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Our Favorite Paris Restaurants

Roast chicken at L'Ami Louis

Here is a snapshot of 50 favorite Paris restaurants, selected before the pandemic based on anonymous and repeat visits. We'll be updating our guide as restaurants reopen during the summer of 2021.

Cheval d’Or

Lemongrass-jasmine cockles

Cheval d’Or is a luxury small-plates restaurant in Belleville offering a delicate synthesis of pan-Asian and Parisian cuisines. Reservations are highly recommended for the dining room, though the 20 counter seats are always kept open for walk-ins.

Paris Restaurants

This selection focuses on restaurants offering a sit-down experience where you can linger and take your time. You might also be interested in our selection of fast casual options for a quick bite, or wine bars where you can perch on a stool and share some small plates. We are in the process of updating our guide in 2021 to better reflect what’s changed since restaurants reopened for indoor dining on June 9. In the meantime, it’s a good idea to call or visit a restaurant’s website before going, to be sure their hours haven’t changed.

Has Gluten-Free Become a Thing in France?

France generally doesn’t tend to fall in for fad diets. The Atkins craze that swept the States in the early 2000s barely made a blip in the Hexagon. The past two years, however, have seen a noticeable rise in restaurants and bakeries that are actively marketing their food as sans gluten, or gluten-free. 

Gare au Gorille

Address: 68, rue des Dames, 75017
Hours: Open Monday-Friday for lunch & dinner. Closed Saturday & Sunday.
Telephone: +33 1 42 94 24 02 (not answered during service)
Book Online / Website / Instagram

COVID-19 UPDATE:
Gare au Gorille has reopened with some outdoor tables.

Our Most Recent Visit

Just steps from the train tracks leading to and from the Saint-Lazare train station, this is the new project from two Septime alums, Marc Cordonnier (Grébaut’s former sous-chef) and his front-of-house partner Louis Langevin. With a hip hop soundtrack and aspirations no grander than to be a good bistro, the quality of food they are putting out will nonetheless attract the sort of globetrotting gastronome crowd that they are fleeing from at Septime.

Septime Cave

Septime Cave will be open on New Year's Eve

Septime’s Bertrand Grébaut and Théo Pourriat converted a shoe-repair shop to open this intimate, impeccably-designed wine bar just around the corner from their renowned restaurant. The well-informed staff serve a limited menu of exquisite small plates (ranging from cheeses and cured meats to foie gras stuffed with smoked eel) alongside a sizeable selection of well-priced natural wines from France and abroad.

On any given evening a mixed crowd of locals and tourists – some waiting for tables at Clamato, others just enjoying apéro-hour – perch on bar stools and repurposed grocery crates, mingling to a soundtrack of reggae and vintage jazz classics. For years more a way-station than an outright destination, Septime Cave has since summer 2015 been open for business on Sundays, rendering it all the more indispensable to the rue de Charonne neighborhood.

Favorite New Restaurants of 2013

Among the hundreds of debuts in 2013, we added more than 50 new openings to our guide to Paris restaurants. But what did we really love? To narrow it down, we asked our contributing editors – a diverse group of Paris-based food and wine writers – to nominate their favorite new openings of 2013. Among their top picks, a few trends are clear: half are helmed by young foreigners (Canadian, Australian, Japanese, Italian), more than half include a bar for drinks and nibbles, and most are second or third offerings from an already-popular restaurant group.