Best Paris Restaurants

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    10. Pierre Gagnaire

    On the list released earlier this year, naming the worldwide best 100 chefs, Chef Pierre Gagnaire topped the list as Number One. It's the first time in recent history that any chef has displaced the legendary Paul...

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    9. Sur Mesure par Thierry Marx

    It's easy to feel a little intimidated when you do at last get the chance to dine in the signature restaurant of a famous celebrity chef, whose picture graces billboards city-wide. But intimidating is anything but...

    Photo courtesy of Mandarin Oriental Paris copyright
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    8. 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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    7. L'Arpège

    When Parisians speak of Chef Alain Passard's restaurant, Arpège, it is in hushed, reverential tones. Descriptions of meals enjoyed here invariably include mention of vegetables; also that it requires a good three...

    Photo courtesy of photo by Pauline Le Goff copyright of Chef Alain Passard used with permission
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    6. Apicius

    Elegance abounds at this French fave, which entices diners with foie gras and roasted duck with black pepper or foie gras pan-fried with black radish confit. It's also an excellent place for catching glimpses of...

    Photo courtesy of Chef Jean Pierre Vigato photo used with permission copyright Stéphane de Bourgies
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    5. Epicure

    Not sure about splurging on a 3-Star Michelin meal ? Try Epicure for lunch. Lunch at Le Bristol's flagship 3 Michelin-starred restaurant will set you back a whopping wad, but it will still be affordable relative to a...

    Photo courtesy of Le Bristol Hotel Paris
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    3. Hexagone

    A new spot in the poshest part of the city, opened by a young chef who is doing it all on his own (not backed by a big industrial group, that is). Hexagone is a refreshingly elegant restaurant-bar just near the...

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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 Pavillon Ledoyen - Yannick Alléno

    Nestled in a historic pavilion located off the Champs-Elys�es near place de la Concorde and surrounded by greenery, this dining room is legendary. It now has a living-legend new owner, Chef Yannick Alléno of...

    Photo courtesy of Paige Donner copyrigt 2015 photo of Chef Yannick Alléno, left

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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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