Monaco is home to some of the world’s most reputable restaurants, along with a whole host of delicious local cuisine. Whatever your taste buds are searching for in the principality, Monaco should be able to provide with vigour. Here is Culture Trip’s pick of the 10 best restaurants in Monaco. Dining out has never tasted so good.
One-Michelin star restaurant Blue Bay is an exquisite experience. The view from the terrace is quite something and the chef’s menu fusion of Caribbean and Mediterranean is unlike anything else in the principality. Opt for the six-course tasting menu, which will surely awaken your taste buds with flawless food pairings and complete creativity.
The prestigious Le Louis XV – Alain Ducasse is one of Monaco’s most celebrated Michelin-starred restaurants, which been included on lists of the world’s top restaurants. Its executive chef, Alaine Ducasse, is the second in the world for most decorated Michelin Star chefs so guests can be sure of one of the most exquisite fine dining experiences of their lives here. Set menus start at €165 and contain every delight from local seafood to caviar, truffles and Monégasque delicacies.
An exquisite Joël Robuchon restaurant in the luxurious setting of the Hôtel Métropole, which in itself is something to see. Come to dine on expertly crafted dishes that always incorporate the flavours of the sun-drenched Mediterranean. The restaurant itself oozes opulence and grandeur, but stylishly so, with subtle and well thought out pieces. Executive Chef Christophe Cussac’s creations will make it hard to choose. Menus start from €62.
This colourful restaurant serves up fantastic Italian cuisine for lunch and dinner. Olive oil adorning the table cloths and fruit and vegetables in baskets ready for buying at the entrance give this establishment a traditional and relaxed feel, which isn’t always the case with restaurants in Monaco. The restaurant doesn’t lie too far from the Beausoleil border, so once you’ve tucked into antipasto, pasta, fish and more, take a walk across to France where you’ll have an incredible view back over the Principality.
If you’re looking for a plant-based place to eat, then be sure to head to EQVITA. You can get pancakes without the guilt at this healthy food joint. There is less cream and more green but they’re equally as delicious, if not more.
Castelroc restaurant is a family-run business in the historic old town of Monaco, which has been in the Bonafede family for almost 60 years. Traditional Monegasque cuisine is served, along with dishes that are Mediterranean-centric from the land and sea. Their terrace is the absolute highlight, with views out over the pine tree tops of Monaco. Set menus start at €48.
This iconic brasserie can’t be beaten if you want to tuck into gorgeous local and regional cuisine in an atmospheric setting. Located across the way from the Principality’s famous casino, Café de Paris is exactly where you want to be for people-watching and general Monaco frolicking.
Quai des Artistes lies right at Monaco’s Hercule port, the perfect place for watching the world (and the super yachts) meander on by. Seafood is the preferred dish here, and both the outside terrace and rich, traditional internal rooms make for relaxed settings to feast. Even though this restaurant occupies a popular spot, it never feels too overrun with tourists. Finally, for Monaco, it is very reasonably priced with lunch menus starting from €23.50.
Our second Joël Robuchon restaurant. This one is an incredibly chic Japanese restaurant in the glittering Hôtel Metropole. The style is bright, striking and minimalist, with the dishes served matching the light and subtly playful dining room. Interior architect Didier Gomez is the man behind the style, who is also known for designing the Yves Saint Laurent commercial spaces. Takéo Yamazaki is head chef and he’ll tempt and delight you with his dishes of Maki, Sushi and Sashimi as well as the ‘à La Carte’ menu.
One of the highlights of La Montgolfière is its old Monaco charm, just 200 metres from the Royal Palace in the historic centre. The three-dish menu is €48 and the four-dish menu is €55 – both of which chef local Henri Geraci concocts with regional flare.