Elegant Dining In Paris' Most Romantic Restaurants

A stay in Paris is best when constructed of many joyful moments. And while of course dining experiences make up only one small facet of the whole experience, choosing the right restaurants can only enhance the romance of your time spent here. 

In the right setting, with the proper presentation and the just-perfect dishes curated on a restaurant's menu, a romantic dinner or lunch can be one of life's most enjoyable moments.  And what is happiness, ultimately, if not many joyful moments strung together to make a whole? 

Here on this list you will find the restaurants that seemingly have been created just for romance. When you are looking to celebrate love in the City of Lights, look no farther than the Palais Royal. This is the view that is yours from Maceo, where the gourmet meal and extraordinary wine list come with a reasonable bistronomy bill.  For a Sunday brunch Cafe de la Paix sets the gold standard and for a lunch or brunch any day, the newly opened Cafe Pouchkine on the historic Place de la Madeleine is an opulent and satisfying choice. For a chic and relaxed dinner, Hexagone, helmed by multiple-starred chef Mathieu Pacaud, is sure to make the date-night go swimmingly.

Art gallery browsing on Paris' Rive Gauche makes for an afternoon or Thursday evening's (when the art galleries tend to have their opening night shows) romantic pastime. In this neighborhood you have three superlative choices: Les Bouquinistes by Guy Savoy, Ze Kitchen Galerie by William Ledeuil and Alcazar

If being among the trendsetters makes you feel like you have more sex appeal, the restaurant at the super hip - at least with the cinema and music crowd - Le Roch Hotel & Spa is worth checking out. For a little Italian restaurant in the center of Paris, gravitate toward Gemini Halles where pastas and pizzas come in gluten-free versions, too. And for that French Bistro, the one with the cosy red velvet seating and the view out onto Ile St. Louis, whose chef is a master at anything that has truffles in it, look no farther than Chez Julien, it's what your partner was secretly wishing you would suggest. 


9ème Arrondissement
Cafe de la Paix
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The venerable Cafe de la Paix began serving patrons in 1862. Its location within the Intercontinental Grand Hotel makes stopping in for a coffee and an afternoon sweet an experience worthy of the surroundings. Soaring columns, sumptuous...  Read More

16th Arrondissement - Auteuil Pa

Within a short walk of the divine Musee Marmottan Monet on the edge of Passy is this comfortingly traditional French bistro. The lunch and dinner time specials for two or four come with a complimentary bottle of good wine and include all three...  Read More

8th Arrondissement - Monceau Mad

Until you have experienced the opulence of all that is the best of Russian, you have only slight knowing of what opulence really is. The Franco-Russian restaurateur M. Dellos has now opened a flagship two-storey cafe/restaurant on the Place de...  Read More

1er Arrondissement
Le Roch Restaurant & Bar
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The Executive Chef overseeing the menu creation here is Arnaud Faye who has worked at the Ritz and also with Thierry Marx before landing his own golden digs at the Chevre d'Or in the south of France. And it's Remy Bererd who is the resident chef...  Read More

6th Arrondissement - Rive Gauche
Ze Kitchen Galerie
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This is the talented Chef William Ledeuil's Left Bank restaurant and a place where you will enjoy French-Asian fusion cuisine. The restaurant's ambiance is that of an art gallery (hence the name) where collector-worthy paintings are displayed...  Read More

6th Arrondissement - Rive Gauche

This is a Rive Gauche find that will fool you by its demure XVIIth century exterior. But once through the doorway, you discover a huge dining room with a 20ft high interior covered courtyard that has you feeling immersed in an exclusive luxury...  Read More

16ème Arrondissement

Still a remarkable spot in the poshest part of the city, opened by a young chef who is doing it all on his own (not backed by a big industrial group, that is). Hexagone is a refreshingly elegant restaurant-bar just near the Trocadero. Its...  Read More

4ème Arrondissement
Chez Julien
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In one of the oldest areas of Paris, the Marais, you'll find this charming French restaurant that has stood here for 100 years. There are times when the location and the decor are so charming that diners are willing to overlook the cuisine - but...  Read More

6th Arrondissement - Rive Gauche

Les Bouquinistes is one of Chef Guy Savoy's more casual dining establishments. Meaning, you can expect your meal to be top-shelf without the 3-star price tag attached. This restaurant's decor has been newly refreshed with master modern art works...  Read More

1er Arrondissement

In the elegant Palais Royal district of Paris this spacious and elegant restaurant takes its name from the living Jazz legend. Rare is it in Paris where gastronomic casual dining can be enjoyed with such generosity and room to breathe. The view...  Read More


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