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May 30th, 2010, 12:09 PM
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Great restaurant in Monte Carlo for 100 Euros or less?

I have heard that Monte Carlo is enchanting at night - especially around the area of Hotel de Paris. (it is all lit up and overlooks the harbor)

I am looking for a very specific recommendation for dinner. We are going in July and the sun sets at 9:15 pm. I would love to eat outside at the Hotel de Paris, but I don't think I want to pay that much for a meal. I am looking for a dinner for two for under 100 Euros. We don't drink wine with dinner. Is there somewhere near Hotel de Paris (or can I get a meal at Hotel de Paris for under 100 Euros?) that I can perhaps sit outside and soak in the atmosphere of Monte Carlo? Perhaps overlooking the water?? I just want to be in the part of Monte Carlo that is all lit up! I think they refer to it as the "golden square." To me, it might be perfect to eat at a place that we can watch the sunset and then transition to the nighttime atmosphere.

Another thing to consider - I have to walk to the train station after dinner to get back to our hotel in Cannes.
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May 30th, 2010, 12:36 PM
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I'm not sure I understand the wine comment. Do you drink anything with dinner? Are you going to factor in a beverage or two? If you drink coke or iced tea expect to pay as much as for wine. I still remember my friend's 8 euro iced tea in Paris ($12 for a glass)!

I don't have a resto recommendation but wanted you to clarify whether or not you intend to drink anything or if the 100 euro is only for food.
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May 30th, 2010, 12:51 PM
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I have been on a healthy phase lately and just drinking water....
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May 30th, 2010, 03:49 PM
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May 30th, 2010, 08:04 PM
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Jill, you are really getting obsessive about this trip. Calm down. You do not have to have every single detail planned in advance. Much of the fun of European travel is just letting things happen, IMO. Relax, and go with the flow ---
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May 30th, 2010, 08:17 PM
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Honestly, I would really appreciate not to hear comments like that. I promise you that I am completely calm. I have been a planner my entire life. I don't neccessarily follow my plans exactly when I vacation, but I always have a plan in case I need it. I don't know why I even have to explain my rationale to anyone.

I am very thankful for the advice/recommendations/opinions of every post and I learn something new every time. I guess that is the teacher in me....
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May 30th, 2010, 08:38 PM
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Good for you, Jill.

I'm world's moodiest traveller, I'm pretty sure. Sometimes I plan, sometimes I don't. One thing I never do is let somebody else tell me to stop asking questions.

I don't know the answer to your question, but you might enjoy reading these:

http://frugaltraveler.blogs.nytimes....aupers-budget/

http://www.guardian.co.uk/travel/200...udget?page=all

http://www.travelsavvy-monaco.com/th...staurants.html
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May 30th, 2010, 09:10 PM
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Sorry, Jill, I didn't mean to offend. You were just sounding so stressed; posting four widely divergent posts in one day, and then repeatedly topping your post when you didn't get instant answers. My DW gets that way sometimes, and I need to tell her to take a deep breath and calm down before she gets into a state -- and drives me CRAZY!

I'm sure you will have a very enjoyable trip.

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May 31st, 2010, 12:13 AM
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You can eat for less than 100 euros, but don't expect to get a 3 course meal overlooking port and Casino Square for that. I'm afraid you'll have to make compromises.
Really good places to get the atmosphere and the view, but where you'll only be able to afford 1 main course, or possibly a main and starter or desert, would be the rooftop Grill of the Hotel de Paris, the Cafe de Paris, the rooftop Mandarine of the Port Palace Hotel.
Other places that you'll get the atmosphere, but be right by the quayside are Quai des Artistes and Zest.
Cheaper places, again in the port, but are not so "gourmand" are Stars n Bars, Pizz'Art, or Tender To. You'll find maps and a brief description of each place in the links below:
http://maboum.com/cafe-de-paris
http://maboum.com/grill
http://maboum.com/mandarine
http://maboum.com/zest
http://maboum.com/quai-des-artistes
http://maboum.com/stars-n-bars
http://maboum.com/pizzart
http://maboum.com/tender-to
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May 31st, 2010, 08:02 AM
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Zeppole - thanks for all those websites! Definitely some good information!

MonacoCabbie - thank you as well! I appreciate the information. Luckily, I never have enough appetite to eat three courses anyway. The part that entralled me of Monaco at nighttime is the way everything is all lit up. Especially by the Hotel de Paris. There is something so enchanting about it. Out of all the recommendations above, which restaurant would you say would allow me to sit outside and see Monaco lit up?
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May 31st, 2010, 08:33 AM
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I've been to Monte Carol twice and didn't much care for it. The first time I was on a student budget and ate a sandwich in the beautiful cliff gardens. The 2nd time I had lunch at the Cafe de Paris, a good lunch but I think I enjoyed the sandwich more.

I was going to recommend that you skip Monte Carlo and watch "To Catch a Thief" instead but the more I thought about it, I didn't remember much of the film being shot in Monte Carlo, it's more the association of Monaco and Grace Kelly that I remember. She met Prince Ranier while filming.

Anyway, I have taken this slightly off topic but I do recommend seeing the film for the fantastic scenery (Hotel Carlton in Cannes, the corniche, etc.) And, to see how little has changed from 1954-55, check out the link where someone who must be real fan has posted side-by-side photos from the film and from 2006.

http://www.hitchcockwiki.com/wiki/Lo...era,_June_2006

(Hope the link works; I did a cut and paste.)
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May 31st, 2010, 09:40 AM
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Just so you know, you just can't walk into the Hotel de Paris. If you want to have lunch or dinner in the hotel's restaurant you must make reservations through a phone call or your hotel's concierge.

You will be stopped at the door of the Hotel de Paris and not be admitted unless you are a guest and you are dressed properly.

Monte Carlo is VERY EXPENSIVE. You see starlets driving around in white Bentleys with matching white poodles sitting in their laps. It is not unusual to see women who are dressed like Lady Gaga coming out of Ciribelli.

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May 31st, 2010, 09:51 AM
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Cathy - that link is fantastic!! That is really amazing what they did with those photos.

Thin - Wow!! Good to know!!! I thought I would be able to go right into the Hotel de Paris and have a drink at the bar. (Do I need a reservation to have a drink at the bar?) I am always dressed properly, but I won't be a guest at that hotel.
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May 31st, 2010, 10:41 AM
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You may be able to go in and have a drink at the bar if the security at the door like the way you look. Explain to them that you are going in to have a drink at the bar or that you are going in to shop at one of the boutiques inside the hotel.

Do not wear jeans. Do not wear flip-flops. Your husband must have a jacket.

They are strict at the Hotel de Paris because daytrippers come in to wander around and use the toilet.

The Negresco in Nice is just as bad. I stayed there and the doorman made me show him my room key before he would let me inside. I was coming from the beach so I had on shorts and a bag with my towel inside. He said I wasn't properly dressed. WHAT???? I am coming from the beach, you asswipe!!!!

Another funny hotel is Quisisana in Capri. They don't like you to walk through the lobby in your robe (so unlike The Oriental in Bangkok) if you are going to the pool. They want you to wear your bathing costume under your clothes then undress AT the pool. How lame is that?

Of course, I do what I want. Bitches.

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May 31st, 2010, 12:00 PM
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Thin! You are hysterical! My type of guy....

No one will turn me down at Hotel de Paris. Bitches.
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Jul 15th, 2010, 10:53 PM
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Hi Jill
Only just saw your question, so don't know if you're already on your way to Monaco.
To see all the centre of the action, the only place is the Cafe de Paris. This is in a square with the Casino on one side, gardens opposite, and the Hotel de Paris and Cafe de Paris opposite each other. You won't see the sun go down here tho'. But in reality, you won't see the sun go down anyway, as it goes down behind the mountains that surround Monaco. At the Cafe de Paris, you'll see cars and people coming and going to the Casino. Personally I prefer the port area - a Monaco brewed beer in the Brasserie de Monaco, followed by pizza/pasta in Pizzart, or the best burger in Monaco at Zest. There are plenty of people coming and going along the quayside. But the "heart" of Monaco is Casino Square, so if that's what you want, then it has to be Cafe de Paris.
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