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Christmas restaurant, photo by Julian Stallabrass via Flickr

Celebrating Christmas in Paris Restaurants

NOTE: WE HAVE JUST BEGUN TO RESEARCH THIS ANNUAL POST WITH NEW DETAILS FOR 2014 AND WILL HAVE MORE INFORMATION BY THE FIRST WEEK OF DECEMBER. 

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’ll continue to add to this post as we receive additional replies from the restaurants in our guide.

Christmas Eve (Le Réveillon de Noël)

Expensive

  • Le Meurice – for 550€ not including drinks, the menu includes sea scallops, truffled sea bass, lobster, warm game pie, and desserts.
  • Senderens – for 308€ with wine or 223€ without wine, the menu includes carpaccio of sea scallops, duck foie gras with pears & toasted brioche, lobster wrapped in cabbage leaves with vanilla butter, pheasant suprême with truffle cream and pommes soufflées, plus several desserts.

Moderately Priced

  • L’Auberge du 15 – for 100€ (not including wine), the multi-course menu will include chestnut soup with truffles and toasted almonds, sea scallops with buttered and truffled scallops, suprême de volaille fermière (farm-raised chicken) with roasted foie gras and truffled mashed potatoes, and dessert.
  • Bar le Passage – for 95€ (not including drinks), the menu includes an amuse-bouche, lobster wrapped in cabbage leaves with vanilla butter, pheasant suprême with truffle cream and sunchokes, plus several desserts.starter of foie gras followed by pheasant with pear and spinach, a pumpkin dish, and several desserts.  This is the more casual bar above the restaurant Senderens (described above).
  • Chamarré Montmartre – for 85€ (not including drinks), the menu includes an oyster amuse-bouche, a first starter of wild mushroom velouté with truffle jus and foie gras raviolis, a tourte of wild duck, steamed sea bass with dashi and citrus caviar, poularde de Bresse, and a buche de Noël. Reservations via La Fourchette.
  • Au Clocher de Montmartre – for 65€ (including drinks) the menu includes a starter of foie gras with seasonal vegetables or velouté of pumpkin, Comté ravioli & truffle emulsion, followed by a main of sea bass or guinea hen, plus dessert.
  • Les Ombres – for 130€ per person including Champagne (but no other wine), the menu includes amuses bouche, starters of foie gras and sea bass, filet of beef with truffle sauce and several desserts, plus coffee, mineral water and an Eiffel Tower view. Reservations via La Fourchette.
  • Ciel de Paris – for 145€ (including Champagne throughout the meal) this panoramic restaurant will be serving foie gras, sea scallops, filet of beef, and dessert.
  • Les Cocottes will be open. No reservations.

Christmas Day (le jour de Noël)

  • Chamarré Montmartre – for 85€ (not including drinks), the menu includes an oyster amuse-bouche, a first starter of wild mushroom velouté with truffle jus and foie gras raviolis, a tourte of wild duck, steamed sea bass with dashi and citrus caviar, poularde de Bresse, and a buche de Noël. Reservations via La Fourchette.
  • L’Ateliers de Joël Robuchon Saint-Germain & Etoile will be open, but are not necessarily doing a special holiday meal. No reservations*.

* The Ateliers de Joël Robuchon accept reservations only for the first and last seatings, and these are surely already booked. Everything else is first come, first served.

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50 Best

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)
Saveur Best Food Blog Awards

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.

Jour du Macaron

Free Macarons on March 20

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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 

Kei (photo restaurant)

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)

Sur-Mesure-by-Chrisos

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

Akrame

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
Les-Tablettes

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

Shang Palace by Sophie BrissaudL'Abeille (photo restaurant)Sur-Mesure-by-ChrisosAkrameKei (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.