The best restaurants and bars to visit in Monaco

If you're in Monaco for the 2021 World Superyacht Awards or the 2021 Monaco Yacht Show this September, then head to the best restaurants and bars for drinking and dining in Monaco and Monte-Carlo away from your superyacht.

COYA Monte-Carlo

For a fiesta

High-end Peruvian restaurant COYA opened its fifth branch in Monaco with Fabrizio Fossati as resident chef. It sits in prime position on Princess Grace Avenue, near to the Monte-Carlo Sporting complex. Offering sea-side views from the terrace, COYA boasts flamboyant décor and a lively atmosphere that embrace its South American theme. Amid the colourful furnishings and hanging plants, indulge in Incan-inspired dishes such as yellowfin tuna ceviche, charcoal grilled beef skewers or tacos stuffed with soft shell crab, yuzu and aioli.

The resident DJ will amp up the fiesta mood after sunset with a mix of Latin dance tunes. This will be your cue to head to the lounge for an after-dinner pisco sour or to sample COYA's alternative take on the classic margarita.

Blue Bay

For daring dishes

Hosted inside the Monte Carlo Bay resort, Chef Marcel Ravin serves up Caribbean-Mediterranean fusion cuisine at the Michelin-starred restaurant Blue Bay. Guests on the terrace can enjoy sea views while indoor parties can watch their food being prepared in the open-plan kitchen.

As well as offering freshly-caught fish, Blue Bay is an excellent spot for adventurous diners with extensive tasting menus on offer. Ravin’s daring signature dishes include green papaya spaghetti carbonara and the low-cooked organic hen’s egg with cassava, truffle and passion fruit. Blue Bay also holds an extensive wine cellar and a selection of Martinique rums.

Café de Paris Monte-Carlo

For the French brasserie feel

The Café de Paris has been offering all-day dining on the Place du Casino for over 150 years now. A hotspot for Monaco socialites, the brassiere has a buzzing vibe and sophisticated art-deco interiors. If you’re hankering after some French restaurant staples such as beef tartare, niçoise salad or duck terrine, make sure you book a table here. The light-filled terrace is an ideal hang out for breakfast or afternoon tea and pastries such as the Mille-feuille and profiteroles are not to be missed. Moorish ice cream is also served day-long if you’ve only got time for a quick snack.

The brasserie’s location next door to the local market means that their selection of French cheeses, cured meats and seafood are all freshly sourced.

Jimmy'z

To enjoy the melting point of the rich and famous

Jimmy’z may be the most famous nightclub on the French Riviera. Based in the the Sporting Monte-Carlo complex on the sea front it attracts a clientele of the young, cool and professionally beautiful. Every passing star from Leonardo DiCaprio to Lionel Richie has enjoyed the cocktails and impressive line-up of DJs, with supermodels so common that they barely rate a glance.

Yannick Alléno à l’Hôtel Hermitage Monte-Carlo

For inspiring views

Yannick Alléno's restaurant at l’Hôtel Hermitage Monte-Carlo offers Michelin Star cuisine that’s just as impressive as the views from the terrace. The menus are inspired by the colours and flavours of the South of France, featuring delicacies such as aubergine caviar, barbecued lobster, and candied rhubarb. A great option for a lunch break during the Monaco Yacht Show.

Le Louis XV - Alain Ducasse à l'Hôtel de Paris

For Côte d'Azur decadence

Alain Ducasse’s Rococo fortress Le Louis XV in the Hotel de Paris (one of the best hotels in Monaco) is the only three Michelin star restaurant in Monaco and regularly voted as one of the best restaurants in the world. It’s also the most iconic in Monaco — opened in 1987 it even predates the Monaco Yacht Show. Specialties include Gamberoni from San Remo with rock fish gelée and caviar, or chilled langoustines, flavoured with nectarine and verbena.

Hotel de Paris is also home to Le Bar Américain which is perfect for an evening aperitif. The elegant bar allows you to experience classic Monaco style and, with excellent service and an extensive cocktail list, is a popular destination during the Monaco Yacht Show.

Elsa

For a gorgeous terrace

A light, bright restaurant and a terrace with gorgeous views make Elsa, at the Monte-Carlo Beach Hotel, a seriously cool spot for lunch during the Monaco Yacht Show. The Michelin star also makes it an excellent choice for those who come for the food.

Chef Manon Fleury's Mediterranean menu is 100 per cent organic and features only local produce and wild caught seafood. Guests can choose from raw or cooked menus (or a five-course tasting menu), with dishes including red raw shrimp from Sanremo and responsibly sourced grilled red mullet.

Twiga

For Italian flare with Monaco glamour

The brain child of Italian businessman Flavio Briatore, Twiga has a similar vibe to the Billionaire Clubs’ other establishments. It moved to a new location in May this year – it can now be found on the second floor of Grimaldi Forum – and has great views across the Mediterranean Sea. Go for dinner at one of its two restaurants, that serve either Italian or Japanese. Then stay on to dance the night away as at around 1am it transforms into a night club.

Yoshi

For modern Japanese flavours

If you are craving modern Japanese flavours during the Monaco Yacht Show then head for Yoshi. The restaurant at the Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo is the first Japanese addition to Joël Robuchon’s Michelin Star-sprinkled list of eateries.

Executive chef Takeo Yamazaki designs modern menus with clean flavours at this extraordinary venue, including dishes such as Wagyu no wasabit fumi (rib steak with wasabi and vegetables), Kabu to omaru-ebi (lobster ravioli and marinated turnips) and Foa gura to unagi (foie gras and grilled eel millefeuille), and serves them in a chic east-meets-west dining ambience.

Nobu

To experience the Nobu sensation

Monaco’s first restaurant in the haute cuisine collection, Nobu opened in December 2013 at the Fairmont Monte Carlo hotel. The menu, designed by chef Nobu Matsuhisa, includes dishes such as king crab leg with ponzu and Japanese wagyu beef, which can be prepared in a variety of styles including Tataki, new style, grilled steak or Toban Yaki.

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