The restaurants recommended in this blog have all been visited by me and my wife and often with friends. We have visited them at least once. I only recommend restaurants that have a quality that, in my opinion, makes them worth a visit.
Some are world class restaurants, some are very simple, but the food is always worth the price and the chefs have prepared it with pride and love of good food.
The food is essential for being mentioned here. Minor problems when it comes to service and other things are mentioned but does not disqualify them from being recommended.
We have also eaten in some restaurants in the area that do not leave any memories worth writing about.
Finally we have been to very few bad restaurants and have been badly serviced in a few.
These three categories are marked differently in List of Restaurants.
marks our special restaurants. On the map they are found by the red marks and in the search term list under coup de ceur

Monday, June 9, 2014

LA TABLE DE SABINE

LA TABLE DE SABINE - Quai Landy, Calvi, Corsica

We had a very good lunch at this place which was good value. They also served one of the few acceptable wines we had in Corsica. So - we decided to return in the evening. In the evening I decided to take them up on the suggested fresh grilled fish and my wife had veal. The fish was good, but not as elaborated as you would expect for a price of 70 euro per kilo. My wife's veal was over-cooked, dry and not tender.

It did not make the situation better that a group of 20 Harley-Davidson drivers of our own age with substantially younger spouses came in and started to behave like drunk teenagers on vacation.

The service in this restaurant is however very professional and friendly. The view from the restaurant is magnificent.

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Latest visit: June 2014
Number of visits: 1

A STREGA

A STREGA - Le Port, Erbalunga, Corsica

This is not a restaurant worth a detour for, but if you are in Erbalunga and just want something simple to eat down at the harbour, this is a good choice. They have a quite good pizza and the view is magnificent. They however do not accept cards of any kind.

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Latest visit: June 2024
Number of visits: 1

L'ISULA

L'ISULA - 7 rue Clémencau, Calvi, Corsica

We were a bit tired of eating fish every day so we decided to eat meat this evening. We ordered what we thought would be their best meat-dish. They asked how we wanted it cooked and we were expecting something extra as it was file with white truffles. When the meat came it was heavily over-cooked. Mine was medium, which was ordered red and my wife's, which was ordered medium  was well done, totally dry and grey. We should have ordered fish as other people did and they were very happy with their meals.

The waiter was devastated and offered to give us new meat, but as we had to wait forever for our food and was really hungry we finished most of it despite the quality. We did not want to wait for another 20 minutes.

The waiter was very nice and she only charges us for one meal. We think it was just a misfortune, that was not typical for the restaurant. The dessert was very good and the cheese we got was also very good.

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Latest visit: June 2014
Number of visits: 1

Sunday, June 8, 2014

LE FORUM

LE FORUM - 2 quai Napoleon, Ajaccio, Corsica

Just at the market in old town you find a few restaurants at the sea-side. We were looking for something simple and our choice was Le Forum. They had the best pizza we have had for a long time. Even better than my wife's. Normally I am not a pizza-fan, but this was perfect, with extremely thin doe and very tasty.

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Latest visit: June 2014
Number of visits: 1

LE VOILIER

LE VOILIER - La Marine, Bonifacio, Corsica

This restaurant is not reviewed entirely because we recommend it, but rather because it might be your choice if you are looking for something a bit better than the average in Bonifacio. It looks good and it is on the expensive side and pretend to be very posh. We got an expression that it is to this place you go to impress. The service is really too much and they address you with Sir in every other word. We are not used to that in continental France, were even a three star Guide Michelin restaurant has very relaxed service – and we do not feel comfortable with it.

From continental France we are used to that it is the same food or at least the same quality if you order a menu as if you order from the a la carte - maybe a little smaller portion sometimes – which is fine with us as we are small eaters. Therefore we ordered the menu and could not understand why the couple next to us ordered the same thing as a la carte.

My wife had a nice starter and I had fish soup that was not anything extra, something I had expected in a fish restaurant with this image. For main dish we both had turbot, which was a disappointment. We got small tail pieces which were overcooked and had a funny smell but no taste. The vegetables were however perfectly cooked and crispy. My wife’s cheese was good and my iles flottant with fresh fruit was very nice.

Quite a few things irritated us. They added 300% on the wine for just opening the bottle. They were less interested in us when we did not order the fresh fish or langouste they offered us. We thought it was a little too much to pay 80 euros per kilo for a fish that was just grilled. And as I said – we felt as they tried to sell us a used car.

Latest visit: May 2014
Number of visits: 1

LA TRATTORIA

LA TRATTORIA - 30, Cours Grandval, Ajaccio, Corsica

We were so impressed of the food at lunch so we reserved a table for the evening also. At lunch we got a nice plate of local Corsican charcuterie and a nice pasta with a tasty local sausage. The tiramisu for dessert was absolutely fantastic.

In the evening I made the mistake of ordering veal with Parmesan cheese, which I shouldn’t have done. I am not fond of the way Italians over-cook their meat, but my wife thought it was very nice. As we were still not very hungry after the lunch we shared a "baba au rum" for dessert. It was lovely, which even my wife, who normally don’t like it, thought.

The service at this restaurant is friendly, relaxed and very professional.

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Latest visit: May 2024
Number of visits: 2

LE 20123

LE 20123 - 2 rue du Roi-de-Rome. Ajaccio, Corsica

This is a very special restaurant and very popular. We passed many restaurants in the old town and they were all almost empty, but at this place we could not get a table inside, but we could sit outside. It was packed. While we were eating it was a constant stream of people trying to get in.

They have one menu and they have had the same food since they started out in the county-side many years before they moved into town. They also have one wine, made especially for them. They had however three or four choices for main course and gave us two starters. The food is traditional country cooking with specialties from Corsica. I enjoyed it very much, but my wife thought it was a bit too rustic and heavy. My guess is that most couples would have the same differences about this kind of food. I will however recommend you to go here as it is obviously as genuine you can get it. The interior is really different and worth a visit. Another reason is that the service is very welcoming and friendly.

Be aware however – they only accept cash.

Latest visit: May 2014
Number of visits: 1

A NEPITA

A NEPITA - 4 rue San Lazaro, Ajaccio, Corsica

We were told by several sources that this is the best restaurant in Ajaccio. Therefore we were very surprised to find a very simple, quite small restaurant in a back street. Just one person was serving and we could only see one person in the semi-open kitchen. The price of the lunch menu was also very reasonable but the food was really excellent. For starter we had a risotto that was very tasty and the main course was one of the best fish dishes we had on Corsica. The waiter told us it was a local fish that was not that common in restaurants as it is full of bones. We saw nothing of those however – they were taken care of by the chef. The taste was really good. My wife got some nice cheese for dessert and I had a very simple plate with strawberries and wiped cream.

The service was very nice and he took time for everyone despite he had responsibility for the whole restaurant. We tried to go there when we returned to Ajaccio a week later, but it was fully booked. We were however impressed that the waiter said: “You were here a week ago for lunch, weren’t you. You were sitting there,” he said and pointed at our table. It did not help as he had no table for us, but we felt good anyway.

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Latest visit: May 2014
Number of visits: 1

LA TOUR GENOISE

LA TOUR GENOISE - Porto, Corsica

There are quite a few restaurants in the nice little village Porto. Just by chance we went to La Tour Genoise to see if we could eat some fish. We had a very nice filé of dorade royale and it was no problem to change the mostly boring yellow rise for French fries.

The service was nice and polite and we could get a table by the window despite we were only two.

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Latest visit: June 2014
Number of visits: 1

L’ANNEXE

L’ANNEXE - Rampe Sainte Croix, Corte, Corsica

Half way over the mountain going from coast to coast we came to the town Corte. To find a decent restaurant is always a chance in an unknown place. Of some reason, we did not understand ourselves, we choose the small restaurant L’Annexe. It was a good choice. The lunch that was very inexpensive was excellent. My wife had cannelloni filled with the local cheese brocciu and I had two small fried trout, also with brocciu. It was maybe the best fish I had on Corsica.

The service was nice and efficient.

Web: http://www.restaurant-lannexe.fr/
Latest visit: May 2014
Number of visits: 1

AUX BONS AMIS

AUX BONS AMIS - Rue Clémenceau, Calvi, Corsica

This restaurant was recommended by Guide Michelin and had got two knives and forks. It was maybe the best meal on Corsica and certainly the best value. We had their menu that started with a delicious dish on scallops placed on a sort of crab-cake in a very tasty bisque. The main dish was a very well prepared fish on a bed of risotto. The fish was a St Pierre. My wife had a lovely chocolate dessert and I had “pain perdu”.
The service was very nice and professional and we were really sorry we did not go back the next day.

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Latest visit: June 2014
Number of visits: 1