Our Top 40 Paris Restaurants

Here is our short list of 40 favorite restaurants, based on anonymous and repeat visits. For the record, we never accept press invitations and we always pay full price. Feel free to share your reaction to this ranking and your own suggested favorites in the comments.

La Bourse et la Vie restaurant in Paris | parisbymouth.com

Pot au Feu at La Bourse et la Vie.

Favorite Classic Bistros

Bistro food done right, with fresh ingredients and thoughtful technique.

  1. La Bourse et La Vie (75002)
  2. Juveniles (75001)
  3. L’Assiette (75014)
  4. Benoit (75004)
  5. Bistrot Paul Bert (75011)
  6. Le Villaret (75011)
  7. Arnaud Nicolas (75007)
Tomy & Co. restaurant in Paris | parisbymouth.com

A bouquet of garden vegetables from Tomy & Co.

Favorite Modern & Creative Restaurants

Here you’ll find traditional French recipes or ingredients with a twist. There may be a tasting menu offered, but there are à la carte options, too.

  1. Tomy & Co. (75007)
  2. Papillon (75017)
  3. Mensae (75019)
  4. Ze Kitchen Galerie (75006)
  5. Semilla (75006)
  6. Clover (75007)
  7. Dessance (75003)

Lobster with boudin noir and wild strawberries at Septime.

Contemporary Tasting Menus

We’ve divided our favorites in this category according to how pricey the set menu is.

Favorite Tasting Menus <100€

Innovative and no-choice tasting menus with optional wine pairings.

  1. Septime (75011) 42€ at lunch and 80€ at dinner
  2. Verjus (75001) 68€, dinner only
  3. Saturne (75002) 45€ or 85€ at lunch and 85€ at dinner
  4. Le Chateaubriand (75011) 70€, dinner only
  5. Restaurant Frenchie (75002) 45€ at lunch and 74€ at dinner

Favorite Tasting Menus over 100€

Pricier experiences featuring contemporary food & interiors with service that’s more relaxed than you’ll find in a haute cuisine environment.

  1. Akrame (75008) 65€ at lunch and 120€ or 160€ at dinner
  2. Yam’tcha (75001) 135€ at dinner
  3. Le Grand Restaurant (75008) 85€ at lunch; 195€, 255€ or 560€ at dinner
  4. Astrance (75016) 70€ or 150€ at lunch and 230€ at dinner
  5. David Toutain (75007) 55€ or 80€ at lunch and 110€ at dinner

Treasure from the wine cellar at Le Tour d’Argent.

Favorites for Haute Cuisine

Here you’ll find extremely pricey tasting menus in extraordinary settings with very formal, old-school service. Lunch is usually half the price at these establishments.

  1. Le Tour d’Argent (75005) 105€ at lunch and 350€ or 360€ at dinner
  2. Le Cinq (75008) 145€ or 210€ at lunch and 330€ at dinner
  3. Histoires (75016) 95€ or 240€ at lunch and 240€ or 350€ at dinner
  4. Ledoyen (75008) 145€ at lunch and 340€ or 580€ at dinner
  5. L’Arpège (75007) 145€ at lunch and 320€ or 390€ at dinner
  6. Astrance (75016) 75€ at lunch and 170€ or 250€ at dinner
Ellsworth restaurant in Paris | parisbymouth.com

Asparagus with raw cream at truffles at Ellsworth.

Favorites for Small Sharable Plates

Casual, youthful and relatively cheap. Creative compositions served in small format and often washed down with natural wines.

  1. Au Passage (75011)
  2. Le Grand Bain (75020)
  3. Ellsworth (75001)
  4. Clamato (75011)
  5. Le Rigmarole (75011)
  6. Freddy’s (75006)
Café Méricourt in Paris | parisbymouth.com

Breakfast roll with egg, bacon and chili jam at Café Méricourt

Favorites for Breakfast or Brunch

  1. Café Méricourt (75011) open Wednesday through Sunday
  2. Holybelly (75010) open every day of the week
  3. Ellsworth (75001) brunch on Sunday only
  4. Mokonuts (75011) open Monday through Friday
  5. Treize (75007) open Tuesday through Saturday

18 thoughts on “Our Top 40 Paris Restaurants”

  1. nova says:

    Awesome post.

  2. Andy Herbach says:

    This list is a great summary of restaurants in Paris. Although I disagree with some of the entries (most notably Tour d’Argent, where you really aren’t experiencing Paris, but some strange version of what tourists might think of Paris), it is an interesting list of choices when you visit the City of Light.

    Andy Herbach, author of Eating & Drinking in Paris, Wining & Dining in Paris, and Paris Made Easy.

  3. The Mouth says:

    Hi Emily, this list has more restaurants on the right bank than on the left bank. We get more comments that our list is too focused on the north and east side of Paris 🙂

  4. The Mouth says:

    Hi Emily, this list has more restaurants on the right bank than on the left bank. Some people tell us that our list is too focused on the north and east side of Paris 🙂

  5. Mary says:

    Fantastic list! In a city so full of culinary delights and wonderful restaurants, its incredibly difficult to pick only a handful! This list helps to put many of them in perspective, especially for someone who won’t be in Paris long – they can pick and choose from this list and not be led astray. Thanks for sharing your experiences with us!

  6. Robert Dentice says:

    I agree wholeheartedly with Septime. One of my favorite restaurants in the world.

    I would add Restaurant A.T to the tasting menu list.

  7. Emily says:

    Hello,

    A lot of these are on the left bank / in the south of Paris. Are you able to do a list of restaurants in the north too?

  8. Event Photography Dublin says:

    Thank you for this list.

  9. JIM NALLEY says:

    love your recs-can you help with an outdoor summer terrace setting restaurant?

  10. SC says:

    Hope u see this Paris Bound. I’ve been to Septime twice for lunch and it had the best food, setting & service. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

  11. The Mouth says:

    Absolutely! Lunch is always cheaper at restaurants like this and a great way to try a chef’s cuisine at a lower price.

  12. ParisBound says:

    Hi would you recommend Septime for lunch? They have a lunch menu for 30€. I’m eager to try the restaurant after I saw you rated it as top 1, but I can’t afford the six course tasting menu.

  13. Barbara Moss says:

    We have eaten at Guy Savoy several times. The new restaurant is beautiful. The food this time was the best it has ever been. I know it is old school but to me, it is what three star should be.

  14. Ronnie Shepherd says:

    Cosi- on rue de Seine!

  15. Steve Zimmerman says:

    Why didn’t A La Biche au Bois in the 12th make the classic bistro cut?

  16. ann says:

    any recommendations around palais royale, louvre,,1st arr.??
    thanks ..Ann

  17. The Mouth says:

    Hi Richard, for the moment we don’t have any absolute favorites in the 8th arrondissement. That may change in the future. Let us know if there’s something in that neighborhood you think we should consider.

  18. Richard Brice says:

    What about 8 arr, ?

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