Ruhl is a public beach that contains Ruhl Plage, the private beach-restaurant. Like many public beaches in central Nice, Ruhl is a small beach sandwiched between Ruhl Plage beach restaurant and Centenaire. It's just east of the Jardin Albert 1er.
As Ruhl is in a heavily trafficked part of Nice, the public beach can get uncomfortably crowded in summer.
Access & Map
The closest bus stops are Congres/Promenade or Jardin Albert 1er where you can pick up buses 12 and 32. The closest tram stop is Masséna on line 2.
Besides the Ruhl Plage beach-restaurant, you can scurry across the Promenade to McDonalds. There are also a number of cafes and sandwich places within easy reach.
There are no public facilities on Ruhl beach except for the portable toilets on hand in the summer.
There is little street parking but there is an underground paid parking at the Meridien hotel across the street.
There's no lifeguard on Ruhl public beach but there is a lifeguard one beach over at Centenaire.
Ruhl Plage is the oldest managed beach-restaurant in Nice. It's still in the hands of the Malacarne family that opened it in 1920. Times have changed but Ruhl remains a well-run establishment. Adults will appreciate the mattresses and the small pontoon with a ladder into the sea.
Telephone: 04 93 87 09 70
Address: 1 Promenade des Anglais
Beach Opening Hours: 9am-7pm
Beach Prices: Lounge chair/umbrella €23/6; towel €6
Restaurant Style: French/International
Restaurant Opening Hours: Lunch only to mid-June; lunch and dinner mid-June to mid-September
Restaurant Prices: Hamburger €22, Salad Nicoise €18, fish from €25
Ruhl beach-restaurant has a spacious dining area that includes a lounge section with wicker furniture and the main restaurant section, attractively outfitted with solid wood tables and chairs in a nautical theme. I could have done without the little sailor outfits on the servers but that's a matter of taste. The menu offerings are fairly standard, no gastronomic boundaries are being tested, but the Salad Niçoise was copious and, in a nice local touch, adorned with little slices of raw artichoke. I liked beginning the meal with toasted baguette and a rich tapenade. The service was friendly and efficient. Jeanne August 28, 2012