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.

Friday, March 17th - Lunch & Dinner

Three-course menu - 53€

Scallops and parsnip confit with a generous leafy salad

Freshly-caught fish with both cooked and raw fennel

Golden shortbread with chocolate and hazelnut

Saturday & Sunday, March 18th and 19th - Lunches & Saturday Dinner

Three-course menu - 53€

Root vegetable tartlet

Freshly-caught fish OR Roasted side of beef with celery stalks, mushrooms and potatoes 

Apple tart with homemade ice cream

Monday, March 20th - Lunch

Three-course menu - 53€

Special seafood menu with lobster in all three courses

Tuesday, March 21th - Lunch

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 specific diet.


On Monday, Tuesday and Friday, open for lunch.

On Friday and Saturday, open for lunch and dinner. 

Closed on Wednesday and Thursday.

Express Lunch


12h - 14h / Served in 40 min.


2 courses with tea or coffee

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
12pm - 2pm
12pm - 2pm
7pm - 9pm
12pm - 2pm
7pm - 9pm
12pm - 2pm