South France Villas’ top ten beach and waterfront restaurants in Languedoc, South of France

A holiday in the South of France would not be the same without a visit to one or two of the wonderful sandy Mediterranean beaches. We have put together our top ten favourites in the region, we have holiday villas with private swimming pools available to rent nearby and some directly on the beaches!  South France Beach Villas. Many of the beach restaurants are only open from May to September.

Top Ten Beach and Waterfront Restaurants in Languedoc

Les Voiles

Portiragnes Plage Ouest

This Plage privee as the French say is not in the main part of Portiragnes, a short drive or bike ride away from the centre. The food is typical Mediterranean, fresh fish and shellfish along with sumptuous salads. A wonderful ambiance, especially in the evening when they often have a live band playing. Sun loungers can also be reserved, ideal for a lazy afternoon after a fabulous lunch.

Jungle Beach

Plage Rechelieu est Cap d’Agde

A large trendy plage privee, the decked terrace extends directly onto the beach. The winner of Top Chef (the French version of master chef) revised the menu in 2014.  A wide selection of food, from Sushi to Cote de Beouf, along with a brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. To accompany your mean the wine and cocktail list has something for everyone.  It is mainly a young crowd, once a week a DJ plays for a party on the beach. More expensive than most of the beach restaurants in Languedoc, South of France.

La Nomada

Vendres plage

A small beach restaurant with a lovely friendly team, varied menu and a good value fixed price lunch menu.  Undercover dining is available, should it be too hot or a little windy. If you are on holiday in the South of France with young children the beach is small and great for them to run around.

Aux deux oliviers

Gruissan, not waterfront set in between the new and old town.

Very pleasant and passionate owners. A choice of set menu’s or a la carte, the boullibase is their speciality along with amazing homemade desserts.  A walk around the port afterwards is also recommended.

La Taverne du Port

Marseillan Port

On the Rive Gauche this family run restaurant serves the freshest fish and oysters from the local Bassin de Thau.  Extensive wine list, choice of set menus or great a la carte choice. The cheese platter is truly amazing the owner will tell you where to start and finish!

Auberge de la Croisade

Canal du Midi, Cruzy

A wonderful gastronomic restaurant alongside the Canal du Midi.  Menus from 15 Euro to 50 Euro, if you have time and the appetite try the regal menu, foie gras, lobster….  A good choice of local wines at reasonable prices. Rare to find a good restaurant in this area of the South of France open on Monday! Auberge de la Croisade

Bar de la Marine


One of the best views over the harbour and the royal Chateau. A typical French style Brasserie/Bar that is open all day, serving breakfasts through to evening meal.  A great place to eat with the locals and taste catalane specialities, children’s menus also available. Bar de la Marine

Les Saveurs de Thau

Meze, on the quaint quayside

Traditional Languedoc restaurant, serving home cooked seafood and meat their speciality is kangaroo! Excellent value for money with menus ranging from 11 euros for lunch to the 5 course dinner which is only 35 Euros.  Les Saveurs de Thau

Le Beach


Open from May to September. Hidden away from the main part of Vias, behind Californie camping. Follow the pirate signs in the trees. This outdoor pop up restaurant is on the edge of the rocks, with uninterrupted views over the South of France.  A wide choice of salads, fresh fish, lobster, and good steaks. A little pricey but the view is worth it.

Auberge du Lac

Lodeve, lac Salagou

This restaurant has the most wonderful scenic view over Lake Salagou, and plenty of shaded tables. A good choice on the 22 euro set menu, if going a la carte make sure you order your dessert at the start of your meal, as they are individually made. The cheese trolley has a great selection, and don’t forget here in the South of France, cheese is served before dessert.

Restaurants in the South of France are busy at lunchtime and have special lunchtime menus which are only available Monday to Friday. This means that you can eat exceptionally well for a good price. A glass of wine or a coffee is often included.