In a more and more mundane world, authentic places are becoming rare. Also, if you are looking for a typical Provencal restaurant in the Var, you will find one in La Garde Freinet at the restaurant named La Claire Fontaine, at Muriel’s. It is a haven of peace and conviviality, away from the mainstream of tourists. It is also an opportunity to discover or rediscover a village that has known how to keep the charm and attractions of Provence.

At Muriel’s, catering is a family matter. Indeed, the establishment has existed since 1900 and has continued to be managed for generation after generation that have succeeded in offering authentic cuisine with delicious dishes. It is a charming place that has been run for many years by Muriel, who is well known in the village, for her hospitality and cuisine.


The restaurant has kept its character over time. Thanks to a large Provencal terrace, guests can make the most of balmy days while eating. La Claire Fontaine is at the same time a restaurant, a bar and an ice cream parlor. It is a simple place, but the atmosphere is warm and generous like Muriel, its owner. The team proposes home cooking, which is both convivial and Provencal. Their aim is to prepare local cuisine with the finest ingredients. In that way, they perpetuate the culinary tradition of La Garde Freinet.


As for the dishes, you will find many local specialities such as shank of lamb with honey and spices, Provencal beef cheek stew or even fried scallops with parsley and garlic. As for desserts, you will be able to enjoy a selection of homemade desserts which also includes a delicious Muriel speciality: The “coupe châtaigne” with homemade chestnut ice cream and candied chestnuts. If Corsica and Ardèche are known for their chestnuts, you should be aware that La Garde Freinet is also famous for this fruit. That’s why, we find it naturally on the plates.

The restaurant La Claire Fontaine in La Garde-Freinet is a haven of peace in the heart of the village on the main pedestrian street. In the summer, you will be able to enjoy the pleasant typical Provencal terrace. Under large parasols and the shade of a magnificent Elm tree, you will be able to enjoy the calm of the village with a great meal, a drink, a homemade ice cream or a pancake. All our dishes are made on the spot from fresh local products.


In charge of La Claire Fontaine for many years, Muriel has found the perfect recipe for success: good homemade dishes, generosity and lots of love. For breakfasts, lunches and dinners, you will spend a delicious moment in an exceptional setting. Muriel welcomes all those who love the Var region and excellent cooking. The restaurant – Bar- Ice cream Parlor which is located in La Garde Freinet (Postal Code 83680) will make you want to stay for hours to contemplate the meaning of life in this charming Var village. The food is of high-quality and the portions are generous. All this is at a very affordable price.

The team at La Claire Fontaine offers you a warm welcome. Every day, in addition to the usual menu, the chef proposes several suggestions. The chef is of Italian origin so you will find in addition to traditional Provencal dishes, tasty Italian inspirations like the Sorrentina gnocchi. At Muriel’s, you will enjoy a gentle blend of authenticity, tradition and taste, and be always welcomed by a cheerful team, delighted to look after your every need.