The places locals love to eat in Corsica allow you to explore and experience the culinary adventure of the best in local cuisine. Corsican food has a distinct flavour profile compared to other French food, and there are plenty of places in this island paradise where you can find the very best.

    From fresh seafood to mountain terrace vistas, from fast food to Asian fusion, check out our pick of the best local food in Corsica and where you can go to make culinary memories.

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    Octopussy

    It's not actually related to the Bond film

    Octopussy first opened about 20 years ago and is a great option for an elegant meal right on the beach. Truthfully, this eatery really has very little to do with James Bond, other than its suave atmosphere. You can overlook the sea and the town citadel walls.

    A few highlights of the menu include grilled organic salmon steak, veal Milanese, and the pasta dishes you’d expect at this kind of place. Local wines are always on the menu with an excellent selection, and for dessert, there’s the local delicacy of canistrelli – a Corsican cheese plate.

    Location: Calvi Haute-Corse, France

    Open: Daily from 9 am to 2 am

    Phone: +33 (0)4 95 65 23 16

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    Auberge de la Restonica

    A tasty stop on your outdoor adventure

    Auberge de la Restonica is a rustic, laid-back restaurant made to look like a country cottage. It's right outside the hilltop village of Corte, right in Corsica’s central region. It sits along the banks of the Restonica River, which offers a serene, natural surrounding while you enjoy a meal. It’s also a great place for hikers and outdoor adventurers to stop for a bite and some relaxation.

    There are indoor and outdoor dining areas to enjoy, and menu highlights include beef tenderloin flambéed in brandy, boar stew, and fiadone cheesecake with brioccu for dessert.

    Location: Lieu-dit Restonica Auberge, 20250 Corte, France

    Phone: +33 (0)4 95 46 09 58

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    Le Piano chez Toinou

    Immerse in Corsican culture

    Le Piano chez Toinou is a charming restaurant and Mediterranean from top to bottom, inside and out. It’s just a 10-minute walk from the beach, making it a great place to grab lunch after lounging in the bustling small town of Porticcio.

    Here you’ll find tiled floors, stone walls, and even an outdoor covered terrace for all the ambience you want. Meanwhile, you can enjoy modern and traditional dishes from the Corsican and overall Mediterranean palate. Just a few options that must be tried include the veal casserole and the St. Pierre sea urchin. There are also full 3-course menus you can enjoy.

    Location: Les Candilelli, 20166 Grosseto-Prugna, France

    Open: Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 7 pm to 10.30 pm, Wednesday from 7 pm to 10 pm, Friday and Sunday from noon to 1.30 pm and 7.30 pm to 10.30 pm, Saturday from noon to 1 pm and 7.30 pm to 10.30 pm

    Phone: +33 (0)4 95 20 87 93

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    Le Café de la Plage

    The café on the beach – the name says it all

    Le Café de la Plage is a gorgeous restaurant right on the beach that offers the very best in upscale cuisine with an easy-going, casual atmosphere. It’s located in the commune of Piana, and its distinctive Corsican menu is complemented by the driftwood-style decks and furnishings juxtaposed with the iconic beach setting.

    Some speciality dishes at Le Café de la Plage include a breaded lamb fillet in a creamy risotto with aged basil and parmesan, as well as salmon tartare with celery remoulade and yellow pepper carpaccio.

    Location: de la Plage d'arone, 20115 Piana, France

    Open: Daily from 9 am to midnight

    Phone: +33 (0)4 95 20 17 27

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    Le Nicoli

    Enjoy the mountain view with your fusion food

    Le Nicoli is a stylish restaurant right at the centre of the village of Corte in the mountains. That means you'll find picturesque views of pristine landscapes anywhere you look from the outdoor terrace. It overlooks a public square below that’s bustling with local colour.

    The restaurant serves French brasserie-style cuisine, which is a fusion of traditional and contemporary classic fare. The produce is sourced locally, as is the game and meat. A few of the specialities on the menu here include salmon tartare and Corsica risotto with prosciutto ham.

    Location: 4 Avenue Jean Nicoli, Corte, 20250, France

    Phone: +33 (0)4 95 33 27 17

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    Le Tantra

    If you need a break from Corsican cuisine

    Le Tantra is a good choice if you’re looking for something other than traditional Corsican and Mediterranean cuisine. This restaurant in the heart of Port de Toga in Batista is everything stylish, trendy, and modern. It serves Asian cuisine and even offers a sushi bar.

    The décor is Eastern, styled with Buddha statues, Asian artwork, and dark wood matched with plush seating and blue spotlights. A few of the menu classics include chicken teriyaki, shrimp tempura, a range of sushi dishes, and of course, classic gyoza dumplings.

    Location: Port de Toga, Bastia, Corsica, France

    Phone: +33 (0)4 95 46 29 44

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    A Casa di Aghjulu

    A traditional setting for traditional food

    A Casa di Aghjulu is the picturesque icon of traditional Corsican fine dining. It’s hidden among the Gulf of Saint-Florent hilltops. This farmhouse has stood since the mid-19th century and features 200-year-old frescoes as part of its décor.

    Of course, everything here is seasonal and locally sourced. Some of the signature dishes include duce foie gras, gingerbread and onion gam, fried monkfish medallions on a bed of leeks, and others that are sure to make your mouth water. The restaurant also has its own vineyard and wine cellar for perfect food and wine pairings.

    Location: Maison Clementi, 20232 Poggio-d'Oletta, France

    Open: Tuesday–Sunday from 11.30 am to 2.30 pm and 7 pm to 11 pm (closed on Mondays)

    Phone: +33 (0)4 95 39 16 63

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    Terra Cotta

    Enjoy famous rock lobster and cocktails

    Terra Cotta is an upscale restaurant renowned for its seafood dishes, including rock lobster. It offers a shady terrace overlooking the local marina and has different menus depending on whether you’re there for lunch or dinner.

    No matter what you order, you’ll find that every plate is intentionally designed for both beauty and taste, making for the ultimate dining experience. The atmosphere is relaxed and refined, and the service is outstanding. They are also well known for their incredible cocktails and mixed drinks.

    Location: 31 Avenue Napoléon III, 20110 Propriano, France

    Open: Monday–Saturday from noon to 2 pm and 7.30 pm to 10 pm (closed on Sundays)

    Phone: +33 (0)4 95 74 23 80

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    L'Eternisula

    Try the famous sandwiches at this excellent French café

    L'Eternisula is a café/deli-style restaurant is renowned for its charcuterie platters with Corsican ham and cheese and a broad selection of sandwiches and soups. The brainchild of an Anglo-Corsican couple, it has a revolving sandwich selection of the day and gourmet espresso.

    The atmosphere is fun, casual, and upbeat, and the staff is friendly and welcoming. And, if you’re really hungry, try the 3-course meal of soup, meat and cheese platter, and fig jam walnut cake.

    Location: 20124 Zonza, France

    Open: Tuesday–Sunday from noon to 3 pm and 7 pm to 10 pm (closed on Mondays)

    Phone: +33 (0)4 95 76 11 75

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    10

    A Casetta

    A great family restaurant in Porto-Vecchio

    If you’re on a family holiday and looking for somewhere great to eat that won’t break the bank, try A Casetta in the town of Porto-Vecchio. This family-style restaurant has outstanding hospitality, fantastic food, and a kind, welcoming staff.

    While you’re there, be sure to try their unique casual dishes, like a Corsican burger or tagliatelle. The food is fresh and made with the very best local ingredients, and the portions are quite generous. They also have a fine selection of wines to pair with your meal.

    Location: 47 Rue U Borgo, 20137 Porto-Vecchio, France

    Open: Daily from noon to midnight

    Phone: +33 (0)4 20 20 42 44

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