Meals in this warm yet pared back Scando-inspired space start with exquisite, creative, plant- and vegetable-focused dishes that change every two weeks. But despite the ambition of the food, this is fine-dining without the pomp and circumstance or cult-of-chef arrogance. Grébaut is a master at coaxing out the flavors in every ingredient and playing on texture.
A: 80 rue de Charonne | Hours: Mon. 7:30pm-10pm Tue-Fri. 12:15pm-2pm & 7:30pm-10pm | T: +33 1 43 67 38 29 | Price: $$$ | E: email@example.com | W: septime-charonne.fr | Reservations: Recommended
Allard is among the last-of-its-kind classic gourmet (if ever there were an apt if antiquated word) bistros you come back to again and again. “Here, beauty is both in the room and on the plate,” says Mimi Thorisson. “The duck with green olives is utterly satisfying.” Frogs legs, sweetbreads, and onion soup are prepared as they should be and without unnecessary or unwanted flourish.
A: 41 rue St-André des Arts | Hours: 12pm-2pm & 7:30pm-10pm | T: +33 1 58 00 23 42 | Price: $$ | E: firstname.lastname@example.org | W: restaurant-allard.fr | Reservations: Recommended
> Benoit Paris
Like a time capsule to your first trip to Europe, dishes from this classic bistro, which first opened in 1912, look like still life images from the Time-Life “Foods of the World” series. Think escargots bathing in butter garlic and parsley (and the warm baguette with which you sop every last drop up), cassoulet, pâté en croûte, Scottish salmon with Béarnaise sauce, seared scallops with leeks, a perfect cheese course, and even crêpes Suzette, if you can believe.
A: 20 rue Saint Martin | Hours: 12pm-2pm & 7:30pm-10pm | T: +33 1 58 00 22 05 | Price: $$ | E: email@example.com | W: benoit-paris.com | Reservations: Recommended
Israeli chefs Assaf Granit and Uni Navon spend the evening hollering out a “mazel tov!” or an “ohlala!” as they top the world’s creamiest chicken liver with a poached egg (among other spiced-up delicacies). Then there’s the cavernous room, a contemporary riff on ’40s French by Dorothée Meilichzon (of Henrietta restaurant in London and the 9th arrondissement’s Grand Pigalle Hotel, among others): retro sconces, triangular-shaped subway tiles, fifty shades of blue, and golden mirrors.
A: 9 Rue D’Alger | Hours: Mon-Sat. 12pm-2:30pm Sat-Sun. 7pm-11pm | T: +33 1 40 20 72 14 | Price: $$ | E: firstname.lastname@example.org | W: balagan-paris.com | Reservations: Recommended
The idea here is Israeli food with a French twist. Generally, everything comes in or with the softest, most plump pita you’ll taste outside Israel. There’s a ton of vegetarian options, too, whether it’s their famous whole-roasted cauliflower, simple baked sweet potato, or ratatouille. But don’t expect hummus or falafel—Eyal Shani and his team have left those classics to the spots around the block who have been battling it out for the best chickpea balls for years.
A: 22 Rue des Ecouffes | Hours: Sun-Thu. 12pm-11pm Fri. 12pm-4pm | T: +33 1 42 74 83 58 | Price: $$ | Reservations: N/A
> Le 52
A hangout for 10th arrondissement locals and other Right Bankers who love the accessibility of the neo-brasserie format that Charles Compagnon helped pioneer. These are diners that are serious not only about food but also a high good-times quotient and the comfort of knowing the servers. A few out-of-towners will find their way in, hoping for a spot on the terrace to people watch.
A: 52 rue du Faubourg Saint Denis | Hours: 8am-12am | T: +33 1 47 70 06 86 | Price: $$$ | E: email@example.com | W: faubourgstdenis.com | Reservations: Recommended
Taku Sekine has become quite the chef-around-town—and for good reason. Not only are his dishes artfully plated as if he were Picasso and the ingredients his paint (see: edible purple flowers, sliced and swirled avocado, thick cartoonish cepes), but they manage to also taste even better than they look. He doesn’t hold back when it comes to oddball flavors like kombu seaweed or oyster water, yet he can also take something as basic as endive and brown butter it up before roasting it to perfection and serving it with a simple broccoli pesto.
A: 21 rue Saint Nicolas | Hours: Tue-Fri. 7:30pm-11pm Sat. 12pm-3pm & 7:30-11pm Sun. 12pm-3pm | T: +33 9 81 01 12 73 | Price: $$ | E: firstname.lastname@example.org | W: dersouparis.com | Reservations: Required for Dinner
> Le Grand Bain
The veggie-heavy plates (along with the staple whole lamb shoulder, occasional rabbit, or pigeon) come from Brit Edward Delling Williams, the tall, blond, and handsome chef who made Au Passage the Anglo-loving hotspot it is. The idea is to share with your tablemate(s) and order one, if not two, of the seasonal plates on offer. Depending on the time of year and what’s at the market, you might find the likes of arancini balls stuffed with escargot, cucumbers topped with goat cheese, and sake or green beans on top of a dollop of ricotta and chili jam.
A: 14 rue Denoyez | Hours: 7pm-11:30pm | T: +33 9 83 02 72 02 | Price: $$ | E: email@example.com | W: legrandbainparis.com | Reservations: Recommended
With a just-inventive-enough but not-too-inventive seafood- and shellfish-centric menu that is made for sharing, you can order the hell out of the menu and not feel stuffed. Think: delicate cod fritters with a wankaina sauce, perfect Maldon oysters, swordfish ceviche with lime, line-caught Meagre with radishes and cilantro, ceviche-style raw scallops in orange juice and topped with lentils, etc.
A: 80 rue de Charonne | Hours: Wed-Fri. 7pm-11pm Sat-Sun. 12pm-11pm | T: +33 1 43 72 74 53 | Price: $$ | E: firstname.lastname@example.org | W: clamato-charonne.fr | Reservations: Recommended
> Breizh Café
Turns out, using the freshest products available and having the right recipe for the galette and crêpe is key—and that’s something you can taste here. And while not overly tricky, menu includes more original flavor combinations, well beyond the usual egg, ham, and cheese.
A: 109 rue Vieille du Temple | Hours: Mon-Fri. 11:30am-11pm Sat. 10am-11pm Sun. 10am-10pm | T: +33 1 42 72 13 77 | Price: $$ | E: email@example.com | W: breizhcafe.com | Reservations: Recommended
> L’Ami Jean
Stéphane Jego is among the visionaries of the early bistronomy movement, which in this case simply means the environment is anything but stuffy, the food is hearty (think American hearty, not your usual French hearty), the ambience is rollicking, and the food has the technique and presentation of fine-dining establishments without the exorbitant prices. And good thing because the food is absolutely the star of the show and far more refined, adventurous, and surprising than the space would lead you to believe it will be. A few sample dishes: Parmesan soup with cabbage and bonito flakes; roasted pigeon with thyme and garlic; pork belly and lentils; and a rice pudding, the chef’s signature dessert.
A: 27 rue Malar | Hours: Tue-Sat. 12pm-12am | T: +33 1 47 05 86 89 | Price: $$ | E: firstname.lastname@example.org | W: lamijean.fr | Reservations: Recommended
> Bistrot Paul Bert
This is a gut-busting traditional French meal at its finest—from the seasonal plump white asparagus and the Côte de Boeuf for two (served medium-rare only with the most perfect French fries) to their signature praline-buttercream-filled Paris-Brest pastry or big-as-your-head steaming-hot soufflé.
A: 18 rue Paul Bert | Hours: Mon-Thu. 12pm-2pm & 7:30pm-11pm Fri-Sat. 12pm-2:30pm & 7:30pm-11pm | T: +33 1 43 72 24 01 | Price: $$ | Reservations: N/A
> Le Servan
Tatiana Levha’s cooking is deeply personal—rooted in family history, which she describes as “French by way of Southeast Asia.” It’s also affordable. Novel flavor pairings—rather than complicated techniques—are the hallmark of this menu, which changes daily. I had the oeuf au plat, in this case, warm mushrooms atop a soft cheddar cream and duck jus. Also on the menu were duck heart croquettes with chili sauce and merlu fish with curry butter.
A: 32 Rue Saint-Maur | Hours: Mon. 7:30pm-10:30pm Tue-Fri. 12pm-2pm & 7:30pm-10:30pm | T: +33 1 55 28 51 82 | Price: $$ | W: leservan.com | Reservations: Recommended
> Chez La Vieille
When we asked contributing editor, David Prior, what he was excited about in the way of unfussy, casual French food, he sent this description: “Daniel Rose’s Chez la Vieille is the kind of reinvented bistro we’ve all been craving. I kind of think he is a genius. Being so confident to do the classics when you are the hot thing (and a foreigner) takes giant balls.” Dishes like tomato anchovy salad dressed in a light vinaigrette, rabbit stew topped with arugula, and crispy-skinned cod blanketed in mandolined fennel, all hit the same note—heartiness that’s just-short-of-rich that’s cut with raw vegetal brightness.
A: 1 Rue Bailleul | Hours: Tue-Thu. 6pm-10:30pm Fri-Sat. 12pm-2:30pm & 6pm-10:30pm | T: +33 1 42 60 15 78 | Price: $$ | E: email@example.com | W: chezlavieille.fr | Reservations: Recommended
Omar, who’s responsible for the savory dishes, got his start at Daniel in New York City, while Moko, a one-time lawyer, dreamt of making macrons at Ladurée. Together, they’ve created something wholly their own. Despite only serving lunch, they actually don’t do a prix-fixe option. But shortly after you take your first bite—of their famous zaatar-spiced labne; of Moko’s oddball flavored cookies; of Omar’s daily dish—you still feel as if you’re getting a deal. While the lunch menu changes daily, the Middle Eastern-skewed dishes plated on raw ceramics may include fish topped with artichokes and crushed potatoes or moist chicken served with fresh greens.
A: 5 rue Saint Bernard | Hours: Mon-Fri. 8:45am-6pm | T: +33 9 80 81 82 85 | Price: $$ | E: firstname.lastname@example.org | Reservations: Recommended
The chef, who moonlights as a street artist, cut his teeth in the kitchens of Le Bristol. The food combines all of the rigor of his fine French dining training as well as his creative, almost graphic plating style. There is a real emphasis on seasonality and once neglected root vegetables (looking at you, Jerusalem artichoke) with whatever protein was freshest that day.
A: 119 avenue Parmentier | Hours: Mon-Fri. 12:15pm-2:30pm & 7:30pm-10pm | T: +33 9 53 86 38 61 | Price: $$ | W: tannat.fr | Reservations: Recommended
> Pierre Sang
Each dish is creative, unexpected, and full of diverse flavors—some totally new to Parisian tastes (especially the Korean touches the chef and his team are likely to fold into the mix). A sauté of pork and white beans in a tomato sauce topped with anchovies and radishes is both comforting and umami-filled with just the right note of acidity. Dishes are artfully plated and always so fresh.
A: | Hours: 12:15pm-2:30pm & 7pm-10pm | T: +33 9 67 31 96 80 | Price: $$ | E: email@example.com | W: pierresang.com | Reservations: Recommended
> L’Avant Comptoir
The idea behind this quirky standing-room only joint is to load up on the first-class finger food. While the menu does occasionally change, you’ll almost always find the likes of ham croquettes, fried Parmesan cheese puffs, boudin noir macarons, and artichoke and cured ham waffles on offer.
A: 3 carrefour de l’Odéon | Hours: 12pm-11pm | T: +33 1 44 27 07 50 | Price: $$ | E: firstname.lastname@example.org | W: hotel-paris-relais-saint-germain.com | Reservations: Recommended
> La Dame de Pic
Anne-Sophie’s hyperseasonal cooking is both bold and delicate. Japanese flavors and ingredients inflect many of her dishes, as with the baked carrots with hazelnut and Nikka Black whiskey foam. Other dishes include the blue mackerel marinated in the salts of smoked Lapsang Souchong tea, served with celery risotto and brightened with bergamot; Wellington style veal with anchovy filets, Swiss chard from Provence and English Stilton. And for dessert, a highlight: a whole pear with cocoa pebbles and candied pear, mint cream, and chestnut cream.
A: 20 rue du Louvre | Hours: 12pm-2pm & 7pm-10pm | T: +33 1 42 60 40 40 | Price: $$$ | E: email@example.com | W: anne-sophie-pic.com | Reservations: Recommended
People definitely come here to eat well. It’s a take-your-time kinda place where the low hum of indie rock in the background makes it easy to hear your dining partner (and potentially others around you). Though, when it’s filled up—at night especially—there’s more of a multi-lingual conversation buzz. You’ll definitely hear a lot of English, as the place comes from Americans Braden Perkins and Laura Adrian who also run the fantastic Verjus around the corner.
A: 34 rue de Richelieu | Hours: Mon. 7pm-10:30pm Tue-Sat. 12:15pm-2:15pm & 7pm-10:30pm Sun. 11:30am-3pm | T: +33 1 42 60 59 66 | Price: $$ | E: firstname.lastname@example.org | W: ellsworthparis.com | Reservations: Recommended
> Le Baritan
On the surface, the food could be considered typical. But once the, say, joue de boeuf (beef cheek) arrives and immediately melts in your mouth, you’ll understand what all of the fuss is about. Since there isn’t much in the way of atmosphere, Le Baratin is best reserved for those who can appreciate simple, authentic dining experiences. It’s fairly quiet, too, so if you’re after good conversation over an excellent meal—be it with the parents, that college friend you haven’t seen in a decade, or a co-worker—this is a safe and solid choice.
A: 3 Rue Jouye-Rouve | Hours: Tue-Fri. 12pm-2:30pm & 7:30pm-11:15pm Sat. 7:30pm-11:15pm | T: 33 1 43 49 39 70 | Price: $$ | W: lefooding.com | Reservations: Recommended
Steak, steak, and more steak. But not the ubiquitous French steak frites! An Argentine institution, Anahi is more olé than ohlala, so chef Gabriele Faiella offers a choice of charcoal-cooked cuts from all over the world (Australia, Japan, USA, and Argentina) including filet, skirt, rib-eye, bone-in-rib, etc. The menu even specifies weight and whether the cows had been grass- or grain-fed. Everyone knows top-quality beef is best paired with creamy mashed potatoes, so they serve each cut with a bowl of either classic, lemon, Argentine herbs, jalapeño, and truffle cream (that are well worth the extra $10).
A: 49 rue Volta | Hours: Mon-Fri. 12pm-2:30pm & 7pm-11pm Sat-Sun. 7pm-11:30pm | T: +33 1 83 81 38 00 | Price: $$$ | E: email@example.com | W: anahi-paris.com | Reservations: Recommended
There’s no mistaking it, this is a triple-Michelin-starred restaurant with the white tablecloths, immaculate service, marble floor, country-chic decor, and culinary muscle to prove it. The dining room is vast and widely spaced—the best tables are those in front of the window that overlooks the hotel’s (Le Bristol) interior garden. Music is hushed, as are conversations, which allows you to focus on a meal experience that borders on religious. Lean into the fussy Frenchiness of it—though you’ll hardly be thinking about the decor once Eric Frechon’s first dish is placed before you.
A: 112 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré | Hours: 12pm-2pm & 7:30pm-10pm | T: +33 153 43 43 40 | Price: $$$ | E: firstname.lastname@example.org | W: oetkercollection.com | Reservations: Recommended
A few signatures: rolled squid marinated in shiso, sweet potato with raw cream, crushed hazelnuts, capers, and salmon eggs; baked cabbage with grainy mustard; butter linguine with fresh black truffle (there’s almost always one pasta dish on the menu); and for dessert, the most decadent, chilled dark chocolate broken off into large chunks and plated, as if to say trust us, it doesn’t need anything more.
A: 43 rue des Petites Ecuries | Hours: Mon-Fri. 6pm-1am | T: +33 1 42 46 43 55 | Price: $$ | E: email@example.com | W: vivantparis.com | Reservations: Recommended
Source: Conde Nast Traveler