Paris Restaurants That Offer the Best Homestyle Cuisine

The arrival of and Autumn and Winter with its colder weather here in Paris often prompts us to think of home and hearth, or at least cosying up by the fireplace with a warm and satisfying meal in our belly.  When you’re vacationing or traveling on business, this isn’t often the first thing you associate with a world-class metropolitan city like Paris. But it can be found.


Paris is full of cosy little corners where you can tuck in next to a fireplace or warm heater on comfortable cushioned chairs, couches or benches and dive into your roasted country chicken (poulet fermier) with new potatoes sautéed in the chicken’s juices ; or perhaps a cassoulet is more to your liking ? These authentic southwestern stews made with white beans and cut up pieces of stew meat and pork sausages are a national dish and qualify every bit as comfort food.


Another favorite French comfort food is the cocotte which are the individual-sized stew pots in which they cook just about everything.  That could be a slow-roasted and braised lamb shoulder steeped in duck drippings  à l’orange or perhaps it’s the filet of duck breast itself, served with seasonal vegetables and the housemade sauce. Of course, homestyle also means sharing  amongst yourselves so here on this list you’ll find a few restaurants where a pot of paté, a bowl of gherkins and a big basket of bread are set in front of you to start your meal off right. 

2ème Arrondissement
Chez Georges
Photo courtesy of Paige Donner copyright 2014

Here it's the food that will keep you coming back time and again. Tucked away just back behind Place des Victoires, the somewhat scruffed up d�cor and the less than perky service will just be passing distractions once you've had a taste...  Read More

6th Arrondissement - Rive Gauche

As prized for its turn-of-the-20th century decor (the etched ceramic panels of exotic plants, black and white floor tile and Charlie Garrey's painted ceiling of African scenes) as it is for its true brasserie food (authentic Alsatian fare), Lipp...  Read More

6th Arrondissement - Rive Gauche
Le Café Bouillu
Photo courtesy of Paige Donner copyright 2014

Sumptuous and savory, yet still humble, Fabrice Rialland's cuisine will win you over with its down home goodness. His stewed meats are winners, served with diced potatoes which have been roasted in the meat's drippings. Soothing and savory...  Read More

1er Arrondissement
Café des Abattoirs
Photo courtesy of Café des Abattoirs photo by Paige Donner copyright 2014

This is a Rostang operation and it's all about the meat. Interestingly, too, it's run by the daughters of iconic French chef, Michel. Specialties here are thick, juicy cuts of Basque pork, black Angus beef, lamb and chicken. It's also a...  Read More

9th Arrondissement - Grands Boul
La Régalade Conservatoire
Photo courtesy of Hotel de Nell

Now overseen by Chef Bruno Doucet, who bought out Chef Yves Camdeborde when he sold his successful La Régalade concept several years back, this location, though tucked away is near enough to Grands Boulevards to make it worth seeking out....  Read More

Besides serving hot, tempting, overflowing plates of food until 5 a.m., Chez Denise is most well known for its hot, tempting, overflowing plates of French traditional food. The proper name is what you see written here above but everyone just...  Read More


Its name means "good welcome," so you know that you'll be well received at Au Bon Accueil. The bistro's popularity continues to rise, and ma�tre d'h�te Dominique Giorza not only assists diners but is fluent in both English and...  Read More

7th Arondissement - Eiffel Tower
Les Cocottes
Photo courtesy of Maison Constant copyright

Cocottes means casserole in French. And here at this Christian Constant restaurant on the rue he dominantes, rue Saint-Dominique, near the Eiffel Tower, that's all that's served. But is there any dish more soothing, more satisfying, than one...  Read More

Sur Un Arbre Perché
Photo courtesy of Sur Un Arbre Perché, Paris

This restaurant gets its name, "Perched on a Tree Top," from its ingenious décor which instantly makes you feel like you are dining in a tree house, or, alternately, from a tree swing. It also offers shiatsu treatments inbetween your...  Read More

6th Arrondissement - Rive Gauche
Photo courtesy of Restaurant Allard

People have been raving about Allard for just about nigh-on a century now. It was kept in the Marthe Allard family for several generations until fairly recently, when Alain Ducasse bought it and installed a woman chef at the helm, in homage to...  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.

Paige has two APPs:...  More About Paige

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