Monaco’s Best 10 Dining Experiences06/12/2023
From Michelin-starred restaurants, top-class seaside terraces to local eateries, Monaco takes its gourmet cuisine seriously, and there are infinite gastronomical possibilities for all ages in this sparkling Principality.
In Monaco, the gastronomy is exciting, passionate…and sustainable. From carefully chosen produce to a shared belief in using respectful, responsible cuisine, the Principality is committed to sustainable development all around.
Live in the moment and savour the finest food to be found in this Mediterranean paradise…Monaco is Like Nowhere Else.
1 – Restaurant Les Ambassadeurs by Christophe Cussac at Hotel Metropole:
Christophe Cussac is a chef with an extraordinary history in the world of French fine dining since the early 1980’s. He arrived at Hotel Metropole in 2004 to accompany Joël Robuchon in the acclaimed restaurant that held two Michelin stars.
Having had such an instrumental role behind the scenes, he now stands in the spotlight to unveil the launch of his restaurant Les Ambassadeurs by Christophe Cussac, reviving the acclaimed cult venue of the 1920’s. This warm setting, designed by Jacques Garcia, is the promise of a moment of sharing, where guests are invited to rediscover the flavours of the Mediterranean sublimated by the respect of French culinary art.
What was once a gastronomic mecca in 1920 under the name of Les Ambassadeurs, is coming back under the helm of this Michelin- starred chef who is promising simple cuisine at its finest! A bread and dessert trolley is amongst the highlights that delight guests with a selection of goods to be savoured.
On 27 May 1987, the Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo entrusted the kitchens of the Louis XV to Alain Ducasse. It proved an excellent choice, with the venue going on to become the first luxury hotel in the world to earn three Michelin stars, in 1990. A stellar treble, which the iconic Hotel still proudly holds today.
Le Louis XV – Alain Ducasse never ceases to astonish and enchant with its fine Mediterranean cuisine. “Cuisine that sings of sunshine”, is how Alain Ducasse himself describes the haute couture menu of the Louis XV – Alain Ducasse at the Hôtel de Paris.
His Riviera-inspired dishes are a celebration of the region’s very finest produce, flavours and colours, featuring locally caught fish, herbs and vegetables grown in the nearby countryside and intensely flavoursome bouillons. The restaurant’s fine dishes are paired with the stunning vintages to be found in the hotel’s fabled wine cellars, the largest hotel wine cellars in the world.
3- Pavyllon Monte-Carlo a restaurant by Yannick Alléno at Hotel Hermitage Monte-Carlo:
Excellence, sharing and modernity! Three words that perfectly encapsulate the Pavyllon Monte-Carlo, a restaurant by Yannick Alléno at the Hôtel Hermitage Monte-Carlo, which opened in April 2022.
The triple-Michelin starred Chef’s eatery serves locally inspired cuisine prepared simply but elegantly, in keeping with its location at the Hermitage, one of the Principality’s finest treasures.
The use of modern techniques such as cold extraction and fermentation, bring a lightness to dishes and birch sap a natural sweetness to desserts. The sauces (also known as “the gospel of French cuisine”) are key in bringing all the other ingredients together. It’s in this restaurant that you can enjoy a moment of peace and serenity on one of the most beautiful terraces on the French Riviera, with stunning views of the harbour and old town as the cherry on the most delectable cake.
www.montecarlosbm.com/en/restaurant-monaco/pavyllon-monte- carlo-un-restaurant-yannick-alleno- hotel-hermitage-monte-carlo
4 – Blue Bay at Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort:
Since it opened in 2015, the superb Blue Bay restaurant, located at the Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort overlooking the Mediterranean, has been in the expert hands of famous Caribbean chef Marcel Ravin.
Drawing on the inspiration that earned him two fabled Michelin stars, the chef weaves his culinary alchemy to blend Caribbean and Mediterranean flavours to exquisite effect. Examples include the unmissable signature dish, ‘Oeuf Monte-Carlo’ (organic egg with cassava, truffle and passion fruit) and the Blue Bay classic, ’The chocolate of my childhood’. As part of the Menu à la carte these Blue Bay dishes will take you on a culinary journey.
Inside, the atmosphere is warm and lively thanks to the open kitchens, while the tables outside command superb sea views, but wherever you happen to be seated, you are set for a bold and original gastronomical journey. The restaurant is currently undergoing a transformation, which will see the venue reopen with a new layout, new décor and a new terrace. The restaurant is scheduled to open its doors again this month.
5 – R La Table d’Antonio Salvatore:
La Table d’Antonio Salvatore at the Rampoldi earned its first Michelin star in 2021 with its combinations of classics, original and creative dishes. Southern Italian and French influences lend the cuisine an unmistakably unique flavour. The cuisine is resolutely unique, and the dishes simply sumptuous.
‘New Monegasque’ is the certification some might award to this restaurant, with its penchant for the origins of artistic gastronomy. But La Table d’Antonio Salvatore is much more than just a culinary experience. Antonio Salvatore’s art deco space is a playground for the imagination, both in the kitchen and at the table. The splendid and elegant dining
room of La Table d’Antonio Salvatore perfectly frames the attractive dishes that arrive at the table. The chef’s artistic flair is used to enhance flavours and La Table d’Antonio Salvatore is an example of how gastronomic creativity can blend with visual charm.
6 – Nobu Fairmont Monte-Carlo:
Down the famous hairpin bend on the Formula One circuit, at the Nobu Fairmont Monte-Carlo, Japanese cuisine is married to perfection with other cultures for a culinary fusion experience that never fails to surprise.
The restaurant serves a blend of Nipponese and South American influences in a cosy and welcoming atmosphere. In a stylish, plush setting with a superb terrace overlooking the Mediterranean, dinner at Nobu Fairmont Monte Carlo is an unforgettable experience.
Few restaurants can boast an international reputation, and few chefs can boast of having their creative vision of contemporary cuisine replicated around the world with as much success. If you are dining at Nobu for the first time, the chef recommends trying 3 or more of the menu’s ‘Eight Highlights’.
The best way to enjoy this experience is to start with 2 or 3 cold dishes; then move on to 2 or 3 hot ones. Finally, end with some sushi and dessert. All these shared family style. Nobu will be closed for works from 29th October to early March 2024.
7 – Les Perles de Monte-Carlo:
For the freshest seafood in town, head to Les Perles de Monte-Carlo, an oyster bar located at the very tip of the pier of the Port de Fontvieille.
Founders, Brice Cachia and Frédéric Rouxeville, both certified biologists, launched the hangout alongside an oyster nursery and ripening centre, with seafood taken directly from here. All the produce offered each day on the menu is grown in situ (lobster, oysters, shrimps, fish).
According to co-founder Brice Cachia, the oysters here are so special because of the excellent quality plankton (a consequence of the deep waters bordering the principality).
This local hangout impresses with a genuine ambiance. Seated on wooden benches in an atmosphere of authenticity, it’s in this corner of Brittany at the foot of the princely palace that you’ll discover exceptional products, accompanied by a glass of organic wine. These marine delights can be savoured on-site or purchased to take away.
8 – Giacomo:
Tigrane Seydoux, a native of Monaco and head of the Big Mamma group, with no fewer than 17 restaurants around the world, including Paris, has recently opened her first concept outlet on the newly redeveloped Larvotto beach. Giacomo, with its beautifully airy and floral decor, offers cuisine with strong Italian influences, prepared from high quality ingredients in a friendly atmosphere. Giacomo features an incredible Capri vibe 80-seat terrace. Sun at its zenith or at golden hour, this is the perfect spot to enjoy seasonal piatti, gorged with freshness and always straight from the producers. Sea breeze with the pasta all’astice and its fresh lobster. Dishes at this colourful seaside venue carry the smell of summer and the Mediterranean. Dishes are generous and there is a wide range of cocktails to choose from, to add to the festive atmosphere. The perfect place to live the Italian dolce vita!
9 – Café de Paris Monte-Carlo:
After a long period of renovation, the legendary Café de Paris is preparing to reopen its doors to the public. Café de Paris Monte-Carlo, nestled on Monaco’s iconic Place du Casino, has been a Monaco institution since 1868.
The reinvented landmark will offer an even more exceptional culinary experience and atmosphere with a configuration that spreads the sublime brasserie over two levels with one of the best views in the world.
Architects, Alexandre Giraldi and Alain-Charles Perrot, Chief Architect of Monuments Historiques, were in charge of this major development project, with the brief to preserve the venue’s Belle Epoque spirit.
Café de Paris Monte-Carlo will increase its surface area from 10,000m2 to 13,000m2 with the creation of two additional floors, including a unique rooftop and several shops. The Café de Paris has always been a favourite among tourists and locals seeking to experience the charm and prestige of the Principality.
Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer is reviving the art of chic and glamorous partying that made it legendary, whilst remaining firmly rooted in the modern world of the 21st century.
Club La Vigie Monte-Carlo at the Monte-Carlo Beach Hotel opened on 7 June 2023. In an unspoilt natural setting on the seafront, this little piece of paradise is getting back to its roots to become the new place to be for festive afternoons and sunsets on the Riviera.
In an elegant atmosphere, Club La Vigie combines a ‘beach club’ feel at the water’s edge, with Mediterranean food by acclaimed 2-star Michelin chef Marcel Ravin, creative cocktails and a cutting-edge music program.
Also revealed is the best kept secret at Monte-Carlo Beach since 1952…five bungalows tucked away among the pines, rechristened ‘Love Nests’, ideal for intimate moments for couples or among friends. La Vigie Monte-Carlo is open in the summer season only.
2024 Monaco Events:
Thought Monaco’s events calendar was just about the Formula 1 Grand Prix and the Monaco Yacht Show? Think again! There are more than 500 events of all kinds in Monaco organised all year-round. From local art events to exciting shows and festivals, Monaco can introduce you to a world of glamorous year-round amusements.
1 – The Printemps des Arts Festival: (13 March-7 April 2024)
There are many reasons to look forward to spring, but this one is particularly exciting. Spring is when the Printemps des Arts Festival takes centre stage bringing together musicians from all over the world and adding a new vibrancy to Monaco’s cultural life.
2 – Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters: (6-14 April 2024)
The Monte-Carlo Country Club hosts one of the oldest and most prestigious clay court tennis tournaments, the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters (ATP Tour). Rafael Nadal is the Prince of the Monegasque clay with 11 singles titles and one doubles trophy.
3 – Monaco e-Prix: (27 April 2024)
This outstanding racing event showcases electrical vehicle innovations that promote sustainability and look toward the future of racing. Part of the Championship calendar since its launch in 2015, the Monaco E-Prix will be back for a 7th edition in 2024.
4 – Monaco Historic Grand Prix: (10-12 May 2024)
A must-see of all the world’s historic races, this event brings nothing but the most impressive historical cars to the mythical track of Monaco, delivering a rare, exceptional event for all spectators. An incredible retro motor racing experience, taking place on the same iconic street circuit of the Formula 1.
5 – Formula 1 Grand Prix: (23-26 May 2024)
The racing event that doesn’t need an introduction. The Formula 1 Grand Prix de Monaco, created back in 1929, is widely regarded as one of the most prestigious motorsport events in the world, known for its narrow racing circuit through the undulating streets of the glamorous Principality.
6 – Concerts at the Prince’s Palace:
Every summer, for a few dates, the Prince’s Palace opens its doors for exclusive concerts in the Cour d’Honneur under the starry skies of the Principality. The Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra offers a unique series of performances that will transport you to other places.
7 – Monte-Carlo Summer Festival: (July/August)
In July and August, the Monte-Carlo Summer Festival takesoverthe Principality’s iconic locations to host major international stars. Every year the organisers of this major event put together a sumptuous programme of concerts for every taste and every generation. Some previous guests have included Santana, Pharell Williams, Mariah Carey, Tina Turner and many more.
8 – Monaco Yacht Show: (25-28 September 2024)
An annual favourite on Monaco’s event agenda, the Monaco Yacht Show lets you discover the finest collection of superyachts of the year within the idyllic setting of the Port Hercule in Monaco. This much-attended event showcases some magnificent sailing boats on display in the marina for the purposes of admiration and purchase.
9 – Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo : (November – May)
The Ballets de Monte-Carlo are set for an exciting 2023-2024 season, bringing their talents to stages all over the world. Programme highlights include LAC, Cinderella and Roméo et Juliette.
10 – Monte-Carlo Opera: (November-April)
The jewel in the crown of the Casino de Monte-Carlo has attracted the biggest stars of opera and theatre since the Salle Garnier – Opera de Monte-Carlo was built. The 2023/24 programme highlights include a rich variety of world-class recitals, operas, as well as lyrical and choral concerts.
11 – Monte-Carlo Jazz Festival: (17 November – 7 December 2024)
Launched in 2006, the Monte-Carlo Jazz Festival shines a spotlight on both legendary musicians and rising stars, all in the breathtaking setting of the Opera Garnier. The biggest Jazz artists have already dazzled music lovers and those keen to learn more during this event traditionally held in the two weeks at the end of November and beginning of December.