Holiday dining in Paris restaurants

Heading to the city of lights for her most beautiful season? Here are our choices for Parisian restaurants to see in – and recover from – the holidays.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

In France, the big Christmas meal and celebration usually takes place on the evening of the 24th, and most Parisians will celebrate with their families. That goes for restaurateurs too, and a large number of restaurants will be closed on both Christmas Day and Christmas Eve. Among those that will remain open, many offer a set menu featuring typical French festive foods. We’ve consulted the restaurants in our guide to get the details about what they’ll be serving and at what price, and have summarized this below. Check back regularly, as we’ll continue to update this information in the weeks before Christmas.

Scroll further down for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day options, or consult our What’s Open During the Holidays (December 21 through January 3) for more information.

Christmas Eve (December 24)

Very expensive (more than €200 without wine)
  • Epicure: The three-star restaurant in the Hotel Bristol is serving a €750 tasting menu on Christmas Eve.
  • Le Cinq: Priced at €520, the eight course menu features oysters, scallops, a “chicken egg Mont-Blanc on black diamond (truffle)”, and stuffed Bresse chicken in a truffle cream.
  • Le Meurice: At €650, these seven courses cover the likes of oysters, scallops, bass, lobster, and a warm game pâté.
  • David Toutain: A special carte blanche menu is €200 without wine.
Expensive (more than €90 without wine)
  • Goust: For €150, indulge in a five course menu starring roasted saddle of suckling lamb, foie gras ravioli and scallop carpaccio.
  • La Ferme Saint-Simon: A glass of champagne is included in this €120 menu, followed by seven courses (you can add cheese for €18). A few surprises are in store, as the fish course is the catch of the day and the dessert “a gift from the farm”. Note that this menu is dinner only (lunch is the usual à la carte) and that 50% is payable in advance.
  • Restaurant AT: No further detail yet, but the festive menu will cover a stomach-stretching twelve courses for €150.
Moderate (less than €90 without wine)
  • Chamarré Montmartre: The €89 menu features oysters, quail, cockle risotto and chicken cooked “in your grandmother’s style” (if your grandmother added girolle mushrooms, giblets, and truffles), as well as the traditional bûche de Noël for dessert.
  • Thoumieux: The brasserie is putting on a special à la carte menu that should set you back around €70 for three courses. Start with oysters, smoked salmon or foie gras, then move onto the intriguing sounding blue lobster bolognaise.

Open but not serving a special menu: ArpègeAu Petit MargueryCaméliaRachel’sThe Sunken Chip

Christmas Day (December 25)

  • Chamarré Montmartre: The same degustation as last night (see above) will be on offer alongside the usual à la carte menu.
  • Goust: Will serve, at lunchtime, the same menu as dinner the night before (see above).
  • Lasserre: The €350 menu here covers six coursed including langoustines, foie gras, bass and Bress chicken, and a bûche de Noël for dessert. Note that Lasserre will serve this menu on the 26th as well.
  • La Ferme St Saint-Simon: Is offering, at lunch and dinner, the same menu as the night before (see above), without the champagne, for €100.
  • Thoumieux: Last night’s à la carte offerings (see above) will be offered at lunch and dinner today. Those who celebrated hard the night before might like to try the “big burger XXL” with fries.

Open but not serving a special menuCamélia, L’HuîtrierThe Sunken Chip

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New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day

Although in France, as almost everywhere, New Year’s Eve is a more public and a rowdier affair than Christmas, many businesses take the festive season as an opportunity for a winter break and many Paris restaurants will remain closed until at least the 2nd of January. Nonetheless, there are some great (and many outrageously expensive) options for ringing in the New Year in style – and a fair few to settle your stomach the following day.

You can also consult our schedule of restaurants open over the festive season.

New Year’s Eve (December 31)

Outlandishly expensive (more than €1000 without wine)
  • Alain Ducasse at the Plaza Athénée: €1200 buys a meat-free eight course dinner starring black truffle, sea bass, scallops, turbot and razor clams. Add wine pairings for an extra €300.
  • Epicure: Another €1200 menu at this three-star – no further details are published.
  • Le Cinq: For a cool €1200 per head (before wine), this two-star restaurant will serve you an eight course menu featuring black truffle (twice), langoustines and foie gras.
  • Le Meurice: A slightly cheaper Ducasse option here – €1000 for ten courses, including langoustines “swimming in chardonnay”, turbot with pressed caviar and lobster with truffle.
Very expensive (more than €200 without wine)
  • Au Passage: For €200 you can experience Au Passage’s surprise NYE dinner with wine pairings.
  • David Toutain: The NYE carte blanche menu will be €250 a head without wine.
  • Ellsworth and Verjus: These sister restaurants on the rue de Richelieu will serve the same Verjus-style seven course tasting menu at €250 including wine pairings.
  • Histoires: Spots will sell quickly as this small restaurant, where €350 buys eight courses including foie gras, langoustines, turbot, Bresse chicken and mont d’or.
  • Lasserre: For €500 (€250 is payable on booking), the eight course menu starts with roasted prawns and gold caviar, and moves through confit foie gras with black truffle, scallops, turbot, and veal before finishing with “crispy and creamy chestnuts” served with a clementine sorbet.
  • Les Climats: The €240 menu will delight fans of seafood with its caviar, oysters, scallops and razor clams, finished off with the traditional buche de Noël.
  • Caffé Stern: €225 here gets you a generous nine course tasting menu, with plenty of starch to soak up your (not included) wine. The menu will feature pasta, risotto and polenta as well as 60-month aged parmigiano reggiano and pannetone to finish.
Expensive (more than €90 without wine)
  • Bistro Belhara: The seasonal menu at €135 including wine pairings will include foie gras, truffle, scallops, venison and Mont d’Or. There’s also an option at €105 that doesn’t include wine and water.
  • Chamarré Montmartre: The €159 menu will include seared tuna filet, a seaweed and shrimp crumble with turbot, a duck and swiss chard pie, and of course, foie gras.
  • Garance: The €195 menu will include a glass of champagne as well as foie gras, lobster, scallops, and roasted fowl. Add wine pairings for another €80.
  • Goust: For €190, indulge in a menu featuring many of the French fêtes classics, such as foie gras, scallops and sea bass.
  • Hexagone: This €195 menu includes chef Matthieu Pacaud’s signature oeuf en blanc manger as well as lobster minestrone and Bresse chicken, over six courses.
  • La Ferme St Saint-Simon: At €150, this menu includes a glass of champagne as well as oysters, scallops, egg with caviar, a veal course and as at Christmas, a catch of the day, finished off with “a gift from the farm” for dessert.
  • Le Chardenoux: A good value menu at €100, the bistro is serving foie gras terrine, langoustine ravioli, and roasted organic beef with truffled potatoes, plus a refreshing Caribbean-inspired dessert.
  • Porte 12: Dinner for €140 (no additional details at this time).
  • Pottoka: A glass of Perrier-Jouët champagne will be included in the €130 seven-course menu that also features scallops, foie gras, langoustines, wild bass and razor clams.
  • Restaurant AT: No further detail yet, but the festive menu will cover a stomach-stretching 12 courses for €150.
  • Thoumieux: Diners are offered some choice on this €145 menu (between three entrées and two mains). Will it be lobster bisque, oysters, or – at a €35 supplement – soft-boiled egg with wild mushrooms and caviar?
Moderate (less than €90 without wine)
  • Astier: €78 will get you four courses including the bistro’s famous cheese tray.
  • Miroir: The bistro will serve a €75 fixed menu, excluding drinks.

Open but not serving a special menu: ArpègeAu Petit MargueryCamélia, Macéo, L’Assiette, Le ParioSur Mesure, The Sunken Chip

New Year’s Day (January 1)

  • Thoumieux: The brasserie will be putting on a special à la carte menu for lunch and dinner. Start with festive oysters, smoked salmon or foie gras, then move onto the intriguing sounding blue lobster bolognaise – or, for those that celebrated hard the night before, the “big burger XXL” with fries.

Open but not serving a special menu52 Faubourg Saint DenisArpègeAu Petit MargueryCaméliaChamarré MontmartreGoustL’AssietteLe CinqLe ParioLe RicherLes Climats, Porte 12,  The Sunken Chip

 

 

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