Best Paris Restaurants

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    10. Le Grand Véfour

    If there is one gastronomic restaurant where you dine during your Parisian stay, surely it is this one. Chef Guy Martin's alchemic dishes are innovative, creative and yet embody French tradition. This chef uses only...

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    9. Laurent

    The Avenue Gabriel is the small street that fronts between the American and British Embassies. This is where you will find Laurent, the quiet and classy 1-Michelin starred dining establishment that counts Presidents,...

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    8. Maison Blanche Restaurant

    Elegant and streamlined, the Maison Blanche, the restaurant that sits atop the Th�atre de Champs Elysées, is one of the most romantic Paris dining venues. Designed by Imaad Rahmouni, a former associate of...

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    7. 1 Place Vendome

    This little gem is hidden right in plain sight. Its address speaks volumes but for years, with all the ritzy addresses around it, it has remained the whispered local lunch favorite for businessmen and women with...

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    5. Kinugawa

    Kinugawa, synonymous with Japanese haute cuisine since it opened in the French capital in 1984, has been revered for decades for its traditional Kyoto cuisine. A runaway success at once, regular clientele has long...

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    4. Terroir Parisien Palais Brongniart

    This restaurant opened only in late 2013 and already it's a hit among local Parisians. Chef Yannick Alléno is Paris's own 3-Michelin-starred chef and champion of local products. This is his casual restaurant where...

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    2. Hélène Darroze

    Pleasure and happiness. This young chef's guiding motives in her kitchen are to « bring my diners pleasure and happiness and provide them an unforgettable experience. » Her cuisine communicates vibrancy and...

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    1. Le Bouillon Chartier

    Bouillon Chartier, often called Chez Chartier by Parisians, is exactly what you imagine a French restaurant to look and feel like after watching Ratatouille. Chartier is where your check for specialties like Roasted...

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About Paris Restaurants

Paris, the grande dame of the world’s culinary destinations, still holds its own with nearly as many three-star restaurants in this French capital (10) as there are in all of North America (12). But even with this notoriety, the French culture of culinary excellence does not rest on its laurels, not even after receiving, in 2010, the distinction of UNESCO World Heritage Classification for its cuisine.

The most distinguished chefs in Paris  regularly challenge this culinary culture. Dining in their establishments is to bear witness to this re-envisioning of the pillars of French cuisine, whether it be fresh alchemic recipes for sauces, a brand new way to present charcuterie, an evolution of molecular gastronomy, or even a simple and delicious way to re-imagine an affordable set menu for the business lunch crowd.

So if you enjoy good food, but don’t necessarily have the time to spend hours researching a Parisian chef’s philosophy and storied career, have no fear. This list is one I’ve curated to extract sure bets so that you can be confident you’ll come out a winner. I’ve also culled from several price categories, so whatever your budget, you will be sure to experience an authentic, outstanding meal while in Paris. 

About Paige Donner

Paige is a transplanted Parisian. She first arrived as a young bride in the early 90s to live in Paris, having uprooted herself from her native California. Since then it has been an on-again, off-again love affair with the City of Lights, one that has grown fonder over time. Paige hosts Paris GOODfood+wine and World of Wine for World Radio Paris.  When...  Read more »

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