Fodor's Expert Review Pierre Gagnaire

$$$$ Champs-Élysees French Fodor's Choice

If you want to venture to the frontier of contemporary cooking—and if money is no object—dinner here is a must. Chef Pierre Gagnaire's work is at once intellectual and poetic, often blending three or four unexpected tastes and textures in a single dish. Just taking in the menu requires concentration (ask the waiters for help), so complex are the multiline descriptions about each dish's six or seven ingredients. The Grand Dessert, a seven-dessert marathon, will leave you breathless, though it's not as overwhelming as it sounds. The uninspiring prix-fixe lunch (€155) and occasional ill-judged dishes linger as drawbacks, and prices keep shooting skyward, so Pierre Gagnaire is an experience best saved for the financial elite.

French Modern French Business Sophisticated Prix-Fixe Lunch Dinner $$$$ Fodor's Choice

Quick Facts

6 rue de Balzac
Paris, Île-de-France  75008, France


Known For:
  • Consistently ranked among the world's best (and most expensive) restaurants
  • Combines French technical mastery with cutting-edge techniques
  • Complicated menu descriptions
Restaurant Details:
Rate Includes: Closed weekends, Aug., and at Christmas, Closed weekends and Aug.

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