To us, Loulou a Ramatuelle stands out amid the St Tropez beach clubs because it doesn’t try too hard to stand out. Less glam and glitzy than many of its neighbours, Loulou’s is more understated – if any venue along this stretch of the Cote d’Azur can be described as ‘understated’.
According to the proprietors, Loulou a Ramatuelle has been ‘conceived in a chic and relaxed spirit, advocating a bohemian and elegant art of living with a touch of freshness’. This is a fair description, we think, as Loulou’s manages to combine the essential elements required to create an iconic French Riviera restaurant.
WHAT LOULOU A RAMATUELLE DOES BEST IS MIX MEDITERRANEAN CUISINE WITH A PARTY VIBE, AN ELEGANT SETTING AND A GREAT CROWD. IF YOU COME HERE IN A BAD MOOD IT WON'T LAST LONG.
RICARD EK, REGIONAL SALES DIRECTOR, LUCIBELLO
Facing Loulou’s private sandy beach, the restaurant tables – dressed in immaculate tablecloths and shaded by parasols – are set among lemon, olive and tamarix trees. A cabin on stilts of white-washed wood features a terrace under a white sail roof. The ambiance is suitably chic, echoing the savoir vivre of 1950’s St Tropez. During July and August, live music wafts across the tables as the mood subtly changes from dining to partying.
Visitors to Loulou’s can look forward to ‘the South of France on your plate’, according to Executive Chef Benoit Dargère. Adding classic Italian fare, he creates simple yet expressive dishes featuring high-quality, locally sourced produce from the sea and land. The menu covers all bases, from easy-going pizzas to extravagant lobster creations. Expect seasonal dishes like asparagus risotto and linguine with fresh clams. The restaurant also features an impressively extensive champagne, wine and cocktail list.
The array of fish to savour includes sea bass, sea bream, turbot, john dory, chapon, red mullet, dover sole and spiny lobster, while pasta dishes range from tagliolini au gamberro rosso and linguine mancini to coquillages à la braise and tagliatelle alfredo truffle. As for meat, choose between lamb chops, veal chops, côte de boeuf, Bigorre black pork, lamb tenderloin, T- bone steak and chicken. Service is generally attentive – we recommend the second lunch sitting, which is more relaxed and sociable.
The view of the Mediterranean Sea and the Pointe du Capon is entrancing but people-watching among Loulou’s elegant crowd is another enjoyable activity. This is a place to laze on the beach in the sun, indulge in sea bathing, sit down for a late lunch, indulge in a siesta in the shade of the sails and come back to life with the sound of music and party for the apéritivo at sunset.
EMBODYING THE FANTASY OF CARLO MOLLINO, THE FAMOUS ARCHITECT FROM TURIN, AND THE AUDACITY OF LOULOU DE LA FALAISSE, YVES SAINT- LAURENT'S MUSE, LOULOU IS A FREE SPIRIT. HEDONISTIC AND ERUDITE, LOULOU CULTIVATES GLAMOUR, DISCRETE LUXURY AND A PEACEFULL ATMOSPHERE.