Not Terrible Near Notre Dame

Image via Alix Williams on Flickr.

To save the 13 million travelers who visit Notre Dame each year from the 13 million terrible restaurants that surround it, we present you with our favorite places to eat near the great cathedral.

Walk-Ins Welcome

Brasserie de L’Isle Saint Louis – This classic brasserie has been in business since 1953, and is still run by the same family.

Le Porte-Pot – An address for simple food and a decent glass of wine in the Latin Quarter. They also sell bottles to go, too.

Maison David – Squeeze into this tiny butcher shop for a standing lunch and watch owner Michel Kalifa in action.

Book a Few Days in Advance

Isami – Since 1992, chef Katsuo Nakamura has been impressing Parisians with formidable skill and quiet rigor at this tiny Ile Saint-Louis sushi bar.

Mon Vieil Ami – A contemporary bistro where vegetables rule on the Ile Saint-Louis from noted chef Antoine Westermann.

Itinéraires – A popular modern bistro from Sarah and Sylvain Sendra with dégustation menus (59€, 79€) at night.

Sola – A refined Franco-Japanese address that is an absolute favorite for its elegant and fresh food.

Lengué – An Izakaya joint, serving small plates, Japanese beer and cocktails, in the heart of the touristville.

Fogón – A popular, contemporary Spanish table.

Benoît Paris – Open since 1912, this picture-postcard Paris bistro is part of the Ducasse group.

Book a Few Weeks in Advance

La Tour d’Argent – Chef Laurent Delarbre is modernizing this landmark table but hints of the classic repertoire remain including the famous numbered ducklings.

Still have room after your meal?
No visit to Notre Dame would be complete without sampling a cone of the famed Berthillon ice cream.

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10 Comments on Not Terrible Near Notre Dame

  1. We are not vegetarians but always return to Le Grenier on Rue de la Bucherie. Delicious vegetarian food – the felafel are particularly good. Great selection of wines too.

  2. I’m surprised Le Pré Verre isn’t on this list. Their 14 euro lunch formules is one of the best deals in the city. Also, their desserts are original (no crème brulées nor fondants au chocolat) and truly delicious.

  3. My husband and I were there a few years ago and dined at Le Petit Chatelet on the Left Bank just across from Notre Dame. If you sit outside the view is lovely. We had an excellent and affordable 3 course dinner there with coffee and chocolates with the dessert. The menu was all French but my husband speaks fluently, and the staff was very kind with food vocabulary or preparations he had to ask about. Outdoors with us was an older French couple and a solo American man who had been living in Paris, so to our knowledge it was not a “touristy” spot, though it was well placed to be one.

  4. Brasserie de L’Isle Saint Louis is as expensive as many far better restaurants.
    The food is not worth the Euros – but the ambience is nice.
    Great beer on tap!

  5. took advice to go to Brasserie de L’Isle Saint Louis..
    big disappointment.
    pricey (5.20 euro for my sons coke) and food was average.
    very frustrating to waste a meal in paris when were only there for a short trip..

  6. Briana, your response on my birthday is very reassuring! I’d love to know if you like Le Navigator. I think you can personal message me through this site. I seldom visit it, but am so happy you responded. Just wish it were my Arr. more often!

  7. Not sure I want to do this… First, it may not be upscale enough for your readers. We are humble foodies who just appreciate good food at a good price in a nice setting, not multi-stars. Second, we fear spilling the beans may result in an over-abundance of noisy tourists. We only share our darling with approved non-“Ugly Americans” (and other nationalities) who won’t further convince the world we are all loud and demanding…
    That said, I’ll dismount my soapbox and admit that customers are what keep restaurants going. So…with trepidation, may I recommend Le Navigator, at 63 rue Galande, 5th arrondissement. Please, gentle people, be kind to them.

  8. I am so *very* glad you didn’t mention our favorite restaurant in all of Paris, right in the very midst of the ones you cited. While I want to see our darling enjoy continued success for many more years, they are doing just fine, thank you, without 13 million tourists descending on them! Their carte is completely in French, and many tourists come along, scan the chalkboard with obvious lack of comprehension, and keep walking. While we happily feast on items like salade au foie de lapin deglace vinaigre framboise, bulots de nos cotes sauce tartare, ris d’agneau aux girolles, dos de porcelet aux morilles, and more in the cozy traditional interior!

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