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#12 of 1,700 Restaurants in Nice
Travelers' Choice2022
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$41 - $72
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French, European
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Young South African Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen, who has worked as a chef on private yachts in Monaco and a reporter and photographer for a well-kno...
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Reviewed April 21, 2022 via mobile

All four of us fell in love with this restaurant at first glance. I’ve been to many Michelin starred restaurants (too many), and this beats most of them in terms of expectations and delivery. Went to L’Arpége in Paris in December and would perhaps not...go back, but I already hope to visit JAN soon again. Really a memorable dinner, in many ways. I have read some rewiews here, and I would agree that it wasn’t perfect in every aspect, but the armosphere created by the staff, music and all the small details like the ritual in the beginning, made up for all minor shortcomings and made us feel really special. We had the Cristal Menu. Creative, inventive and great courses all the way, particularly the bobouti. I’m happy we didn’t have the wine packages, because I got the opportunity to get to know Marina, the sommelier, and her skills. She helped us to choose a simply lovely Savennière (100% Chinon Blanc) not to mention a Gevrey-Chambertin by AF Gros. Marina told us the Gros delivery had arrived at JAN just hours before our dinner and we were the first to taste these wines. Remarkable wines, both, for not much more than the four wine packages would have been in total. We arrived at 6pm and the next flight at the table was about start at 8.30. Thus we were a little bit busy with it all, but we totally understand that the price level would be quite different with just one serving / evening.And if we would have chosen the additional cheese experience at the annex Maria on the opposite side of Rue Lascaris, we probably would have had more time to enjoy the last drops of this experience. We had preordered a taxi pickup to get us at 9 pm, and as went to a simple bar nearby to digest our lovely experience with a glass of rosé, Marina came over to have a chat and say goodbye. You wouldn’t have that privilege or honour at the 3-starred L’Arpège, would you..? Simply lovely!More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed October 16, 2022 via mobile

We visited an October Friday at 6 pm and had the Menu Crystal with 6 servings among other an excellent deconstructed version of the South-african dish Bobotie. The two types of bread were a.o. accompanied by an outstanding olive oil. As we would like a...bottle of local white wine the sommelier recommended Clos Saint-Vincent from Bellet situated less than 10 miles north of Nice. The grape is Vermentino and this wine was for us an excellent companion to the entire meal. Service was quick, competent and friendly.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed October 5, 2021

As an American with one of my roots being South Africa, I had not put going to JAN in Nice in my travel agenda as I was not thrilled by the idea of dining at an S. African influenced restaurant in Southern France. However, when...I started to doubt my chances of getting off the wait list for Alain Ducasse-Monaco, I called JAN for a last minute reservation. I did receive a call from Alain Ducasse just 40 minutes after I had booked for JAN but I’m glad I did not trouble myself to going back to Monaco for the evening. Food: Presentation and Flavor was good and worth the 1 Michelin star. Texture and crunch were both there. However, I hoped for a stronger South African influence in all of the dishes. It was on the safer side, perhaps? If you are an Afrikaaner or spent few years growing up in SA like me, you may be nostalgic for more of the SA touches. The pie that came with the beef dish was delicious, filling and reminded me of the days my mom packed the Woolworth’s pies for my school lunch. Cheese room was divine but the only linked to SA was the Pinotage. Dried mango, biltong, guava rolls on the cheese table would have also been great accompaniments to the 20 selections of cheese. Overall, I was surprisingly full after the 4 tasting dishes and the cheese room. Service: I have gone to a plethora of Michelin restaurants (EMP, Brooklyn Fare, Bernardin, Gaggan to name a few) and I must say the service from waiters (different story for the waitresses…) and maître d’ was on par with some of these big names. The dishes came out timely, and my glass of sparkling water was refilled as soon as it was empty. The waiters were knowledgeable of the ingredients and were welcoming. I appreciated that they were not pretentious as some restaurants lose their humility after the Michelin recognition. It was a pleasure talking to Luigi at the end of the meal. It was clear that he cared not only about the guests’ dining experiences but also about the guests themselves. Restaurant he recommended for my next day’s lunch was a great choice. I had a wonderful evening at JAN and I look forward to dining here again.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed September 3, 2021 via mobile

Jan is a great experience, I’m very happy about visiting it. First off, the food. It’s a delicious combination of French and South African delicacies. Meat, fruits and spices from South Africa are served along local fish or Niçoise salad or socca. And then the...experience is something else! Everything feels carefully designed to complement the food. Lighting, ambience, cutlery and tableware, how the napkins are folded.. it all complements and enhances the flavours and pleasures. And to top it off, the staff is amazing. They are competent, friendly, and they genuinely feel like they’re having a good time in pleasuring customers. I was impressed and delighted, I highly recommend this place and it will be a staple of my visits moving forwardMore

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed March 4, 2022

What a lovely, enjoyable, surprising experience. My husband and I had the 4 course tasting menu (only timeslot available). WOW! The intro appetizer tastings were interesting and beyond delicious. Presentation gorgeous. Service excellent. Food amazing. Wine excellent. (The main dish was great but not my...favorite, a bit too much fois gras and other things going on.) The South African bread was most amazing - I asked for another helping. And the butter on the knife - YUM. Never saw that presentation before. We had to cancel on our cheese room because we couldn't eat anymore. Not a huge deal, but we felt a bit rushed to finish our dessert in the time slot. Understand spacing needs and time commitments, and that's why the cheese room makes sense. Overall, far exceeded our expectations, most NYC restaurants and many around the world that we've dined in. Maybe it was just the night, the staff, or the first-time having South African food, but we both highly recommend this intimate and exceptional restaurant.More

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed April 23, 2022 via mobile

Everything we had at Jan was absolutely delicious! Great service and innovative dishes made this an experience to remember. Very romantic and a great date night. I’d skip the cheese room next time - cheese was great but the service went downhill fast when we...moved across the street. Next time we are in Nice we will definitely be back!More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed March 30, 2022

I have dined at a few Michelin restaurants, this has been my absolute favourite! When one thinks about fine dining, an experience and celebration of food, Restaurant JAN personally hit the mark and did not disappoint. Every plate was quality at its best and tasted...of everything outstanding, it might have just been the best meal I had been served. The hosts and servers were delightful and very professional. And the cheese room was simply charming. A truly incredible dining experience👌🏽More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed September 2, 2021 via mobile

In my opinion they deliver a very good service. After placing the reservation they asked in advance for any food allergies or restrictions and responded very well to them and changed the menu according to my limitations slightly. The Staff was very kind, very hospital...and very caring but not overwhelming with their presence. They really seemed to like to answer all our questions about the items on the menu, about the wines etc. and they did that kindly. Each of the 4 courses we had was very balanced in flavor, had some slightly exotic touches and nuances and was plated beautifully. Every flavor seemed to lead to another creating a very harmonic experience in your mouth, never too strong nor too weak in one direction. That was enhanced by the very well picked wine pairing to the menu (south african ones and french ones, the chenin blanc was amazing!) and also by the interesting non-alcoholic pairing. Again, an amazing experience and we will definitely come back!More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed June 23, 2022

JAN serves up a wonderful combination of French and South African cuisine that is nothing short of spectacular. Truly one of the best restaurants in town, if not the best of all. Fine dining with high ambitions that are fulfilled with every dish that is...served in the set tasting menus. The cheese serving where you cross the street and enter the cheese room is to die for. I've been to JAN three times since it reopened after the pandemic and I have never been disappointed.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed October 6, 2021 via mobile

Our experience at Jan could not have been better. We were received just as we walked in the front door with an incredible level of care and attention—-and that care and attention carried over throughout the evening. The food was beautiful and delicious—the service, too,...was phenomenal, and the ambiance and atmosphere could not have been any sweeter. The dining room is small, and intimate and the staff seems to outnumber the patrons. Be sure to nod yes emphatically to the cheese course following the meal. We were escorted across the street following our main course to another building, named after the Chef’s mother (maybe grandmother), Maria. The abundance of cheese and accoutrements was unlike anything I’ve ever seen. Truly special experience. A thousand thanks to the wonderful staff for making our anniversary so very memorable.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed December 3, 2021 via mobile

My husband treated me to a birthday dinner at Jan's on 3.12.21. From entering the restaurant right up to the last course served we experienced awesome care and hospitality from Luigi and his colleagues. The food was a dining experience that one can only dream...of. Being a fellow South African it was amazing meeting Jan in person. What a delightful, down to earth human being he is. Wishing your business all the best. Thank you from the bottom of our heartsMore

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed August 9, 2022 via mobile

This was by no doubt one of my best fine dining experiences ever, and the first along with my girlfriend. We knew virtually nothing about the South African cuisine before we came here. The restaurant blends the South African with local French and Asian tastes....We really enjoyed it. The staff made the serving at perfection. We could have skipped the cheese buffet, because we were so stuffed at that point, but on the other hand, it was so rich. We would gladly recommend!More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed October 20, 2022 via mobile

We read all the positive reviews and booked a dinner for our last night in Nice. Everything was perfect! The place itself, the service and the food & wine- WOW! We have been to other Michelin star restaurants but this is the best experience so...far! We took the 1st option of the wine pairing, highly recommended! My partner does not eat meat, and I only eat fish- the options we got instead of meat were really amazing. Do not miss the cheese room!! So worth it.....it felt like Wonderland. Do arrive hungry, as there are many dishes.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed April 26, 2022 via mobile

Had such a fabulous experience at restaurant JAN. The home(south africa) inspired dishes was so good to have after being away from home and i think it is a good presentation to the people who yet not have had South African foods. The wine paring...was excellent with the courses we had, the cheese room is a must option at Maris’s right a cros from JAN. Friendly staff, all well presented and friendly to explain exactly what the dish was inspired from. I left with a full stomach. Really reasonably priced for what you get.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed August 10, 2022

Drop everything when you are in Nice and visit Restaurant JAN, from the moment you enter the restaurant you are transported to the Chef's vision and fine eye for detail. The interior is out of this world and a world class establishment. The staff is...incredible, extremely friendly/ knowledgeable and where do I begin to explain the food. Every dish is carefully curated, from texture right through to taste. This is 3-star Michelin quality.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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JAN is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5