in town, awarded in 2013, La Vague d’Or (the golden wave) is set inside the exclusive hotel Résidence de la Pinède, just outside the village on the shores of the gulf of Saint-Tropez, where yellow and white umbrellas and towering parasol pines shade discerning sunbathers and diners.
Chef Arnaud Donckele delight diners with artfully plated dishes inspired by the tastes, scents, and colors of Summer, Provence and the Mediterranean Sea, and you can expect a rotation of tantalizing dishes like seared langoustine with morning harvested asparagus, citrus basil and natural aloe vera; lamb chops with wild thyme; and fruit, vegetables and cheese from the region.
The five course tasting menu is 275 euros per person and rise like the stars that surround it for the eight course, 340 euro menu. But really, if you’re going to blow the bank on a meal, this is the place to do it.
There is also an à la carte menu.
The dress code is Saint-Tropez chic, which means, men, while you can’t turn up in flip flops and swim trunks, you can leave the jacket and tie at home.
Open from 7:30 pm to 10 pm April – October
HINT: If you want to experience the atmosphere surrounding La Vague d’Or without the bite of a 3-star bill and five-course meal, you could visit the hotel at lunch and dine in front of the restaurant (and peer in the windows) at La Terrasse, open daily from 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.