Paris Restaurants

A new wave of culinary confidence has been running through one of the world's great food cities and spilling over both banks of the Seine. Whether cooking up grand-mère's roast chicken and riz au lait or placing a whimsical hat of cotton candy atop wild-strawberry-and-rose ice cream, Paris chefs—established and up-and-coming, native and foreign—have been breaking free from the tyranny of tradition and following their passion.

Emblematic of the "bistronomy" movement is the proliferation of "gastrobistros"—often in far-flung or newly chic neighborhoods—helmed by established chefs fleeing the constraints of the star system or passionate young chefs unfettered by overblown expectations. Among the seasoned stars and exciting newcomers to the scene are Yannick Alléno, who left behind two Michelin stars at Le Meurice to open his locavore bistro Terroir Parisien at the Palais Brogniart and earned three stars at the storied Pavillon Ledoyen within his first year at the helm; David Toutain at the exceptional Restaurant David Toutain; Sylvestre Wahid at Brasserie Thoumieux; and Katsuaki Okiyama's Abri.

But self-expression is not the only driving force behind the current trend. A traditional high-end restaurant can be prohibitively expensive to operate. As a result, more casual bistros and cafés, which reflect the growing allure of less formal dining and often have lower operating costs and higher profit margins, have become attractive opportunities for even top chefs.

For tourists, this development can only be good news, because it makes the cooking of geniuses such as Joël Robuchon, Guy Savoy, Eric Frechon, and Pierre Gagnaire a bit more accessible (even if these star chefs rarely cook in their lower-price restaurants) and opens up a vast range of new possibilities for exciting dining.

Like the chefs themselves, Paris diners are breaking away from tradition with renewed enthusiasm. New restaurants, wine bars, and rapidly multiplying épicieries (gourmet grocers) and sandwich shops recognize that not everyone wants a three-course blowout every time they dine out. And because Parisians are more widely traveled than in the past, many ethnic restaurants—notably the best North African, Vietnamese–Laotian, Chinese, Spanish, and Japanese spots—are making fewer concessions to French tastes, resulting in far better food.

Sort by: 84 Recommendations {{numTotalPoiResults}} {{ (numTotalPoiResults===1)?'Recommendation':'Recommendations' }} 0 Recommendations
CLEAR ALL Area Search CLEAR ALL
Loading...
  • 1. Abri

    $$ | Canal St-Martin | French

    This tiny storefront restaurant's immense popularity has much to do with the fresh and imaginative food, the friendly servers, and great prices...Read More

  • 2. Berthillon

    $ | Île Saint-Louis | French

    Parisian ice cream is served at cafés all over town, but it's worth making a pilgrimage to the mecca of artisanal crèmes glacées to understand...Read More

  • 3. Fish La Boissonerie

    $$ | St-Germain-des-Prés | French

    A perennial favorite, expats and locals prize this lively, unpretentious bistro for its friendly atmosphere, consistently good food, solid wine...Read More

  • 4. Holybelly

    $ | Canal St-Martin | Café

    A welcome addition to the Canal St-Martin area, this spacious, modern coffee bar caters to Paris's blossoming breakfast and brunch scene with...Read More

  • 5. Juvéniles

    $$ | Louvre | Wine Bar

    A favorite with the French and the expat crowd, Juvéniles is the ideal kind of neighborhood outpost that mixes great dining with an inspired...Read More

  • 6. L'Assiette

    $$$ | Montparnasse | French

    David Rathgeber spent 12 years working for celebrity-chef Alain Ducasse before taking over this landmark restaurant, where he has created his...Read More

  • 7. La Caféothèque

    $ | Marais Quarter | Café

    This was Paris's first coffee bar, founded by former Guatemalan ambassador to France-turned coffee ambassador Gloria Montenegro. With three...Read More

  • 8. Le Baron Rouge

    $ | Bastille | Wine Bar

    This proletarian wine bar near the Place d'Aligre market is a throwback to another era, with a few tables and giant barrels along the walls...Read More

  • 9. Le Galopin

    $$ | Canal St-Martin | French

    Across from a pretty square on the border of two up-and-coming neighborhoods, this light-drenched spot is one of Paris's standout gastrobistros...Read More

  • 10. Le Hide

    $$ | Champs-Élysées | French

    Hide Kobayashi, known as "Koba," is one of several Japanese chefs in Paris who trained with some of the biggest names in French cuisine before...Read More

  • 11. Le Servan

    $$ | Canal St-Martin | French

    Here an impressive but unfussy gastronomic menu features Asian-inflected dishes that express the food's far-flung influences. A starter of ...Read More

  • 12. Les Papilles

    $$ | Latin Quarter | Wine Bar

    Part wineshop and épicerie, part restaurant, Les Papilles has a winning formula—pick any bottle off the well-stocked shelf and pay €7 corkage...Read More

  • 13. Saturne

    $$$$ | Grands Boulevards | French

    It's no surprise that chef Sven Chartier, a veteran of famous produce-centric restaurants L'Arpège and Racines, would focus his restaurant around...Read More

  • 14. Soul Kitchen

    $ | Montmartre | Café

    Run by three friendly young women, the snug Soul Kitchen unites a pleasantly homey decor and welcoming atmosphere with the kind of Anglo-French...Read More

  • 15. Yam'Tcha

    $$$$ | Louvre | French

    Inspired by Chinese cooking, many of the dishes here rely on brilliant flavor combinations and very precise cooking, like the roasted Challans...Read More

  • 16. Afaria

    $$ | Eiffel Tower | French

    The otherwise unexciting 15th arrondissement is home to much-lauded chef Ludivine Merlin and his Basque-inspired recipes. Basque cooking is...Read More

  • 17. Amorino

    $ | Île Saint-Louis | Italian

    Popping up all over—and winning converts faster than you can finish a double scoop—is the Amorino chain of gelaterias, which serves inventive...Read More

  • 18. Au Bourguignon du Marais

    $$ | Marais Quarter | French

    The handsome, contemporary look of this Marais bistro and wine bar is the perfect backdrop for traditional fare and excellent Burgundies served...Read More

  • 19. Au Rocher de Cancale

    $ | Louvre | French

    As its impressive facade attests, this café has a special history. It opened in 1846, when Balzac was a regular and Rue Montorgueil was the...Read More

  • 20. Benoît

    $$$$ | Marais Quarter | French

    Without changing the vintage 1912 setting, superchef Alain Ducasse and Thierry de la Brosse of L'Ami Louis have subtly improved the menu here...Read More

No Restaurants Results

Please try a broader search, or expore these popular suggestions:

There are no results for {{ strDestName}} Restaurants in the searched map area with the above filters. Please try a different area on the map, or broaden your search with these popular suggestions: