Best Restaurants in Paris
Paris needs no introduction. It’s synonymous with food, culture, fashion, and architecture, rarely disappointing those who visit.In T+L’s Paris travel guide we share our favorite spots, from traditional to up-and-coming. Every quarter is unique and, though the summer is the most popular season to visit, each time of year is compelling in its own way.Here are some best restaurants in Paris you wouldn’t want to miss.
Anyone wanting a grand-slam experience of Gallic gastronomic grandeur won’t do better than the glamorous dining room at the Hotel Meurice in the heart of the city. It’s good French bones survived intact mosaic floor, crystal chandeliers, heavy damask curtains at the windows overlooking the Tuileries Gardens across the street. The magnificent space is animated by old school but friendly service that’s as precise as a minute.
In addition to such recent creations as crispy green ravioli with a fricassee of snails and wild garlic, a starter, and spit-roasted red-wine marinated pigeon with red cabbage and apple juice, Alléno has become a dedicated locavore by occasionally featuring rare produce from the Ile de France cabbage from Pontoise, honey from hives on the roof of Paris’s Opéra Garnier – on his regularly evolving menu.
228 rue de Rivoli, 1st, + 33 1 44 58 10 10, lemeurice.com. Métro: Tuileries. Open for lunch and dinner from Mon-Fri. Average €200. Jackets compulsory at dinner.
The smallest and most casual table at the top of the Parisian food chain, this high-ceiling ed dining room with mirrored walls, widely spaced tables and friendly service offers a decidedly 21st-century take on French haute cuisine.
Barbot, who trained with Alain Passard and once served as chef to the admiral of the French Pacific fleet, loves vegetables, fruit and fresh herbs, and his style is brilliantly witty and deeply imaginative, as seen in signature dishes such as his galette of finely sliced button mushrooms and verjus marinated foie gras dressed with hazelnut oil, or turbot with baby spinach and sea urchins.
4 rue Beethoven, 16th, +33 1 40 50 84 40. Métro: Passy. Open for lunch and dinner Tues–Fri. Average lunch €80, average dinner €200
Tucked away in the heart of Saint Germain des Pres, this snug shop-front table with a white facade and interior is the best place in Paris for a fix of impeccably fresh oysters. Which are delivered directly from France’s Marennes-Oléron region on the Atlantic coast. Depending upon availability, prawns, clams and sea urchins can also be added to your plateau de fruits de mer, which will be served with bread and butter.
3 rue de Montfaucon, 6th, +33 1 44 41 10 07, huitrerieregis.com. Métro: Mabillon or Saint Germain des Pres. Open Tues–Sun for lunch and dinner. Average €35. No reservations
Run by Englishman Mark Williamson. Whose Willi’s Wine Bar around the corner is a favorite local bolthole for Parisian oenophiles. This handsome restaurant with oxblood walls. Wedding cake moldings and parquet floors overlooks the Palais Royal in the heart of Paris. Chef Thierry Bourbonnais not only includes many vegetable dishes on his menu making this a good choice for vegetarians but features regularly changing tasting menus themed around a single vegetable, such as asparagus or tomatoes. Dishes like scallops marinated in sea weed oil on a bed of quinoa and wild sea bass with baby carrots and mange toute on a bed of cumin-scented bulghur show off his cosmopolitan style. Excellent wine list.
15 rue des Petits-Champs, 1st, +33 1 42 97 53 85, maceorestaurant.com. Métro: Pyramides or Palais Royal. Open for lunch and dinner Mon-Fri, Sat dinner only. Closed Sun. Prix-fixe menus €33 (vegetarian), €38 and €48; average à la carte €60
Chef Daniel Rose moved from the 9th arrondissement to a renovated 17th-century house in Les Halles in July 2010. He’s been playing to a packed house with his inventive cuisine du marche menu. This talented American shows off just how cosmopolitan the city’s culinary talent pool has become. Parisians have been swooning over dishes such as Basque country trout with avocado and coriander flowers and grilled New Caledonian prawns on a bed of shaved baby fennel. There’s also Buvette (wine bar) in the basement, with a selection of charcuterie, cheese and several plats du jour.
6 rue Bailleul, 1st, + 33 1 45 96 05 72, springparis.fr. Métro: Louvre-Rivoli. Restaurant open for dinner Tues-Sat, lunch Wed-Fri; Buvette open for dinner Tues-Sat. Restaurant average €150; Buvette average €50