Our selection of the 30 best French restaurants in their categories out of 13 000 in the city of lights. Enjoy French cuisine.
There are 13 000 French and international restaurants in Paris. Paris is the place to taste world famous French cuisine. We have selected 30 top French restaurants that we know well and consider the best against four criteria:
* Restaurants with a view: A few restaurants combine great french food with a spectacular view of Paris.
* Nouvelle cuisine: taste nouvelle cuisine, fusion food and traditional french cuisine at their best.
* Art nouveau restaurants: a few Art Nouveau restaurants are beautiful, competing with amazing Art Deco restaurants.
* Cheap restaurants in Paris: Stick to the set menu, drink tap water, pay around 25 euros at these top quality restaurants.
You are looking for a restaurant in town to propose, celebrate a wedding anniversary or another great event.
Take the spectacular private lift of the restaurant to the second floor of the Eiffel Tower. At 125 meters, enjoy the breathtaking view, the excellent service and the gastronomic cuisine of Alain Ducasse, a well known French chef. The restaurant is expensive. Try the 105 euro set menu for lunch during week. Good value for money. Book very early.
The more affordable Ciel de Paris, another great restaurant, has a breathtaking view of the Eiffel Tower. Check our selection of the top restaurants with a view Paris.
Paris has many affordable restaurants: Chinese, Vietnamese, Japanese or Italian, that you find at every corner. Many Parisians eat daily in French restaurants or brasseries that have dish of the day (plat du jour) or set menus at affordable prices. A few miraculously serve the best food you can have in Paris. Try Des Gars dans la cuisine, a small restaurant near Musee Picasso or Pharamond near Les Halles and Centre Pompidou.
Check our selection of cheap restaurants in Paris.
Paris has a rich legacy of restaurants from the Art Nouveau time (1890-1914), a very lively and artistic period in the city, kicked off by the Eiffel Tower inauguration in 1889 and ended by World War 1. A few combine beauty and good food.
We love Mollard, an affordable brasserie near Saint-Lazare train station, the Opera Garnier and the department stores.
The seashells, sauerkraut and the famous Omelette Norvegienne make up a delicious meal. Drink beer from the tap or alsacian white wine. We are regulars.
Top Art nouveau restaurants
Relais Louis XIII is housed in an old house near Notre Dame. The interior features old stones, noble wooden beams, engravings, stained glass windows and antique chairs. Very attached to traditional French cuisine, Manuel Martinez, the cook, revisits it and brings an elegant modernity to his classical dishes. The cook is obsessed with finding the truth in flavors, through a meticulous produce selection process. Great gastronomy.
60 euro signature menu at lunch time. Web site.