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Not Terrible Near Notre Dame

To save the 13 million travelers who visit Notre Dame each year from the 13 million terrible restaurants that surround it, we present you with our 13 favorite places to eat near the great cathedral.


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1. Brasserie de L’Isle Saint Louis – This classic brasserie has been in business since 1953, and is still run by the same family.

2. Le Porte-Pot – An address for simple food and a decent glass of wine in the Latin Quarter. They also sell bottles to go, too.

3. Maison David – Squeeze into this tiny butcher shop for a standing lunch and watch owner Michel Kalifa in action.

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4. Isami – Since 1992, chef Katsuo Nakamura has been impressing Parisians with formidable skill and quiet rigor at this tiny Ile Saint-Louis sushi bar.

5. Mon Vieil Ami – A contemporary bistro where vegetables rule on the Ile Saint-Louis from noted chef Antoine Westermann.

6. Itinéraires – A popular modern bistro from Sarah and Sylvain Sendra with dégustation menus (59€, 79€) at night.

7. Sola – A refined Franco-Japanese address that is an absolute favorite for its elegant and fresh food.

8. Le Ribouldingue – Le Ribouldingue is not for the faint of heart, but for those who want to eat it. Heart, that is. And bones and liver and tongue and kidney.

9. Lengué – An Izakaya joint, serving small plates, Japanese beer and cocktails, in the heart of the touristville.

10. Fogón – A popular, contemporary Spanish table.

11. Benoît Paris – Open since 1912, this picture-postcard Paris bistro is part of the Ducasse group.

12. Le Sergent Recruteur – Michel Bras’ protégé Antonin Bonnet has taken over the former tourist trap near Notre Dame and transformed the space into a sleeker, chicer dining experience.

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13. La Tour d’Argent – Chef Laurent Delarbre is modernizing this landmark table but hints of the classic repertoire remain including the famous numbered ducklings.

Still have room after your meal?
No visit to Notre Dame would be complete without sampling a cone of the famed Berthillon ice cream.

Also Not Terrible Near…

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 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
Les-Tablettes

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

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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.