10 best restaurants in Paris
Our favourite places to eat. Enjoy awesome food and stunning decor.
An old friend
Fabulously French and once a well-kept secret, this 1930s Parisian treasure is now a firm favourite amongst tourists and locals. Famous for its foie gras and roast chicken, its dark décor has been visited by the likes of Bill Clinton and Robert De Niro. Prices reflect the restaurant’s reputation, with the roast chicken for two costing more than €70, and the only way you’re assured a table is by reservation well in advance. Well worth it for a night in this hole-in-the-wall near Notre Dame.
32 rue du Vertbois, 3e, 75003 Paris
Tel: 33 1 48 87 77 48
If you’re feeling adventurous and want to sample a selection of French dishes without maxing out your credit card, get down to Le Dauphin near République. The set menus of €23 or €27 allow you to choose tapas-style cuisine from more than 30 dishes, from trout roe and mussels to carpaccio and seared beef. Perfectly presented desserts include a red-berry tart and chocolate mousse. Avant-garde dining made accessible to all.
131 Avenue Parmentier, 75011 Paris
Tel: 33 1 48 06 58 41 www.restaurantledauphin.net
Tel: 33 1 40 70 14 91 www.avenue-restaurant.com
For celebrity chic
Dine like (and with) the stars in the exclusive L’Avenue, where celebs flock from the Champs-Elysées and nearby designer boutiques to feast on fine cuisine with views of the Eiffel Tower. Rihanna is the latest big name to have been spotted at this elegant eatery for big spenders, with its brasserie-style dishes including escargots and caviar, filet mignon and sea bass. Top it all off with decadent desserts and rich coffees, watching the city’s fashion elite stroll by from the outdoor terrace.
41 Avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris
La Grande Cremerie
Wine bar with a twist
Located in the heart of the city’s cultural centre, La Grande Cremerie is a chic yet casual wine bar serving delicious local food. Sample well-priced natural, organic French wines from small, sustainable producers and taste a variety of generous sharing plates. Cured meats, terrines, foie gras, smoked salmon and tuna, and fine cheeses go down well in this friendly ‘Cave Gourmande’ which is a favourite of journalist and TV personality Piers Morgan.
8 Rue Grégoire de Tours, 75006 Paris
Tel: 33 1 43 26 09 09 www.lagrandecremerie.fr/en
Blow the budget
Paris is famous for fabulous fine dining, and Le Meurice is the ultimate in haute cuisine. Acclaimed multiple-Michelin-star chef Alain Ducasse runs this restaurant in the Dorchester Collection hotel, which boasts one of the world’s most beautiful dining rooms, decorated by Philippe Starck and overlooking the Tuileries Garden. You’ll leave with an empty wallet (the set menu costs €380), but for Ducasse a meal tells a story and the table is a stage - and for this show it’s well worth paying the price.
228 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris
Tel: 33 1 44 58 10 55 www.dorchestercollection.com/en/paris/le-
Le Cinq Mars
Off the tourist track
Simplicity and quality characterise this cosy eatery in a charming area of Paris, perfectly situated for visits to the Louvre. Candlelight, a chalk board and wooden décor create a typically French ambience where home-made classics are served with views to the street from elegant floor-to-ceiling windows. From saddle of lamb to grilled squid, accompanied by an exquisite wine list, the cuisine is fairly priced yet delicious, appealing to high-profile diners like Pippa Middleton.
51 Rue de Verneuil, 75007 Paris
Tel: 33 1 45 44 69 13 www.cinq-mars-restaurant.com/en
For a starry night
Suits at the ready for a visit to Eric Frechon’s highly acclaimed restaurant, recipient of three Michelin stars. Bay windows over a French-style garden create a light-filled dining room where haute cuisine is spread over many courses. Choose the Chef’s tasting menu and take your time to savour unforgettable dishes, or select delights like sand sole or farm-raised pig from the a la carte menu. The sommelier can match a wine to your meal (or each course) for an exquisite – yet expensive – experience.
112 Rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré, 75008 Paris
Tel: 33 1 53 43 43 40 www.lebristolparis.com/eng/restaurants-and-bars/epicure
La Closerie des Lilas
A taste of history
Follow in the footsteps of literary legends in this classy restaurant steeped in history. Established during the Belle Epoque, it was the favourite venue of the Parisian elite and talented creatives, from Cezanne to Sartre. Unchanged for over a century, La Closerie des Lilas is still as stylish as ever. Splash out on a lobster starter and follow it with Hemingway’s dish of choice – the pan-fried beef fillet. A pianist plays tunes while you sip your Champagne and finish with a classic flambé or Dame Blanche.
171 Boulevard du Montparnasse, Paris
Tel: 33 1 40 51 34 50 www.closeriedeslilas.fr
A treat for the taste buds
With three Michelin stars, you’d expect nothing less than an exceptional dining experience from Alain Passard at L’Arpege. Innovative and unique, it is without doubt one of the city’s best restaurants. Seasonal tasting menus are on offer for lunch and dinner, with vegetable and seafood options that comprise up to 15 courses. Add to that an enticing a la carte menu, and whether you’re lusting after lobster or craving chicken, you’ll find it along with a whole new world of taste sensations.
84 Rue de Varenne, 75007 Paris
Tel: 33 1 47 05 09 06 www.alain-passard.com
For oysters only
Tucked away down an alley in St Germain, Huitrerie Regis is a tiny, 14-seat, family-run and totally unique restaurant. A favourite of the city’s most stylish, it serves oysters of various types by the dozen. Opt for a mixed platter with a basket of fresh bread, or add seasonal fresh seafood such as sea urchins or shrimp, and finish with the famous fruit pie. The €27 fixed-price menu is great value, and the wine list extensive, while the white décor is crisp and clean. Just be sure to arrive early!
3 Rue de Montfaucon, 75006 Paris
Tel: 33 1 44 41 10 07 www.huitrerieregis.com/index.html