Authentic, Exquisite Paris Restaurants Sure To Please Your Refined Palate

There are times when all you really want is a good meal. Those times seem to occur quite often in Paris where excellent bistros and restaurants line nearly every street you walk down. And that's not to mention all those must-eat-here places, you know, the ones that have all those user recommendations and Instagram photos.

But image doesn't always equate with taste. So when the only thing that will do is a satisfying, taste-good, sure-fire meal, you can have confidence that any of these restaurants on this list won't let you down. Some offer haute cuisine, what some men might call frilly food, and others offer just that perfectly grilled, thick steak served with potatoes and an excellent glass - or bottle, why not? - of red wine. 

Many of today's noteworthy chefs here in Paris seem to practice the cult of personally sourced ingredients. There was a time when restaurants made their purchases at the big fresh market called Rungis out by Charles De Gaulle airport, every morning. Many still do that, but you'll find that the really finicky chefs have their fish provider, their meat cultivator and their butter and cheese curator on speed dial on their portable phones. And they don't readily share that info with others. This is one of the ways you can assess how passionate a chef is about the ingredients he allows into his kitchen and hence onto your plate. Here on this list, all of these chefs meet that telling criteria. 



9ème Arrondissement


This is the kind of tucked away little bistro on a Parisian sidestreet in a chic quartier that inspires novels and pivotal scenes in French films. The young team of Jonathan Caron and Anne Legrand have the mentorship of Christophe Pele (2 stars,...  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



Nestled in a historic pavilion located off the Champs-Elysees near place de la Concorde and surrounded by greenery, this dining room is legendary. It now has a living-legend new owner, Chef Yannick Alleno of Terroir Parisien fame. His menu is...  Read More

16ème Arrondissement


Recently re-opened after impressive renovations, this restaurant affords sweeping views onto the Eiffel Tower. It's a misnomer to call it a cafe as it serves proper meals, requires a reservation and men will feel much more comfortable in a suit...  Read More

1er Arrondissement
Photo courtesy of L'Absinthe


Beetroot Gaspacho with goat cheese, a thick juicy steak - the kind you dream of, their signature Le Hot Duck as appetizer... these are only a few of the savory items on the menu that you'll find here at the Rostang's L'Absinthe. Pair that with a...  Read More

8ème Arrondissement
Le 1728
Photo courtesy of by Paige Donner Le 1728 bust of Marquis de La Fayette


First built in 1728 (hence the name) these salons of the mansion, the Hotel Mazin La Fayette, have been fully restored and feature a gastronomic restaurant. This is fine dining as has come to be expected from the Relais & Chateaux brand....  Read More

8ème Arrondissement


Opened just a short while ago and already Chef Jerome Banctel has earned this refined and stately restaurant its two Michelin stars. This instantly became one of the city's dining rooms that says class and glamour. The hotel is owned by the...  Read More

8ème Arrondissement
Le Grand Restaurant
Photo courtesy of Le Grand Restaurant copyright Khanh Renaud


This is celebrated French chef Jean-Francois Piege's very own restaurant in that he is not just the Executive Chef but also the owner. Opened in 2015 it more or less instantly was awarded 2 Michelin stars. One of the specialties is slow-cooked...  Read More

Sur Mesure par Thierry Marx
Photo courtesy of Sur Mesure par Thierry Marx, Mandarin Oriental Paris


It's easy to feel a little intimidated when you do at last get the chance to dine in the signature restaurant of a famous celebrity chef, whose picture graces billboards city-wide. But intimidating is anything but what warm-hearted Chef Thierry...  Read More

8ème Arrondissement


This is one of Paris' newest and most elegant restaurants. You may have heard of the Prince Robert of Luxembourg's famous wine estate in Bordeaux, Chateau Haut-Brion? In 2016 he opened these doors to his private mansion in Paris not far from the...  Read More


Meet Paige Donner

Paige's latest book, Paris On 4 Paws, A Dog Lover's Guide To The City of Light follows her acclaimed novel, I'll Take Paris. Both are available on Kindle and Amazon. She is the founder...  More About Paige