Paris Restaurants Offer Some of the World's Finest Dining

In the last decade Parisian chefs have taken it upon themselves to once again set the city's culinary reputation alight. Even in just the last few years, with some of the younger 3-Star and 2-Star Michelin chefs taking over iconic restaurants and re-doing them in their own visions, the city has been swept up in a full refurbishment of its dining scene.

Here on this list you will find some of the mainstays, the restaurants who have kept their stellar reputation for decades, such as Laurent. Next to these you will find listed here iconic restaurants, such as L'Ambroisie and Le Meurice, each of which offers exceptional cuisine in the most exquisite of settings. For another truly elegant setting, the restaurant Copenhague in the Maison du Danemark offers the kind of dining experience, overlooking the Champs-Elysees, that you can only find in Paris. 

Fine dining in Paris means just that: fine dining. Expect the (real) silver cutlery, the fresh flowers adorning the tables, the breathtaking décor, impeccable service and, of course, culinary delights that have earned the executive chef his rightful recognition. And while black-tie may not be necessary for the gentlemen, do be sure to dress the part. You will feel more comfortable and at ease in these opulent settings when you do.  

8ème Arrondissement

This is the gastronomic restaurant of the Danish House (Maison du Danemark) that proudly waves its flags on the Champs-Elysees, just at the foot of the Arc de Triomphe. After its fairly recent renovations, a new, young chef was recruited from...  Read More

8ème Arrondissement
La Scène
Photo courtesy of La Scène, Hotel Prince de Galles

When Chef Stéphanie Le Quellec earned her 1 Michelin star in 2014, the newly opened gastronomic restaurant, La Scéne, was even more thrilled with their new hire. One of only a handful of Michelin-starred female chefs in France, this young...  Read More

1er Arrondissement

Tucked away in the exquisite luxury boutique Grand Hotel du Palais Royal is this lunch and dinner gastronomic restaurant. The chef, Jean-Yves Bournot, put his years in under Chef Yannick All�no (3 stars) and his hard work and perseverence...  Read More

The chef's table was the brainchild of Head Chef Jean-Fran�ois Rouquette, a surprisingly humble professional given the stature of this Palace Hotel's gastronomic restaurant. The restaurant itself is constructed in-the-round where the...  Read More

16ème Arrondissement
Citrus Etoile
Photo courtesy of Citrus Etoile Paris Epié

What does a young French chef do when he earns his first Michelin star at 22? Why, he heads to America, the land of dreams. This is exactly what Chef Gilles Epi� did when he became the youngest chef ever to earn that star of distinction....  Read More

1er Arrondissement
Restaurant Le Meurice
Photo courtesy of Pierre Monetta/ Le Meurice

Radical simplicity is the approach that talented chef Christophe Saintaigne uses to unveil his hand-picked, hand-harvested exceptional raw ingredients at one of Paris' top tables. This under-40 chef works as second to Le Meurice Executive Chef...  Read More

4ème Arrondissement

A sublime interior � made luxurious with tapestries, time-polished materials and muted colors � welcomes guests to this exemplary restaurant found right under the arcades of place des Vosges, Europe's oldest square and once home to...  Read More

8ème Arrondissement
Photo courtesy of Photo by Paige Donner copyright 2014

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, Ambassadors and the elite of...  Read More

6ème Arrondissement
Guy Savoy
Photo courtesy of Paige Donner

Located now at the Monnaie de Paris, this newly opened and already celebrated restaurant serves contemporary haute cuisine in a just redone - though historical space - overlooking the Seine on the Quai Conti. The Monnaie de Paris is the oldest...  Read More

7ème Arrondissement
Photo courtesy of photo by Pauline Le Goff copyright of Chef Alain Passard used with permission

When Parisians speak of Chef Alain Passard's restaurant, Arp�ge, it is in hushed, reverential tones. Descriptions of meals enjoyed here invariably include mention of vegetables; also that it requires a good three hours of dining time...  Read More


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