There are some lovely beach front restaurants to try, all of a very high standard, as well as some gastronomic restaurants a little further afield. All of the beach front restaurants have sun loungers to hire and waiter service.
Restaurant ‘Il Pini’
Restaurant ‘Il Pini’ has a really good menu and is situated right on the beach front. It has a wide range of local cuisine and fresh fish, meats and salads. Open throughout the day and for dinner.
This restaurant has a good range of local food and fresh fish, meats and salads and is right on the beach. Relaxed atmosphere, open throughout the day and for dinner.
If you are looking for a good pizza, then this is a nice place to try. The restaurant has a trendy atmosphere and is situated on the beach next to Palm Beach . For lunch they have a lighter a la carte menu and pizzas and in the evening the menu is pushed up a level to a very nice a la carte menu with steaks, fish and salads etc. Very classy!
Costa Marina is set in a lovely spot, with a panoramic view of the bay and terraced garden and a bustling atmosphere. It has a wide range of dishes on its menu, as well as delicious pizzas baked in a wood oven.
Situated amongst eucalyptus and pine trees with a wonderful sea view overlooking the Gulf of Porto Vecchio. With two restaurants to choose from, the Gastronomique and the Brocherie, a fantastic menu in both restaurants and a trendy lounge bar for a pre-dinner cocktail.
There are numerous places to eat and drink 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.
Porto-Vecchio’s ambience during peak season could be described as “relaxed chic”, having gained a reputation for lively, sophisticated nightlife without being overly frenetic. There is also a collection of restaurants and bars overlooking the marina, great for lunch to take in the yachting vibe or a pre-dinner cocktail before heading up to the old town for dinner and perhaps pre-clubbing drinks!
Le Roi Theodore (Porte Genoise)
One of Porto-Vecchio’s top restaurants, this classy restaurant is located in one of the Genoese entrances to the town and 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, boasting a terrace with spectacular panoramic view over the Gulf of Porto Vecchio. This restaurant serves good quality food, with Corsican dishes and even some vegetarian options!
Furana a Prova (Rue Borgo)
Furana a Prova offers both a gastronomic menu as a more traditional menu to choose from. It has a formal atmosphere with efficient and friendly service and a good wine list.
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.
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. Yum!
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.
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).
U Corsu (Port de Commerce)
On the quayside of the ferry dock, with a sunny waterside terrace, fantastic views of the Gulf of Porto Vecchio, the port, citadel and the mountains. Specialises in fish and grilled meat, as well as the best pizzas in town with homemade tomato sauces. Corsican singing some evenings.
Cafe Marine (Port de Commerce)
This bustling bar and restaurant serves a wide range of foods from sushi to pizza and most things in between. The food is well presented, the staff are friendly and efficient and there’s a relaxed atmosphere both inside and on the large terrace facing the marina.
Le Glacier du Port (Port de Commerce)
If you love ice cream then Le Glacier du Port has a very wide selection of delicious ice creams to try, as well as well-prepared American style dinner food for those who wanting home comforts! Great view of the marina.
During July and August, Porto-Vecchio’s nightlife really takes off, transforming the town into a hip and stylish place to be seen. Dressed-to-impress Italians flood the town for pre-clubbing drinks, prior to partying at the famous Via Notte open air nightclub south of Porto-Vecchio. Bars usually open until 2am, clubs until 5am.
Shankabar (Place de la Republique)
Trendy bar with a live DJ most nights in summer (classics and some French hits). Good selection of cocktails and Corsican beers. Popular with the pre-clubbing set.
Le Bel Ombra (Place de l’Eglise)
Another pre-clubbing bar, which gets very crowded in July and August. Good terrace in Porto-Vecchio’s main square for al fresco drinking.
Le Troubadour (Rue du General Leclerc)
Traditional yet hip music venue, set in a period style house with Corsican singing during the week and jazz and DJ’s at the weekend. Is also a popular restaurant offering Mediterranean appetizers or sharable platters as well as having an extensive wine list.
Le Glacier de la Place (Place de la Republique)
Large selection of international beers, lagers, spirits and liqueurs. Also serves delicious hot chocolates and as the name suggest, great ice-creams!
Tropicana (Port de Commerce)
Lively atmosphere, overlooking the marina. Delicious lunches and specialises in cocktails and ice-cream. Good place for a pre-dinner cocktail to take in the super yacht marina atmosphere.
La Taverne du Roi (Porte Genoise)
Cosy bar with traditional Corsica singing and guitar music.
Pub le Bastion (Rue de la Citadelle)
Vast selection of beers. Even has a dartboard!
Shirley Bar (Rue Joseph Pietri)
Small, bright and funky gay-friendly cocktail bar.
Via Notte (Lieu dit Arataggiu, Route de Porra)
Via Notte, Europe’s largest outdoor night club, is the hottest and most sophisticated place to party in Corsica. World famous DJs in July and August attract over 3000 party-goers a night, the majority of them immaculately dressed, including the European jet-set, and the occasional celebrity. With an open air swimming pool, themed bars, lounges, a restaurant and a huge dance floor, this glamorous venue is the place to party the night away in style.
Clint Club (Rue J.Leandri)
Popular, trendy club right in Porto-Vecchio’s town centre, a short walk from all the bars. Open throughout the year until 5 am. Capacity for 900 clubbers.