This is a guide to the best restaurants in Porto-Vecchio Old Town which is host to a good selection of fashionable eateries. There are numerous places to eat around the main square, Place de la République, and along the neighbouring Cours Napoleon, many with pavement terraces.
There is a further cluster of restaurants set into the city walls on Rue U Borgu (between the Porte Genoise and the Bastion de la Porte), each boasting panoramic views across the valley, mountains and Porto-Vecchio harbour.
Restaurants in the Old Town
Le Roi Theodore (Porte Genoise)
One of Porto-Vecchio’s top restaurants, this classy and expensive eatery (located in one of the Genoese entrances to the town) oozes with elegance. The quality of the food, wine and service are excellent. The atmosphere is intimate and there is an attractive terrace. Specialises in sea food.
L’Antigu (Rue Borgu)
Located in the row of restaurants in the wall of the Old Town (eastern edge), each boasting terraces with spectacular panoramic view over the gulf. This restaurant serves good quality food, with Corsican dishes and even some vegetarian options. Closed Sunday lunch.
Le Troubadour (Rue General Leclerc)
With charming decor and a rustic feel, Le Troubadour specialises in delicious fish and meat dishes. Corsican singing is provided, with jazz at the weekends, adding to the delight of this low-ceilinged, popular eating and music venue.
U Spuntinu (Place de l’Eglise)
A superb location, with a terrace right in front of the church in the main square. Salads, omelettes and charcuterie are available. Good, authentic food, if on the expensive side.
A Cantina di l’Orriu (Cours Napoleon)
A local Corsican produce shop, with a fantastic array of quality cheeses, hams, jams, wines and other local specialities. There’s a small terrace for eating in and sampling bite-size portions of the delicacies, washed down with Corsican wine.
Sous La Tonnelle (Rue Abbatucci)
A gem of a small restaurant in Porto-Vecchio Old Town. Cosy and narrow, with an attractive pavement terrace adorned with vines. Specialises in traditional Corsican dishes. In July and August is only open in the evenings.
La Vigie (Rue Borgu)
Specialises in pizza and pasta (pizzas made in an oven in the centre of the restaurant). Great service and reasonable prices.
Chez Anna (Rue Camille de Rocca Serra)
A bright trattoria, specialising in pasta dishes. Try the restaurant’s renowned “dollari” pasta dish (cream, parmesan cheese and meat).
La Fringale (Cours Napoleon)
Fast-food, good for lunches (paninis, salads, burgers, ice cream). Great for children and reasonable prices. Mostly for take-away, with a few places to sit in.
Restaurants in the Marina
U Corsu (Port de Commerce)
On the quayside of the ferry dock, with a sunny waterside terrace, fantastic views of the gulf, port, citadel and the mountains. Specialises in fish and grilled meat, as well as pizzas with homemade tomato sauces. Corsican singing some evenings.
Version Originale (Marina)
A modern trendy cafe serving salad and paninis.
A la Marine (Port de Commerce)
Popular with both locals and tourists. Great pizzas and sushi, at reasonable prices. Outside terrace.
Tropicana (Port de Commerce)
Lively atmosphere, overlooking the port. Delicious lunches and specialises in cocktails and ice-cream.