Paris' Best Fresh Fish and Seafood Restaurants

One constant you find in Paris dining culture is an almost religious fervor for fresh ingredients. This couldn’t be truer than when it comes to fish and seafood. Much of the fish comes from the Atlantic, caught off the coast of Brittany, and the oysters you’re eating may have originated from the Bassin d’Archachon, just off the coast of Bordeaux, arriving in Paris within hours of harvesting. And if the national drink is wine, it pairs excellently with oysters, lobster, and most other fish, shellfish and crustaceans.  Indeed, a meal of fish affords the opportunity to discover French wines that make delightful pairings with this lighter fare, especially those from the Loire Valley's Atlantic Coast region and of course, Burgundy and Chablis wines.

As soon as the weather starts to turn a bit warmer and the terrace tables come out onto the Parisian sidewalks people begin thinking about eating shellfish, fish and fruits de mer, fruits of the sea, the literal translation for this French term for seafood. This lighter fare is perfect for spring, summer and early fall dining. Fish and seafood play a huge part in French cuisine, certainly year-round, but especially when the days become longer and are kissed by sunshine and warmth.

On this list you will find two "power tables" that are also three of the city's best fish restaurants: Le Duc, La Mediterranée and Desirrier.

1er Arrondissement

This is a trendspot. Designed like an aquarium that floats over two floors, this restaurant near Les Halles opened only last year. Its owners have a string of successes under their belts (Curio Parlor, Experimental Cocktail Club) soi t's not...  Read More

14ème Arrondissement

Much to the delight of patrons, chef G�rard Allamandou doesn't feel compelled to mask fresh seafood in elaborate sauces or so much fussy preparation. Instead, he lets the Montparnasse restaurant's just-caught bounty speak for itself. A...  Read More

17ème Arrondissement
Photo courtesy of Desirrier copyright

The signature of Michel Rostang's fish restaurant is the entire fish grilled whole, "en croute de sel." For turbot, sea bream and sole weighing over 3lbs. and caught fresh that morning, this kind of succulent seafood dining is unique in Paris....  Read More

16ème Arrondissement
Photo courtesy of Restaurant Antoine Paris copyright

In the few short years since it opened, Antoine has quickly made its mark on the capital and snagged a reputation as one of the finest fish restaurants in town. The young and fairly new chef here, Thibault Sombardier, is a native of Lyon. He was...  Read More

6ème Arrondissement
Blueberry Makis Bar
Photo courtesy of Blueberry Paris copyright 2014

The name the two sisters who founded and run the place gave to their restaurant is derived from a Wong Kar Wai film, My Blueberry Night. Its significance here is the California connection, an element these two restaurateurs, Florence and Marie,...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Gaya Rive Gauche by Pierre Gagnaire photo copyirght

This is Pierre Gagnaire's fish restaurant on the Left Bank in Saint-Germain-des-Prés. It's not to be thought of as the "petite Pierre Gagnaire" but rather as its own concept which serves the choicest and freshest fish in the spirit of Pierre...  Read More

La Mediterranée
Photo courtesy of La Mediterranéé copyright

One of the most elegant fish restaurants in Paris that is also affordably priced you'll find just steps from away from the Jardin du Luxembourg. The terrace dining in spring and summer has you looking out onto the gorgeous Place de l'Odéon and...  Read More

14ème Arrondissement
Le Duc
Photo courtesy of Le Duc restaurant

Known as much as one of the city's power tables as it is known for being one of the top fish restaurants in town, Le Duc is an elegant restaurant with a down-home feel for that upscale business lunch or that special occasion. You'll...  Read More

14th Arrondissement - Montparnas

There are several good, even great, oyster bar restaurants in Paris. What makes this one so exceptional are two things: 1. The first being the quality and range of selection of the oysters here. That means you can taste oysters of any size from...  Read More

7ème Arrondissement
Photo courtesy of Mathieu Pacaud Group

Late in the fall of 2013 the legendary Jacques Le Divellec retired from his decades of helming his luxury yacht of a restaurant which had been THE Paris reference for seafood. He sold with one stipulation, that the acquiring group keep his team...  Read More


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