New Restaurants and Menus for Summer 2022

Publication date: 20/06/2022
Michelin-starred restaurants, exotic eateries, fine dining on top-class terraces, local experiences... Dishes from near and far promise you a memorable journey into a land full of flavours. Monaco is positively overflowing with gastronomic inventiveness. Here is just a selection of this summer’s exciting new dining options!

New restaurants

Excellence, sharing, and modernity. Three words that perfectly encapsulate the Michelin-starred Pavyllon Monte-Carlo, a restaurant by Yannick Alléno at the Hôtel Hermitage Monte-Carlo which opened last April.  The triple-Michelin starred Chef’s new eatery serves locally-inspired cuisine prepared simply but elegantly, in keeping with its location at the Hermitage, one of the Principality’s finest treasures.

Just a few yards away, Em Sherif Monte-Carlo invites you to savour the finest Lebanese Mediterranean dishes at Monaco’s most prestigious luxury hotel. Located on the ground floor of the celebrated Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo, Em Sherif Monte-Carlo, which also opened in April, takes diners on a culinary voyage of the senses inspired by Lebanese cuisine, in a warm and welcoming setting with unrivalled views of the Mediterranean.

For lunch or dinner in an original setting, the roof of the Hôtel Port Palace welcomes you to “La Môme”. Already present in Cannes, this is the first such restaurant in the Principality, named in tribute to “la môme Moineau”, who sold flowers in Parisian nightclubs in the 1920s, and went on to become a billionaire and regular visitor to the Côte d’Azur. The restaurant serves Mediterranean-style dishes in a decor inspired by Princess Grace.

Tigrane Seydoux, a native of Monaco and head of the Big Mamma group with no fewer than 17 restaurants around the world, including in Paris, has 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.

Just opposite the shaded Larvotto promenade lies the Palais de la Plage, where you will find The Niwaki.  This new eatery serves a selection of refined dishes in a relaxing and exclusive Japanese-themed setting. The contemporary Japanese cuisine with hints of Mediterranean influences is exceptional.

The Palais de la Plage with its stunning architecture is also home to the Café Cova, the second by that name to be opened, following the original outlet on Boulevard des Moulins. Those with a sweet tooth will be delighted by the pastries for which the very first Cova, founded in Milan in 1817, became famous. Cova uses only the finest ingredients to serve generous breakfasts and a wide selection of Italian dishes for lunch.

Like a little Italian bottega, Mozzafiato aims to be the new place for  fast-casual food in the heart of the La Condamine district, on the pedestrianised Rue Caroline. Mozzafiato – which means “breathtaking” in Italian - offers a generous selection of typically Italian products throughout the day from 7.30 am.

A bustling, festive and inspirational place, the Maison Fonfon can be found at the port of Fontvieille. The southern-style concept restaurant serves Mediterranean cuisine with an emphasis on sharing. At the foot of the Rock of Monaco, overlooking the luxury yachts in the marina, the venue features an interior design by Cédric Capron and Franck Lebraly, the renowned artists who took inspiration from cubism and surrealism for his drawings. 

New offerings at Monaco’s classic restaurants

It’s part of the Principality’s DNA. A destination that constantly reinvents itself, without ever losing its authentic identity.  Monaco’s most iconic restaurants also have new innovations to discover.

Elsa, the all-organic and wild-caught fish restaurant at the Monte-Carlo Beach, welcomed its new head chef at the start of the summer season: Mélanie Serre. Having previously worked with Joël Robuchon and Christophe Cussac and trained in Paris, Monaco and Geneva, the 36 year-old chef has brought her generous and elegant cuisine back to the Principality.

On summer evenings, Yoshi - the only Michelin-starred Japanese restaurant on the Côte d’Azur, can be found by the pool at the Odyssey. Diners are guaranteed an unforgettable experience, as they savour exceptional dishes in a unique setting designed by Karl Lagerfeld. With its palm trees, wisteria, and notes of jasmine, the Odyssey is a veritable oasis of calm in the heart of Monaco.

At the Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo, Alain Ducasse has handed the reins of his iconic restaurant Le Louis-XV – Alain Ducasse to Emmanuel Pilon, who joined the famous Michelin-starred chef’s team in 2009.  The Head Sommelier is Maxime Pastor, a Monegasque who studied at the Lycée Technique et Hôtelier de Monaco, and will find the perfect wines to match the dishes served at this superb restaurant, which boasts three Michelin stars. Dominique Lory, previously Executive Chef at the Louis XV – Alain Ducasse, is now in charge of all of the kitchens at the Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo (with the exception of Em Sherif, which is independent).

By the sea, L’Intempo by Sergi Arola – a Catalan chef and disciple of the famous Ferrán Adriá – welcomes guests in a stylish contemporary setting for an original gastronomical experience. The restaurant at the Hôtel Méridien Beach Plaza serves light cuisine, now with a dash of Catalan flavour thanks to acclaimed chef Sergi Arola.

Once a mainstay of the local economy, the growing of citrus fruits was an important part of Principality’s history, as reflected in the names of the Boulevard des Moulins and the Place des Moulins. Citrus-infused gin, expertly prepared by la Distillerie de Monaco, is made with juniper berries, fragrant sweet and bitter oranges, lemons, limes, grapefruit, bergamot citron, and lemon thyme.

Coming soon

Every season, you’ll find new places to eat in Monaco. Here is a selection of the new addresses opening up after the summer and beyond.

On 20 June 2023, the Café de Paris will unveil its transformation. It will be an opportunity for locals and visitors to discover the big new offerings from Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer, including the creation of an extra floor with a unique rooftop area and a new space devoted to luxury boutiques and other attractive concepts. In the meantime, the brasserie of the Café de Paris, a hub of Monegasque life for 150 years, will be serving guests in the Salle Empire at the Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo. The lemonade refreshments service will remain at its traditional home on the iconic terrace of the Place du Casino.

After opening venues in Madrid, London, and Dubai, the famous Amazonico will be coming to Monaco soon! The Latino-Brazilian concept with its exotic, leafy charm and jungle motifs, will take up residence on the roof of the Café de Paris.

A new version of the Beef Bar opened in the La Condamine district on 1 July. The Giraudi group has taken over from Mauro Colagreco, who had been responsible for the Komo’s menu since the concept-store restaurant first opened. Diners at the Beef Bar can now choose from a menu with Middle-Eastern influences created by Head Chef Nariné and her label, Naro’s.

A new version of the Beef Bar opened in the La Condamine district on 1 July. The Giraudi group has taken over from Mauro Colagreco, who had been responsible for the Komo’s menu since the concept-store restaurant first opened. Diners at the Beef Bar can now choose from a menu with Middle-Eastern influences created by Head Chef Nariné and her label, Naro’s.

The Giraudi group is also planning to open a new outlet: Zeffirino. Already well known to the Genoese for its quality pesto and once a favourite of Frank Sinatra’s, Zeffirino will be replacing the restaurant Mozza on Rue du Portier.