I return to this charming restaurant in the vines every year and it never gets old.
Just 5 kilometers from Saint-Tropez, set in a peaceful location in the vineyards just below the perched village of Gassin, La Verdoyante is an old wine farm built around 1890, and has been in the Mouret family for generations. It was transformed into a restaurant in 1979 by the same family who are dedicated to fine cuisine and a leisurely Provencal experience.
You can order à la carte, but the gourmet 3-course menu that includes an appetizer, a main course, and cheese or dessert is a bargain at 45-euros. The 5-course option is just 55-euros. Food is Provencal, with a special attention to meat and seafood, and local market specialties.
Reserve far in advance and book a table on the sprawling terrace with views tumbling over the vines and into the bay.
There is parking on the premises and it’s only a 20-mintue cab ride from Saint-Tropez’s port, if you prefer not to drive.
Truly the perfect antidote to the hustle of Saint-Tropez. La Verdoyante is a must.
Open from May to October.
Closed Monday lunch and Wednesdays