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The 10 Best Restaurants in Monaco

By admin |  February 5 2007


Open Kitchen At Joël Robuchon Monte Carlo

In such a wealthy destination you can expect nothing less than Michelin stars, Tables du Monde and cuisine from around the world.

But in Monaco there is a new culinary trend emerging, one that takes the best of the Mediterranean’s sumptuous produce, sourcing locally from the city’s markets and fishermen. The restaurants below have been handpicked for their ingredients, service and surroundings as well as for their awards and reviews.

Le Louis XV Alain Ducasse

le lOUIS XV DININg ROOM

Cuisine: Mediterranean

Style / Ambiance: The awards speak for themselves: member of Les Grandes Tables du Monde, placed 98th in S.Pellegrino’s list of the World’s Best 100 Restaurants and the first hotel restaurant to be award three Michelin Stars, which it has never since lost.

Together Alain Ducasse and Executive Chef Franck Cerutti create Mediterranean haute cuisine that astonishes, charms and beguiles its diners. But it has not earned these awards through food alone: the service is meticulous, the table décor is immaculate and the wine list is legendary. 600,000 bottles, 950 different references and rare vintages line the walls of the hotel’s cellars. Finally, there is the Versailles grandeur of the restaurant: gilding, chandeliers and precious fabrics adorn the dining room and the summer terrace offers a priceless view.

 

Maître d’: Michel Lang

+377 9806 8864

Hôtel de Paris, Place du Casino, Monte Carlo

www.hoteldeparismontecarlo.com

Brasserie Restaurant at Columbus Monte Carlo

HÔTel De PARIS CellAR

Cuisine: French and Italian

Style / Ambiance: A terrace overlooking the Princess Grace Rose Garden sets the scene for this charming little brasserie.

To have a meal on the terrace during a balmy Monaco evening is both heavenly and romantic as dusk slowly falls over this garden inaugurated by Prince Rainier in the memory of Princess Grace. The cuisine at the Brasserie is fresh, seasonal and inspired by French Provencal and Italian recipes with the odd hint of Asian influence. The wine list is perfectly suited to match this exotic menu and the walls are lined with champagne for those with an extra cause for celebration.

 

Head Chef: Laurent Sturbois

+377 9205 9000

23 Avenue Des Papalins

www.columbushotels.com

Elsa

Elsa

Cuisine: Mediterranean

Style / Ambiance: Creative and original, Elsa has gone down a storm in Monte Carlo since Chef Jean Claude Brugel and his team took the helm.

Dishes such as warm anchoiade, sea bream carpaccio, asparagus and fennel served tartar-style are delicately made using the finest and freshest fish. Dessert menus are devoted to macaroons, but also include delights such as Provençal apricots in puff pastry and chilled quenelle with honey and fromage blanc. Despite its sumptuous menu, Elsa is slightly more casual than most gourmet restaurants in Monaco, its simple elegance and discreet service. It has been infected, perhaps, with a touch of the Beach Club’s leisureliness.

 

Chef: Jean-Claude Brugel

+377 9806 5005

Monte Carlo Beach Hotel, Avenue Princesse Grace, Roquebrune Cap Martin

www.monte-carlo-beach.com

Le Grill De L’Hotel De Paris

LE GRIll

Cuisine: Mediterranean

Style / Ambiance: On the top floor of the Hôtel de Paris, Le Grill has a sliding roof that reveals not only the Rivera’s skies but also panoramic views of the principality.

But it is the cuisine that is the main appeal of Le Grill, it has, after all, been awarded a Michelin Star. Though the menu retains Le Grill’s classics such as the legendary soufflé, it is adapted to what is available at local markets. Lunch and dinner are never the same at Le Grill, the menu aside; cool romantic candlelit dinners replace the lively ambiance of business lunches.

 

Executive Chef: Franck Cerutti

+377 9806 8888

Hôtel de Paris, Place du Casino, Monte Carlo

www.hoteldeparismontecarlo.com

Le Vistamar Executive

Le Vistamar Terrace

Cuisine: Gastronomic seafood

Style / Ambiance: After a complete transformation, Le Vistamar reopened in Hôtel Hermitage in September 2010 with a slick interior and new menu.

Chef Joël Garault earned his reputation by emphasizing the joy of fresh locally caught fish, for example the rockfish soup made from fish caught by Gerard Rinaldi, the last of Monaco’s fishing families, or linecaught sea bass grilled in embers, garnished with sweet’n’sour pumpkin or wrapped in salt dough with saffron-flavored tapioca and a dash of pesto. Diners can explore this fresh approach to seafood with à la carte, set or taster menus which culminate in beautiful hot dessert soufflés. There is also the Salon Privé, a secluded dining room that boasts a separate entrance and seating for 12 guests.

 

Chef: Joël Garault

+377 9806 9898

Hôtel Hermitage, Square Beaumarchais

www.hotelhermitagemontecarlo.com

Joel Robucon Monte Carlo

OPeN KITCHeN AT JOËl ROBUCHON MONTe CARlO

Cuisine: Mediterranean

Style / Ambiance: Jool Robuchon is the world’s most ‘starred’ chef having now earned a staggering 26 of these prestigious Michelin awards.

Monte Carlo accounts for two of these stars, impressing the judges with Mediterranean dishes such as the langoustine ravioli with truffles and quail caramelized with apple purée and truffles. This dining experience is enhanced by the open kitchen and its elaborate counter around which guests dine while watching their next course being cooked by executive chef Christophe Cussac.

 

Executive Chef: Chistophe Cussac

+377 9315 1515

Hôtel Metropole, Square Beaumarchais

www.metropole.com

Buddha Bar Monte Carlo

Cuisine: Oriental

Style / Ambiance: Buddha Bars worldwide have introduced elite diners into a new and sophisticated experience.

The Monte Carlo Buddha Bar has been doing so since its opening in July 2010 in the Casino de Monte Carlo. It has brought something exotic into an old world atmosphere, and not merely the giant Buddha overlooking the tables: the cuisine is an amalgamation of sushi, Chinese and Thai food. Music is a big part of a Buddha dining experience; DJs entertain diners until late with their world famous tunes while you either sip cocktails in the lounge or eat under the watchful eyes of the big Buddha.

 

+377 9806 1919

Casino de Monte Carlo, Place du Casino, Monte Carlo

www.buddha-bar.com

Yoshi

ONSeN TAMAgO AT YOSHI

Cuisine: Japanese

Style / Ambiance: Yoshi has recently added yet another Michelin Star to Joël Robuchon’s already impressive list.

It is his first attempt at Japanese cuisine and has wowed critics in partnership with Executive Chef Takeo Yamazaki. Modern menus offer clean dishes using the best nuances of Japan’s flavors and fresh produce. The décor is as attentive as the menu: the intimate dining room opens onto a Japanese style garden carefully designed to evoke harmony between inside and outside.

 

Executive Chef: Takeo Yamazaki

+377 9315 1515

Hôtel Metropole, Square Beaumarchais

www.metropole.com

 

La Marée Monaco

Image by Emmanuel Parendet

Cuisine: Gastronomic seafood

Style / Ambiance: La Marée was established in Moscow 20 years ago, specializing in importing the freshest possible produce. And since that time La Marée Restaurants have opened in Moscow, Saint Petersburg and Monaco to showcase this exceptional fare.

The Monaco restaurant is located on the rooftop of the Hotel Port Palace, in the heart of the Principality. Here, guests can look out across the bay where yachts are moored, while dining on lobster, king crab, and sea urchins from the Faroe Islands, to the sound of live music.

 

+377 97 97 80 00

Hôtel Port Palace, 7 Avenue J.F. Kennedy

http://www.lamaree.mc

Zelo’s Restaurant-Lounge-Bar

The glamorous recipe to meet fantastic people!

“Spend your night in 1st class. Strong and unforgettable emotions guaranteed”

You will be able to taste international cooking with a Mediterranean touch all year long thanks to numerous flavors and sumptuous wines. Fulfil your senses with an exceptional moment out of time…

At Zelo’s you will surely meet people that closely match your personality, and most of all share outstanding moments with them! A friend, a date, even a business meeting, Zelo’s is the place to be!

Having fun at Zelo’s? Of course! Where else?

Spend some time at the lounge and listen to hip music performed by famous DJs and various artists that will simply drive you crazy! Taste this extraordinary moment of freedom.

What about summer at Zelo’s?

Just mix those ingredients: the sea, great parties, music, fashion, delicious cooking and conviviality, what you get is our way of life! Dive into a unique cocktail flavored by the Big Blue…

And last but not least… it happens the whole year at Zelo’s where emotions are strong and… unforgettable!

 

+377 99 99 25 50

Fax: +377 99 99 25 60

10, Avenue Princesse Grace, 98000 Monaco

www.zelosworld.com

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