Le Speakeasy

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7 Rue Lamartine (at behind Etoil shopping Center, Cote Dazure, Alpes Maritime), Nice, France, 06000

A small and cosy almost hidden cafe is run by an ex patriate Californian lady. Food is earthy and healthy. Small menu changes daily and usually includes combinations. Open Mon-Sat 12:00pm-2:30pm.

Category: Vegan, American, Macrobiotic, Organic, Beer/Wine, Take-out

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First Review by Marco

Cosy hidden cafe - Edit

The cafe is small with only three tables, there is also lots of cosy decorations and non-graphic animal abuse photos and articles.

Pros: The portions were huge, very tasty and pretty inex

Cons: Not much to choose from with a few starters, only

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Cosy small restaurant - Edit

The lady who owns the place was so friendly and explaned the options she had for the day. The food was very good and althought the place is very small I really recommend trying it out! Only takes cash.

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Vegan café in Nice - Edit

The American owner was very kind to us when we visited in 2015. She stayed open late to accommodate us and we really appreciated it as it's challenging to find vegan food in France when eating out. The food was homely and delicious. The owner is passionate about the cause and has had to deal with some pretty rough treatment by the French authorities who seem to view veganism as a threat to their fois gras lifestyle. Some of the reviews here make me sad. If you visit this café, please be kind to her. She's a pioneer and has the guts to stand up for what she believes in, which is more than can be said for most of us.

Pros: delicious, nutritious food, an owner who believes in what she does, a purely vegan café

Cons: none

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Pittoresco - Edit

Locale molto pittoresco, gestito esclusivamente da una signora americana un po' in là con l'età.
La scelta di cibo non è molto ampia, si ordina un piatto unico composto a scelta da uno sformato di verdure, seitan o tempeh accompagnati da insalata o altre verdure.
Prezzi accessibili e cibo casalingo, va bene per la pausa pranzo.
Il locale è piccolissimo, molto pittoresco con tante belle frasi vegan scritte sulle pareti, ha appena 4 tavolini, non è il massimo della pulizia ma l'esperienza è comunque piacevole!

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Simple and nutritious - Edit

This is a one woman show in a very small restaurant (about four tables). She is the hostess, server, cook and presumably cleaner, which might account for some of the complaints I've read about the service. However, I was greeted politely and did not have to wait long for my meal.

The meals change daily. There were two mains to choose from. I had the potato zucchini pie. It wasn't anything fancy but tasted nice and was filling. It was served with salad, raw veg, lentils and bread. I paid 1€ extra for a side of tempeh. All in all, a nutritious and satisfying meal.

Some interesting quotes and newspaper clippings on the wall.

Bathroom is small and awkward to use especially if you have a bag with you!

Cash only.

Note: there was a sign on the door in French which said the restaurant would be temporarily closed in the evening. There was a second sign directing people to another veg restaurant about a 10 minute walk away. I forgot to ask when she would be re-opening for evening hours or to make note of the other restaurant!

Pros: tasty and nutritious

Cons: cash only

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not open in the evening - Edit

Tried to go here last week one evening when opening hours are listed and there was a sign on the door saying only open for lunch

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the worst experience ever - Edit

it's me, my partner and our little one year baby: just set foot in the room and greet and is rudely told us that the place is small and we would have to shake, no problem i answer. We sit down, let's look the menu, we order and kindly ask if it was possible to heat the baby food, always very rudely it denied us the opportunity to do so citing clearly excuses. We remain genuinely shocked, it had never happened anywhere such a thing, but fortunately the child is already weaned, and so we opt to give her something that will be served to us. After about ten minutes the baby has no more desire to stay in his arms so sit for a moment on the chair next to ours, immediately the local landlady comes from the kitchen just to tell us, again very rudely, that the child can not stand them, that she had told us that the room was small and sermonize us on the importance of sharing !!! ok ok you do not like our faces? children hate? What is wrong with you? we were kind. we have satisfied your requests, the child has been good, no screaming or shouting or similar ... so? I swear that it had never happened before in life: we have taken and we left. For me you can also be the Che Guevara of antispeciesism, but if you treat me like **** without any reason there is only one place you can go ....

Pros: nope

Cons: absolute rudeness without reason

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disappointing but a relief in France! - Edit

We walked the length of Nice to find what we'd hoped was a hidden gem but were disappointed at the service however the food was good and finding any vegetarian options in France are rare so we were relieved to be served meat free!

Pros: reasonably priced , English spoken

Cons: small and unwelcoming

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a great place for lunch - Edit

A small unique vegan place in the heart of Nice. France generally is not vegan friendly at all, maybe except Paris (and even there, only vegetarian mostly) but we were glad to find this nice place for lunch. The owner is really nice and great to talk to and she speaks English (there's also an English menu). The food was delicious.

Pros: fresh delicious original food

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Very good and fresh! - Edit

A very small place (12 seats) but great welcome from the owner. The food is all vegan, fresh and organic. We had the miso soup and the paté for starter and the potatoe/leek pie after. Everything was very tasty!

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Unique experience - Edit

As I don't speak any French I was over the moon when the lady/chef spoke English and explain her Menu. (As it turned out she comes from San Francisco) The Restaurant reminded me of sitting at my great aunt house and being served Potluck. There is a choice of two main dishes and being seated at a table where all the single people sit - I chose the one my table companion had. It was good homemade food followed by a lovely apple tart.
If you are looking for ambience and style you are certainly wrong here - but if you want something unique and meeting new people while traveling by yourself, this is it. It has a unique charm that will make me return on my next trip to Nice. With a full tummy and an experience richer I left with a smile on my face.

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not quite sure how to describe this place/food - Edit

It is not too hard to find the place and was excited to see "vegan" painted on the wall. Kindda cool little place with one senior lady who speaks very well English cooking and serving all by herself.

I admire her diligent work yet I found that it might be a bit too much work that she works solely there that the experience of dining there wasn't quite well.
Food was odd and not very tidy. I love to support all vegan places, yet, I really hope someone could help there to make it a better place where I would recommend to others.

oh, by the way, there was a big organic shop about 20 metres away from this place. You will see it, look on the left, across the street. Lots of vegan food and organic products!!

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Punk`s not dead! - Edit

In a different but cosy atmosphere you will be served be a lady that has been fighting the good fight against French authorities trying to suppress anything vegan-like for years. Simple, but really tasty 3-course menu. Definitely worth a visit! A vegan getaway in a country where duck livers and cheese are floating in the air. Our only hope is that the lady will find a much needed and searched-for successor!

Pros: Good Vibes, Good Value, Good Cause

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Grossest place ever! - Edit

I was pretty excited to find a vegan restaurant in Nice as there aren't many in France. The reviews on here made it seem amazing...it's not. When we first showed up at opening, no one was there. We waited outside for a few minutes when an older woman, the owner, showed up. She told us to come back in a bit. We got my friend lunch and came back. I was already upset that we had to wait. The restaurant is pretty old and dirty. I'd say we were the first customers in a while. It was a little disgusting. I didn't wanna touch the oil, vinegar, and nutritional yeast she had on the tables. There was no telling how old they were. I ordered some casserole that was pretty bland...then I found a HAIR IN IT. I was done eating at that point. I had already ordered dessert, so I took it to go. I was not even three feet away from the door when the first bite had ANOTHER HAIR IN IT. I literally spat it out on the ground. I almost threw up. I would never come back to here. If I could give it 0 happy cows I would.
Updated from previous review on Thursday August 27, 2015

Cons: Dirty and unsanitary, Disgusting, Poor service

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Good food, if bland - Edit

Only seems to be open for lunch now from 12:00-14:30. The food was good, if bland. She was out of the Seitan/Tempeh dish on the menu, so we went with a Potato/Squash pie. The best part of the meal was the Strawberry Tart dessert. I very much appreciate what this woman is doing, I just wish the food was a little more flavorful.

Pros: vegan!, intimate

Cons: bland, limited selection

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Une petite perle à Nice - Edit

Tout petit restaurant caché derrière Nice étoile
Propriétaire adorable et impliquée
Cuisine simple, fraiche et savoureuse
Elle mets de l'amour dans ces plats et dans les présentations
Cuisine maison entièrement biologique
Il s'agit du premier restaurant vegan en France
Bravo! Elle en a fait du chemin
Nous reviendrons bientôt!


Updated from previous review on Tuesday May 12, 2015

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Le Speakeasy - Edit

Really appreciate what this sweet old lady is doing, 16 years in business, but on our one experience, I honestly couldn't recommend the food to anybody. We only had one option for a main, which was fine, the place is tiny, cluttered and only caters for just over what she requires for her regulars, not a problem. The owner was very accommodating and offered to make us up some starters but we declined as it was nearing closing time. My wife and I both had Buckwheat, peas and endive with a mixed leaf salad with avocados. Looked ok. Unfortunately the buckwheat main was amazingly bland, the peas over cooked, but the worst part was the salad, which was basically unwashed. There was an array of condiments on the table to flavour the food to taste, but when your wife can hear the salad grit being crunched as you chew, there's something wrong. Maybe it was just an oversight and other options are better flavour-wise. Who knows? Unique experience yes, but vegan food can be done so much better than this. Nice organic wine though. I truly hope our experience is a one off as her passion and commitment are admirable.

Pros: It's definitly vegan, Very reasonable., Sweet animal loving owner.

Cons: Very Limited food, Like eating in a rumage sale., Lady too old and sweet to complain at.

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Must Visit! - Edit

Completely unique experience, definitely worth a visit. Simple food but very reasonable (€14.99 for 3 courses). Very friendly owner/chef.

If you're in Nice, go! Your Meat free options won't be great elsewhere, as often is the case in France.

Pros: Unique Interior, Simple wholesome food, Great Value

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Le Speakeasy - Edit

This place is fantastic. One of the most simple and beautiful meals I've ever had in a restaurant. The owner is very sweet as well.
Updated from previous review on Monday May 26, 2014

Pros: Exquisite food, Great value, very friendly

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Good Food - Edit

The fixed menu meal is a great deal. The food was delicious and simple, plenty of flavors. I wasn't a big fan of the dessert, the marmalade tart. I think the apple tart would have been a better choice. This place is definitely worth checking out, as it is the only 100% vegan restaurant in Nice. The owner is sweet and needs the support. Locals aren't too kind and supportive of the restaurant.

Pros: Cost, Food, Friendly owner

Cons: Small, so reservations is a must., Must come early or food runs out., Desserts

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Not like a restaurant, but homemade vegan food - Edit

As it is the only vegan place in Nice, you should try this small restaurant owned by a friendly and peculiar lady. The place is small but nice and it is not expensive. Food is prepared in a very simple way, with no extra spices or flavour, but is as good as it can be. However, you won't find special or crazy-flavour dishes that you will be waiting for when going to a restaurant. Most of the dishes are macrabiotic or macrobiotic-like. I liked the experience, but will not recommend this place to a gastronomic vegan-guide.

Pros: homemade healthy vegan food, friendly owner, inexpensive and central location

Cons: limited choice, you probably can do same/better at home

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Probably not a place to take carnivores! - Edit

I find it difficult enough getting vegetarian food in France, so when I found out that there was actually a vegan restaurantt I was definitely going to try it! As other reviewers have said, it's a tiny little place with a handful of tables, and when I went at lunchtime the only person working there was the owner. The menu was a little confusing, but we ended up having very wholesome plates of grains, vegetables and salad with a range of condiments including tamari and brewer's yeast and I was very happy to have visited.

There were quotes from vegetarian historical figures on the walls about why we shouldn't eat meat, together with posters against foie gras, dairy, etc. That, combined with the earthy menu, made it quite 'stereotypically vegan'. I suspect that any meat-eaters visiting the restaurant might find it a bit preachy. If you're looking for somewhere that vegetarians and meat-eaters can enjoy together, this might not be it.

Pros: Lovely food, Sweet little place, Reasonably priced

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Vegan on the Cote D'Azur! - Edit

Le Speakeasy is a great place to visit if you are a vegetarian or vegan visiting Nice. Run single-handedly by the lovely owner, the small restaurant easily fills and the menu options will become more limited as the lunch session or evening progresses.
There is usually a choice of miso soup (with gorgeous bread); home-baked pie with vegetables or seitan/tempeh and accompaniments. The chef also has home-made puddings such as vegan ice cream or other options.
Don't expect gourmet bistro cooking here: this is a tiny, honest place with a welcoming atmosphere which deserves to be supported.

Pros: Vegan, Friendly and relaxed, Licensed

Cons: Very small - get there early or book!

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Nice place to be - Edit

Been there almost two years ago. The woman was very friendly. Explained a lot about her food. The food was very good and not too expensive.
Like to visit her again soon.

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A unique vegan experience in Nice - Edit

The only vegan restaurant I found in Nice. It's a small, cozy place right behind the Nice Etoile shopping center.

The woman running the restaurant was very friendly, and explained a lot about the food. Some items were not available at the time we ordered, but the atmosphere and it being the only 100% vegan restaurant out there makes up for it.

The cons are minor and do not weigh a lot in my review, but note that there are not many options on the menu, and the restaurant opens quite late for dinner (7PM). It's open during the afternoon for lunch though.

A 5 star rating for the tasty food, good service and being the only 100% restaurant in Nice!

Pros: Service, Cheap, Central location

Cons: Limited choice

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Lovely place - Edit

Very intimate treatment of the owner. Spectacular food and elaborate dishes. Mandatory for any vegan who visit the south-east of France.

Pros: Price, Quality

Cons: Reduced space, reduced menu

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Quiet and cosy... - Edit

... 100% vegan not so far from the Vieille Ville. Well balanced and home made dishes, from the first course to the dessert. On the table the same ingredients I usually have at home: soy sauce (tamari), natural yeast, chili powder, sesame seeds... Don't miss if you are close to Nice and want to enjoy a good healthy meal in a tiny rustic place.

Pros: Friendly staff

Cons: Far from home :)

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