Lunch

Going out to eat isn't always about cravings. Often enough, mealtimes dictate our choices, limiting restaurant possibilities. When circumstances narrow the options, let 10Best help. We'll direct you to the best Lunch restaurants in Paris and save you the hassle of calling around for business hours. 10Best readers find much to enjoy at Pierre Gagnaire thanks to its all-around good offerings. It's also hard to beat Fellini, which serves just what you're looking for when you're in the market for a great Lunch.

10 Isami
This restaurant is so authentic that many Japanese regulars praise its cuisine! Sushi and sashimi are some of the best you'll find, and adventurous diners may want to try sea snails. Presentation is as accomplished as the food. Guests may order individual portions if they're just becoming accustomed to Japanese cuisine. Ideal for a quiet meal after a busy day. METRO: Pont-Marie (line 7) (01 40 46 06 97)

9 Benkay
This authentic upscale Japanese restaurant inside the modern Novotel offers a great view of the Seine, and the friendly, kimono-clad waitstaff gives you the feeling of being in Japan. The restaurant has two parts, one where you eat teppan-yaki dishes cooked on a hot metal plaque, and the traditional section serving such exquisite items as sushi, sashimi and tempura. Make a reservation in advance for the teppan-yaki or if you want a table with the view onto the river. Set menus €32-€49 at lunch, €85-€115 at dinner. It's even possible to have a traditional Japanese breakfast here (7-9.30am, €20). METRO: Bir-Hakeim (line 6) or Charles Michels (line 10) or Javel (line 10) (01 40 58 21 26)

8 Chez Vong
The interior of Chez Vong combines Chinese pottery, lanterns and bamboo screens and Parisian exposed stone walls to make a comfortable, relaxing atmosphere. Although your check can grow quickly if you choose too many of the great offerings, the food is delicious. Rock lobster with ginger is worth a try, as is Peking-style lacquered duck. METRO: Etienne Marcel or Les Halles (line 4) (01 40 26 09 36)

7 Le Violon D'Ingres
This bistro is elegant in all respects. The simple decor evokes sophistication but maintains a comfortable feel. Famous chef Christian Constant, formerly at Le Crillon, devotes himself to his bistro and satisfies customers beyond measure. Be sure to try cream of pumpkin soup with sheep cheese or guinea fowl with turnip choucroute. Menu-carte €45. METRO: Ecole-Militaire (line 8) (01 45 55 15 05)

6 L'Epi Dupin
This place is not known for interior design, but "cuisine", yes, definitively! At lunchtime, you're likely to find a bustling crowd at L'Epi Dupin, whereas evenings are somewhat quieter. Whatever time of day you attend, the rustic bistro is always packed with eager customers awaiting another extraordinary meal from chef François Pasteau. He's especially well-known for his filet of lamb with ratatouille and citrus and chestnut Lillet chaud-froid. With a prix fixe menu at €33, you can't go wrong! METRO: Sèvres-Babylone (lines 10 or 12) (01 42 22 64 56)

5 L'Avant Goût
A very popular place, both intimate and lively, in a cozy red and yellow interior design, where you will find exquisite food at reasonable prices. Chef Chistophe Beaufront adds his own creative takes to French fare, and the menu is one you won't soon forget! Try sea bass with creamy celery root and almonds for a delicious example of his abilities. Local speciality: pork pot-au-feu. Desserts are homemade, so don't pass them up! Set menu €31. METRO: Place d'Italie (line 2, 5, 6 or 7) (01 53 80 24 00)

4 L'Os à Moelle
Thanks to a fixed-price menu, meals at L'Os a Moelle can be enjoyed for a reasonable expense. Chef Thierry Faucher prepares a different six-course meal every day, so although diners don't really have a choice in what they eat, by placing their trust in Faucher's culinary expertise, they come away pleased again and again. A popular place for the young, professional crowd. METRO: Lourmel (line 8) (01 45 57 27 27)

3 Le Bristol
This beautifully refined hotel tempts guests with French cuisine as elegant as the surroundings. From April to October guests dine in the open air beside manicured gardens. From November to March, the winter restaurant cozies things up with paneled walls, gilt accents, and hand-painted panels. Chef Eric Frechon received his third Michelin star in 2009. The restaurant is a haven for splendid cuisine and a pricey but welcome treat. Lunch menu €95, tasting menu €220. METRO: Miromesnil (line 9) (01 53 43 43 40, 01 53 43 43 01)

2 L'Arpege
Come to this casual French restaurant for chef Alain Passard's magical creations. A renowned master of French cuisine, he tempts diners with lamb in pepper cream sauce and superbly flavored fried duck. Don't forget to order a rich dessert to top off the evening. The interior boasts neo-Art Deco style with lovely windows. METRO: Varenne (line 13) (01 47 05 09 06)

1 Guy Savoy
Located near the Etoile, this celebrated restaurant serves contemporary haute cuisine in a space dressed with accents of stone, glass, leather, multi-hued woods and modern art. Iced, poached oysters, sea bass with spices, and grilled pigeon are just a few of the favorites, and 800 fine wines admirably highlight the menu. After a wonderful dinner, indulge in an out-of-this-world dessert, fashioned of chocolate, fruit or some other delicacy. Your palate will thank you for the pleasure. Menu \"dégustation\" € 275 — 345 (without wine). METRO: Charles de Gaulle-Etoile (01 43 80 40 61)

Maps and Directions

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Isami 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Japanese, Sushi
Dining Options: Non-Smoking
Neighborhood: 4ème ARRONDISSEMENT
COST: $$$$
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Benkay 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Japanese
Neighborhood: 15ème ARRONDISSEMENT
COST: $$$$
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Chez Vong 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Cantonese, Vietnamese
Neighborhood: 1er ARRONDISSEMENT
COST: $$$$
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Le Violon D'Ingres 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: European, French
Dining Options: Wine Cellar
Neighborhood: 7ème ARRONDISSEMENT
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L'Epi Dupin 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: European, French
Dining Options: Non-Smoking
Neighborhood: 6ème ARRONDISSEMENT
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L'Avant Goût 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: European, French
Dining Options: Take Out
Neighborhood: 13ème ARRONDISSEMENT
COST: $$$$
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L'Os à Moelle 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: European, French
Dining Options: Sommelier
Neighborhood: 15ème ARRONDISSEMENT
COST: $$$$
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Le Bristol 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: European, French
Dining Options: Sommelier
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L'Arpege 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Cigar Friendly, Parties / Private Rooms, Wine Cellar
Cuisine: European, French
Neighborhood: 7ème Arrondissement
COST: $$$$
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Guy Savoy 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: European, French
Dining Options: Parties / Private Rooms, Sommelier
Neighborhood: 17ème Arrondissement