One of Cannes' best known and most popular, cafe terraces is always jam-packed, come summer or winter (when it's heated). Its success is due to the ... More
One of Cannes' best known and most popular, cafe terraces is always jam-packed, come summer or winter (when it's heated). Its success is due to the attentive service provided, an attractive menu of Italian and Mediterranean dishes, ice cream and cocktails, great atmosphere and an enviable location facing the port and the Palais des Festivals. It is also conveniently located close to the chic boutiques in Rue d'Antibes. This spot is also the ideal place for celebrity-spotting.
This is a great cozy popular little café terrace and often very busy about a hundred yards from the Palais Des Féstivalé and is one of Cannes' best known eateries. A congenial atmosphere and an enviable vantage point facing the port and the Palais so for regulars to MIDEM and other festivals it’s an ideal location for delegate or celebrity-spotting and it’s affordability has helped it become a staple. It is also conveniently located close to the chic boutiques in Rue d'Antibes.
The menu offers up a selection of eye-catching Italian and Mediterranean dishes, ice cream and cocktails, the food is affordable good value. Come rain or shine, summer or winter it’s always jam-packed, even so service is quick tolerant and every now and again comes with an attentive smile (unusual for the people of Cannes).
It’s useful to remember that the Cannes attitude to service can sometimes be a tad indifferent and arrogant and on occasions slip to downright rude. Sadly some attitudes towards foreigners is not exactly warm and welcoming either. Not the early dependence on British tourism to the Côte d’Azur neither the existence of the Entente cordiale , nor the partnership during WW1 & 2 or indeed our proximity seems to have done much for Anglo-French bon ami. And we found some staff particularly snooty toward all things English, language included. I’ve been going to Cannes for over a quarter century and I've noted that despite the regions tourism based economy it has an odd inexplicable suspicion and resentment towards foreigners.
Though, I do, however, remember one year when I, we were embraced, 1997 the Sounds of Jamaica Rocked Cannes, reggae and all things Jamaican seemed to be embraced. This seemed to last until the 1998 summer World Cup but appears to have been long forgotten now.
Being English speaking rather than French or American was sometimes a challenge, we found amongst the locals that we spoke to (including the taxi drivers) a not uncommon pompous right wing approach to type of integration with a less than guarded sometimes downright open hostility in particular to eastern Europeans and north Africans.
The establishment gets very busy during peak periods my son and I found it easier to go slightly earlier than the throng many of who like us breakfasted, brunched and sometimes lunched here regularly during MIDEM. Caffé Roma is definitely one of those places that once you’ve found you end up going back to again and again , year after year.
When we first walked in and saw a lot of people, we thought "this might be a good spot!" but our server was a dead beat! He rushed us with our order, we ordered wine and he did not provide good wine service! Never came to check on our food, and we waited over 30 minutes for our plates to get cleared! Ok, you might be thinking that the restaurant was busy.. But for the amount of servers there was, there was no need for bad service! The tip was automatically included in the price, therefore they don't need to "work" for their tip! Coming from a person who worked in the restaurant business for years, I have no tolerance for bad service when it's not busy!
A lovely cosy restaurant with exellent service, food and value for the money. A place we just have come back year aften year :-) In the summer when football championship is on, they show most games on videscreen, in other seasons the tv is still on most of the day. Intertaining for the kids while eating.
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