Big Fernand

Practical information

Address: 55 rue du Faubourg Poissonnière, 75009
Nearest transport: Poissonnière (7)
Hours: Open every day for lunch & dinner
Reservations: Reservations not accepted
Telephone: 01 73 70 51 52
Average price for lunch: 10-19€
Average price for dinner: 10-19€
Style of cuisine: American, hamburgers
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Additional Locations

Address: 32 rue Saint-Sauveur, 75002
Nearest transport: Sentier (3), Réaumur-Sébastopol (3, 4)
Hours: Open every day for lunch & dinner
Telephone: 09 67 22 40 06

Racines 2

Practical information

Address: 39 rue de l’Arbre Sec, 75001
Nearest transport: Louvre-Rivoli (1)
Hours: Closed Sunday; Open Monday-Friday for lunch and dinner; Open Saturday for dinner only
Reservations: Book a week or two in advance
Telephone: 01 42 60 77 34
Average price for lunch: 20-39€
Average price for dinner: 40-59€
Style of cuisine: Classic French

Reviews of interest

John Talbott (2012) “The ‘menu’ is a very reasonable 29 E for 3 courses, but a la carte we’re dealing with double that, and that’s before liquids.  But I rather liked the ‘menu’…a perfectly cooked duck breast with a ton of vegetables…a chocolate mousse…All were much above average…”

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.”


After working for Ducasse for seven years, Kei Kobayashi has opened an eponymous restaurant in the old Gerard Besson space near Les Halles, offering four or five courses at lunch (38/48€) and six or eight (75/95€) at dinner. His cooking is spare and delicate, like the room that surrounds you, and service is formal. They’re clearly shooting for the (Michelin) stars here.

Les Fines Gueules

On a lovely corner near the Place des Victoires, Les Fines Gueules serves quality product in simple-but-good preparations. One of the best hand cut steak tartares in the city. The wine list is overwhelmingly natural, and there’s a handful of tables outside for sipping on the sidewalk on warm summer nights. Warning: many readers have raised concerns about the service (see comments below).

– Meg Zimbeck, 2013