Lunch or Dinner on or near the Seine: What's More Picturesque?

Looking to add an extra Parisian touch to a meal destined to become one of the more memorable in your life? Then why not choose one of these dining locales that offers views of the River Seine when dining out in Paris?


One of the most appealing ways to enjoy the Paris scenery is to opt for a dinner riverboat cruise. You just can't imagine how breathtaking the scenery along the banks of the River Seine is, the Ȋle-St.-Louis, the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Notre Dame, the yachts parked across from Jardin des Plantes, and more, until you've actually seen it with your own eyes. Add the sparkle of sunset and twinkling stars - or the twinkling Eiffel Tower as it were - to that scenic panorama and you have the makings of one unforgettable evening.


For weekend brunch, a few spots along the Seine have popped up in recent years, too. Mostly these are parked boats or even barges that offer a different way to enjoy a Saturday or Sunday morning meal. Sunday mornings in Paris tend to be quiet, lovely and tranquil, which is one of the nicest ways to take in the river scenery. You might catch the slow chugging of a barge as it puffs its way up the river, undoubtedly on a determined path to deliver its goods. River front dining offers a different glimpse of the city and one that is every bit enjoyable, be it morning, noon or night time.  

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

Le Quai
Photo courtesy of Le Quai Restaurant Paris

Brunching on the river and then walking across the street to enjoy the finest Impressionist collections in Western Europe at the Mus�e d'Orsay, now this is what you've come to Paris for, isn't it? The menu here offers good solide...  Read More

12ème Arrondissement

Lunch on an expansive terrace that fronts the "marina of Paris" just near the Bastille - and you'll feel like you're miles away from the city. This restaurant is known mostly as a fish restaurant but it shouldn't be. Because there are as many...  Read More

7th Arondissement - Eiffel Tower

Brunch underneath the Eiffel Tower anyone? Dining along the river water front in Paris often means being on a moving boat. That can be appealing to many, but not to everyone. This option, though still dining on a boat along the river, just in...  Read More

7th Arondissement - Eiffel Tower
Bateaux Parisiens
Photo courtesy of Bateaux Parisiens Lunch setting Interior photo copyright Jean-Pierre Salle

Board your lunch or dinner cruise just underneath the Eiffel Tower on the banks of the Seine. Then get ready for a lovely meal while you are regaled by live music and some of the most beautiful Parisian sites of historic monuments along your...  Read More

8ème Arrondissement

Promises for an evening spent on a Bateau Mouche dinner-cruise boat are nothing short of "always romantic and festive." Certainly this Parisian fixture - the Bateaux Mouches have been pleasing romantic couples celebrating a night out in the...  Read More

1er Arrondissement

Waterfront dining at its best - cruising the Seine River lunch or dinner. This is one of those occasions when the rule of thumb, "you get what you pay for" doesn't apply. The food here is all cooked fresh on board and is occasionally even...  Read More

7th Arondissement - Eiffel Tower
Photo courtesy of Paige Donner copyright 2014 of FaustParis

Underneath the most beautiful bridge in Paris, the Pont Alexandre III, on the Rive Gauche side, there is now Faust. While the interior is reserved for dining, the outdoor seating is used as both a dining and drinking area. And sometimes –...  Read More

15ème Arrondissement
Le Capitaine Fracasse
Photo courtesy of Le Capitaine Fracasse copyright 2014

This is the other riverboat dinner cruise. It departs from the l'�le aux Cygnes, or Swans' Island that is accessed via the Pont de Bir-Hakeim (Bir-Hakeim Bridge). It's about an 8 minute walk from the Eiffel Tower. Though not as famous...  Read More

La Tour d'Argent
Photo courtesy of Tour d'Argent Paris

World-renowned for unforgettable haute cuisine, the top-floor dining room at this historic restaurant affords diners unbelievable views of Notre-Dame. Meals are truly remarkable. Duck is without imitation, and scallop salad with truffles and...  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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