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L’Os à Moelle

Practical information

Address: 3 rue Vasco de Gama, 75015
Nearest transport: Lourmel (8)
Hours: Closed Monday; Open Tuesday-Sunday for lunch & dinner
Reservations: Book a few days in advance
Telephone: 01 45 57 27 27
Average price for lunch: 20-39€
Average price for dinner: 40-59€
Style of cuisine: Classic French
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Reviews of interest

John Talbott (2011) “… while there is an Alsatian spin to some dishes, the onion amuse gueule, for instance and the Alsatian white wines, it’s not pronounced…soup of cepes, foie gras and chestnuts… sauteed foie gras with pear, chestnuts and a chunk of baby lettuce; both were quite good.”

Café Cartouche

Practical information

Address: 4 rue de Bercy, 75012
Nearest transport: Dugommier (6), Cour Saint-Émilion (14)
Hours: Closed Sunday; Open Monday-Friday for lunch & dinner and Saturday for dinner
Reservations: Walk-ins Welcome
Telephone: 01 40 19 09 95
Average price for lunch: 20-39€
Average price for dinner: 20-39€
Style of cuisine: Classic French
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Reviews of interest

John Talbott (2009) “Terrines, gizzard salad, sausage, ris d’agneau, bavette/frites, pintade, prunes, figs and an apple gratin. And good affordable wine.”

A la Biche au Bois

Practical information

Address: 45 avenue Ledru-Rollin, 75012
Nearest transport:  Gare de Lyon (1, 14, RER A), Quai de la Rapée (5)
Hours: Closed Sunday; Open Tuesday-Friday for lunch & dinner and Monday & Saturday for dinner
Reservations: Book a few days in advance
Telephone: 01 43 43 34 38
Average price for lunch: 20-39€
Average price for dinner: 20-39€
Style of cuisine: Classic French
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Reviews of interest

Atabula (2014) “Au programme: nappes épaisses, lourds couverts dans une ambiance mi populaire-mi bourgeoise. Comptez une vingtaine d’euros pour un menu qui fait la part belle aux terrines, rilettes, gibiers en saison, coq au vin, andouillette… Une jolie adresse dont on ferait volontiers sa cantine.”

Rech

Practical information

Address: 62 avenue des Ternes, 75017
Nearest transport: Ternes (2)
Hours: Closed Sunday and Monday; Open Tuesday-Saturday for lunch and dinner
Reservations: Book a few days in advance
Telephone: 01 58 00 22 03
Average price for lunch: 40-59€
Average price for dinner: 60-100€
Style of cuisine: Classic French, Oysters & Shellfish, Seafood
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Reviews of interest

Condé Nast Traveler (2015) “Eight years ago, Alain Ducasse bought this 1920s brasserie, which he restyled as a sort of Zen temple to seafood. It’s simply the best fish in Paris.”

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…”

Photo via Rech’s website

La Régalade Conservatoire

Chef Bruno Doucet took over La Régalade (now closed) from his boss Yves Camdeborde in 2004, then added La Régalade Saint Honoré in 2010. This location, part of a new boutique hotel designed by Jean-Michel Wilmotte, opened in February 2013 and is serving classic Doucet bistro fare like house-made terrine, pork belly with lentils, sea bream with fennel, rice pudding, and a Grand Marnier soufflé.

Chez L’Ami Jean

Chez l'Ami Jean is a convivial bistro just steps from the Eiffel Tower. Known for its copious, Basque-inspired fare and brash, boisterous ambiance, this restaurant offers both à la carte options and a 78-euro "carte blanche" menu, created each day by Chef Stéphane Jégo. Whichever you choose, try (and yes, it'll be a feat) to save room for the house special rice pudding. Served in a generous bowl with nougatine and caramel, it's become such a fan favorite Jégo can't take it off the menu.

Laurent

Practical information

Address: 41 avenue Gabriel, 75008
Nearest transport: Champs-Elysées Clemenceau (1, 13)
Hours: Closed Sunday; Open Monday-Friday for lunch and dinner; Open Saturday for dinner only
Reservations: Book a few days in advance
Telephone: 01 42 25 00 39
Average price for lunch: More than 100€
Average price for dinner: More than 100€
Style of cuisine: Classic French
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Reviews of interest

Chroniques du Plaisir (2010) “La bonne nouvelle, côté assiettes, c’est aussi qu’ici on « cuisine ». Si la cuisine d’assemblage, même fort bien faite vous lasse, vous trouverez ici le plaisir de goûter des plats dont on connaît la complexité de réalisation.”

L’Ambroisie

Practical Information

Address: 9 place des Vosges, 75004
Nearest transport: Saint-Paul (1), Chemin Vert (8)
Hours: Closed Sunday & Monday; Open Tuesday-Saturday for lunch & dinner
Reservations: Book many weeks in advance
Telephone: 01 42 78 51 45
Average price for lunch: More than 100€
Average price for dinner: More than 100€
Style of cuisine: Classic French, haute cuisine
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Reviews of interest

Bruno Verjus (2012) “J’admire Bernard Pacaud pour son obsession de la qualité, son exigence dans le choix des fournisseurs et des produits qui honorent la haute cuisine française. À l’Ambroisie l’on croise, pour le service et pour les mets, tradition et élégance, classicisme et modernité. ”

A Life Worth Eating (2010) “I am now certain that this is the finest French restaurant in the world.  The indulgent menu, which is updated once per season, consists of only a handful of dishes.  There are no weak choices on the menu, ever.  Every dish is a speciality.  The menu reads very straightforward, each dish described in a single line with all its ingredients listed. There is no tasting menu.  There is no lunch discount.  There are no exceptions.”

Food Snob (2009) “On the one hand, I was pretty sure I had eaten some of the most brilliant food of my life. On the other, I was not sure how much I had enjoyed it.”

The Financial Times (2007) “There was something sanctuary-like about L’Ambroisie – a solemn splendor that imposed quiet reflection on all who entered. This was not a restaurant for people who want a circus with their meal. It is a place best enjoyed by those who are truly, obsessively serious about food, because the food is pretty much the whole of the experience. That said, it is food that deserves to be worshipped.”

La Rotonde

Practical information

Address: 105 boulevard du Montparnasse, 75006
Nearest transport: Vavin (4)
Hours: Open every day 6am-2am
Reservations: Walk-Ins Welcome
Telephone: 01 43 26 48 26
Average price for lunch: 40-59€
Average price for dinner: 40-59€
Style of cuisine: Classic French
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Reviews of interest

Alexander Lobrano (2015) “Served with charm and a deep professional knowledge of proper table service, this meal was the kind of feed upon which the good reputation of French cooking was originally constructed, because what this food says is that you can eat well even when you’re not interested in making a fuss about it or spending too much money.”

The New York Times (2013) “La Rotonde, a 1911 vintage brasserie in Montparnasse, accommodates both the real and imagined realities of the city, all without sacrificing good food…the politely wisecracking service is brisk in the brasserie tradition. More important, the traditional comfort cooking is not only well executed but often made with pedigreed ingredients.”

Photo courtesy of La Rotonde Montparnasse’s Facebook page

Le Relais de l’Entrecôte

Steak Frites at Le Relais de l'Entrecote (photo by Meg Zimbeck)

At Le Relais de L’Entrecôte, the choices are steak or steak, and the supply of golden fries is unending. Which is how the line to be seated will seem unless you go early. Included in our list of Five Great Steak Frites in Paris. Three locations.

Les Fables de la Fontaine

Practical information

Address: 131 rue Saint-Dominique, 75007
Nearest transport: École Militaire (8), Pont de l’Alma (RER C)
Hours: Open every day for lunch and dinner
Reservations: Book a day or two in advance
Telephone: 01 44 18 37 55
Average price for lunch: 20-39€
Average price for dinner: 60-100€
Style of cuisine: Classic French,
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Reviews of interest

Alexander Lobrano (2015) “… cooking that’s as vivid, joyous and inventive as Julia Sedefdjian’s served in a lively dining room where everyone was clearly having a great time. One way or another, the inspired and very hard working Sedefidjian is very much a young chef to sample, savour, sample again and keep an eye on.”

John Talbott (2015) “About as good a meal as one can get around here…”

Patricia Wells (2011) “Sébastien Gravé and David Bottreau have… created a one-of-a-kind fish restaurant with a true personality. And you’ll feel as though you’ve hit the jackpot if you arrive on a warm, sunny day and dine on the compact terrace facing the fountain on Rue Saint-Dominique… Modern, refreshing, satisfying.”

Figaroscope (2009) “…tous sont préparés avec un indéniable talent. Goûtez par exemple à l’épais dos de turbot meunière servi avec des supions en persillade et une mousse de persil ou à ce formidable tartare de saint-jacques et saumon au curry rouge, parfumé et pointu.”

Photo via Edsel L.’s flickr

Garnier

Practical information

Address: 111 rue St. Lazare, 75008
Nearest transport: Saint-Lazare (3, 12, 13)
Hours: Closed Monday & Tuesday
Reservations: Walk-ins Welcome
Telephone: 01 43 87 50 40
Average price for lunch: 40-59€
Average price for dinner: 60-100€
Style of cuisine: Classic French, oysters/shellfish, seafood

Reviews of interest

Time Out (2012) “Some loyal patrons never get beyond the oyster bar or the fresh shellfish buffet, while others reliably order the lobster from the tank or salad with balsamic vinegar and lightly spice d tomato sauce, or the pan-fried Dover sole, and others go off-piste onto the excellent meat menu with herb-crusted rack of lamb. Excellent wines and desserts and sprightly, professional service.”

John Talbott (2011) “Colette had the rougets with a copperpot full of caviar d’aubergines, P. had daurade (by far the biggest piece, but I’m not jealous, oh no) with carrots, and I had the third fish on the “menu” – the rascasse on-top a bed of mangetouts; all were indeed worth writing home about…”

Alexander Lobrano (2010) “… reliably serves some of the best oysters in Paris.”

Les Cocottes

Practical information

Address: 135 rue St. Dominique, 75007
Nearest transport: École Militaire (8), Pont le l’Alma (RER C)
Hours: Open every day, 12pm-11pm
Reservations: Reservations not accepted
Telephone: no phone
Average price for lunch: 20-39€
Average price for dinner: 40-59€
Style of cuisine: Classic French
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Additional Locations

Address2 avenue Bertie Allbrecht, 75008
Nearest transport: Ternes (2)
Hours:  Open every day, 12pm-11pm
Reservations: Reservations not accepted
Telephone:  01 53 89 50 53
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Reviews of interest

Reviews from the 75008 location

John Talbott (2015) “Nothing like the Mothership except for great food.”

Reviews from the original location

Time Out (2012) “Christian Constant has found the perfect recipe for pleasing Parisians at his new bistro: a flexible menu of salads, soups, verrines (light dishes served in jars) and cocottes (served in cast-iron pots), all at bargain prices – for this neighbourhood.”

David Lebovitz (2010) “…the hearty food served in Staub casseroles is worth the wait.”

Le Figaro (2010) “Savoureuses pommes de terre caramélisées, farcies au pied de porc, fricassée de volaille aux olives et citron confit, jeunes légumes du moment cuisinés en cocotte… Ultrafrais, ultrabon.”

David Lebovitz (2009) “Les Cocottes sits on a pretty prestigious piece of land, in the seventh arrondissement, not known for good-value restaurants…But Les Cocottes is a good value, and what makes it even better, the food is worth every centime.”

John Talbott (2007) “I started with a cold ptipois soup with strip of spicy salty chorizo and crème fraiche, then going on to the pigeon with big peas and delicious greens and scallions, finishing with a waffle with Chantilly and salty caramel. The meal was just as advertised, simple, honest and made from good products. It ain’t starred cooking nor is it meant to be…”

Chartier

Practical information

Address: 7 rue du Faubourg Montmartre, 75009
Nearest transport: Grands Boulevards (8, 9)
Hours: Open every day for lunch & dinner
Reservations: Reservations not accepted
Telephone: 01 47 70 86 29
Average price for lunch: 10-19€
Average price for dinner: 10-19€
Style of cuisine: Classic French
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Reviews of interest

Ann Mah (2015) “The food at Bouillon Chartier isn’t that bad. But the truth is, no one comes here for the food… 1) We wanted to meet near les Grands Boulevards; and 2) It’s open on a Monday. Oh, and 3) It’s historic. And 4) It’s cheap (bonus!).”

Time Out (2014) “The affordable prices and friendly service convinced us in the end to upgrade Bouillon Chartier from an amusing, clichéd spectacle to our new regular hangout.”

David Lebovitz (2009) “It’ll be a sad day in Paris if Chartier ever shuts its doors. True, the food isn’t exceptional. But it’s cheap and people seem to flock here in droves… I don’t think you’ll find a more perfectly-preserved relic of an old Paris… and a menu that hasn’t made a single concession to any of the culinary advancements of at least the last three or four decades…”

Le Figaro (2008) “C’est toujours le même choc visuel dans ce bouillon plus que centenaire qui transporte instantément à l’époque des crinolines. Mêmes cuivres, moulures, verrière, miroirs, éclairages globes, tiroirs à serviettes, etc., enceints dans un ample espace… même service en noir et blanc (parfois virtuose dans le maniement des assiettes et des verres)…”

 Photo courtesy of Chartier’s Facebook page

Le Petit Vendôme

Practical information

Address: 8 rue des Capucines, 75002
Nearest transport: Opéra (3, 7, 8), Madeleine (8, 12, 14)
Hours: Closed Sunday; Open Monday 8.30am-3.30pm; Open Tuesday-Friday 8.30am-2am; Open Saturday 8.30am-5pm
Reservations: Walk-Ins Welcome
Telephone: 01 42 61 05 88
Average price for lunch: 20-39€
Average price for dinner: 20-39€
Style of cuisine: Classic French
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Reviews of interest

David Lebovitz (2011) “The place is packed full of locals…dim, noisy, and chaotic; you pull up a chair wherever if you want to eat more than a sandwich.”

Not Drinking Poison in Paris (2010) “The real attractions are the sandwiches, as long as you don’t mind a line at peak hours, or the various heavy meat dishes, as long are you are in fine health and not at all claustrophic or easily offended. (Being seated is often reminiscent of trench warfare; the service is on the sunny side of ferocious.)”

Le Figaro (2010) “…un authentique jambon-beurre, tellement parisien. Le meilleur et le plus croustillant s’emporte justement à deux pas de l’Opéra, au Petit Vendôme.”

Rosa Jackson (2008) “those with heartier appetites squeeze into the dining room and order a hefty steak or pungent andouillette with piping-hot frites…(be warned that sandwiches are not served at the tables). Even the rough house Gamay goes down easily in this no-nonsense setting…”

Chez Marcel

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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!”

Bourgogne Sud

Practical information

Address: 14 rue de Clichy, 75009
Nearest transport: Liège (13) or Trinité-d’Estienne d’Orves (12)
Hours: Closed Sunday; Open Monday-Friday for lunch and dinner and Saturday for dinner
Reservations: Walk-ins welcome
Telephone: 01 48 74 51 27
Average price for lunch: 20-39€
Average price for dinner: 20-39€
Style of cuisine: Classic French
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Review of interest

Alexander Lobrano (2011) “… even though the cooking lacks precision, it’s still solidly good, and this is a recommendable if rather plain address for anyone looking for a Burgundian feed in the heart of Paris.”

John Talbott (2011) “The prices are also right… a huge selection of white & red Burgundies by the glass…”

Le Figaro (2011) “Jambon persillé: bien en chair et pas trop acide. Cuisses de grenouilles des Dombes: tout en cuisses et joliment relevées. Soufflé glacé: à clouer n’importe quel bec!”

Photo courtesy of Bourgogne Sud’s website

Epicure

Practical information

Address: 112 rue Faubourg Saint-Honoré, 75008
Nearest transport: Miromesnil (9, 13)
Hours: Open every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner
Reservations: Book many weeks in advance
Telephone: 01 53 43 43 40
Average price for lunch: More than 100€
Average price for dinner: More than 100€
Style of cuisine: Classic French, haute cuisine
Website

Reviews of interest

David Lebovitz (2015) “Pastry chef Laurent Jeannin isn’t the household name other French pastry chefs are… But if I have any say in the matter, judging from the desserts that we had that afternoon, he’s quite possibly the best pastry chef in Paris.”

Atabula (2014) “Le restaurant Epicure du Bristol… a été élu meilleur restaurant d’hôtel du monde par le site gastronomique The Daily Meal. ”

Alexander Lobrano (2010) “… it was a challenge to remain focused on the conversation when I was experiencing so much private pleasure from what we ate… veal sweetbreads cooked in a tobacco leaf and served with a puree of Jerusalem artichokes with a coffee and reglisse jus. Nothing I’ve eaten all year provided more solid evidence of the absolute genius of French cooking.”

Alexander Lobrano (2008) “I’ve been following talented chef Eric Frechon’s cooking ever since he first went out on his own… Everything about this meal was superb–setting, service and food.

Le Cinq Mars

Practical information

Address: 51 rue de Verneuil, 75007
Nearest transport: Solferino (12)
Hours: Open every day for lunch and dinner
Reservations: Book a few days in advance
Telephone: 01 45 44 69 13
Average price for lunch: 40-59€
Average price for dinner: 40-59€
Style of cuisine: Classic French, bistro
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Reviews of interest

Le Fooding (2013) “The menu has us drooling, from the “nicely runny” omelet to the sausage “from Conquet”… For dessert, it’s a tough call between the floating island, French toast with brioche and maple syrup, and the rice pudding.”

Photo courtesy of Le Cinq Mars’ website

Les 110 de Taillevent

Practical information

Address: 195 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, 75008
Nearest transport: Ternes (2)
Hours: Open every day for lunch and dinner
Reservations: Book a few days in advance
Telephone: 01 40 74 20 20
Average price for lunch: 40-59€
Average price for dinner: 60-100€
Style of cuisine: Classic French
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Reviews of interest

John Talbott (2013) “Very nice…a place to send American friends to.”

Figaroscope (2012) “…une centaine de crus au verre se dispose selon affinités autour de nourritures citadines…Le tourteau aneth et fenouil: rafraichissant…Le vol-au-vent à la financière: comme une 3D gourmande… Le beignet au chocolat coulant: délicieuse vacherie…”

Les Canailles

Practical information

Address: 25 rue la Bruyère, 75009
Nearest transport: Saint Georges (12)
Hours: Closed Saturday and Sunday; Open Monday-Friday for lunch and dinner
Reservations: Book a day or two in advance
Telephone: 01 48 74 10 48
Average price for lunch: 20-39€
Average price for dinner: 20-39€
Style of cuisine: French bistro, Classic French
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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…”

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

 Photo courtesy of Les Canailles’ Facebook page

Lasserre

Practical information

Address: 17 avenue Franklin Roosevelt, 75008
Nearest transport: Franklin Roosevelt (1, 9)
Hours: Closed Sunday and Monday; Open for dinner only Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday; Open for lunch and dinner Thursday and Friday
Reservations: Book a few days in advance
Telephone: 01 43 59 02 13
Average price for lunch: More than 100€
Average price for dinner: More than 100€
Style of cuisine: Classic French, haute cuisine
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Reviews of interest

Philippe Toinard (2013) “Une institution qui a toujours su jongler entre tradition et innovation, entre plats d’hier et plats de demain.”

Table à Découvert (2013) “J’ai l’impression d’avoir quitté la salle par le toit qui s’ouvre et se ferme, je suis dans une autre galaxie, je ne peux m’empêcher de m’exclamer par moments et me tais aussitôt.”

Alexander Lobrano (2011) “…langoustines in a ginger-lime spiked seafood boullion..tender but firm slices of sea bass with with a brilliantly extravagant garnish of black truffles shaved at the table…so good that I knew that Moret was really galloping after breaking free of the Ducasse stable…”

Food Snob (2009) “I was in another world. One of pastel pinks and coral colours, silver peacocks, gilded crystal cups, duck à l’orange, dancing figures, live piano music and roofs that opened. It was not like any restaurant I had ever eaten in and possibly never will again.”

Photo courtesy of Lasserre’s website

Josephine (Chez Dumonet)

Bring your appetite and wallet to this bistro – a perennial favorite for old-fashioned dishes like boeuf bourguignon, duck confit and gigot d’agneau. It’s the French bistro you’ve always imagined right down to the communal pot of pickled herring, the gruff waiters and red gingham toilet. They make a mean Grand Marnier soufflé as big as your head that must (and should) be ordered at the beginning of the meal. The millefeuille is worth saving room for, too. When half portions are available, order those as they tend to be the size of any other restaurant’s normal portions. There’s an excellent selection of Armagnac and other digestifs to help wash down all the duck fat.

La Maison de l’Aubrac

Practical information

Address: 37 rue Marbeuf, 75008
Nearest transport: George V (1)
Hours: Open every day, 24 hours a day
Reservations: Walk-ins Welcome
Telephone: 01 43 59 05 14
Average price for lunch: 40-59€
Average price for dinner: 40-59€
Style of cuisine: Classic French
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Reviews of interest

Le Figaro (2012) “… du bon goût de la province… l’aligot­, traditionelle purée au fromage et starlette locale, s’agrémente d’une bonne bête aveyronnai­se (tartare, faux filet, entrecôte, saucisse, côte de bœuf, pièce du boucher)…”

Photo courtesy of La Maison de l’Aubrac’s Facebook page

Le Bon Georges

Le Bon Georges

It's all about the bon produits at Le Bon Georges: beef from Alexandre Polmard, sustainable seafood from small-scale fishermen, market fresh veg from Joël Thibault, and vins de propriétés. The menu changes each day at this brand new, but classically beautiful bistro.

Racines

Founding chef Pierre Jancou has moved on, but the roots remain. New chef Renaud Marcille is bringing a touch of elegance to the product-driven, market cooking, served, as always, with natural wine, inside the city’s oldest covered passage.

Café de Flore

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Café Trama

Practical information

Address: 83 rue du Cherche Midi, 75006
Nearest transport: Saint Placide (4), Vaneau (10)
Hours: Closed Sunday and Monday; Open Tuesday-Saturday for lunch and dinner
Reservations: Book a day or two in advance
Telephone: 01 45 48 33 71
E-mail: trama.marion@gmail.com
Average price for lunch: 20-39€
Average price for dinner: 20-39€
Style of cuisine: Classic French

Reviews of interest

The Financial Times (2014) “… more of a restaurant than a bar but guests are welcome to pop in for a drink. The list is largely natural and the team behind it are veterans of the scene. Owners Marion Trama, part of a French culinary dynasty, and Paul Hayat, who runs natural wine magazine Le Rouge et Le Blanc, make a formidable duo. Behind the bar is Frank Carré, who’s been hanging out with natural wine producers for the best part of 30 years. You’re definitely in capable hands.”

Not Drinking Poison in Paris (2014) “With a mild, unshowy menu by chef Bruno Schaeffer, a brilliant wine list by Le Rouge et Le Blanc editor Paul Hayat, and a welcoming, well-appointed dining room run by owner Marion Trama, Café Trama is like a beacon showing the way home to wayward novelty concepts citywide. All it does is positively ace the basics of restaurateurism, something everyone else has seemingly forgotten to do.”

Alexander Lobrano (2013) “… had our hearts set on the steak tartare “à la thaïe,” which translated to coarsely chopped beef from butcher Hugo Desnoyer with a surprisingly successful seasoning of sesame oil, finely diced ginger and lemongrass… this meal was one of those rare and deeply satisfying ones that was as much about being in the right place at the right time as it was the good food.”

Le Fooding (2013) “Passage à table avec des rillettes tip-top de chez Guillemin, une assiette de jambon Bellota, des gambas poêlées citronnelle-gingembre… Et puis un tartare de bœuf au couteau « à la thaïe », un cœur de saumon d’Ecosse fumé, ou bien, en must du jour, un burger Desnoyer-Poujauran (la viande et le pain) absolument divin, avant une franche crème caramel…”

Simon Says (2013) “Le tartare n’était pas mal non plus dans ses dentales et sa barbarie civilisée ; quelques pommes de terre gratinées et une écume de salade. Il restait encore un peu de faim et d’appétit pour une crème caramel familiale et doucement caramélisée. Impec!”

Les Jalles

Practical information

Address: 14 rue des Capucines, 75002
Nearest transport: Madeleine (8, 12, 14), Opéra (3, 7, 8)
Hours: Closed Sunday; Open Monday-Friday 9am-11.30pm; Open Saturday for dinner only
Reservations: Book a day or two in advance
Telephone: 01 42 61 66 71
Average price for lunch: 20-39€
Average price for dinner: 40-59€
Style of cuisine: French bistro
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Reviews of Interest

Les Grands Ducs (2014) “Après un départ un peu chahuté, des ambitions d’étoiles complexes et un changement de chef, voici Les Jalles revenues à ce que Magali sait faire de mieux : un bistrot chic et gourmand, balayant avec esprit le répertoire de la cuisine bourgeoise remise au goût du jour.”

Alexander Lobrano (2012) “… this artfully staged space intends to flatter anyone who walks through the door…the newly opened kitchen hasn’t found its rhythm yet, and neither has the service…After our main courses arrived, though, a ripple  of private pleasure passed around our table, since the food here is actually quite good.”

John Talbott (2012) “… we were wowed… Go?  After all the buzz, you gotta.”

Figaroscope (2012) “…les asperges ont cette concentration bien sentie avec copeaux de comté et jus de viande ; idem pour la crème de févettes ou encore le carpaccio de homard bleu, voire cette côtelette de lotte bien centrée sur ses saveurs. On sent un véritable travail….un de nos coups de cœur de ce printemps.”

Photo courtesy of Alexander Lobrano’s website