Here are our favorite fifty restaurants, selected by Editor-in-Chief Meg Zimbeck.
Classic French Bistros
Bistro food done right, with fresh ingredients and thoughtful technique. Excellent wines on offer. Not particularly well suited for vegetarians.
- La Bourse et La Vie
- Le Bon Georges
- Le Griffonnier
- Bistrot Paul Bert
- Chez Michel
- Le Repaire de Cartouche
Traditional French recipes or ingredients with a twist. There may be a tasting menu offered, but there are à la carte options, too.
- Ze Kitchen Galerie
- Chez l’Ami Jean
- Les Déserteurs
- Le Servan
- A Mère
Contemporary tasting menus <100€
Younger chefs drawing inspiration from around the world, serving no-choice dégustation menusand optional wine pairings.
- Restaurant David Toutain
- Restaurant Frenchie
- Le Chateaubriand
- Porte 12
Haute cuisine >>>100€
Established chefs with Michelin stars serving elaborate tasting menus in a very formal service environment. Lunch menus are often half the price.
- Le Cinq
- Le Grand Restaurant
- Pierre Gagnaire
- Lucas Carton
Small Sharable Plates
Casual, youthful and relatively cheap. Creative compositions served in small format and usually washed down with natural wines.
- Au Passage (reservations suggested for first service)
- Clamato (no reservations)
- Ellsworth (reservations suggested)
- Freddy’s (no reservations, standing or stools)
- Martin (no reservations)
- Frenchie Bar à Vins (no reservations, standing or stools)
- Yard Wine Bar (reservations accepted but often not needed)
- Clown Bar (reservations suggested)
- Gare au Gorille (reservations suggested)
- La Cave à Michel (no reservations, standing or stools)