We love reading Alain Littaye’s updates from the international Disney parks. This time he takes us to a unique restaurant in the south of France. I don’t know about you, but I think this Pirate-themed restaurant definitely rises to the standard set by Disney for themed eating establishments. Pirates Paradise would be right at home in a Disney park! ~~Rick

Pirates Paradise

Best Non-Disney Themed Restaurant in France?

by Alain Littaye, Disney and more blog


I discovered recently a “pirate” themed restaurant located in the south of France at the Odysseum in Montpellier. Called “Pirates Paradise” the restaurant opened two years ago. It was a real surprise to see how good the theming is. Not only is it very well done – this restaurant could be right at home at the Disneyland Paris Disney Village dining and entertainment area.

From the fortress tower to a skull rock; from pirates skeletons and a real size galleon; the whole thing is reminiscent of the Disney Pirates attractions. The theming here looks almost as good as WDI themeing, and the place seems very successful – no surprise as everyone from kids to adults always love pirates – and they have built a second Pirates Paradise restaurant in another town not too far from the first one.

Here are some photos from the restaurant’s official website followed by an immersive video that reveals more about the restaurant.












Pirates Paradise merchandise shop is inside the “skull rock”!


So, the next time you visit the south of France, don’t forget to have a meal at Pirates Paradise. I’m sure that any Disney fan will really enjoy this place! In the meantime, check out their website right [HERE].

Photos copyright Pirates Paradise

  • Internitty

    How popular would this restaurant be in Downtown Disney! They’d make a killing and French food MMMMMMMMMMMMMMM French food…

  • fnord

    It reminds me more of Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk theming than Disney caliber theming.

  • jcruise86

    Thank you, Alain! 🙂

    I thought the skeletons looked a little too much like the ones on Disney’s Pirates rides,
    and the music sounded too much like the music in Disney’s Pirates movies.

    Alain, I’d love to read your reviews of the best restaurants at Disneyland Paris.

    And thanks again for making your Disneyland Paris book one of the best Disney books ever!

  • mickeyandme67

    Although I appreciate the enthusiasm as well as the attempt to do something different (if you define different as completely ripping Disney off I suppose), it does not achieve the level of WDI theming the author professes. Judging from the look on the patron’s face in the YouTube video, I think his perturbed expression says it all.

  • danielz6

    I’m not impressed with this at all. A restaurant that tries too hard to be an attraction fails at both imo. Restaurants should be a relaxing environment where you go to get out of the noise and action of the park, to reenergize. I don’t want to be eating and have noise and theming going on around me, I don’t need pirates or other Disney characters coming up to surprise me. I really just want to be left alone and enjoy the ambiance of the place(usually Disney restaurants have superb ambiance).
    That’s the difference between a themed restaurant and a restaurant with theme. Every Disney restaurant has theme, and usually excellent in that regard. But they rarely have themed restaurants, which is good. Case in point Pinocchio’s village haus in fantasyland. Its elegantly themed to a European style with relaxing accordianic music in the bcakground and charming murals depicting scenes from the film. That’s perfect that’s all I need. I don’t need Pinocchio to come visit my table I don’t need to see any action from the film or anything else I’m there just to eat and relax, not to be in an attraction. If I want more I can go ride the ride.
    Or a better example are all the restaurants in New Orleans square. They all have great theme to make you feel the time and place of Antebellum new Orleans. This pirates restaurant is cheesy compare to the restaurants in new Orleans square Restaurants like this are great for kids, but for adults I think they’d get old real quick. I say great for the local mall, or legoland but not for a top notch theme park like Disney or universal.

    • Marko50

      To each their own. Although I don’t need Pinocchio to come to my table, I wouldn’t mind the Blue Fairy. Especially if she brings (and pays for) the food. Actually, any of the cast can come if they want to pay for the food. But I digress…

  • Aotphks

    This restaurant would me a nice addition to the already tacky lineup of themed restaurants already found in the Downtown Disney area at Disney World. Emphasis on tacky.
    I would rather take the kids to the Subway seen on photo above, next door to this Pirate restaurant. Somehow these themed restaurants don’t translate well outside themed parks.

  • Country Bear

    I’m not sure what all the bashing is about, it looks like a fun place to visit. It’s obviously for tourists who are looking for a different experience. While I agree that the theming is not to the same caliber as many Disney facilities and attractions, I think it’s a great theme for a restaurant along the lines of Rainforest Cafe (which is what I think they are probably more comparable to). I don’t think Rainforest is Disney proper, but it fits well in Disney’s neighborhood. Tacky or not, as a tourist I would really enjoy seeing this in person. Nice change from the dinner shows that go on at Denny’s anyway!
    Thanks for the great info and video Alain!

  • Athlonacon

    Nothing screams “pirate theme” like a Subway next door, lol!