Le Beefbar

Price guide: Mid-range

42 Quai Jean-Charles Rey, Fontvieille, 98000

Price guide: Mid-range

Le Beefbar

By Anthony Peregrine, your Monaco expert

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#7 of 7
expert-rated restaurants in Monaco
Expert overall rating:4.2 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.4
4.4
Ambience:
4.2
4.2
Service:
4.1
4.1
Location:
4.4
4.4
Value for money:
4.3
4.3
Recommended for:
Business travellers, Couples, Families with teenagers, Seasoned travellers, Singles, Relaxation, Trendiness

Expert review of Le Beefbar

Vegetarians, please look away right now …

Yes, I know … some of my best friends are vegetarians (I love them dearly), but they’ll not be following me here. This is a temple to meat in general and steaks in particular, steaks from France, from the US, from Argentina, you name it.

Parked along the quay of the new-ish Fontvieille port – created when the Fontvieille district was built out into the sea – the place is contemporary of style, so flattering any aspirations to cool the clientèle may have.

There have been reports of restaurant personnel being equally cool to those who didn’t arrive in a limo or otherwise give evidence of satisfactory Monaco status. I'm pretty sensitive on this issue but, I must say, I’ve never had a problem. And no-one has fewer limos or lower Monégasque status than I do.

Anyway, I don’t go there to make friends with the staff. I’ve got enough friends already. I go for the meat and I can remember only rarely having eaten better. Whether you choose the Black Angus from Kansas or the French or the speciality Dutch veal the quality is undeniable – crispy outside, tender within and tasty as meat should be, but very often isn’t.

All come accompanied by mashed potatoes though – be warned – a pretty meagre amount of same. You’ll likely want an extra side-dish or two and that will crank up the price.

Away from the speciality cuts, there’s a range of Italian and other starters and a Raw Bar full of fish and meat carpaccios and sea-bass sashimi. King-crab claws are available, too, but cost a hefty 50 euros. But I’d go for the meat – after having left your veggie friends in some salad bar somewhere.

Food and drink: 

Meat – and as good as it gets.

Ambience: 

Cool and chic enough to act as an antidote to the chintzier elements of traditional Monaco.

Service: 

As mentioned above, there’s something of a debate about this. I’ve found it pleasant and correct; others haven’t. If you’ve been, perhaps you’d let me know what you think.

Location: 

Overlooking the new-ish port in the Fontvieille district. This a quieter zone, but getting less so as the years go by and trendy establishments open up.

Price advice: 

In general, this quite an expensive spot – but there are some pretty good deals at lunch-time. This is why I've given the place a 'Mid-Range' tag.  A full-meal Grande Assiette of, say, Italian charcuterie, grilled vegetables au pistou and the pasta of the day comes at just 14.50 euros. It includes a glass of wine.

Then there’s a business formula – starter plus sliced roast beef and a glass of wine, for 18 euros.

Naturally, if you stray over into the speciality meat dishes at dinner time, we’re talking bigger money: Argentine entrecote for 39 euros, Black Angus tenderloin from the US at 59 euros. You might consider it’s worth it, just this once.

More information on Le Beefbar:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Bistro, Restaurant
Food:
American, French, International, Modern, Steak
Address:
42 Quai Jean-Charles Rey, Fontvieille, 98000
Telephone:
+377 97 77 09 29
Website:
http://www.beefbar.com
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Daily lunch 12-2.30pm; dinner 7-10.30pm.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Essential at peak times

Have you been to Le Beefbar? Would you recommended it?