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Celebrating Christmas in Paris Restaurants

As is true almost everywhere, Christmas is a holiday that locals celebrate en famille, preparing meals at home that feature seasonal treats like Champagne, sea scallops, roasted birds, truffles (if they can find one), foie gras, and the traditional bûche de Noël.

The vast majority of Paris restaurants will be closed for Christmas (see our calendar of holiday closures), but a few will be open and serving holiday meals. We’ve summarized your options below and will continue to add to this post as we receive additional replies from the restaurants in our guide.

You can also consult our guide to Celebrating New Year’s in Paris Restaurants and our schedule of which Paris restaurants will be closing for (or before, between and after) the holidays.

Christmas Eve (Le Réveillon de Noël)

Staggeringly Expensive (more than 600€ without wine)
  • Le Cinq – 700€ will get you a special Christmas menu accompanied by a jazz quartet (go earlier to listen to the gospel choir from 3:30-6:30pm).
  • Le Meurice – for 650€ not including drinks, the menu includes sea scallops, sea bass with celery and citrus, lobster with jerusalem artichokes, warm game pâté, and desserts.
Very Expensive (more than 200€ without wine)
  • Lucas Carton – For 299€ with wine or 229€ without wine, the menu includes lobster carpaccio marinated in lemon and bergamot with crusty almonds and a parmesan cheese cigar, glazed foie gras with exotic fruits, scallops with  truffles and roast capon with celery root and truffle risotto. Finish it off with the delightful-sounding “Sweet Pear and Ginger interlude.” 
  • L’Arpège will be open for lunch and dinner with “festive options”, but no fixed menu.
  • La Tour d’Argent will be open on December 24 and December 25, serving their “normal” à la carte menu.
Expensive (more than 90€ without wine)
  • Le Violon d’Ingrès – for 150€ (not including wine) their Christmas Eve menu includes mi-cuit foie gras, sea scallop tartare with a citrus marinade, Lobster “cooked like a gratin dauphinois” served with trout eggs and Arvuga caviar, truffled volaille de Bresse, and truffled Brie de Meaux. Also served at a reduced price on Christmas Day.
  • Les Ombres – for 170€ per person including all-you-can-drink Champagne (but no other wine), the menu includes amuses bouche, starters of foie gras and sea bass, roasted scallops, roast capon  and several desserts, plus coffee, mineral water and an Eiffel Tower view. Reserve online.
  • Le Marché du Lucas– for 98€ (not including drinks), the menu includes an amuse-bouche, steamed duck liver in cabbage leaf, Culoiseau young hen breast, creamy truffle risotto, an equally-delightful sounding “Christmas interlude” and then a candied chestnut Vacherin (meringue cake). This is the more casual bar above the restaurant Senderens (described above).
Moderate (less than 90€ without wine)
  • Au Clocher de Montmartre – For 69€ including a a glass of Champagne, a  bottle of wine and bottled water, Au Clocher de Montmartre is offering a Christmas Eve menu with a choice of foie gras or comté ravioli served in a velvety pumpkin soup with a truffle emulsion, filet of sea bass or guinea fowl with mushrooms, and a choice between two Buche de Nöel. Also includes coffee and mignardises. Prepayment required. Reserve online.
  • Chamarré Montmartre – For 89€ not including wine, they will be serving a 6-course menu, starting with oysters and caviar, steamed seabass, Poularde de Bresse and mushrooms, rounded off by a citrus Buche de Nöel. Deposit of 50€ per person required at reservation. Reserve online.

Christmas Day (le jour de Noël)

  • Le Meurice – For 650€ not including drinks, their Christmas menu includes sea scallops, sea bass with celery and citrus, lobster with jerusalem artichokes, warm game pâté, and desserts.
  • Le Cinq  will be open for lunch and dinner, serving a 450€ special menu.
  • Les Tablettes – will serve a 170€ (260€ with wine) Christmas menu, served for lunch and dinner on the 25th. You will be served amuse-bouches, a starter, fish, a  pre-main course (of course), a main course, cheese, desserts, chocolates and coffee. Includes: scallops, macaroni with black truffles, capon with caramelized fruit and vegetables, Brillat Savarin with Armagnac-marinated dried fruits
  • Le Violon d’Ingres – for 100€ not including wine (50€ less than Christmas Eve) their Christmas Day menu includes mi-cuit foie gras, sea scallop tartare with a citrus marinade, Lobster “cooked like a gratin dauphinois” served with trout eggs and Arvuga caviar, truffled volaille de Bresse, and truffled Brie de Meaux. Reservations only.
  • L’Arpège will be open for lunch and dinner with “festive options” but no fixed menu.
  • L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon Saint-Germain will be open, but is not necessarily doing a special holiday meal. No reservations.

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The World’s 50 Best Restaurants for 2012

The 2012 World’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards

Whether you love them or hate them, the bubble water’s annual rankings were revealed tonight in London. Rene Redzepi’s restaurant Noma retained the #1 spot for the third consecutive year, followed again by the Spaniards El Celler De Can Roca and Mugaritz.

There are no French restaurants in the Top 10 this year. Last year’s highest ranked Paris restaurant Le Chateaubriand, which fell this year from #9 to #15, was surpassed by L’Atelier Saint-Germain de Joël Robuchon (now #12). While Alain Passard, Pierre Gagnaire and Pascal Barbot continue to jockey for position at the far end of the Top 20, Alain Ducasse was kicked off the list entirely, not even making the Top 100.

Among the younger Paris chefs, Bertrand Grébaut and his restaurant Septime snuck onto the extended list at #87, but there was no love for David Toutain, Daniel Rose or Gregory Marchand.

Paris Results

Full Results

  1. Noma, Denmark (no change)
  2. El Celler de Can Roca, Spain (no change)
  3. Mugaritz, Spain (no change)
  4. D.O.M, Brazil (up 3)
  5. Osteria Francescana, Italy (down 1)
  6. Per Se, USA (up 4)
  7. Alinea, USA (down 1)
  8. Arzak, Spain (no change)
  9. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, UK (new entry)
  10. Eleven Madison Park, USA (up 14)
  11. Steirereck, Austria (up 11)
  12. L’Atelier de Joel RobuchonFrance (up 2)
  13. The Fat Duck, UK (down eight)
  14. The Ledbury, UK (up 20)
  15. Le ChateaubriandFrance (down 6)
  16. L’ArpegeFrance (up 3)
  17. Pierre GagnaireFrance (down 1)
  18. L’AstranceFrance (down 5)
  19. Le Bernardin, USA (down 1)
  20. Frantzen/Lindeberg, Sweden (new entry)
  21. Oud Sluis, Netherlands (down 4)
  22. Aqua, Germany (up 3)
  23. Vendome, Germany (down 2)
  24. Mirazur, France (re-entry)
  25. Daniel, USA (down 14)
  26. Iggy’s, Singapore (up 1)
  27. Narisawa, Japan (down 15)
  28. Nihonryori RyuGin, Japan (down eight)
  29. Quay, Australia (down 3)
  30. Schloss Schauenstein, Switzerland (down 2)
  31. Asador Etxebarri, Spain (up 19)
  32. Le Calandre, Italy (no change)
  33. De Librije, Netherlands (up 13)
  34. Fäviken, Sweden (new entry)
  35. Astrid Y Gaston, Peru (up 7)
  36. Pujol, Mexico (up 13)
  37. Momofuku Ssam Bar, USA (up 3)
  38. Biko, Mexico (down 7)
  39. Waku Ghin, Singapore (new entry)
  40. Quique Dacosta, Spain (new entry)
  41. Mathias Dalgren, Sweden (re-entry)
  42. Hof van Cleve, Belgium (down 27)
  43. The French Laundry, USA (re-entry)
  44. Amber, Hong Kong (down 7)
  45. Vila Joya, Portugal (new entry)
  46. Il Canto, Italy (down 7)
  47. BrasFrance (down 17)
  48. Manresa, USA (re-entry)
  49. Geranium, Denmark (new entry)
  50. Nahm, Bangkok (new entry)

Vote for Your Favorite Food Blogs

Nominations for the annual Saveur Best Food Blog Awards have just been announced, and we’re a contender in the category of Best Culinary Travel Blog. How cool is that? Other Paris nominations in 2012:
  • Adam Wayda and his blog Paris Pâtisseries are nominated for Best Dining Coverage. Those questioning whether pastry consumption really qualifies as dining have never seen Adam put away six desserts for breakfast.

Visit Saveur to check out the finalists in 16 categories (selected from more than 40,000 nominations), and you’re sure to discover some fun new blogs. And if you like us, if you really like us, we’d be grateful for your vote.

Free Macarons on March 20

Here’s a sweet idea for those in Paris next Tuesday, March 20: grab a cookie and help to celebrate the Jour du Macaron. This annual fête for the quintessential French cookie will find Paris pastry chefs giving away free macarons and collecting donations for Autistes Sans Frontières. The shops that we’ve plotted on this map and listed below will all handing out complimentary macs. Two of them, Pierre Hermé and Jean-Paul Hévin, were just ranked among our all-time favorite Five Great for Macarons.

Near the Louvre:

In the Marais:

In the Latin Quarter:

In Saint-Germain:

Near the Champs-Elysées:
  • Dalloyau – 101 rue du Faubourg-Saint-Honoré, 75008
In or near the big department stores:
  • Dalloyau – 48-52 boulevard Haussmann, 75009
  • Pierre Hermé – inside Galeries Lafayette at 40 boulevard Haussmann, 75009
  • Sadaharu Aoki – inside Galeries Lafayette at 40 boulevard Haussmann, 75009
  • Jean-Paul Hévin – inside Galeries Lafayette at 48 boulevard Haussmann, 75009

Near the Eiffel Tower & in the 15th

Near the Butte-aux-Cailles:

In the 16th:

In Montmartre: 

Related Macaron Reading 

The 2012 Michelin Guide awards for Paris restaurants

Shang Palace by Sophie Brissaud

1-star laquered duck at Shang Palace (photo Sophie Brissaud)

L'Abeille (photo restaurant)

The newly 2-starred L'Abeille (photo courtesy restaurant)


The newly 2-starred Sur Mesure (photo: Chrisos)

Akrame restaurant open on Monday in Paris | parisbymouth.com

Akrame, 75016

The newly 1-starred Akrame (photo via restaurant Facebook)

Kei (photo restaurant)

The newly 1-starred Kei (photo courtesy restaurant)

Sola restaurant in Paris | parisbymouth.com
Le 39 V restaurant in Paris | parisbymouth.com

The newly 1-starred Les Tablettes (photo courtesy restaurant)

Shang Palace by Sophie BrissaudL'Abeille (photo restaurant)Sur-Mesure-by-ChrisosAkrame restaurant open on Monday in Paris | parisbymouth.comKei (photo restaurant)Sola restaurant in Paris | parisbymouth.comLe 39 V restaurant in Paris | parisbymouth.comLes-Tablettes

The Michelin Guide has just released its 2012 designations. Here’s a quick summary, for those who care.

Le Cinq, which was rumored last year to be a contender for a third star, was passed over once again. Guy Martin was stripped of his single star, awarded only last year, for Sensing. A deepening love for Asian cuisines is clearly visible in the promotion of KeiSolaShang Palace and (indirectly) Sur Mesure.

Newly 3-starred

  • None in Paris

Newly 2-starred

Newly 1-starred

Newly naked: stripped of star

  • Fogón
  • Jacques Cagna
  • Sensing by Guy Martin
  • L’Angle du Faubourg
  • Le Passiflore
  • La Table du Baltimore

For those who hold these ratings dear, did you know that you can use our handy search widget (in the sidebar at right) to find restaurants based on their number of Michelin stars? We’ve updated our tags to reflect the 2012 designations, and you can filter these by neighborhood and when they’re open.