These 10Best Picks Are Exemplary, Excellent Parisian Dining Choices

Paige Donner

By , Local Expert, Paris
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If music be the food of love, play on… Were Shakespeare to be re-interpreted by the French, the line might read something more like : Food is Love and Love, my cheri, is Food. At least that’s how the culture plays itself out here in Paris, the country’s capital, and arguably the world’s capital, of fine dining.

The French spend the largest portion of their discretionary income on food (as opposed to the English who spend it on electronic gadgets). Any wonder, then, that Paris is not just the City of Lights but the City of Temples to Gastronomy and Shrines of Haute Cuisine ?

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  • 1

    Le Grand Véfour

    • Cuisine: European, French
    • Average Main Course Price: €75
    • Neighborhood: 1er Arrondissement

    The oldest restaurant in Paris, where patrons first sat down to a set table and dined with fork and knife, deserves to be honored.

    Local Expert Tip: "For the culinary delights, the service, the legacy and the sumptuousness of décor, this is a dining e. And xperience extraordinaire. And bottles of wine start at a mere €45euros (and go up to €21000) ! "

  • 2


    • Cuisine: European, French
    • Average Main Course Price: €200
    • Neighborhood: 7ème Arrondissement

    Local Expert Tip: "Semi-casual dress, but stylish. Great for vegetarians. Reserve well ahead. Light."

  • 3


    Often called the prettiest restaurant in Paris and its very secluded, just-off-the-Champs-Elysées location is ever so convenient.

    Local Expert Tip: "Philippe Bourguignon oversees Laurent restaurant; He also chairs the Académie du Vin. "

  • 4

    Maison Blanche Restaurant

    One of the most magical views overlooking the Eiffel Tower in Paris coupled with excellent gastronomic cuisine. That's a winning combination.

    Local Expert Tip: "Forbes Magazine ranked the Maison Blanche Restaurant as the world's #1 power dining spot in 2007 and 2008."

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    Local Expert Tip: "Perfect for intimate dinner. Take a taxi if you're wearing high heels. Dress like a good French bourgeois."

  • 6

    Terroir Parisien Palais Brongniart

    The local food trend is here to stay. So while in Paris, why not enjoy the cuisine created exclusively from Ile-de-France products?

    Local Expert Tip: "Try the apéro-bag for picnic takeaway -- it contains a selection of charcuteries (coldcuts) and a baguette, enough for 4 people (€24Euros). "

  • 7

    Le Pré Catelan

    • Cuisine: European, French
    • Average Main Course Price: €100
    • Neighborhood: 16ème Arrondissement

    Local Expert Tip: "All-inclusive lunch menu at 95 euros lets you experience full depth of Anton's talents. Lunch allows you to enjoy the setting from either outside or inside. Taxi advisable because of location in the woods. Terrace in summer, but more splendid inside. Nice walks in Bois de Boulogne for a postprandial stroll."

  • 8


    • Cuisine: European, French
    • Average Main Course Price: €140
    • Neighborhood: 8ème Arrondissement

    Local Expert Tip: "Dress conservatively; you're dining among the old families and the great. Talk softly. Great place to discover both new and old French wine. Best place to experience traditional classics."

  • 9


    Because a 3-Michelin-starred chef is a 3-Michelin-starred chef, whether he's overseeing his haute-cuisine restaurant or his own casual dining spot.

    Local Expert Tip: "Weekend brunch is your best bet in terms of a reservation. "

  • 10


    • Cuisine: European, French
    • Average Main Course Price: €150
    • Neighborhood: 8ème Arrondissement

    Local Expert Tip: "Set price lunch menu at 82 euros (or 98 all drinks included), one of best deals in town in this category of restaurant. Perfect stop for wine aficionados and to celebrate great occasions. Dress conventionally and well so as to blend in with the other highly respectable bourgeois diners. Speak softly."


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