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.

Wednesday, 11th August - Dinner

Three course menu – 53 €

Broken egg with summer vegetables

Freshly-caught hake with shellfish and smashed potatoes

Roasted figs with thyme-flavoured homemade ice cream

Thursday, 12th August - Dinner

Three course menu – 53 €

Thinly sliced ratatouille with fresh vegetables

Freshly-caught fish OR Tender Sisteron lamb with herbs and a seasonal garnish

Pear Melba in our homemade style

Friday, August 12th - Lunch & Dinner

Three course menu – 53 €

Organic local tomato salad with basil and a red fruit vinaigrette

Fresh Mediterranean fish with zucchini spaghetti and lemon thyme garnish

Peach tart

Saturday, August 13th - Lunch & Dinner

Three course menu – 53 €

Pastry with salt cold mash, crunchy vegetables and garlic bread

Beef with crunchy salad and a bearnaise sauce

Strawberries in their jus and homemade ice cream

Sunday, August 14th - Lunch & Dinner

Three course menu – 53 €

Courgette salad

Freshly-caught fish OR Roasted free-range chicken with sauted vegetables and a truffle sauce

Fresh fruit Pavlova

Monday, August 15th - Lunch & Dinner

Three course menu – 53 €

Special seafood menu 

Caesar salad with sliced ravioli

Nougat ice cream with fruits and red berries

Tuesday, August 9th - Lunch & Dinner

Three course menu – 53 €

Benoit is back from the Cotignac's market. He will create delicious dishes sourced from the market.
Let's be surprised... !

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

Closed on Wednesday Lunch and Thursday Lunch

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.

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
12:30pm - 2pm
7:30pm - 9pm
12:30pm - 2pm
7:30pm - 9pm
7:30pm - 9pm
7:30pm - 9pm
12:30pm - 2pm
7:30pm - 9pm
12:30pm - 2pm
7:30pm - 9pm
12:30pm - 2pm
7:30pm - 9pm