The Jardin Secret restaurant invites you to its 200-year-old country house and garden nestled in the hills, vineyards and olive groves of Cotignac.

Guided by the passion of chef Benoit Witz, the cuisine of the Jardin Secret promotes naturally-sourced ingredients and a return to the simple and delicious. Every dish is inspired by local seasonal gastronomy so that guests can rediscover the taste of authentic Provence.

Indulge in Chef Benoit’s inspired menu that changes daily according to the freshest ingredients of the season.

Thursday, September 14th - Lunch & Dinner

Three-course menu - 58€

Crispy bacon and organic egg with butternut squash 

Cod and calamari with pimento 

Dark chocolate tart 

Friday, September 15th - Lunch & Dinner

Three-course menu - 58€

Traditional French onion pizza with marinated shellfish 

Roasted hake fish with rosemary, anchovies, leeks and potatoes 

Locally-picked figs with a fine pastry and homemade ice cream 

Saturday, September 16th - Lunch & Dinner

Three-course menu - 58€

Traditional Provençal vegetable stew 

Pistou herb sauce

Freshly-caught fish OR Shredded pork with burnt cauliflower 

Pear and almond tart

Sunday, September 17th - Lunch

Classic In Provence - Musical Lunch

Three-course menu - 85€

Squash and quail’s egg salad

Freshly-caught fish OR Beef chuck stew with seasonal vegetables 

Rhum baba tart 

Sunday, September 17th - Dinner

Three-course menu - 58€

Squash and quail’s egg salad

Freshly-caught fish OR Beef chuck stew with seasonal vegetables 

Rhum baba tart 

Monday, September 18th - Lunch & Dinner

Three-course menu - 58€

Special seafood menu with lobster


Tuesday; September 19th - Lunch & Dinner

Four-courses menu - 74€

Auvergne cheeses in the spotlight - with Dominique Prugne (two times world champion of cheesemaking)

Cantal cheese puffs

Mushroom tart with fine pastry and a seasonal salad 

Roast beef and potato pie with soft St Nectaire cheese

A fine selection of cheeses

Poached pears 

We can adapt the menu for any allergy or specific diet.

Some dishes might have a lot of success : if that happens, our Chef will offer a new suggestion.


Closed on Wednesdays lunch and Thursdays.

Lobster menu

12H - 14H


excluding drinks

3-course menu



excluding drinks

4-course menu



excluding drinks

Having grown up on a small family farm in Alsace, Benoit developed a passion for both gardening and cuisine. 

He then followed his vocation to the greatest kitchens in France under the direction of Paul Bocuse and Alain Ducasse, who went on to entrust Benoit with several of Ducasse’s prestigious restaurants in Provence and Monaco.

Seduced by the enchanting setting of Cotignac and Lou Calen’s exciting heritage, Benoit was content to return to the Var countryside and a newfound source of inspiration. Benoit enjoys working with local producers to ensure the highest quality cuisine. Benoit delights in combining flavours and textures to enhance simple yet significant seasonal ingredients.

Jardin Secret is dedicated to a well-researched ecological approach that prioritises short-circuit, zero-waste cuisine.

We are committed to working with carefully selected food producers in the region. Our menu includes fresh fruits and vegetables directly from our garden and greenhouse, as well as seasonal products from the Cotignac market. We offer a concise and generous menu that changes regularly, as well as themed meals and events such as concerts and other festivities.

The MICHELIN Green Star awarded in March 2023 attests to our commitment to eco-responsible gastronomy.

The Restaurant Engagé label (Motivated Restaurant) distinguishes restaurateurs that have taken a step towards an environmentally responsible approach.

The Jardin Secret restaurant is now recognised by the Culinary College of France for its action towards culinary diversity. 

Benoit Witz meets Huguette Caren, marking the renaissance of the once renowned restaurant at Lou Calen.

Chef Benoit Witz was delighted to cook with Huguette Caren, esteemed former owner and chef of Lou Calen.

By sharing her precious recipes for which Lou Calen was famous, Huguette contributed towards restoring the heritage of this historic venue in Cotignac.


Join us

Nestled in the heart Cotignac in Provence, Jardin Secret invites you to enjoy exceptional food in an extraordinary setting.

The Lou Calen estate is located an hour away from Aix-en-Provence and Marseille, and 45 minutes away from the Gorges du Verdon.

Jardin Secret

13 Rue de l'Araignée
83570 Cotignac
Opening hours
12pm - 2pm
7pm - 9pm
12pm - 2pm
7pm - 9pm
7pm - 9pm
12pm - 2pm
7pm - 9pm
12pm - 2pm
7pm - 9pm
12pm - 2pm
7pm - 9pm