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Why not try out a few when you are there!

Given the opulent reputation of Monte Carlo, it will come as no surprise that many of its restaurants have been awarded a Michelin star. In some cases, three.

People go to Monaco to be taken care of, to luxuriate in the best that hospitality has to offer.

There are currently six restaurants here with at least one Michelin star.

1. Le Louis XV. Alain Ducasse a l’Hotel de Paris. Monte Carlo 98000 Monaco:
The Louis XV has an astonishing 3 Michelin stars, the most that a restaurant can be awarded. So presumably it can’t get any better than this?
Ducasse opened the restaurant in 1987; undertaking a challenge from Prince Rainier III of Monaco and the Societe des bains de mer de Monaco to win three Michelin stars within four years. It took Ducasse just 33 months. And Le Louis XV became the first hotel-based restaurant to win stars at that level.
Ducasse, chef Emmanuel Pilon and pastry chef Sandro Micheli have won and maintained these stars with modern, exciting Mediterranean cuisine inspired by the ‘riviera and la dolce vita.’ Small farmers, fisherman and stockbreeders provide exquisite produce, while being mindful of the planet’s resources.
Arguably the most prestigious restaurant in Monaco – the interior is a clean, contemporary take on designs from the Louis XV era. This restaurant is a sensory experience. Relax in the beautiful dining room and terrace – and let restaurant manager Claire Sonnet take care of you. Head sommelier Maxime Pastor will recommend wines from (a reported) 400,000 bottles in the cellar. Perfection.
Average price (excluding drinks) is 362 euro per person.

Website: Le Louis XV

2. Pavyllon. Hotel Hermitage, 1 Square Beaumarchais, Monte-Carlo 98000 Monaco:
According to the montecarlobm.com website Pavyllon is ‘rewriting the fine dining rulebook.’
Chef Yannick Alleno describes it as ‘fine dining without the formality’. This restaurant, set in a stunning 5-star hotel, is understated and elegant. The food is seasonal, fresh and more importantly local – while the menu celebrates plant-based dishes, seafood and low sugar desserts. Try the aubergine caviar, the barbequed European lobster or the candied rhubarb.
The Michelin website describes Pavyllon as ‘gourmet fare that boldly asserts a distinctive unorthodox culinary identity.’
Playing with how we experience flavour, Alleno uses modern techniques such as cold extraction and fermentation - creating dishes we have never tasted before.
Interior designer Chahan Minassian uses blue to blend the restaurant with the Med. From the main bar you can view the magic of the kitchen. But it is the beautiful terrace, inspired by a Mediterranean garden, with views of Le Rocher (Monaco’s old town) and the harbour that will take your breath away.
Average price (excluding drinks) is 150 euro per person.

Website: Pavyllon

3. La Table d’Antonio Salvatore au Rampoldi. Rampoldi, 3 Avenue des Spelugnes, 98000 Monaco.
The restaurant website asks ‘is great cuisine a science or an art?’ and chef Antonio Salvatore hopes to answer - by appealing to all our senses. He has certainly created an experience; hoping to ‘shatter the cliches’ and ‘stimulate the mind.’
Salvatore was awarded the Michelin star for La Table in 2021, with what has been labelled ‘New Monegasque’ food. Influences are primarily from Southern Italy and France, but Salvatore will also have picked up ideas from working in Spain, England and Russia.
The result is an intimate 5-table restaurant in the former cigar lounge of the Rampoldi, with a menu that oozes creativity, charm and fun. Produce is generally obtained from small-scale producers around Menton and San Remo, with some from Italy.
Try the octopus carpaccio and pistachios, oysters with raspberry vinegar or perhaps the pizza with truffle?
Average price (excluding drinks) is 150 euro per person.

Website: La Table d’Antonio Salvatore au Rampoldi

4. Le Grill. 8th floor of Hotel de Paris, Plaza du Casino, Monte-Carlo 98000 Monaco:
This restaurant is a must-see if you are visiting Monaco. If not only for the incredible panoramic view – that takes your eye as far as the Italian coast.
Executive chef Dominique Lory and chef Patrick Laine have created ‘a menu filled with sunshine’ (montecarlobm.com) for you.
Delicate, subtle, with respect for the local produce and concentrating on sharing (though I’m not sure you’ll want to share) the menu promises to delight. You have to try the Grand Marnier or hot raspberry and pistachio souffle. But is much more to this menu than souffles.
Another restaurant with decor that pays homage to the Mediterranean – the interior plays with different shades of blue. The Hotel de Paris is full of history. Just being there feels emotional. And did we mention the sliding roof and spectacular view?
Average price (excluding drinks) is 220 euro per person.

Website: Le Grill

5. Yoshi. Hotel Metropole, 4 Avenue de la Madone, 98000 Monaco:
Yoshi is the only Japanese restaurant within the French Riviera (since 2010) to hold a Michelin star.
Chef Takeo Yamazaki has created a fusion menu with (according to the Michelin website) ‘premium ingredients and flawless technique’ of Japanese and European flavours. The result is stunning.
Yamazaki became Head Chef of Yoshi in 2008 and it only took him two years to achieve the much-coveted Michelin star.
Try one of Yamazaki’s signature dishes - the fillet of black cod marinated (for 72 hours) in boiled saki: GHINDARA or shrimp balls with kombu: EBI SHINJO. The menu also boasts nigiris, makis and sashimis and the drinks include a rare Japanese sake, whiskies or green tea.
This wonderful restaurant opens out onto a Japanese-inspired garden designed by Jacques Messin.
Average price (excluding drinks) is 150 euro per person.

Website: Yoshi

6. Blue Bay. Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort. 40 Avenue Princesse Grace, 98000 Monaco:
Blue Bay, La Table de Marcel boasts 2 Michelin stars. Chef Marcel Ravin is the master of fusion between Caribbean and Mediterranean flavours. Another restaurant on this list with an open kitchen. And another with a panoramic terrace. The sea views at Blue Bay are incredible.
The menu is very personal to Ravin’s Martinique roots. Think bold West Indian flavours, with an artistic flair.
‘With flawless technical prowess (superb sauces) he recounts his personal history.’ (Michelin website)
Ravin even worked with a ceramicist from Martinique to create the tableware for Blue Bay’s lavish setting.
Try the green papaya spaghetti carbonara or come for the Gourmet Champagne Brunch (January – June). Average price (excluding drinks) is 120 euro per person.

Website: Blue Bay


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