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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 2011 Bûches de Noël

We’re counting down the days until Christmas with a new Bûche de Noël every morning. We’ve also created this Bûche It video for those who want to dance along.

Today’s Bûche du Jour:

Bûche December 25: Crispy dark chocolate praline with a mousse and ganache made from Madagascar chocolate (Millot) on a chewy almond cookie base.

SourcePierre Hermé (90€ for 10/12 people)

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Bûche December 24: “Le Sapin” with caramelized almonds, orange rinds and raisins, all covered in chocolate.

SourcePatrick Roger (35€ for a 14cm tree)

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Bûche December 23: “Bûche Empereur” with coffee and mandarine orange, Moka Sidamo coffee cream, and Périgord walnut cream on a chewy walnut cookie base.

SourcePain de Sucre (32€ for 4 people; 48€ for 6 people; 64€ for 8 people)

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Bûche December 21: The “Bûche Boule de Noël” is composed of pear cream and chestnut mousse on a chewy dark chocolate cookie base.

SourceLadurée (77€ for 6/8 people)

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Bûche December 22: “Letter to Santa” cake with almond dacquoise, Madagascar vanilla mousse and a chocolate praline heart. Gluten free!

Source: (78€ for 8 people)

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Bûche December 20: “La Bûche d’Yquem” is covered in gold leaf, scented with réglisse (licorice) and has a heart of dried apricot, lemon and hazelnut.

Source: Le Meurice (96€ for 5/6 people)

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Bûche December 19: “La Bûche Clémentine de Corse” with a crème brûlée scented with vanilla and clementine, enrobed by chestnut cream and decorated with clementine segments and candied clementine.

Source: Christophe Felder for the Publicis Drugstore (39€ for 6 people)

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Bûche December 18: “Bûche Lenôtre par Sempé” A creamy almond dacquoise, raspberry jelly, crispy praline and chocolate mousse.

Source: (125€ for 8-10 people)

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Bûche December 17: “Buche Equinoxe” with light Bourbon vanilla cream and salted butter caramel on a speculoos cookie base.

Source: La Pâtisserie by Cyril Lignac (40€ for 6/8 people)

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Bûche December 16: “Bûche Léopard” with dark chocolate mousse from Ghana (68% cacao) and coffee crème brûlée.

SourceEric Kayser (48€ for 6 people)

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Bûche December 15: “Snow Choc” with mango and candied lemon with whipped white chocolate cream covered in vanilla marzipan.

SourceFauchon (90€ for 6 people)

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Bûche December 14: “Extrêmement Ludique” with salted butter caramel, caramel cream, and dark chocolate mousse on a cookie base, all enrobed in caramel glaçage.

SourceChristophe Roussel (22€ for 4 people; 33€ for 6 people)

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Bûche December 13: “Monts et Merveilles” with praline mousse studded with caramelized hazelnuts, topped with hazelnut meringue.

SourceArnaud Lahrer (51€ for 6 people)

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Bûche December 12: “Bûche Violette” with white chocolate and vanilla mousse perfumed by violet.

SourceDominique Saibron (24€ for 4 people; 47€ for 12 people)

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Bûche December 11: “Merveilleuse fruitée” with wild strawberry and a mousse of Madagascar chocolate.

SourceMichel Cluizel (54€ for 6 people)

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Bûche December 10: The cake on the left features dark chocolate from Cuba, caramel panacotta, almond nougatine upon a chocolate hazelnut cookie base. The cake on the right has white chocolate, lime, and pistachio nougatine.

SourcePierre Marcolini (30€ for 4 people; 45€ for 6 people)

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Bûche December 9: “Contes de Noël” by Christophe Michalak with Corsican mandarine marmalade and semi-sweet ganache on an almond cookie base, all wrapped in marzipan.

SourceLa Plaza Athénée (125€ for 8 people)

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Bûche December 8: “Ombre et Lumière” with pure Venezuelan (Sur Del Lago) chocolate mousse upon a chewy chocolate cookie base.

SourcePierre Hermé (125€ for 10/12 people)

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Bûche December 7: The “bûche drapée” has hazelnut dacquoise with both milk & dark chocolate mousse upon an almond cookie with cherry compote and raspberry gelée.

SourceJean-Paul Hévin (34€ for 6 people; 44€ for 8 people)

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Bûche December 6: Chestnut dacquoise with black current cream, chestnut paste & candied chestnuts

SourceDes Gateaux et du Pain (38€ for 4 people; 68€ for 8 people)

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Bûche December 5: “Voie Lactée” with hazelnut dacquoise, caramel & chocolate

SourceUn Dimanche à Paris (38€)

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Bûche December 4: “Infuzzz” with dark chocolate with chewy cookies and a compote with citrus and Bourbon vanilla

Source: Richart (30€ for 3/4 people; 40€ for 5/6 people)

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Bûche December 3: “Eclat d’or” with light marscapone cream, praline, chocolate rice krispies, & dark chocolate cream

Source: Dalloyau (72€ for 6 people)

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Bûche December 2: “Magie de Paris” with 22 carat gold covering the dark chocolate Paris monuments. The cake inside the cage is dark chocolate mousse with Bourbon vanilla cream, cherry compote and sacher cookie on a base of marzipan with cherry pulp.

Source: La Maison du Chocolat (119€ for 6-8 people)

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Bûche December 1: “Bûche Or Noir” with an almond cookie base, caramelized hazelnuts, buckwheat scented dark chocolate mousse and caramelized pecan & vanilla mousse.

Source: Café Pouchkine (49€ for 6 people)

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