The Best Restaurants in Monaco

COYA Monte-Carlo

For a fiesta

Wondering where to eat during the Monaco Yacht Show 2019? Read our reviews and guide to the best restaurants, cafes and bars in Monaco.

1. COYA Monte-Carlo

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.

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La Marée

For fresh catch of the day

La Marée uses the freshest of seafood in its gourmet Mediterranean cuisine. Fish, crustaceans and oysters are selected each morning after the fishing boats return to the harbour. Diners can then place their order directly at the fish counter where the produce is displayed. Guests also get to choose how they want their seafood served; crudo-style raw, baked in a salt crust, steamed in foil or blackened on the grill. Classic a la carte dishes include the king crab legs in black truffle sauce and the moules marinières, If you’re planning on indulging in some lobster during the Monaco Yacht Show, this is the place to do it.

Originally opened in Russia, the Monaco branch can be found on the panoramic terrace of the Hotel Port Palace. Situated on J.F Kennedy Avenue, the restaurant offers views across Port Hercule and the Prince’s Palace.

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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 parties sat indoors 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. Ravin’s daring signature dishes include green papaya spaghetti carbonara and the low-cooked organic hen’s egg with cassava, truffle and passion fruit. The Escapade tasting menus, with seven or eight courses, are available from €240 or €285 respectively. For vegetarians, there’s also a plant-based tasting menu for €120. Blue Bay also holds an extensive wine cellar and a selection of Martinique rums.

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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 or 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.

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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 steamed langoustines, flavoured with peach and sesame with a side of green beans.

Alternatively, foodies can indulge in a gourmet set menu for €360, which boasts four half dishes selected by the chef, cheese and a dessert.

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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 Paolo Sari’s 100 per cent organic menu focuses on local produce and this year has been refreshed to offer four different menu options. The Tradition Menu, €160 per guest, offers eight courses from around the Mediterranean with dishes including red raw shrimp from Sanremo and responsibly sourced red mullet.

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Le Vistamar

For inspiring views

Le Vistamar offers the kind of views the name suggests and one Michelin Star cuisine that’s just as awe-inspiring. There are plenty of options for sharing with Chef Witz’s menu, including the homemade crustacean pasta served with lobster, spiny lobster and gamberoni. The Business Lunch Menu, €59 for two courses and half a bottle of mineral water or a glass of wine, is a great option during the Monaco Yacht Show.

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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.

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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 seared dover sole, king crab leg with shiso salsa 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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Joël Robuchon

For a touch of Joël Robuchon flare

Joël Robuchon’s signature Monte Carlo restaurant is left in the highly capable hands of Christophe Cussac. The flagship restaurant of the Metropole hotel, it is famed for its open plan kitchen and chef’s table allowing guests to have a truly inclusive experience.

If specialities such as langoustine in truffled ravioli with steamed green cabbage and hot duck with apricots with Amaretto appeal, make sure you pencil in a visit during the Monaco Yacht Show.

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