Best Group-Friendly Paris Restaurants: Where to Meet Up with Your Posse

Paris is a town that promises loads of fun. And what better way to have fun than to hit the City of Lights with your posse ? Going out in Paris often involves eating out at restaurants. That’s just the way it is here. Food is not simply part of the culture, it’s a national pastime passionately pursued. And since clubs don’t get started until after midnight, a night out on the town often means meeting up with friends at a restaurant first.


On this list of Paris Best Restaurants for groups and meeting up with your friends, you will find places that are both casual and elegant and where a large group of you can easily be accommodated. One or two on the list offer microbreweries at their bar and several double as wine bars, too. The tapas bars have been a popular trend for several years now and they are ideal places to meet up with an eclectic assortment of friends as there is likely enough choice on the menu to please any eater. Just remember they prefer to be called small-plates restaurants here.


I have included here also, for good measure, a few selections where a formal group will be welcomed say if you are planning a luncheon meeting, a family dinner or some other kind of planned event. These several restaurants all have beautiful private rooms set off apart from the main dining room that are ideal for a lunch or dinner group gathering.


11th Arondissement - Bastille Ca

One of the first places to offer small plates (please don't call them tapas) to his diners who didn't make it into his main restaurant, the cult Le Chateaubriand, just next door, Le Dauphin has become its own cult destination. That's mostly to...  Read More

Le First Restaurant Boudoir Paris
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This Jacques Garcia-designed, aubergine velvet cocoon lives up to its name: boudoir restaurant. You do feel a bit naughty and like you're having just too much luxurious fun when you sit having a meal - lunch or dinner - as you overlook the...  Read More

8ème Arrondissement
Le 68 Guy Martin
Photo courtesy of Le 68 Guy Martin, copyright 2014

When you enter the flagship Guerlain boutique on the Champs-Elys�es, you're not likely to think that downstairs, hiding just from view, is an elegant restaurant and tea salon. But there is and its Executive Chef is none other than Guy...  Read More

8ème Arrondissement
Chez Ly
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This location is the newest, and fifth, restaurant in the Ly family empire. The menu is more inclusive than just Chinese, though you will find a fine selection of Hong Kong/ Cantonese dishes to choose from. Thai and Vietnamese fragrant and fresh...  Read More

16ème Arrondissement
Frog XVI
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Got a taste for beer on tap, the game on a big-screen tv and the conversation of your fellow expats ? This is the place for you, then. There are a number of these outposts around the city but this one here in the 16th, just off the Place du...  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

2ème Arrondissement
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Drouant is one of the gilded anchors of Parisian dining establishments. Its history dates back a century and its cultural significance is tremendous, as it is the seat of the Prix Goncourt, the prestigious French literary award. Hence the...  Read More

6ème Arrondissement
Le Procope
Photo courtesy of Le Procope Paris Saint-Germain-des-Prés photo by Paige Donner copyright 2014

Since 1686, this historic cafe has welcomed a who's who of history, literature, art, and politics, including Balzac, Voltaire, Victor Hugo, Robespierre and even Benjamin Franklin. It remains a sophisticated place to dine, and patrons, while they...  Read More

8ème Arrondissement
La Cantine du Faubourg
Photo courtesy of La Cantine

La Cantine du Faubourg is a vast space that you enter by going down the stairs from its posh entrance on rue du Faubourg St. Honoré, just near the Rond Point Champs Elysées. It's a good choice for large gatherings, groups of friends and even...  Read More

8ème Arrondissement
Caviar Kaspia
Photo courtesy of Local Food And Wine copyright 2011

As one of the landmark luxury boutiques on Place de la Madeleine, Caviar Kaspia tucks its legendary restaurant upstairs, above the boutique. The sumptuous banquet up agains the wall serves as a welcoming meeting corner of the room for riotous...  Read More


Meet 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.

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