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Le Saint-Sébastien

This contemporary French restaurant in the 11th arrondissement is known for its handmade charcuterie, vegetable-driven (but not vegetarian) cooking, and desserts with a savory spin. The 400-reference-strong wine list and impeccable (Anglophone) service make this neighborhood restaurant one worth crossing the city for. Now helmed by chef Christopher Edwards, the menu in summer 2021 is featuring plenty of peak-season produce, line-caught fish, and an incredible selection of white wine and craft beer for sipping on the sidewalk terrace.

L’Entente

Three cheers to L’Entente founder Oliver Woodhead for having arrived at such an apt name for his curiously dainty, all-day- service “British brasserie” near Opéra. An entente is a diplomatic understanding between nations; any understanding, of course, is what British and French cultures have notably failed to acquire of one another over the last thousand years.

The Bombardier

A hub for English culture, this pub proudly pours “real ales” from Wells & Young’s, beers in classic English styles you won’t find elsewhere in Paris. Traditional English pub fare is served at lunch and a full English breakfast is offered on weekends. With rugby and soccer/football matches on TV and a pub quiz every Sunday, it would be easy to think you were in England. 

Les Trois 8

Revolutionary for Paris, this shoebox-sized bar just north of the lively Oberkampf district has a lot to offer lovers of craft beer… and their natural wine-drinking friends, too. French beer is well-represented both on the eight rotating taps and in the 80 or so bottles on offer, featuring such breweries as Outland (Ile-de-France), Sainte-Crucienne (Alsace), and Northmaen (Normandy). French bar snacks (cheese and charcuterie boards) and a small selection of natural wines available by the bottle or glass round out the menu. Service is friendly and knowledgeable, eager to help you find just the beverage you’re after, even if it’s something you’ve never tried before. 

La Fine Mousse

Boasting the very best selection of craft beers on tap in Paris, as well as a bottle collection that brings the total offer up to 150 different beers, La Fine Mousse is certainly one of the city’s most well-stocked beer bars.  It’s also one of the most expensive.  French craft beers share real estate with lesser-known Belgians and German brews, with room left over for the USA, the Netherlands, and less-represented places like Norway and Italy to show off their brewing prowess.  The meticulously curated beer list includes deep tracks from Brasserie St. Germain and Brewdog, and the descriptions (in French or English) will help you find just the beer you’re looking for.  Serious beer geeks abound, the quiet atmosphere of the early evening eventually giving way to a lively party vibe as the social lubricant kicks in.

Falstaff

Amid the multitude of crêperies on this little street sits this good old-fashioned beer bar. It's cozy and bustling, with classic rock on the stereo, beer-friendly eats, and maybe, just maybe, NFL football on TV. Service is speedy and well-informed, and the hooks along the walls and bar are appreciated by purse-carriers and coat-wearers everywhere. In addition to the 13 beers on tap, you'll find 120 different bottled beers. Prices are a little steep, but the convivial ambiance and tasty Belgian beers are certainly worth a splurge now and then.

La Dernière Goutte

Terroir-driven, estate-bottled, organic and biodynamic wines from small producers are the specialty at this beloved shop, run for almost 20 years by Juan Sanchez. Especially strong in their selection of growers’ Champagnes and bottles from the Rhone Valley. Stop by on Saturdays for their free tastings with winemakers from 11am-7:30pm. Check our calendar of Paris food & wine events to find out which winemakers they’ll be hosting this week.

MaSa

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Practical information

Address: 112 avenue Victor Hugo, Boulogne-Billancourt
Nearest transport: Marcel Sembat (9)
Hours: Lunch and dinner, Monday-Friday; closed Saturday and Sunday
Reservations: Book a few days in advance
Telephone: 01 48 25 49 20
Average price for lunch: 35-49€
Average price for dinner: 50-100€
Style of cuisine: Modern French
Website

Reviews of interest

Emmanuel Rubin – Figaroscope (2012) “Toujours aussi pleine de mots, toujours aussi prodigue au pictural mais désormais moins précieuse et plus précise à tenir les promesses d’un style…Œuf à 62 ° façon frita, caramel de piment d’Espelette: presque une confiserie. Quasi de veau, caramel de lactose, morilles fraîches, échalotes: du corps et de l’esprit…”

John Talbott (2012) “the carte is replete with complicated and intriguing sounding dishes which could easily drive the a la carte bill to more than 80 Euros a person, but luckily at lunch they have a 2-choice one course for 25, two for 35 and three for 42 E…

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!”

Lily Wang

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Practical information

Address: 40 avenue Duquesne, 75007
Nearest transport: Saint-François-Xavier (13)
Hours: Open every day
Reservations: Book a few days in advance
Telephone: 01 53 86 09 09
Average price for lunch: 35-49€
Average price for dinner: 50-99€
Style of cuisine: Chinese
Special attributes: outdoor dining, open Sunday, open Monday

Reviews of interest

Patricia Wells (2011) “Alas, 168 euros poorer and barely sated, we left wondering what this place was all about. Food no better than any Parisian Vietnamese carryout. Rubbery pork dumplings, dipping sauces that tasted like ketchup, tasteless shrimp…”

Alexander Lobrano (2011) “Thick velvet curtains…Hoi An style silk lanterns, floral murals and low softly lit tables was attractive….Main courses were excellent…I loved my Iberian pluma (pork tenderloin) marinated in fish sauce, lacquered in spice…Pity it’s so expensive, or I’d likely go back often.”

Emmanuel Rubin – Figaroscope (2011) “…les fantasmes d’une Chine glamour. Décor tamisé tendance Lotus bleu (sans Tintin, Chang et l’opium) et nourritures « exochic » bravement cosmétiques.”

François-Régis Gaudry – L’Express (2011) “A chaque clin d’oeil de Lily, ça fait bling-bling. C’est In the mood for Love version Saint-Trop’…La meilleure entrée ? Ces Shangaï jian jiao, des raviolis de porc frits…dont le secret fait toute la différence : ils sont garnis de saucisse de morteau…”

L’Epi Dupin

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Practical information

Address: 11 rue Dupin, 75006
Nearest transport: Sevres-Babylone (10, 12)
Hours: Dinner, Monday-Friday; lunch, Tuesday-Friday; closed Saturday and Sunday
Reservations: Last minute booking usually O.K.
Telephone: 01 42 22 64 56
Website
Average price for lunch: 20-34€
Average price for dinner: 35-49€
Style of cuisine: Modern French
Special attributes: market-based cooking, open Monday

Reviews of interest

Caroline Mignot (2009) “L’ardoise arrive, pas une suggestion qui ne fasse pas envie…Crevettes à peine saisies, au coeur encore fondant et “rosé”, enrobées de quelques grains de sésame…Velouté de Saint-Jacques incroyablement lisse…Le dessert parle de lui-même…”

 

 

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
Website

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…”

Chroniques du Plaisir (2012) “La cuisine y est dans le droit fil de ce qui avait fait le succès de son jumeau : des produits de belle extraction, à peine transformés, soigneusement assaisonnés et aux cuissons toujours millimétrées. Mais il y a là un je ne sais quoi en plus qui fait claquer les doigts…”

Alexander Lobrano (2011) “this restaurant feels very out of place in the rue de l’Arbre Sec…more alarming than the decor or the crowd, however, was the menu. For starters, it was short and difficult, because not only was it rather unappealing, it was also very expensive…if I want to spend 70 Euros on a meal, I can think of a lot of much better places to do so than Racines 2.”

Figaroscope (2011) “Voilà des plats travaillant a minima, juste dans le souffle et l’élan…Attention, Racines 2 ne fait pas de la grande cuisine, juste une cuisine de produit, laissant passer celui-ci comme la muleta du torero. Certains risquent d’être déçus et je les entends d’ici : “Ah, ce n’est que ça ?!” Réponse: ce n’est que cela.”

Figaroscope (2011)”…un bon spécimen de bistrot urbain nouveau…repas bien découplé entre petits plats de spontanéité et vins nature…Vitello tonnato : tranché un peu trop charnu mais plaisant. Poitrine de cochon, cocos de Paimpol et jus de cresson : beau gras bien relancé par des cocos bien en verve…”

 

 

Bang!

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Practical information

Address: 112 Quai de Jemmapes, 75010
Nearest transport: Gare de l’Est (4, 5, 7) or Jacques Bonsergent (5)
Hours: Lunch and dinner, Monday-Saturday; open Sunday for brunch
Reservations: last minute booking usually OK
Telephone: 01 40 40 07 11
Website

Average price for lunch: 10-19€
Average price for dinner: 20-34€
Style of cuisine: Modern French
Special attributes: open Sunday, open Monday
Type of crowd: neighborhood locals
Interior: quirky & playful
Atmosphere: casual

Reviews of interest

  • Chrisoscope (2012) “Le boeuf vient d’Aubrac, d’Ecosse, d’Argentine ou du Kansas, fourni par deux très belles maisons : Hugo Desnoyers et les boucheries nivernaises…je garde l’adresse en tête pour la prochaine fois que j’aurais un besoin urgent de rouge et de viande rouge dans le quartier.”
  • Emmanuel Rubin – Figaroscope (2012) “cette mangeoire bobophile ne va pas beaucoup plus loin que l’onomatopée de son enseigne, quelque part entre bof et pfftt…”
  • Le Floréal

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    Practical information

    Address: 73 rue du Faubourg du Temple, 75010
    Nearest transport: Goncourt (11)
    Hours: Open every day, all day
    Reservations: not necessary
    Telephone: 01 42 08 81 03
    Website

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    Average price for lunch: 20-34€
    Average price for dinner: 20-34€
    Style of cuisine: French, brasserie
    Special attributes: vegetarian options, open Sunday, open Monday
    Type of crowd: neighborhood locals, hipsters, bobos
    Interior: polished & modern
    Atmosphere: casual

    Reviews of interest

  • François-Régis Gaudry (2011) “….céleri rémoulade et Cobb salad, Cheese burger et plateau de fruits de mer, cheese cake et poire Belle Hélène. Menilmontant et Manhattan, même combat….Floréal aurait droit à un truc du genre : « A des facilités et beaucoup d’imagination, mais ne les exploitent pas jusqu’au bout. Peut mieux faire… »”
  • Gilles Pudlowski (2011) “Les gens du quartier, branchés ou débranchés, en terrasse, les bobos curieux à l’intérieur. La maison fait rendez-vous en continue, table aimable….Mais le lieu a des prétentions gourmandes…et tout n’est pas parfait, loin de là…”
  • Phyllis Flick (2011) “The bun was homemade, as were the fries, making it one of the best burgers I’ve had in Paris…This is probably also the only place in Paris where I’ve ever overheard a table of chic looking Parisians order hot-dogs for dinner.”
  • Il Carpaccio

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    Practical information

    Address: 37 avenue Hoche, 75008 (in the Royal Monceau)
    Nearest transport: Étoile (1, 2, 6, RER A)
    Hours: Lunch and dinner, every day
    Reservations: Book a week or two in advance
    Telephone: 01 42 99 89 71
    Website

    Average price for lunch: more than 100€
    Average price for dinner: more than 100€
    Style of cuisine: Italian
    Special attributes: open Sunday, open Monday
    Type of crowd: style hounds, suits
    Interior: elegant & luxe
    Atmosphere: formal

    Reviews of interest

  • Thierry Richard (2011) “les assiettes qui s’ensuivent ne décoivent pas dans cette veine italo-sophistiquée qui passe les standards transalpins à la moulinette de la modernité….dans son genre haut du panier, l’une des meilleures tables italiennes de la capitale. Service de palace et prix à l’avenant.”
  • Alexander Lobrano (2011) “The remodeled Il Carpaccio is very pretty…Unfortunately, even though Rispoli’s debut dish–mackerel with Italian fatback, preserved lemon and a salad of  bitter greens–was very pretty, it was also monastic and very bland, odd for such a full-flavored fish. Next up, a fancy vegetable minestrone… again, very bland.”
  • Emmanuel Rubin – Le Figaro (2010) “une Italie comme on en croise rarement…Tête de cèpe farcie : si l’automne avait un goût, ce plat lui ressemblerait ! Tortellini de pintade, châtaigne et son bouillon : on en boufferait jusqu’à la porcelaine de l’assiette.”
  • Chez Marianne

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    Practical information

    Address: 2 rue des Hospitaliéres St. Gervais, 75004
    Nearest transport: St. Paul (1)
    Hours: Open every day
    Reservations: Last minute booking usually OK
    Telephone: 01 42 72 18 86
    Average price for lunch: 10-19€
    Average price for dinner: 10-19€
    Style of cuisine: Jewish
    Special attributes: small plates, vegetarian options, outdoor dining, continuous all-day service, open Sunday, open Monday

    Reviews of interest

    David Lebovitz (2008) ” If you’re craving something other than French food, the middle eastern combination salads here offer a bit of a respite…”

     

     

     

    Chez Omar

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    Practical information

    Address: 47 rue de Bretagne, 75003
    Nearest transport: Arts et Metiers (3, 11)
    Hours: Closed Sunday lunch
    Reservations: Reservations not accepted
    Telephone: 01 42 72 36 26
    Average price for lunch: 20-34€
    Average price for dinner: 20-34€
    Style of cuisine: North African
    Special attributes: open Sunday, open Monday, vegetarian options

    Reviews of interest

    David Lebovitz (2008) “Terrific couscous and the best roast lamb in town…”