5 Of The Best Restaurants In Paris

By • Aug 5th, 2013 • Category: Paris

Famous for cheese and wine, the French cuisine is well acclaimed for its experimentation and innovation with food all over the world. With a history of mannerism and profound culture, France is the place where you can enjoy rich eatables in high class restaurants. Owing to the brilliance of its inherited history of ages, today Paris features the best places in the world to dine. The leading restaurants in Paris and almost everywhere in France attract tourists to enjoy its magnificent cuisines served with the blend of French culture. Paris is famous mainly for its roadside bistros and cafés, where you can enjoy great food, served in open or closed infrastructure. However, apart from the numerous roadside cafés and bistros, Paris also features not one but hundreds of restaurants where the entire French lineage of cuisine can be enjoyed. As Paris is the central meeting point of almost all trains coming from different regions in France, its restaurants offer rich French cuisine made out of fresh French products. Many restaurants in Paris have bagged laurels from the elite Michelin Guide for restaurants and cuisines in Europe, as well as bagged laurels from other leading agencies. It is not easy to number down 5 best places to dine in Paris, but you can’t afford to miss the following restaurants while you are in Paris.

Le Meurice

Definitely Paris’ most expensive restaurant, it is worth an investment, as you can experience the grandeur of France and enjoy the great food served here. Known for the great French cuisine served here, the air in this grand place carries a history of French mannerism and culture, for which it once was known across the globe. The food served here has become modern thanks to Chef Yannick Alléno, who bagged the third Michelin star in 2007. His unique classical Escoffier vintage culinary technique lets you have a feeling which you’ll going to carry for long. His regularly evolving menu, which is much popular, includes a starter, crispy green ravioli with a fricassee of snails and wild garlic, spit-roasted red-wine marinated pigeon with red cabbage and apple juice  Alléno, occasionally featuring rare produce from the island of France, like cabbage from Pontoise and honey from hives on the roof of Paris’s Opéra Garnier. The restaurant serves varied menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner. A Jacket is a must to be in here. The décor of the restaurant is inspired by the Salon de la Paix at Château de Versailles, and re-explained in 2007 by Phillippe Starck. This elated décor is based on the three paintings of the renowned French artist Theophile Poilpot from 1905 to 1907 and ejects a glorious aura, which completely gets soaked within you to stay for long. Open from Monday to Friday, the restaurant starts by serving breakfast at 7 a.m. and closes at 10 p.m. with dinner. The dinner menu is available for €200, while the breakfast can be enjoyed by spending an average of €80. It’s better to make reservations in advance to avoid rush.


To enjoy the French haute cuisine at its best you need to be at Chef Pascal Barbot’s three star restaurant in Paris, which offers delighting menu of French masterpiece. Pascal, who started his carrier early in life, adds to the charm of the great dining facility at this astonishingly grand restaurant, by his experience and elegance. The imaginative style of Pascal gets reflected in his brilliantly witty signature dishes such as the galette of finely sliced button mushrooms and verjus marinated foie gras adorned with hazelnut oil, or turbot with baby spinach and sea urchins. The great décor of the restaurant in the high ceiling hall is one of those great places that will bring you down with inevitable awe. Ranked at the 18th spot among the list of 50 top restaurants in the world, this place is worth a visit despite its high priced menu. Located at walking distance from the Passy metro station, the restaurant charges an average of €80 for lunch and €200 for dinner. It is surprising that the restaurant doesn’t have its own website, but you can always make reservations by calling in.

Huitrerie Regis

Huitrerie Regis is by far the best place in Paris to find Oysters supplied directly from the Marennes-Oléron region on the French Atlantic coast. Availability can also provide you a chance to add prawns, sea urchins, and clams to your platter, served with bread and butter. The wine is particularly famous here, while the décor is worth snipping in. You don’t have to make reservations here, and prices are also reasonable. This restaurant is the best to dine in Paris if you are short on budget or are an avid fan of sea food. Serving lunch and dinner from Tuesdays to Sundays at an average price of €35, you won’t find a hole in your pocket after dinning here.


Chef Thierry Bourbonnais’ masterpiece is ideal for vegetarians, if your budget is a little low for the first two restaurants listed above. Owned by the Mark Williamson – an Englishman – this restaurant is famous for its vegetarian dishes, which keep on evolving due to the brilliance of Chef Thierry Bourbonnais. His style is best reflected in the dishes served here, such as 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. Add your food with tasteful wine and enjoy a delightful dining experience at no more than €60 on an average. This restaurant is closed on Sundays and serves only dinner on Saturdays, whereas it serves all 3 meals on other weekdays.

Le Stella

One of last remaining independent brassieres in Paris, Le Stella is known for the French classics such as onion soup, escargots, sole meunière, steak tartare, roast lamb and other Gallic standards as well as other relishing French dishes on its menu. You can also enjoy great French wine in this restaurant located on the Victor Hugo in the 16th arrondissement. You can have awesome lunch and dinner in this restaurant by spending an average of €45 on all days of the week.

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Rohan is an avid travel writer and has covered tourism in various countries of the world. He is a regular traveler and has recently planned a tour to Senegal and Ghana in the African mainland.

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