Paris is known for its many wonderful restaurants; after all the French are the connoisseurs of the good life. It has been said “you can’t get a bad meal in Paris”. Well, we have had several bad meals (especially in some of the tourist trap restaurants of the Latin Quarter). We would like to amend the statement to read “You do not have to pay a fortune to get a really fine meal in Paris” Some of the listed restaurants are expensive, but they are worth the money.
The less expensive places are also good restaurants that might lack nothing more than a world-famous chef or a fabulous location. I am not listing the obvious Michelin-starred restaurants, you know that they will be fabulous. I am listing restaurants that average travelers can afford on a trip to Paris; places where we or our colleagues have eaten and enjoyed the meal.
Since 2008, all restaurants and cafes in Paris are required by law to be non-smoking. Of course, that means that the outside tables are crowded with smokers. C’est la vie!
GV = Good Value
$ = inexpensive
$$ = Moderate
$$$ =Moderate to Expensive
$$$$ = Expensive.
Paris 1st Arrondissement Restaurants
The first Arrondissement is in the very heart of the city. It is walking distance to most tourist sites and therefore is more expensive. Some fabulous restaurants are located here; but we have found a few less expensive gems as well.
L’Absinthe $$ GV
This bistrot in the heart of Paris, now part of the Michel Rostang group, has become something of a haute bistro. It is still casual and comfortable but has been taken up a notch or two. Enjoy the terrace in warm weather at this beautiful Paris restaurant.
24 place du Marché Saint Honoré
Tel: 33 1 49 26 90 04
Open: Mon – Fri 12pm – 2pm, Mon – Sat 7pm – 11pm Closed Saturday afternoon and Sundays
Chez Denise $$ GV
An authentic bistro where you’ll find great traditional French food for the price. It is crowded, but fun. We recommend you try this little gem, and be prepared for generous portions. A perfect place to share dishes.
5 rue des Provaires
Metro: LeHalles/ Louvre-Rivoli
Tel: 33 1 42 36 21 82
L’Ardoise $ GV
Chef Pierre Jay offers one of the best values in Paris with his superb cuisine at reasonable prices. There is a nice wine list as well.The the seating is tight, so just snuggle up and enjoy the wonderful food at excellent prices.
28 rue du Mont-Thabor
Tel: 01 42 96 28 18
Open for lunch and dinner from Tuesday to Saturday and Sunday evenings
Paris 2nd Arrondissement Restaurants
The Second Arrondissement is in the heart of Paris close to everything including the Louvre, the gorgeous Opera Garnier, fabulous shopping and great restaurants.
A Priori Thé $$ GV
A popular and charming tea salon great for a light lunch or snack. The pastries and cakes are lovely. Located in a beautiful gallery, you will enjoy the surroundings as much as the food. Good for Sunday brunch.
35-37 Galerie Vivienne
Metro: Palais Royale/Pyramide
Tel: 33 1 42 97 48 75
Open 7 days a week
Chez Georges $$$
A friendly, neighborhood style, Parisian bistro, located off the place des Victories. The specialty of the house is the Onglet de boeuf (pan-seared hanger steak) served with Pomme Frites (French fries).
This bistro hasn’t changed in years, so soak up the atmosphere. A favorite of Julia Child and Patricia Wells and well worthy of our Paris restaurant guide.
1 rue de Mail
Tel: 01 42 60 07 11
Open: Mon-Sat noon-2pm and 7:30-9:30pm
A quiet and classic restaurant where the food is always superb. Antoine Westermann expresses cuisine at Drouant in which he revisits appetizers “à la française”, putting the spotlight on quality products while continuing to give the place of honor to vegetables.
Drouant is a place where the product is “king” and “the traditions blend”.
8 rue Gallion
Metro: Opera / Quartre-September
Tel: 33 1 42 65 15 16
Fontaine Gaillon $$$
Gérard Depardieu owns this restaurant with Chef Laurent Audiot at the helm. The classic styled restaurant is known for serving quality products at affordable prices. The vinotheque set in the middle of the dining room lists 150 wines, selected on the advice of famous critic Robert Parker. Set near the Opéra” Garnier, this is just the place for pre-opera dinners or business lunches. Very good food, in a quiet and tasteful setting.
Place Gallion 75002
Tel: 33 1 47 42 63 22
Open Monday through Friday from 12:00 to 2:30 and from 7 to 11:30pm
Paris 3rd Arrondissement Restaurants
The Third Arrondissement is in the Marais district and near the beautiful Place de Vosges. It is busy and vibrant.
Au Bascou $$ GV
This is a modern bistro with a quirky decor, but don’t let that keep you away. The owner and chef, Jean-Guy Lousteau demands that only the freshest foods will be served at his tables and we are the beneficiaries of his commitment. He is from the Basque region of France, so look for the Basque influence in his cooking.
38 rue Reamur
Metro: Arts ét Métiers
Ambassade d’Auvergne $$
The name describes this restaurant to a tee. They are truly ambassadors for the Auvergne region of France. The food served is all Auvergne specialties, right down to the regional cheese plates. This is a charming and inviting place for simple, rustic, but delicious food. We thoroughly enjoyed our lunch here and were very impressed by the cordial service.
22 rue du Grenier St. Lazare
Tel: 33 1 42 72 31 22
Open daily noon-2pm and 7:30-10:30pm
Le Bar a Huitres (Le) Beaumarchais $$
Oysters, other shellfish and fish are the specialties here and you can even design your own sea food platter. Meat is available for those who must have it. Enjoy yourself in this restaurant that doesn’t take itself too seriously. Open: Daily noon-2am Click on the link for other locations in Paris.
33 Blvd Beaumarchais
Tel: 01 48 87 98 92
Paris 4th Arrondissement Restaurants
The Fourth Arrondissement lies along the Seine and on the Ile St. Louis. It is near Notre Dame and the Hotel du Ville. A lush and beautiful area known for its beautiful bridges (ponts).
Le Trumilou GV $
You might walk right past this bistrot; as it has a rather inconspicuous storefront. But, don’t let that deter you. The food is very good and the prices are excellent. We had the duck with prunes and it was wonderful. We hope you agree that it belongs in our Paris restaurant guide.
84 quai de l’Hotel de Ville
Metro: Pont Marie
Tel: 01 42 77 63 98
Open daily noon-3pm and 7-11pm
Across from the dazzling modernistic Opera Bastille, this well established brasserie conveys a feeling of timelessness. It is beautifully decorated with stained glass and antique brass. The food is very good, especially the shellfish.
5 rue de la Bastille
Tel: 01 42 72 87 82
Open Mon-Fri noon-3pm and 6:30pm-1am; Sat and Sun 12 noon-1am
L’ Ambroisie $$$$
Located on the beautiful Place des Vosges, this three Michelin starred restaurant is one to save for special occasions. The Renaissance decor is perfect and the food is beyond that!
Service is without a fault, and you pay dearly for the whole wonderful experience. This is clearly one of the best restaurants in Paris!
9 Place des Vosges
Metro: Bastille, St Paul
Tel: 01 42 78 51 45
Paris 5th Arrondissement Restaurants
The fifth Arrondissement is located on the left bank (rive gauche) with views of Notre Dame and proximity to the glorious Luxembourg Gardens. Don’t even consider leaving Paris without a stroll through the Luxembourg Gardens. The fifth Arrondissement is also known as the Latin Quarter because the Sorbonne where students studied Latin at one time is in this area. A colorful neighborhood, the Latin Quarter is made up of winding cobblestone streets lined with little shops and restaurants.
L’Atelier Maitre Albert- Restaurant with Guy Savoy $$$
With a menu designed by Guy Savoy in the capable hands of chef Emmanual Monsallier, you can’t go wrong. The setting is modern yet warmed by the hearth and the wonderful aromas of the rotisserie.
1 rue Maitre-Albert
Open for lunch from 12:30 to 2:30 Mon-Fri. For dinner Sun – Wed from 6:30pm to 11:30 pm, Thurs – Sat from 6:30pm to 1am.
Brasserie Balzar GV $
The Brasserie Flo chain owns this restaurant. It is still one of the best brasseries in the Latin Quarter and a good place for eating during off-hours. A very good value for this well located left bank restaurant.
49 rue des Ecoles
Metro: Odeon / Cluny-La Sorbonne
Tel: 01 43 54 13 67
Open: Daily noon-midnight
The 6th Arrondissement also known as St. Germain de Pres is a colorful part of the Left Bank that was once the favorite haunt of Ernest Hemingway, and the artist Delacroix. Today you can stroll the famous Boulevard St Germain, or find the former homes of famous authors on rue Jacob. The gorgeous Luxembourg Gardens are in this district as well.
L’Epi Dupin $$GV
Reservations are advised, but not easy to get, at this intimate bistro. Chef François Pasteau does not serve bluefin tuna (Atlantic and Mediterranean) and uses the NGO called Seafood Choices to serve non-threatened species. The food is excellent and the prices are eater-friendly. So, if you do manage to get a reservation, consider yourself lucky.
11 rue Dupin
Open Mon-Fri noon-2:30 and 7:30-11pm.They are closed weekends
Les Editeurs $$
Les Editeurs is just the place to have a cup of coffee and read a novel, or have lunch and a glass of wine or a snack.
This is a hip, but comfortable place to wile away a few delicious hours. It is a bar, a restaurant, a tea room and a library!
4 Carrefour de l’Odeon
Tel: 33 1 43 26 67 76
Open: Daily 8am to 2am
La Rotonde $$
An extensive menu with something for everyone, makes La Rotonde a great place for a nice, casual meal.
The generous portions and delicious dishes are a true value in tres expensive Paris. Located at a busy intersection in a great neighborhood, people watchers delight as bustling Parisians of the neighborhood rush by.
105 Boulevard du Montparnasse
La Ferrandaise $$
This is a well-established neighborhood bistro. We had a delicious meal here one night with a group of friends.We each ordered something different and none of us was disappointed. Known for its meat dishes, La Ferrandaise has reasonably priced menus that also includes fish and seafood. If you are in the neighborhood, be sure to stop by.
8 rue de Vaugirard
Tel: 01 43 26 36 36
Sud-Ouest & Cie – Le Bistro de Sud-Ouest a Paris $$
We ate at this bistro located on the busy Blvd de Montparnasse on a Sunday evening. More interesting looking restaurants were closed, so we thought we’d take our chance on this inviting place. We weren’t disappointed.
They have a great special menu that includes a bottle of wine for a very good price. The bistro specializes in dishes from the Southwest region of France. Think duck… think confit…think foie gras. We sat next to two Frenchmen, one of whom was from the southwest and was enjoying food from his childhood. It was a wonderful way to spend our final night in Paris…enjoying good food and good company.
39 Blvd. du Montparnasse
Tel: 01 42-84 35 35
Le Rousseau $
This is just a little brasserie that is well decorated and inexpensive. Very comfortable and trendy at the same time, Le Rousseau is lively and fun. The food is simple and good…but not great. We enjoyed our Steak-frites and saved our money for a splurge somewhere else.
45, rue du Cherche Midi
Tel : 01 42 22 51 07
Paris 7th Arrondissement Restaurants
The seventh Arrondissement is known as St-Germain-des-Pres because the church of that name is a landmark in the area. Great for shopping and eating, this area is lively and lovely.
Aux Fins Gourmets $$
Southwest France cuisine is served at this unpretentious and truly Parisian little bistrot. Duck dishes and cassoulet (a white bean stew) are favorites. Alas, reservations are essential.
213 Blvd St Germain
Metro: Eiffel Tower, Invalides, Palais-Bourbon
Tel: 01 42 22 06 57
Open Tues-Sat noon-2:30pm and 7:30-10pm; Mon 7:30-10pm
Chez les Anges $$ GV
A contemporary brasserie that offers new and fresh cuisine as well as perfect steaks and grilled fresh fish. The menu follows market offerings. Jacques Lacipière former owner of the hugely popular bistro Au Bon Accueil, is the owner. With chef Stéphane Duchiron, you can expect great things.
54 Blvd. de La Tour-Maubourg
Metro: La Tour-Maubourg
Open Mon-Fri 12: 30-2pm and 7:30-11pm; Closed Saturday and Sunday
A La Petite Chaise $ GV
Founded in 1680, this restaurant claims to be the oldest in Paris. We have enjoyed a delicious and reasonably priced meal here and recommend it for a comfortable and low-key meal. We especially liked the fresh fish of the day. Here’s a review by David Lebovitz
36 rue de Grenellle
Tel: 01 42 22 13 35
la Cigale Recamier $$
This is THE place in Paris for a souffle, whether sweet or savory, you will truly enjoy this French treat. But there are other great entrees available as well. On our recent trip to Paris, we liked it so much, we went back another day. Oh, and the garden terrace is wonderful in nice weather. It definitely belongs in our Paris restaurant guide. Reservations are recommended, but not always necessary.
4 rue Recamier
Tel: 01 45 48 86 58
Paris 8th Arrondissement Restaurants
The beautiful and expensive eighth Arrondissement in on the right bank (rive droit,) and hugs the glamorous Champs Elysees. Many of the great hotels of Paris are here as well as the famous couturiers and “Grands Magasins” (department stores) This is Paris at its most chic.
La Fermette Marbeuf $$$
The beautiful Belle Epoch mosaics and decor might be enough to draw you in to this great Paris bistro. And you won’t be disappointed in the food either as long as you are expecting good brasserie fare. If you like to eat where the Parisians do, this is the place.
5 rue Marbeuf
Tel: 01 53 23 08 00
Open daily noon-3pm and 7:30-11:30pm
The 10th arrondissement centers around the Canal St. Martin and the restaurants and cafés which line its banks. The streets along the canal become car-free zones on Saturday afternoons/evenings, and all day on Sundays to make way for the Parisien cycling and roller-blading hoards. Two great train stations Gare du Nord and Gare de l’Est are located here as is the historic Place de la République in the far south of the arrondissement.
Chez Michel $$ GV
Thierry Breton, the chef has worked at some of the most famous Paris restaurants before starting out on his own. This charming little restaurant specializes in Breton cuisine, his home region. This place is too good to be true. (Note: not the best neighborhood at night… so take a cab. And it is better to dine upstairs than in the unappealing basement)
10 Rue de Belzunce
Metro: Poissonnaire / Gare du Nord
Tel: 01 44 53 06 20
Open Tue-Sat noon-2pm and 7pm-midnight Closed: Sun, Mon, Christmas week and August.
Paris 11th Arrondissement Restaurants
The 11th Arrondissement is set near the place de la Republique and the Bastille. It is close to the Marais and is still considered central Paris.
Le Bistrot du Peinture $ GV
This restaurant is a fabulous bargain. The dishes are well prepared and the choices are quite good; there is something for everyone. You really can’t go wrong eating here, especially on a sunny day when you can sit outside and watch the world go by.
116 ave Ledru-Rollin
Tel: 33 1 47 00 34 39
Open 7 days from 7:00 AM to 2:00 AM, 364 days a year (closed from Christmas Eve through Christmas day)
Breakfast served from 7:00 AM to Noon. Table service from Noon to Midnight every day
Near the Gare de Lyon, the 12th arrondissement is not generally a tourist area, but is safe and quiet.
Miel et Paprika $ GV
Come here for a delicious meal served with flair and attention to detail. The chef uses creativity to develop new flavors that always seem to work.Try the zucchini cake, a sure winner. This little place is a sure winner from the warm reception and service to the great food and miniscule prices!
24, rue de Cotte
Metro: Ledru Rollin
Tel: 33 1 53 33 02 67
Open Wed to Sun noon to 3pm and Thu Fri and Sat from 8pm to 10:30pm
Paris 13th Arrondissement Restaurants
The 13th Arrondissement centers on the Place d’ Italie and borders the Latin Quarter.
Au Petit Marguery $$
The Cousin brothers own and operate this restaurant with the care you might expect from people who genuinely love food and people. This restaurant is known for its game and seasonal cuisine.
9 blvd du Port-Royal
Metro: les Gobelins
Tel: 01 43 31 58 59
Open Tue-Sat Noon-2:15pm and 7:30-10:15pm
Green Garden $$
Green Garden is a vegetarian and completely vegan restaurant, They use only organic produce and no meat, dairy, or GMO food. On the menu, you will recognize many stir-fried and braised dishes common to Chinese menus, but they are all made with soy and not meat. And everything is delicious. What more can you ask? Non-smoking? Yep that too.
20 Rue Nationale
Metro: Porte d’Ivry
Tel: 33 1 45 82 99 54
Open daily from 11am to 10:30pm except Mon.
Although largely residential, the 14th arrondissement is best known for Montparnasse (both the station and the towering skyscraper Tour Montparnasse), for the Paris Catacombs and the Parc Montsouris. The Cité Universitaire is also found in this district traditionally known for lively cafés and restaurants around the Boulevard du Montparnasse and the rue Daguerre.
Le Dôme $$$
This historic restaurant is known as the place for the absolutely freshest fish and shellfish. No matter what you order, you can be assured of its freshness and therefore great flavor. The shrimp are fresh caught and are excellent, no matter how they are prepared.
108 blvd Montparnasse
Tel: 01 43 35 25 81
Open daily noon-2:15pm and 7:30-11:30pm
Le Bistrot du Dôme $$
Great fish at reasonable prices brings patrons back again and again. Run by the Bras family who own the Famous Dome Restaurant and the Poissonerie du Dome across the street, this little bistro also offers great wine buys. If you want oysters, you’ll need to go to Le Dome.
1 rue Delambre
Tel: 01 43 35 32 00
Open: Daily noon-2:30 and 7:30-11pm
La Coupole $$
Created in 1927, with all the lovely decor of that time, this brasserie, under the same ownership as Brasserie Flo, is also a fixture in the neighborhood. Busy morning through night, you’ll get the usual Brasserie fare, but well prepared. Specialties include lamb curry and smoked salmon.
102 Blvd. du Montparnasse
Tel: 0143 20 14 20
Open daily 7:30am-2am. Closed Dec 24
Paris 15th Arrondissement Restaurants
The 15th arrondissement is the largest arrondissement of central Paris. It is a quiet, upscale neighborhood.
Located atop the Novotel Hotel, this is perhaps the best Japanese restaurant in Paris; its prices are stellar as well. Fresh, fresh sushi and lots more to tempt you, as well as great views of the Seine. ( I do not recommend the hotel, though. It really needs an update)
Hotel Novotel Tour Eiffel
61 Quai de Grenenne
Metro: Bir Hakim
Tel: 01 40 58 21 26
L’Epopée $$ GV
We visited this fine restaurant on a rainy evening. The atmosphere and the warm welcome made us forget the weather. The restaurant offers a few prix fixe dinners and we opted to each try a different one. For the entree, I chose foie gras; I can’t help myself I love it! For the main course, I had the duck breast glazed with honey and French Champagne, braised pumpkin and vanilla. It was delicious. My husband had the Terrine campaign Morels and spicy sauce for an entree; it was unforgettable. His main course was Fillet of beef with fondant potatoes and sauce béarnaise. The restaurant also offers a fine wine list. We’ll be back next time we’re in Paris.
89, avenue Emile Zola
Metro: Charles Michels
Tel: 01 45 77 71 37
Open from 12h to 14h and 19h30 to 22h. Closed on Saturday afternoon and Sunday evening
La Dinée $$$ GV
Chef Christolphe Chabanal offers his wonderfully creative style of cooking at this little restaurant. It will have you coming back despite that it is a bit off the beaten path.
85 rue Leblanc
Tel: 01 45 54 20 49
Open: Mon to Fri noon to 2:30 and 7:30pm to 10:30pm
Erawan $$ GV
Offering some of the best Thai cuisine in Paris, Erawan is an elegant little restaurant with two small dining rooms. Whether you want your food spicy-hot or a little toned down, you will be able to find something unforgettable here. A specialty worth trying is the shrimp steamed in banana leaves.
76 rue de la Federation
Metro: la Motte-Piquet, Grenelle
Tel: 01 47 83 55 67
Open Mon-Sat noon-3pm and 7-10: 30pm Closed: Sun and Aug
Paris 16th Arrondissement Restaurants
The 16th arrondissement, located on the Right Bank hosts a large number of international embassies as well as the wealthy residential districts of Auteuil and Passy.
Chef Jean-Christophe Guiony, creates dishes that are nothing short of perfection. The simple and classic style belies the care of preparation. Don’t expect fanciful fare, but do expect the best.
32 rue de Longchamp
Tel: 01 45 53 00 07
Open Mon-Fri 12:30-2 and 7:30-10pm, Closed Sat, Sun and August
Brasserie de la Poste $ GV
Great brasserie food served in a well-decorated and stylish location. Each week the brasserie presents cuisine evocative of a different region of France. Wonderful desserts.
54 rue de Longchamp
Tel: 33 8 99 78 19 58
Open daily noon-3pm and 7pm-midnight
Chez Geraud $$
Chef Geraud Roniger uses the best market finds each day to create your meal. He also welcomes you as though you were guests in his home. Fresh, fresh food, a warm welcome, a charming dining room, great prices, need we say more?
31 rue Vital
Metro: La Muette
Tel: 01 45 20 33 00
Open Mon-Fri noon-2pm and 7:30-10pm; Sat , Sun noon-2pm
Paris 17th Arrondissement Restaurants
The 17th Arrondissement is not a typical tourist area, but is in close proximity to the 8thArrondissement and therefore close to the Champs Elysees and the grand department stores of that lovely area.
La Braisiere Jacques Faussat $$$
This charming little restaurant serves wonderful French cuisine in a cozy setting. Chef Jacques Fassat has earned one Michelin star and truly deserves it. Be prepared to be impressed.
54 rue Cardinet
Tel: 01 47 63 40 37
Café d’Angel $$
A trendy little bistro decorated with an angel motif??! Oh well, the food is darn good and the prices are reasonable. Try the burger and the crème brulee au chocolat for dessert.
16 rue Brey
Metro: Charles de Gaulle-Etoile
Tel/Fax: 01 47 54 03 33
Open Mon-Fri noon-2:30pm and 7:30-11pm. Closed Sat, Sun and August
Paris 18th Arrondissement Restaurants
The eighteenth arrondissement, best known for Montmartre which was the center of the flourishing artist community from around 1907 to 1914. Picasso, Dali, Duchamp, Toulouse-Latrec, and others lived and worked here. The 18th is also the home of a thriving ethnic community in the east and a seedy red-light district along Boulevard de Clichy near Place Pigalle. Finding a good estaurant in Montmartre is not easy; here is our favorite.
Here you will find the young and lively crowd who love good food. The restaurant is casual, but charming. The food is as fresh as it gets and served with a flair.
94 rue des Martyrs, 75018
Metro: Abbesses (12)
Tel: 01 46 06 50 73
Open: Tuesday-Saturday, lunch and dinner; Sunday, lunch only; closed Monday
Paris 19th Arrondissement Restaurants
Pavillon Puebla $$$
Situated in a beautiful building built under Napoleon III, this lovely restaurant also has a wonderful terrace from which to enjoy the Catalan inspired dishes prepared by chef Verges. Try the oyster ravioli with curry and for dessert the signature crème catalane.
Parc des Buttes-Chaumont
Enter on rue Bozaris
Tel: 01 42 08 92 62
Open Tue-Sat noon-2pm and 7:30-10pm
Paris 20th Arrondissement Restaurants
Les Allobroges $ GV
This restaurant is riding on the crest of the new trend of restaurants designed to make you feel that you are dining at home. Casual and elegantly comfortable, Les Allobroges has very good food at very reasonable prices. The French style food is perfect and the home made bread is a great touch.
71 rue des Grandes-Champs
Metro: Maraichers / Nation
Tel: 01 43 73 40 00
This little restaurant offers modern cuisine with a fresh take on classic dishes.
67 rue des Orteaux
Tel: 33 1 44 64 76 09
Open Mon- Fri noon- 2:30pm and 7pm to 11pm