Paris' Best Restaurants: Excellent Parisian Dining Options

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 ?

Refreshing, however, is the ever-changing culinary...  Read more »

  • 1

    Le Grand Véfour

    • Cuisine: European, French
    • Average Main Course Price: €75
    • Neighborhood: 2ème 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

    Le Bouillon Chartier

    A dining institution that has been around for over 100 years. When it first opened it was a soup kitchen.

    Local Expert Tip: "Make a completely Parisian night of it : See the show, How To Become Parisian In One Hour, around the corner, then stop in at Chartier for a delicious, affordable dinner. "

  • 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."

  • 5

    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). "

  • 6


    • Cuisine: Asian, Japanese, Sushi
    • Average Main Course Price: €70
    • Neighborhood: 1er Arrondissement

    One of those dining addresses in Paris that you must know about, if you know what's good for you.

    Local Expert Tip: "A place dedicated to the gastronomy and Art de Vivre à la Japonaise. Unique in Paris. "

  • 7


    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. "

  • 8

    1 Place Vendome

    Chef Marie turns out a simple, seasonal-based menu in a location that is the calm in the center of Paris.

    Local Expert Tip: "This intimate and elegant restaurant overlooks the Place Vendôme and is open on Saturdays, perfect for after shopping. "

  • 9

    Hélène Darroze

    Native Bordelaise Chef Hélène Darroze spent 3 years under Ducasse at Louis XV in Monaco before opening her own restaurant.

    Local Expert Tip: "Dip your spoon into the Greek yogurt sorbet or the ginger pana cotta. Then enjoy your tea or coffee served from Hermès china sets"

  • 10

    Chez L'Ami Louis

    • Cuisine: European, French
    • Average Main Course Price: €150
    • Neighborhood: 3ème Arrondissement

    L'Ami Louis is for gourmets who like the best of authentic French food and don't mind paying for it.

    Local Expert Tip: "If you're staying at a top hotel, get the concierge to make your L'Ami Louis lunch or dinner reservations for you. Also, people either love it or hate it, so keep that in mind. "



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