Category Archives: Where to Eat?

Our 50 Favorite Restaurants

In Any Category: Top 10 Favorite Restaurants in Paris

  1. Septime
  2. Restaurant David Toutain
  3. Sola
  4. Au Passage
  5. Verjus
  6. Restaurant Frenchie
  7. Clamato
  8. Juveniles
  9. Le Griffonier
  10. Le Cinq

Classic Bistro

  1. Juveniles
  2. Le Griffonier
  3. Philou
  4. Chez Michel
  5. Bistrot Paul Bert
  6. Bistro Bellet
  7. Chez l’Ami Jean
  8. Terroir Parisien
  9. L’Assiette
  10. Chez Georges

Modern French

  1. Restaurant David Toutain
  2. Sola
  3. Verjus
  4. Restaurant Frenchie
  5. Le Chateaubriand
  6. Spring
  7. Porte 12
  8. Akrame
  9. Pirouette
  10. Clover

Extremely Difficult to Book

  1. Septime 
  2. Restaurant Frenchie
  3. Abri
  4. Yam’tcha
  5. Le Chateaubriand

Small Sharable Plates

  1. Au Passage
  2. Ellsworth
  3. Yard Wine Bar
  4. Clamato
  5. Gare au Gorille

Especially Good at Lunch

  1. Table
  2. Semilla
  3. Le Baratin
  4. Le Servan
  5. Le Galopin

Haute Cuisine

  1. Le Cinq
  2. Pierre Gagnaire
  3. Ledoyen
  4. L’Arpège
  5. L’Ambroisie

Cheap Comforts

  1. Breizh Café
  2. Frenchie To Go
  3. Crêperie Josselin
  4. Holybelly
  5. L’As du Falafel

Simple Food & Excellent Wine

  1. Café de la Nouvelle Mairie
  2. Les Papilles
  3. Le Repaire de Cartouche
  4. À La Renaissance
  5. Retro’bottega

La Fine Mousse Restaurant

It should come as no surprise that the Parisian craft beer pioneers behind La Fine Mousse bar would be the first to open a restaurant dedicated to beer and food pairings. Slightly more surprising is just how refined, inventive, and delicious the food here is. Knowledgeable beer sommeliers work closely with the talented chef to present an intelligent set of seasonal small plates, paired with beers from one of the 10 taps or the extensive bottle collection.

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Le Triangle

In an exciting step forward for the craft beer scene in Paris, Le Triangle has opened its doors to become Paris’ first-ever gastrobrewpub. With brewing kettles on display behind the bar, an excellent selection of guest beers on tap (house-made brews are slated for early 2015), and enticing seasonal dishes coming out of the kitchen, the respect for good product is evident. The welcome is warm, the staff enthusiastic, the prices reasonable, and the menu changes daily – what more can a beer-loving foodie ask for?  Continue reading Le Triangle

Ellsworth

Following their success with Verjus, where the more elaborate formula of dégustation + wine pairings has drawn a loyal following of happy locals and visiting celebrities, Braden Perkins and Laura Adrian have decided to open something more casual. Let’s call it “serious casual” because at Ellsworth (named for Perkins’ grandfather), foods that you might see at a county fair are elevated through careful sourcing and a sincere spirit of DIY. Corn dogs are thus filled with house-made rabbit sausage and paired with bitter mustard greens. Potato skins are topped with melted tomme and enlivened by crunchy chicken skin instead of crumbled bacon.

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Our Favorite Three Star Restaurants in Paris

In discussing the three-star restaurant L’Ambroisie, which ranks among the most expensive in the world, people often bring up a quote by chef Bernard Pacaud. “Someone’s first meal here is never their best,” he once said. “It takes at least two or three meals for us to learn the customer and for the customer to learn us.”

This was true for food blogger Adam Goldberg, who wrote a scathing report of his first meal at L’Ambroisie. After returning more than twenty times, however, he declared “I am now certain that this is the finest French restaurant in the world.” Continue reading Our Favorite Three Star Restaurants in Paris

The Best Paris Wine Bars for Small Sharable Plates

Top 5 Favorite Wine Bars Serving Small Plates

By Neighborhood

75001

Le Garde Robe
Le Petit Vendôme
Le Rubis
Pinxo

Verjus Bar à Vins

75002

A Noste
Frenchie Bar à Vins

75003

Le Mary Celeste

75006

L’Avant Comptoir

75009

Buvette
Le BAT

75010

La Cave à Michel
La Pointe du Grouin

75011

Au Passage
Aux Deux Amis
Clamato
Clown Bar
Le Dauphin
Martin (at night)
Pas de Loup

75018

La Rallonge

The Best Modern French Restaurants in Paris

Top 10 Favorite Modern French Restaurants

By Neighborhood

75001

Pirouette
Spring
Verjus
Yam’tcha

75002

Frenchie
Saturne

75003

Les Enfants Rouges

75004

Le Metropolitain
Le Sergent Recruteur
Mon Vieil Ami

75005

Itinéraires
Le Pre Verre
Sola

75006

Fish – La Boissonnerie
Le Timbre
Semilla
Ze Kitchen Galerie

75007

Garance
La Ferme Saint-Simon
La Table d’Aki
Restaurant David Toutain
Thoumieux

75008

Le Marché de Lucas
Le Mini Palais
Neva Cuisine

75009

Braisenville
Caillebotte
Encore
Le Pantruche
Le Richer
Office

75010

52 Rue du Faubourg St. Denis
Abri
Albion
Au Comptoir de Brice
Bistro Bellet
Hai Kai
Le Galopin
Porte 12
Ratapoil du Faubourg
Vivant Table
Youpi et Voila!

75011

Au Passage
Blue Valentine
Clown Bar
Le 6 Paul Bert
Le Chateaubriand
Le Dauphin
Le Servan
Le Sot l’y Laisse
Les Déserteurs
Qui Plume la Lune
Restaurant Pierre Sang Boyer
Septime
Yard

75012

Table
Will

75013

Simone

75014

75015

Le Clos Y

75016

Akrame
Étude
Hexagone
Pages

75017

Coretta
Fréderic Simonin
Gare au Gorille
Le Bouchon et L’Assiette

75018

Chamarré Montmartre
La Table d’Eugène

75019

Le Chapeau Melon
Ô Divin

75020

Chatomat

The Best Classic French Bistros in Paris

Top 10 Favorite Classic Bistros

By Neighborhood

75001 (Louvre, Palais-Royal, Les Halles)

Juveniles
La Régalade Saint Honoré
(open Mon)
La Tour de Montlhéry – Chez Denise (open Mon)
Pharamond 

75002 (Sentier, Bourse)

Chez Georges
Terroir Parisien at the Palais Brongniart

75003 (Northern Marais)

Café des Musées
Glou
L’Ami Louis

75004 (Southern Marais)

Benoit
Brasserie de l’Isle Saint Louis

75005 (Latin Quarter)

Café de la Nouvelle Mairie
Le Ribouldingue

Terroir Parisien

75006 (Saint-Germain)

Allard
Josephine (Chez Dumonet)
Le Chardenoux des Prés
Le Comptoir du Relais
Restaurant AG

75007 (Eiffel Tower & Invalides)

Bistrot Belhara
Café Constant
Chez l’Ami Jean
La Fontaine de Mars
La Laiterie Sainte-Clotilde
Le Cinq Mars
Les Cocottes de Christian Constant

75008 (Champs-Elysées)

Le Griffonier
Napoleone

75009 (Grands-Boulevards, Pigalle)

Bistrot la Bruyère
Bourgogne Sud
Chez Grenouille
Comptoir Canailles
La Régalade Conservatoire
Le Bon Georges
Les Canailles
Les Coulisses
Les Saisons

75010 (Canal St-Martin, Faubourg St-Denis, Gare du Nord)

Chez Casimir
Chez Michel
La Cantine de Quentin
Philou

75011 (Oberkampf, Voltaire, Charonne)

À La Renaissance
Astier
Bistrot Paul Bert
Jeanne A
L’Auberge Flora
Le Chardenoux
Le Repaire de Cartouche
Martin (lunch)

75012 (Aligre, Bercy)

À la Biche au Bois
Café Cartouche

75013 (Butte-aux-Cailles, Chinatown)

Au Petit Marguery
L’Auberge du XV
L’Auberge du Roi Gradlon
L’Avant Gout
L’Ourcine

75014 (Montparnasse, Alésia)

Aux Enfants Gâtés
Jeu de Quilles
L’Assiette
La Cantine du Troquet
La Cerisaie
La Régalade
Le Cornichon

75015 (Eiffel Tower, Javel)

Jadis
Le Casse Noix
L’Epicuriste
Le Grand Pan
L’Os à Moelle

75016 (Chaillot, Trocadéro)

Chez Géraud

75017 (Ternes, Batignolles)

Le Bouchon et L’Assiette

75018 (Montmartre, Clichy, Goutte d’Or)

Jeanne B
La Cantine de la Cigale
Le Coq Rico
Miroir

75019 (La Villette, Buttes-Chaumont, Belleville)

Quedubon

75020 (Belleville, Ménilmontant, Gambetta)

Le Baratin

Siseng

Burgers are ubiquitous in Paris, but the unique ones at Siseng are worth seeking out. The house specialty is bao burgers: five spiced beef patties with tamarind and tempura onion or a crispy chicken filet with coconut milk & basil on steamed Chinese buns. It’s pan-asian fusion that (mostly) works. Cocktails & sides were uneven. Crunchy risotto balls infused with a lingering lemongrass flavor were a surprising success while the sweet potato fries could have stood another round in the fryer. An evening visit on a weekend found the tiny, Canal-side space slammed with a young, international crowd, but service stayed funny & warm under pressure albeit somewhat forgetful. There are no reservations so it’s better to go in small groups and be prepared to wait.

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Le Pré Catelan

Practical information

Address: Bois de Boulogne, Route de Suresnes, 75016
Nearest transport:  La Muette (9), Rue de la Pompe (9)
Hours: Closed Sunday, Closed Monday
Reservations: Book many weeks in advance
Telephone: +33 (0)1 44 14 41 00
Average price for lunch: More than 100€
Average price for dinner: More than 100€
Style of cuisine:  Modern French, Haute Cuisine
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Reviews of interest

L’assiette dans les étoiles (2012) “Côté addition, on est plutôt dans la moyenne basse des 3 macarons parisiens. Il faut compter environ 350 à 400€ par personne avec le grand menu et en buvant largement à sa soif. Cela reste cher mais pas exagéré, l’assiette et le service le méritent amplement.”

Critique gastronomique (2011) “Le(s) plus : Le pavillon Napoléon III, niché dans les profondeurs du Bois de Boulogne, le service.
Le(s) moins : Le repas plutôt décevant ainsi que l’addition “stratosphérique”.”

Food Snob (2009) “In creation, composition and construction, the chef seems to want to differentiate himself and shape a distinctive, identifiable style of his own. I admired his willingness (possibly even determination) to be different….But as I alluded to above, originality and inspiration in presentation are to be esteemed and encouraged, but should be applied precisely and effectively. I hate to see this taken too far with savours suffering for superficiality’s sake and I must confess that sometimes it felt like additional dishes and elements on those dishes were there for reasons other than to please my palate.”

Boutique Yam’Tcha

In late 2014, Yam’Tcha (the restaurant) moved and its  former space converted into a tea salon and to-go window selling delicious steamed buns (bao). Adeline Grattard’s Franco-Chinois take on les brioches vapeur includes fillings like Comté with sweet onion, Basque pork with Szechuan eggplant, shrimp with gauchoï, spicy shiitake & veg, and surprising bite of Stilton with Amarena cherry. Pick up a single bun for 3-4€ or get an assortment of 5 for 16€. They’ll steam them on-site for you, or you can take them home and steam them yourselves in 3-5 minutes. They’re also selling bottles of house-made XO sauce in three varieties, plus tea for drinking on site or making at home.  Continue reading Boutique Yam’Tcha

Porte 12

Overseen by Singapore starred chef André Chiang, Porte 12 opened during the rentrée season of 2014 with Vincent Crepel commanding the open kitchen and Thibault Passinge directing the dining room. Passinge’s enthusiasm for his budding wine list is infectious, and the dishes were some of the best we’ve had in a long time: chinchard draped over Ratte potatoes was visually reminiscent of sashimi, and smoked basil tied it all together in an unexpected way. The volaille with fermented corn was overwhelmingly vulvar in presentation but/and absolutely delicious. With a lunch menu priced at 28 or 35€ we expect door number 12 to be a revolving one. Continue reading Porte 12