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Profiteroles at Chardenoux by Barbra Austin

Le Chardenoux

Celebrity chef Cyril Lignac took over this historic bistro in 2008.

Practical information

Address: 1 rue Jules Vallès, 75011
Nearest transport: Charonne (9)
Hours: Open every day
Reservations: Last minute booking usually OK
Telephone: 01 43 71 49 52
Average price for lunch: 20-34€
Average price for dinner: 35-49€
Style of cuisine: Classic French, French bistro
Website

Reviews of interest

Alexander Lobrano (2014) “One of the very rare restaurants with which I’ve had a long and consistently happy relationship during the more than twenty-five years I’ve lived in Paris… still so good.”

François Simon (2011) “…gentil dans ses efforts, louable dans l’assiette, mignon mais sans percussion…”

Figaroscope (2011) “Dans un décor classé, d’étain, bois et moulures, il revisite à sa façon quelques classiques (hachis parmentier, ris de veau, crêpe Suzette) en proposant aussi des compositions contemporaines…Efficace.”

John Talbott (2008) “The place is its old charming self…I then had the cassolet and this is where Cyril’s inventiveness, creativity and pushing-the-envelope puzzled me… This is not my, Escoffier’s, Mark Bittman’s, the Auberge Pyrenees-Cevennes’, etc., cassoulet, but the beans were super and the sauce got my attention.”

Alexander Lobrano (2008) “…about as classic a bistro menu as I’ve seen in a very longtime. Things got off to a good start…terrine de campagne was excellent and pleasantly garnished with a small salad of Bibb lettuce and marinated mushrooms in an excellent Xeres vinegar dressing…Our mains were excellent, too…if the kitchen turns-out cookbook perfect food, it’s oddly lacking in the lusty passion of truly great bistro cooking.”

Caroline Mignot (2008) “…une perle de bistro bourgeois parisien…La carte de ce ‘restaurant de tradition’, elle évoque les cocottes, les plats bien mitonnés, les côtes pour deux, bref, que du bon, mais à un certain prix.”

Rech

Rech

This seafood restaurant Rech, around since 1925, is now part of the Alain Ducasse bistro collection.

Practical information

Address: 62 avenue des Ternes, 75017
Nearest transport: Ternes (2)
Hours: Closed Sunday and Monday
Reservations: Book a few days in advance
Telephone: 01 45 17 29 47
Average price for lunch: 50-99€
Average price for dinner: 50-99€
Style of cuisine: Classic French, Oysters & Shellfish, Seafood
Website

Reviews of interest

John Talbott (2010) “…has not gotten better (well maybe a bit) since the arrival of Jacques Maximin, just different.”

John Talbott (2009) “The amuse bouche was a typical Ducasse type Ball jar filled with fish cheeks and eggs – a good start. Then I had the tuna mi-cuit-cru that F. Simon found too cold, mine was perfect; my friend had the lobster soup with tiny grey shrimp in the bottom that was divine…”

Alexander Lobrano (2009) “It’s likely to become one of the best seafood restaurants in the world now that Jacques Maximin has been recruited to oversee the menu…steamed sole with the most magnificent aioli I’ve ever eaten. Next, perfectly cooked salmon with a sauce vierge…then a magnificent hunk of camembert, and a drop-dead good pain perdu…”

Astier

This classic, checkered tablecloth bistro is famous for its cheese tray.

Practical information

Address: 44 rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud
Nearest transport: Parmentier (3)
Hours: Open every day
Reservations: Book a day or two in advance
Telephone: 01 43 57 16 35
Average price for lunch: 20-34€
Average price for dinner: 20-34€
Style of cuisine: Classic French
Website

Reviews of interest

David Lebovitz (2011) “…we were thoroughly pleased with chunky block of house-made foie gras sprinkled with fleur de sel, with toasted brioche and chutney alongside. Warm brandade (whipped salted fish and potatoes) was a good rendition of the classic…”

Patricia Wells (2010) “A lovely, old-time bistro dinner in Paris last night at Astier, a longtime favorite… I opted for a starter of rabbit rillettes, moist, flavorful…The roasted codfish wrapped in ham and bathed in fresh white shell beans and a touch of tomato offered a lovely, light touch, and the dessert of poached quince hit the spot.”

Mark Bittman for The New York Times (2009) “The cheeses are splendid, but equally important is supporting the old tradition (before worries about sanitation overtook the world) at your table, where you can pick it to death until someone else asks for it…”

Le Figaro (2008) “Bistrot de tradition bien repris en mains…”

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Bistrot Paul Bert

The menu at this perennial favorite is seasonally-minded, and a carnivore’s paradise. Not for the faint of heart, or appetite.

An absolute favorite

Practical information

Address: 18 rue Paul Bert, 75011
Nearest transport: Faidherbe-Chaligny (8)
Hours: Closed Sunday and Monday
Reservations: Book a few days in advance
Telephone: 01 43 72 24 01
Average price for lunch: 20-34€
Average price for dinner: 35-49€
Style of cuisine: Classic French

Reviews of interest

Le Figaro (2011) “…rapport simple au produit et ce culte de la gourmandise. Même soin apporté à la terrine de campagne maison qu’aux envolées plus fines (pigeon rôti et petits légumes ; lotte au gingembre…) et aux incontournables, dont le mythique paris-brest.”

Bruno Verjus (2011) “Ici l’on tâte et gâte le gourmand. Alors dérive et file le temps au gré de nourritures terrestres. Les desserts, par leurs énormes tailles créent un rapport d’enfance – tendre prodigalité. Du bon, du très bon, du généreux, un véritable bis trop.”

Patricia Wells (2010) “Last night at one of my favorite little places –Le  Bistrot Paul Bert in the 11th — I adored the addition of thinly sliced raw green asparagus. I’ve always preferred to braise my asparagus, but the earthy flavors of these raw veggies changed my mind!… Worth the journey, for sure.”

David Lebovitz (2010) “…it’s hard to go wrong with anything here. You can order from the fixed price menu or split a Côte de Boeuf (steak for two, which they will not cook further than medium-rare), which includes house made frites.”

Meg Zimbeck via Girls’ Guide to Paris (2010) “For those who are sincere in their desire to taste classic bistro fare, there are few places better than Le Bistrot Paul Bert.”

Alexander Lobrano via David Lebovitz (2009) “This crowded and very popular place is one of my favorite bistros in Paris…”

Barbra Austin (2009) “This one is on many people’s list of favorites, including mine…”

François Simon “Un de mes adresses préférées. Gourmand, puissant avec une carte des vins à perdre la nacre de vos yeux…”

Dorie Greenspan (2008) “…one of my hands-down favorite bistros…”

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Le Cornichon

Here you’ll find robust, seasonal bistro cooking from a Chez l’Ami Jean alum. Menus at 31€/34€ for lunch/dinner, unless you spring for the Desnoyer côte de veau, seasonal game dishes, or other items that carry a supplement.

Practical information

Address: 34 rue Gassendi, 75014
Nearest transport: Denfert-Rochereau (4, 6, RER B)
Hours: Closed Saturday and Sunday
Reservations: Last minute booking usually O.K.
Telephone: 01 43 20 40 19
Average price for lunch: 20-34€
Average price for dinner: 20-34€
Style of cuisine: Classic French
Website

Reviews of interest

Thierry Richard (2014) “Une cuisine qui, si elle ne néglige pas le sourcing et la qualité des produits, n’en a pas oublié pour autant comment filer une sauce ou serrer un jus. Une cuisine qui sait combiner les saveurs, les textures et les cuissons sans oublier de se faire plaisir.”

François-Régis Gaudry (2011) “…un risotto servi tiède, c’est pas génial….Cette joue de veau, on la trouve vraiment bonne, si si, avec des blettes légèrement amères, terreuses.  Mais alors quel plat chiche… Un petit médaillon de rien du tout.”

Le Fooding (2011) “…très bon velouté de pois cassés, mouillette et guanciale translucide…coques, palourdes et encornets en ragoût de vert, un peu chiche… A ranger sans hésiter au rayon bistronomie, et à gratifier d’un « encourageant » en attendant que la machine boite moins et que les connexions service-cuisine soient toutes branchées.”

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Chez Casimir

This bustling annex of Chez Michel offers hearty seasonal cooking and a heavy dose of old Paris charm. Open weekdays for lunch and dinner with menus at 22€ and 29€, and from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays with 25€, all-you-can-eat brunch.

 An absolute favorite 

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La Régalade – Saint Honoré

This second location of La Régalade has been full since chef Bruno Doucet opened the doors in spring of 2010. The formula (terrine + 3 classic courses for a prix fixe) has since been replicated at a third location in the 9th. Is it less special now that it’s a franchise? Some think so (see below), but it remains a good bet in central Paris, especially on Mondays.

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La Laiterie Sainte-Clotilde

A down-to-earth bistro in a high rent neighborhood.

Practical information

Address: 64 rue de Bellechasse, 75007
Nearest transport: Solferino (12)
Hours: Lunch and dinner, Monday-Saturday; closed Sunday
Reservations: Last minute booking usually OK
Telephone: 01 45 51 74 61
Average price for lunch: 20-34€
Average price for dinner: 20-34€
Style of cuisine: Classic French, bistro
Special attributes: open Monday

Reviews of interest

François Simon (2011)”…ici pas de nourritures mentales, de plats cérébraux…Trois quatre entrées sur l’ardoise du jour, autant de plats et de desserts. Allons pour les carottes râpées rehaussées de haddock, et de graines de sésame. C’est parfait, onctueux, vif, ni trop, ni pas assez…”

Alexander Lobrano (2008) “…great comfort food and fairly priced wines…a swell spot for anyone on the Left Bank who wants a good, cheerful, relaxed meal.”

Thierry Richard (2008) “…une table de quartier revue et corrigée, en plein 7ème plus bourgeois que bohème… du filet mignon prédécoupé aux petits oignons, une purée maison aux morceaux légitimes, suave et parfumée. De la patate en goguette, carrée et directe…service en salle volontaire et chaleureux.”

John Talbott (2008) “I went with high hopes…I had the rascasse with black olives and zucchini flan; sounded good, unh unh, no there, there.”

 

 

Chez Marcel by John Talbott

Chez Marcel

A new owner has resuscitated this old time bistro, serving updated Lyonnais classics.

Practical information

Address: 7 rue Stanislas, 75006
Nearest transport: Notre Dame des Champs (12) or Vavin (4)
Hours: Lunch and dinner, Monday-Friday; closed Saturday and Sunday
Reservations: book a few days in advance
Telephone: 01 45 48 29 94
Average price for lunch: 20-34€
Average price for dinner: 35-49€
Style of cuisine: Classic French, Lyonnais, French bistro
Special attributes: open Monday

Reviews of interest

Thierry Richard (2013) “Voilà le genre de table qui fait aimer Paris des américains. Un restaurant dans son jus dont le calendrier des appétits est resté bloqué quelque part dans les années 60…En cuisine, Pierre laisse aux commandes le chef qui remuait les casseroles dans l’arrière-salle depuis vingt-cinq ans et perpétue, à quelques plats près, le menu labellisé 1961, tapé à la machine, qu’il retrouve dans les archives du restaurant. Ce sera donc ambiance filets de hareng, escargots de Bourgogne, quenelles de brochet, tripes et coq au vin. Une cuisine de répertoire bistrotier, loin du manger-correct de l’époque et délicieusement forte en gueule.”

François-Régis Gaudry (2012) “tabliers de sapeur d’une impeccable blondeur croustillante, quenelles parfaitement dodues et gratinées, saucissons chauds, terrines de campagne… Quitte à lui glisser à l’oreille sa propre recette de tarte à la praline (divine) et à l’entraîner vers la trahison d’une salade de vrais champignons de Paris avec des dés d’un vrai jambon de Paris, assaisonnée de crème et de ciboulette….”

John Talbott (2012) “We both go for classics…Lyon sausage with potatoes – sausage she deems “dry”, I think “flavorless”, potatoes bathed in water, even with mustard, barely finish 1/2; she, eggs mayo, banal, unimaginative, puhlease!”

Emmanuel Rubin – Figaroscope (2012) “Le plus charmeur des come-back du printemps!”

Les Saisons by John Talbott

Les Saisons

Former Glou chef Jonathan Lutz is cooking at this neighborhood bistro.

Practical information

Address: 52 rue Lamartine, 75009
Nearest transport: Notre Dame de Lorette (12) or Cadet (7)
Hours: Lunch and dinner, Tuesday-Saturday; closed Sunday and Monday
Reservations: last minute booking usually OK
Telephone: 01 48 78 15 18
Website
Average price for lunch: 10-19€
Average price for dinner: 35-49€
Style of cuisine: French bistro

Reviews of interest

Alexander Lobrano (2012) “… warm and friendly atmosphere, and that the staff…fall all over themselves in a desire to please,the menu was very appealing–I almost ordered the sauteed duck foie gras with Jerusalem artichoke hearts, was tempted by the oysters, and toyed with the artichokes barigoule…”

Charles Patin O’Coohoon – L’Express (2012) “Ici, la prose est d’un classicisme soigné. A l’ardoise, le poireau vinaigrette, le pot-au-feu et les oeufs en neige forment un trio très bistrot, sans fausse note.”

John Talbott (2012) “…a place that I was astonished by…artichoke barigoule was pretty damn good…I had a fine piece of turbot with asparagus and mashed potatoes (not pictured), while Elan had an onglet of veal with asparagus and pleurotes which inched towards the perfect piece of beef country.”

Emmanuel Rubin – Figaroscope (2012) “Soupe crémeuse de panais et marron: de bon aloi. Cabillaud, légumes insolites au bouillon dashi: tout en clarté au risque d’un brin de fadeur. Fromages (sérieux pont-l’évêque, saint-nectaire et roquefort) plutôt que dessert…”

Philippe Toinard (2012) “…une cocotte de palourdes, moules et coques au thym, de l’autre la cuisson d’un cabillaud nacré, quelques légumes et un bouillon dashi. Des plats tirés d’une carte courte que l’on escorte de vins issus de l’agriculture biologique…”

 

 

Alain Milliat by John Talbott

Alain Milliat

Alain Milliat’s exquisite fruit juices, nectars, and conserves line the walls of this boutique-cum-restaurant, serving a no-choice menu at lunch and dinner, operating as a tea salon in the afternoons, and open for shopping all day.

Practical information

Address: 159 rue de Grenelle, 75007
Nearest transport: La Tour Maubourg (8)
Hours: Open 10am-10pm Tuesday-Saturday, and for lunch on Sunday; Closed Monday
Reservations: Last minute booking usually OK
Telephone: 01 45 55 63 86
Average price for lunch: 20-34€
Average price for dinner: 35-49€
Style of cuisine: French bistro, modern French
Special attributes: continuous all-day service

Reviews of interest

John Talbott (2012) “Simply first-rate.”

Philippe Toinard (2012) “… Il vous faudra apprécier chaque bouchée de la remarquable entrée, le thon mi-cuit, fenouil confit et gelée de mandarine au romarin et la non moins délicieuse gelée de pomme Granny, glace livèche (plante aromatique) et noix râpée proposée en dessert.”

Anne-Laure Miam – L’Express (2011) “Un TRES bon plan dans le quartier…Au final, un menu ni chiche, ni bourratif.”

 

 

Louloucam by John Talbott

Louloucam

The chef at this neighborhood bistro worked at La Tour d’Argent and Le Meurice.

Practical information

Address: 264 rue du Faubourg Saint Martin, 75010
Nearest transport: Stalingrad (2, 5, 7)
Hours: Tuesday-Friday, lunch and dinner; Saturday, dinner only; Sunday brunch; closed Monday
Reservations: last minute booking usually OK
Telephone: 01 40 34 76 87
Average price for lunch: 20-34€
Average price for dinner: 20-34€
Style of cuisine: French bistro
Special attributes: open Sunday

Reviews of interest

Alexander Lobrano (2012) “…a very sincere new bistro with an intriguing two-speed menu, or a mix of French classics and some clever modern dishes…a great neighborhood bolt-hole and a fine coda to those who’d doom-say the French kitchen.”

Emmanuel Rubin – Figaroscope (2012) “Env. 15-25 € au déjeuner, menu à 31 € au dîner. Linguine aux couteaux: avenant. Volaille bourbonnaise à la crème: bien étoffée. Choux à la crème: gonflés.”

John Talbott (2012) “The 31 € 3-course menu looked great; lots of tasty choices…my new friend had the Bourbonnaise chicken with white sauce and I had (after ensuring it was a thick not thin slice) a piece of veal liver a la Lyonnaise; both were nice, but strangely again, both were lukewarm and came with nicely toasted thin slices of potato…”

Anne-Laure Pham – L’Express (2012) “…un simple et bluffant poireau vinaigrette à la citronnelle, puis un irréprochable foie de veau à la lyonnaise…”

 

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Vivant Table

Pierre Jancou has relaunched Vivant Table with chef Sota (ex-Troisgros, Robuchon, Stella Maris & Toyo) at the helm and more ambitious menus at 29/39€ at lunch and 55€ at dinner. There’s also a carte blanch menu with 7-8 dishes (no choice). The wine remains all-natural, but the cooking is better than ever. Update: Jancou sold Vivant Table and Vivant Cave in December 2013 to the owners of Racines.

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Le Petit Chablisien

This old-guard bistro near Gare Saint Lazare has recently been updated, with new décor and a new chef.

Practical information

Address: 44 rue de Londres, 75008
Nearest transport: Liege (13)
Hours: Monday-Friday, lunch and dinner; closed Saturday and Sunday
Reservations: last minute booking usually OK
Telephone: 01 43 87 46 15
Average price for lunch: 20-34€
Average price for dinner: 20-34€
Style of cuisine: French bistro
Special attributes: open Monday

Reviews of interest

Alexander Lobrano (2012) “has been very surprisingly reborn as a stylish modern French bistro with a cute Seventies retro decor…an appealing and fairly priced regularly changing menu that’s produced by a capable young Japanese born chef who works with first-rate produce and has nearly flawless culinary technical skills…”

 

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Le Cinq Mars

This perennially popular bistro serves classics like foie gras mi-cuit, steak tartare, and brandade de morue.

Practical information

Address: 51 rue de Verneuil, 75007
Nearest transport: Solferino (12)
Hours: Lunch and dinner, Monday-Saturday; closed Sunday
Reservations: Book a few days in advance
Telephone: 01 45 44 69 13
Website
Average price for lunch: 20-34€
Average price for dinner: 35-49€
Style of cuisine: Classic French, bistro
Special attributes: open Monday

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Les Coulisses

A neighborhood bistro in the heart of the 9th, open every day.

Practical information

Address: 19 rue Notre Dame de Lorette, 75009
Nearest transport: Saint George (12)
Hours: Dinner, every day; Lunch, every day but Saturday
Reservations: last minute booking usually OK
Telephone: 01 45 26 46 46
Website
Average price for lunch: 35-49€
Average price for dinner: 35-49€
Style of cuisine: French bistro
Special attributes: open Sunday, open Monday

Reviews of interest

Alexander Lobrano (2011) “…a brilliant two-speed menu that lets you go red-blooded bistro or opt for something more adventurous… Les Coulisses is terrific, and I am planning to become a regular here.”

John Talbott (2011) “…very satisfying…at this quality and those prices, all were wowed over…”

 

 

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Les Canailles

This bistro gives the classics a jolt of freshness.

Practical information

Address: 25 rue la Bruyère, 75009
Nearest transport: Saint Georges (12)
Hours: Lunch and dinner, Monday-Friday; closed Saturday and Sunday
Reservations: Book a few days in advance
Telephone: 01 48 74 10 48
Website
Average price for lunch: 20-34€
Average price for dinner: 20-34€
Style of cuisine: French bistro, classic French
Special attributes: open Monday

Reviews of interest

Alexander Lobrano (2012) “As part of a 33 Euro dinner menu, I was impressed by the quality of the produce that Le Pevedic cooks with and again by the way we were so generously served…”

John Talbott (2012) “The menu is quite comprehensive and interesting…the one, count him, one, guy in the front of the house, covered at least 30 covers with grace, efficiency and supreme friendliness…”

François-Régis Gaudry – L’Express (2012) “Un vrai bonjour de bistrot, une salle noyée de lumière…une carte des vins qui vous prend par les sentiments (un Cheverny de Villemade, avec du gras, de la fraîcheur et ces notes de bourgeon de cassis, 5 €) et cette ardoise fraîche, éveillée, qui vous fait saliver à toutes les lignes.”

Emmanuel Rubin – Figaroscope (2012) “Des plats en simplicité de saison, disponibles, pudiques, immédiatement compréhensibles, bien campés sur des produits nets…le charme du bistrot next door.”

 

Youpi et Voilà by Phyllis Flick

Youpi et Voilà

Fresh, pristine cooking from auto-didact Patrice Gelbart.

Practical information

Address: 8 rue Vicq d’Azir, 75010
Nearest transport: Colonel Fabien (2)
Hours: Lunch and dinner, Tuesday-Saturday; closed Sunday and Monday
Reservations: Book a few days in advance
Telephone: 01 83 89 12 63
Average price for dinner: 35-49€
Style of cuisine: Modern French
Website

Trusted reviews

Fulgurances (2014)”Patrice Gelbart cuisine, tout en pudeur et affirmation, ses produits c’est son courage, sa passion du métier sa rage, son sens de l’échange son point d’ancrage.”

Alexander Lobrano (2012) “I’ve since spent a week puzzling over this meal, and have concluded the crew here would be much happier if they were cooking and serving their friends instead of running a general-public restaurant, and also that the metier of waiter or waitress that France so brilliantly perfected over the course of many centuries is in danger.”

John Talbott (2012) “…The poor pigeon I had was tough, tasteless and overcooked… against the opinions of all the other rapporteurs and my co-diners today, I cannot in good conscience (and mine is in bad shape) recommend it.”

Bruno Verjus (2012) “Dans les assiettes, les produits et associations sonnent juste, écho aux idées du chef. Assaisonnement vifs et précis, jeux de textures, les mets vibrent, illuminent. Les vins vivant sont à prix très raisonnables. Youpi, voilà un véritable restaurant.”

Phyllis Flick (2012) “Gelbart, a self-taught chef, is passionate about working with small local producers and the best seasonal products…His cooking is subtle and creative, using generous amounts of fresh herbs and plants with a mix of textures and flavors…I left feeling charmed by the atmosphere, the warm service, and obvious passion of the chef.”

François-Régis Gaudry – L’Express (2012) “…des prix calmes et un service à la cool…Et dans l’assiette, des plats bons mais flegmatiques, insouciants, pas encore très concernés…Il va falloir attendre un peu que la bête se réveille…”

Emmanuel Rubin – Le Figaro (2012) “…dans une petite salle coincée entre un mur fatalement de brique et l’autre forcément de pierre grattée, la belle santé d’une cuisine de feeling et de produit franc. Si le cool avait un goût, ce serait celui-là.”