Le Chateaubriand

Restaurant Le Chateaubriand in Paris

You can only reserve for the first seating at Le Chateaubriand. After that, you’ll have to wait in line from 9pm for a stab at Iñaki Aizpitarte’s no-choice tasting menu, a parade of provocative flavor pairings that has landed the restaurant on San Pellegrino’s 50 Best list for several years running. Whether you love or hate this restaurant may depend on your affinity for natural wine and improvisational cooking. We have had brilliant meals here, where every delicious dish taught us something new. We have been outraged, and we have been indifferent. You never quite know what to expect here, and that’s part of the fun. Just be sure to go with omnivorous friends who share that outlook.

Practical information

Address: 129 Avenue Parmentier, 75011
Nearest transport: Goncourt (11)
Hours: Closed Sunday and Monday; Open Tuesday-Saturday for dinner only
Reservations: Book many weeks in advance
Telephone: 01 43 57 45 95
Average price for dinner: 60-100€
Style of cuisine: Modern French
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Reviews of interest

Sugared & Spiced (2015) “Bold and delicate flavors, a bit out of the ordinary, but not really weird yet. I’d recommend this restaurant, but who knows what will be served next time? There is no fixed menu and there is no guarantee that you won’t eat something too strange for your palate.”

Not Drinking Poison in Paris (2011) “The list at Le Chateaubriand is nowhere near as baroque as I was expecting – just a few printed pages… there’s something a little chaotic and inattentive about it, like someone has picked a lot of distinctive all-star wines, but presented them without quite enough context. On the one hand I admire the list’s concision; on the other hand, concision without consideration looks an awful lot like impatience or ADHD on the part of the wine director.”

Food Snob (2009) “This modern, cosmopolitan theme is in stark contrast to the very restaurant wherein it resides: contemporary cooking in a classic bistro; colourful food within sombre walls…”

Food & Wine (2009) “…radical reconstructions of classic French dishes (foie gras served in miso soup)—all marvelously incongruous…”


16 Comments on Le Chateaubriand

  1. We felt so fortunate to secure a reservation at the 18th top restaurant in the world. What a huge disappointment. There was nothing positive to say about Le Chateaubriand, from the rude and arrogant staff to the terrible food. What a complete waste of an evening.

  2. The food was good and so was the service, good for a bistro not for a restaurant that has been set as one of the best restaurants in the world.
    Critics have overrated this restaurant, fortunately it seems that this had little influence on the establishment that maintained its spirit.
    I would return once the hype is over.

  3. I recently ate here and had a lovely time, the staff were friendly and accommodating and the wine waiter was really flirtatious and fun.

    Some of the food was incredible, other dishes (I’m looking at you raw mushroom dessert) was horrid, but the adventure was WELL worth 50 euros.

  4. Perfect service. Outstanding attention to detail. Vegetarians accommodated 100% with concern, patience and kindness. Delicious food. What more can I say? Yes, the wait is long for the late seating, but glasses of wine at the bar helped immensely, and it was most certainly worth it.

  5. Is the first seating for tourists only and the second seating therefore worth the wait? How early do you have to line up for a chance to get in for the second seating?

  6. Hi Yule – Yes, they’re open, but as you might gather, booking is not easy. Either keep trying, or try your luck for the later seating, which is sans-reservation.

  7. Thanks, now i’ve learned from their answering machine that they only take reservations two weeks in advance. Maybe its a new policy.

  8. It is the Emperor’s New Clothes. Everyone wants to go there for the reputation but the food is abysmal second only to the unappetizing presentations and the snotty staff. No thank you!

  9. Hi Svein – We’ve updated the info, thanks. If you have a hard time booking, the other option is to get in line for the second seating. Good luck!

  10. I definitely want to try this for my upcoming trip to Paris. But is it really enough to book a few days in advance, as is indicated?

  11. we had a big dinner with 7 last winter and our pregnant friend had a difficult time with the meal along with a few more who don’t like raw foods no matter how good it is suppose to be…

    it was unfortunately either our taste levels are not “riche” enough for Le Chateaubriand’s menu but will not be going back…

    agreed with Jason too….the staff also served us an stressed out energy during our dining experience there…so for 100 euros each it is NOT what we wanted to have a stressed out and mostly raw food menu – the wine was the saving grace… (btw, we are all from all parts of the globe…)

  12. As vegetarians, we had a predictably problematic time at the Chateaubriand. The first course prawns were practically still dancing on our plates, and begging to have our main dish well cooked didn’t endear us to our waiter one bit (something he made very clear).

    However, presentation is amazing (think abstract painting), desserts are even better, and if you can stand the posing – diners and staff alike – you may well have an exceptional, memorable dinner!

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