Bouillabaisse has become a popular dish throughout most of the world, but it all originated from Marseille. When you're visiting the French port city, it's only natural that you try their very own bouillabaisse in the place where it all started.

    Fortunately, you won't have to look far to find local restaurants offering this delectable stew. Take a look at the 10 best bouillabaisse restaurants in Marseille, and see how the masters of their craft complete this iconic dish. Just keep in mind that every restaurant you go to will likely claim to have the most authentic version.


    Restaurant Michel

    Try a bouillabaisse specialist

    Restaurant Michel is a gourmet restaurant that specialises in bouillabaisse above all else, so you can expect only the best when you try their select stew. As you walk in, you'll be able to see their fresh daily catches in the tank ensuring you that your bouillabaisse will be uncompromisingly fresh.

    This is one of the best places to go if you want authenticity from a family that has been passionate about food for generations. You'll find this restaurant in Pharo just steps away from Plage des Catalans.

    Location: 6 Rue des Catalans, 13007 Marseille, France

    Open: Daily from noon to 1.30 pm and 8 pm to 9.30 pm

    Phone: +33 (0)4 91 52 30 63



    Splurge on high-end cuisine

    L’Aromat is a fancy and somewhat costly restaurant specialising not only in French food, but Mediterranean cuisine as a whole, though the menu is still sleek and tight. Their bouillabaisse is particularly impressive, and it's often served alongside other menu items.

    One of the most popular entree options here is the hamburger de bouillabaisse, which is a fish burger that's served alongside about a shot glass' worth of bouillabaisse. You'll find this restaurant in the Opera district by the town centre.

    Location: 49 Rue Sainte, 13001 Marseille, France

    Phone: +33 (0)4 91 55 09 06


    Chez Fonfon

    Visit a restaurant based around bouillabaisse

    Chez Fonfon is where most people end up eventually when they're looking for local bouillabaisse, as it's the basis for their entire restaurant. No matter what kind of dish you get, their bouillabaisse will have the same foundation, a tomato broth seasoned with saffron and rockfish.

    When you get bouillabaisse here, you'll generally have 5 varieties of fish complete with a garnish of potatoes, fouille, aioli and croutons. To reach this restaurant, head to the northern end of the Endoume district by the Vallon des Auffes.

    Location: 140 Rue du Vallon des Auffes, 13007 Marseille, France

    Open: Daily from noon to 2 pm and 7 pm to 10 pm

    Phone: +33 (0)4 91 52 14 38



    Enjoy fine dining on a rock

    L’Epuisette is a fine dining restaurant located on a rock situated within the Vallon des Auffes, so you can enjoy a stunning view alongside delicious bouillabaisse. In the kitchen, dishes are designed by Chef Guillaume Sourrieu, a renowned French food expert.

    The design of the restaurant is meant to show off the pristine surroundings as much as possible. You can gaze out into the blue waters through massive windows to see the waves and boats pass by. At sunset, you'll find brilliant orange and red hues wash over the area. See for yourself on the northern edge of Vallon des Auffes in Endoume.

    Location: Vallon des Auffes, 13007 Marseille, France

    Open: Tuesday–Saturday from noon to 1.30 pm and 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm

    Phone: +33 (0)4 91 52 17 82


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    Le Rhul

    Taste bouillabaisse the traditional way

    Le Rhul is a hotel restaurant that features bouillabaisse that has adhered to time-honoured traditions as much as possible. The restaurant is managed by a family who has had a passion for this iconic dish going 3 generations strong now.

    All the bouillabaisse here is cooked using fresh and seasonal ingredients, so you may even find some different varieties on offer depending on when you visit. You can find delicious bouillabaisse all year long, however, so don't hesitate to stop by. You'll find the place just steps away from Anse de la Fausse Monnaie in Endoume.

    Location: 269 Corniche Président John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 13007 Marseille, France

    Phone: +33 (0)4 91 52 01 77


    Le Miramar

    Taste an unchanged recipe

    Le Miramar is home to incredible cuisine influenced by the splendour of the Mediterranean, but the bouillabaisse remains unchanged through time. The chef here is dedicated to preserving the historical integrity of the bouillabaisse recipe, so you can taste a relic of the past worth preserving.

    Additionally, you can be sure that all the ingredients are sourced locally and are always fresh. This restaurant has deep connections with the local fish markets as well as other providers of cheese, oil, wines and more. It's located in the Old Port of Marseille just steps away from the water.

    Location: 12 Quai du Port, 13002 Marseille, France

    Open: Tuesday–Sunday from noon to 2.30 pm and 7 pm to 10.30 pm (closed on Monday)

    Phone: +33 (0)4 91 91 41 09


    Le Petit Nice

    Experience the taste of 3 Michelin stars

    Le Petit Nice is a 3 Michelin star restaurant that offers all sorts of incredible Mediterranean splendour with intricate attention to detail by Chef Gerald Passedat. His philosophy is that each of his creations should be a step towards rediscovering forgotten and abandoned fish.

    The bouillabaisse here is some of the best in town with flavour and texture in every mouthful. The restaurant itself is situated in Endoume by the coast in between Anse de Maldorme and Anse de la Fausse Monnaie.

    Location: 17 Rue des Braves Anse de Maldormé, Corniche Président John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 13007 Marseille, France

    Phone: +33 (0)4 91 59 25 92


    Restaurant Peron

    Enjoy food by the bay

    Restaurant Peron is a popular bayside restaurant that offers delicious Mediterranean food you can enjoy while taking in the sights of the rocks and the bay. The chef is committed to utilizing Mediterranean influences to get as much out of the locally available ingredients as possible.

    Their bouillabaisse is absolutely brilliant, but that's just the beginning of what you'll find. This restaurant also offers duck, beef, stuffed vegetables and a terrace from which you can enjoy it all. You'll find the restaurant in Endoume just north of Jardin Benedetti on the coast.

    Location: 56 Corniche Président John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 13007 Marseille, France

    Open: Tuesday–Saturday from noon to 2 pm and 7 pm to 9 pm, Sunday from noon to 2 pm (closed on Monday)

    Phone: +33 (0)4 91 52 15 22


    Le Chateau Sormiou

    Enjoy a convenient location and stunning service

    Le Chateau Sormiou is known not only for its delicious French and Mediterranean cuisine but for its service and accessibility as well. The cozy ambiance is immediately noticeable when you step inside, and the servers are always ready to make your experience as easy as possible.

    Quite a few items on their menu have received rave reviews, but the most consistently loved are their soups and bouillabaisse. Additionally, you'll find parfait, souffles and a large wine selection. You'll find it all just steps away from the beach at Calanque de Sormiou.

    Location: Route du Feu de la Calanque de Sormiou, 13009 Marseille, France

    Open: Monday–Saturday from noon to 2.30 pm and 7.30 pm to 9 pm, Sunday from noon to 2.30 pm

    Phone: +33 (0)4 91 25 08 69



    Try local comfort food

    Abaco offers a nice break from the fine dining and budget-draining restaurants popular in the area while still offering an absolutely stunning bouillabaisse. The food is often described by critics as unpretentious while still offering flavours you won't want to miss out on.

    While the bouillabaisse is a popular favourite here, you'll find a variety of fish dishes alongside expertly prepared meats like duck. You can see it all for yourself in Pharo just east of Plage des Catalans by the town centre.

    Location: 38 Rue Papety, 13007 Marseille, France

    Open: Monday–Saturday from noon to 2.15 pm and 7.30 pm to 10 pm (closed on Sunday)

    Phone: +33 (0)4 91 90 23 73


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