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Le Gabriel

Practical information

Address: 42 avenue Gabriel, 75008
Nearest transport: Franklin Roosevelt (1, 9)
Hours: Open every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner
Reservations: Book a few days in advance for breakfast and lunch; Book a few weeks in advance for dinner
Telephone: 01 58 36 60 60
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

Le Monde (2015) “L’hôtel La Réserve abrite, près des Champs-Elysées, un beau restaurant dont le chef cultive une verve culinaire à tomber par terre.”

The 20 Best Bites of Haute Cuisine in Paris

Haute cuisine is not exclusively about what’s on the plate. Elaborately choreographed service, the spectacular number of dishes, the depth of a wine cellar and sumptuous surroundings – these are arguably the elements that separate restaurants with two and three Michelin stars from their starless competitors.

If we look exclusively at the food, however, ignoring the chandelier that twinkles overhead and the plush pedestal propping up our handbags, there is still much to celebrate in haute cuisine. 

Behind the Curtain: Examining Haute Cuisine in Paris

More than 100 years ago, a tire company named Michelin began telling people about their best options for eating while motoring around the country. Travelers wanted to know what was worth a detour or a special journey, and that’s still the case today. The question I’m most frequently asked by our readers is where to go for a special blow-out meal. You want to celebrate a birthday, an anniversary, a victory. You want to seal a deal, whether business or pleasure. You’re willing to drop some cash, but you don’t want to feel like a fool.

Until now, I’ve had a hard time answering this question. I know well the landscape of the city’s classic bistrosmodern French restaurants, and food-loving wine bars, but this class of two- and three-star tables is a different terrain entirely. There’s an obvious barrier to understanding these restaurants: the staggering, outrageous, almost immoral price of a meal. Prior to this project, in which I anonymously tested every three-star restaurant in Paris over a period of twelve weeks, I had only visited a handful.

L’Abeille

Practical information

Address: 10 avenue d’Iéna, 75016
Nearest transport: Iéna (9)
Hours: Closed Sunday & Monday; Open Tuesday-Saturday for dinner only
Reservations: Book a few weeks in advance
Telephone: 01 53 67 19 90
Average price for lunch: More than 100€
Average price for dinner: More than 100€
Style of cuisine: Modern French, haute cuisine
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Reviews of interest

L’Express (2015) “Sa cuisine métissée à la fois simple et sophistiquée met en avant des produits et des matières premières impeccablement sourcés. Parfaitement lisibles dès le premier coup d’oeil, les différentes assiettes de notre chef cuisinier rendent hommage à des classiques français réinterprétés avec un remarquable travail sur les sauces et les assaisonnements. Il n’oublie pas non plus de surprendre les fins palais des becs salés avec plusieurs plats qui devraient sans nul doute devenir de futures signatures du restaurant gastronomique.”

Le Meurice

Practical information

Address: 228 rue de Rivoli, 75001
Nearest transport: Tuileries (1), Concorde (1, 8, 12)
Hours: Open Monday-Friday for breakfast, lunch and dinner; Open Saturday and Sunday for breakfast only
Reservations: Book a day or two in advance for breakfast; Book a week or two in advance for lunch & dinner
Telephone: 01 458 00 21 19
Average price for lunch: 60-100€
Average price for dinner: More than 100€
Style of cuisine: Haute cuisine
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Apicius

Practical information

Address: 20 rue d’Artois, 75008
Nearest transport: Saint Philippe du Roule (9)
Hours: Closed Saturday & Sunday; Open Monday-Friday for lunch & dinner
Reservations: Book many weeks in advance
Telephone: 01 43 80 19 66
Average price for lunch: More than 100€
Average price for dinner: More than 100€
Style of cuisine: Modern French, haute cuisine
Website   Facebook    Book Online

Reviews of interest

Le Fooding (2013) “Formidable potato-caviar charlotte; grilled half-lobster tail on a ginger carpaccio in an unprecedented alliance; languorous steamed John Dory on a bed of whole chanterelles; exceptional squab breast stuffed with foie gras; and a killer chocolate soufflé, whose cooking was interrupted when whipped cream was inserted into its center, the edges crispy and the interior half-moussey, half-melting.”

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
Website

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. ”

La Tour d’Argent

Address: 17, quai de la Tournelle, 75005
Hours: Open Tuesday-Saturday for lunch & dinner. Closed Sunday & Monday.
Telephone: +33 1 43 54 23 31
Book Online / Website / Facebook / Instagram

COVID-19 UPDATE:
La Tour d’Argent will reopen its dining room September 1 (reservations are already available online). In the meantime, La Tour d’Argent has launched La Tour Chez Vous with a mobile kitchen brigade bringing the entire Tour d’Argent experience to your home (from 290 euro per person + 500 euro fee). It is also delivering grocery baskets including one complete with all of the ingredients for the restaurant’s famous duck à l’orange. The restaurant’s bakery is also open and selling products via its online shop.

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.

Kei

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.