Last week after a property viewing with a client, we decided to discuss the estate further at a local restaurant. Fortunately close by for us was Plage Keller, an incredibly well-known seaside restaurant on the beautiful and historic peninsula of Cap d’Antibes.
For all the years I have lived in the Cote d’Azur, I was surprised I haven’t visited the establishment sooner. It was by luck we happened to be there on opening day for the season, and from the minute we stepped down the few steps onto the main terrace, we were graciously welcomed by the staff, and the restaurant, having only opened two hours before, was already buzzing with activity which says two things - they were missed throughout the winter months and this is definitely the place to be.
We had the choice to sit inside or outside next to the sandy beach, but since we were still in business mode, the small group of us chose to sit inside, where we were given a table by the large windows offering us spectacular, panoramic, Mediterranean Sea views with parts of the peninsula on either side of us.
In the far background of the sea were the still snow-capped mountains, along with the seaside city landscapes of Nice, the Saint Jean Cap Ferrat peninsula, and beyond that the Tête de Chien above Monaco. It was breathtaking and added something really special to the restaurant environment, allowing one to relax, no matter if you were talking business or also just enjoying lunch with friends and family.
The employees of Plage Keller were certainly on top of their game, and if there was anything perhaps going wrong for them with it being opening day, you definitely didn’t pick up on it as we had numerous attentive waiters taking care of our every whim, and with us at the table speaking a variety of languages, they could without hesitation switch it up to whatever language the client spoke to them in.
The menu has a wide variety of food, drink, and dessert choices, very much in sync with not only the stunning beach location but also in refined rhythm with the character of the French Riviera.
Our small, group, being of different nationalities ordered, fresh seafood, and Italian pasta, and I had the French version of tartare de boeuf with accompanying side dishes. Even though this was a business meeting, the ambiance of the restaurant helped to quickly soothe our work thoughts and define us more as friends, soon we were all taste-testing each other’s dishes, in full agreement that it was all delicious.
Plage Keller has ample space both inside and outside on the terraces at the beach, and although the restaurant was busy when we arrived, we did not feel rushed in the least, in fact, the opposite, we were encouraged to relish this established restaurant by staying for as long as we would want.
Those who know me, know I don’t often write about restaurants, but if I do, that means it is highly recommended.
Plage Keller is very reasonably priced for the array of mouth-watering, fresh food items available and overall, the experience alone in such a unique, wonderful natural setting is something you would want to write home about.
I cannot wait to visit again this season, and I suspect once the height of summer arrives, and given the prime location, the restaurant will be bursting so I would advise you to book your reservation ahead of time with Plage Keller.
Photos credit: Plage Keller