When I was researching what to see and do in Aix-en-Provence, I didn’t see good restaurant recommendations. There were lots of casual dining suggestions and plenty of ideas for pastries, but nothing for dinner. Luckily, on our first evening in this charming small city, we followed Patricia’s Rule and found a lovely restaurant. Patricia’s Rule is never to eat at a restaurant on the main streets or one that has photos on the menu.
The Jardin Mazarin was just a block or so off the bustling Cours Mirabeau at 15 rue du 4 septembre. We liked it so well that we dined there twice, once in the dining room and once on the terrace in the enclosed garden. Each course was beautifully plated and full of imaginative flavors, such as the scallops with slivers of truffle inserted in the middle. I recommend making a reservation, either in their website or by calling 04.28.31.08.36 as both the dining room and terrace were very full both evenings that we were there. Bon appétit!