BEST FRENCH RESTAURANTS IN PARIS:
Imagine this: you’re about to take your last meal of the day, and you’re having it right from the second floor of the Eiffel Tower.
Or, picture yourself having a tasting menu lunch created by the multi-awarded French Chef Eric Frechon. We selected 10 Amazing French restaurants in Paris for you to celebrate a Special Occasion (why not)! Be ready to live an unforgettable culinary experience!
The first 5 restaurants are reputed to be some of the best restaurants in Paris: Le Jules Verne, L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon, Epicure, L’Oiseau Blanc et le Cinq.
We also selected 5 restaurants a bit less awarded but managed by young, creative and promising chefs. They mix French cuisine with Mexican, Japanese, and other international influence and flavor: ERH Restaurant, Pilgrim, La Condesa, Baieta and Virtus.
We looked for unique dining experiences in Paris to help you discover the best of French cuisine in the city of love. It wasn’t at all easy to narrow the list down to ten, but we were able to make it happen.
FIRST HALF – La crème de la crème!
The first half of this list of restaurants is dedicated to those places that can provide you with a fantastic storybook-worthy meal. Yes, you might say they’re more expensive than usual (about 150-250 euros per person for a full-course meal), but hey, as you’ll find out, it’s all worth it!
1. LE JULES VERNE
Le Jules Verne has the best view of all the restaurants in Paris. It is situated right on the second floor of the Eiffel Tower itself! I was seated near the window, and the view was simply breathtaking. (Tip: make your reservation for dinner, then make sure you make it before sunset, so you can enjoy dinner while also taking in that beautiful sunset.)
The food and the service are excellent and the food is to die for. In case you don’t already know, Jules Verne’s Chef Alain Ducasse is one of France’s most awarded and famous Chef. Here, I’m sharing with you a picture of the main offering of beef (with extraordinary plating, I must say), as well as of the gorgeous and flavorful lobster.
Address: 2nd floor of the Eiffel Tower, Avenue Gustave Eiffel 75007 Paris France (7th arrondissement)
Website: Jules Verne
Why you should visit Jules Verne:
- It has the best view: 2nd floor of the Eiffel Tower itself.
- Experience the creations of superstar Chef Alain Ducasse.
2. L’ATELIER DE JOEL ROBUCHON
You’ve probably heard of the restaurant, L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon. Yes, you read that right: it’s the restaurant of the amazing top chef Joel Robuchon, who, sadly, passed away in 2018. Nevertheless, L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon has more than managed to keep up Chef Robuchon’s tradition of fine dining and excellence, and this is more than proven by the food and service of the restaurant.
L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon is a restaurant that gives you a unique experience that is one for the books; the idea is for the customers to sit by a counter and witness how their food is intricately and delicately prepared. I, for one, thoroughly enjoyed the ribeye, as well as the langoustine ravioli.
Address: Hôtel du Pont Royal (Corner of rue du Bac)
5, rue de Montalembert – 75007 Paris, France (7th arrondissement)
Website: L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon
Why you should visit L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon:
- Experience the tradition of culinary excellence established by the late great Chef Joel Robuchon.
- Have the unique opportunity to dine on the counter and witness how your food is being prepared.
From the outset, what makes Epicure stand out from the rest is the fact that it has numerous awards under its belt, thanks to the creativity and vision of Chef Eric Frechon. Moreover, the feel of the restaurant is also quite unique – as you make your entrance you will immediately think it’s a picture out of a storybook!
Clearly, Epicure is among the best French restaurants in Paris. They deserve every single award and even deserve many more. The service was amazingly personal (their waiting staff makes excellent wine recommendations), and the food exquisite. As for the dish, make sure you try the stuffed macaroni. It is Chef Frechon’s signature dish (the chocolate globe is a must-try, too).
Address: 112 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, 75008 Paris (8th arrondissement)
Why you should visit Epicure:
- Experience the restaurant headed by the famous chef, Eric Frechon.
- You can have the opportunity to try out Chef Frechon’s exciting creations, such as the stuffed macaroni.
4. L’OISEAU BLANC
Imagine what it would be like to dine in a rooftop restaurant, with an interesting aviation theme, all set to give you the feel of being high up in the sky. Dear, you don’t have to keep imagining any longer, because L’Oiseau Blanc makes it happen for you, giving you an absolutely unique experience. The restaurant itself is absolutely stunning, but it became even more so once I tasted the food.
The moment you walk in, the staff immediately makes you feel like a VIP. They gladly assist you in choosing both your food and the best wine to go with it. Their main offerings for meat dishes (the guinea fowl and the John Dory, specifically) are the ones that I highly recommend!
Address: 19 Avenue Kleber 6ème Etage, 75116 Paris France (16th arrondissement)
Website: L’Oiseau Blanc
Why you should visit L’Oiseau Blanc:
- This aviation-themed restaurant gives you a dining experience high up in the sky.
- Dining from the restaurant gives you an overlooking view of the Eiffel Tower.
5. LE CINQ
One of the qualities that makes Le Cinq stand out is the fact that it is everything you would expect a 3-star Michelin restaurant to look like. Every piece of furniture is so elegantly placed, each element in the room is positioned to make you feel like you’re having a meal fit for royalty.
Taste-wise, that’s also what Le Cinq aims to offer: a dining experience that’s as royal as royal can get. Days after your visit to Le Cinq, I’ll bet you will still be daydreaming about the food, especially the cheese cart (I’m a huge cheese fan). It’s also one of the many offerings that Le Cinq has mastered to perfection.
Address: 31 Avenue George V Four Seasons Hôtel George V, 75008 Paris France (8th arrondissement)
Website: Le Cinq
Why you should visit Le Cinq:
- It is a three-star Michelin restaurant.
- Its cheese cart is the stuff of legends (especially for those who love cheese).
SECOND HALF – Unique & More Affordable:
Now, in case you’re looking for restaurants that are more “budget-friendly” without compromising on taste ( Average 60-80 euros per person), don’t worry – Paris has quite a number of that, too. Here are five of them.
There are times when you would prefer the comfortable atmosphere over the elegant. For times like these, Virtus is one of those places that would come highly recommended. Situated in a very nice neighborhood, Virtus is a restaurant that almost immediately lets you feel at home. The setup is comfortable and unpretentious, perfect for those intimate conversations.
The chef and the waiting staff will go out of your way to give you what you want. I strongly suggest that you go with their tasting menu (it changes from time to time, but I assure you that it will be nothing but heavenly). Here are pictures of my favorite risotto and a one-of-a-kind seafood dish: Lotte, or monkfish.
Address: 29 Rue de Cotte, 75012 Paris, France (12th arrondissement)
Why you should visit Virtus:
- Its homey ambiance is the perfect place to unwind over a good company and great food.
- The tasting menu changes from time to time, always ready to surprise you.
Baieta (which translates to ‘little kiss’) is a place that, once visited, is never forgotten, for all the right reasons. The creative genius behind Baieta is the young and thriving chef, Julia Sedefdjian. With Julia’s direction and vision, Baieta is making waves as a French restaurant. The service is absolutely focused on you and attentive to your needs and preferences.
As for the food, I had the bouillabaisse (bouillabaieta, as they fondly call it) and their caramelized pork. No words can effectively describe how great they tasted, so I’ll have to settle with these pictures instead!
Address: 5 Rue de Pontoise, 75005 Paris, France (5th arrondissement)
Why you should visit Baieta:
- Julia (the chef behind Baieta) is really skilled and has a sense of original vision.
- Baieta offers a lot of creative specialties that do not weigh too heavily on your budget (remember the bouillabaieta).
8. LA CONDESA
The goodness that La Condesa is able to provide to its guests is rooted in the fact that Indra Carillo, the genius and the chef behind La Condesa, was groomed in extensive and worldwide training. This allows him (and the rest of the La Condesa team) to also give its guests the unmatched pleasure of a fusion of many flavors.
As you dine in La Condesa, I’m sure you’ll be floored (as I was) by the fact that their offerings are a unique mixture of French, Mexican, and other cuisines. La Condesa is the best place to visit if you’re up for a five-star dining experience, without worrying about the ostentatiousness of five-star dining. There’s so much to be said about the beet salad, as well as the pistachio dessert that comes with a (pleasant) surprise inside.
Address: 17 Rue Rodier, 75009 Paris, France (9th arrondissement)
Website: La Condesa
Why you should visit La Condesa:
- The chef Indira Carillo has been trained extensively all around the world.
- The offerings are a creative mix of French, Mexican, and other cuisines.
In so many ways, Pilgrim provides a world-class experience for all its guests, and the world-class experience is due to so many reasons. First of all, what makes dining in Pilgrim a unique experience is that the chef is Japanese, and his take on French cuisine is so on-point, while at the same time leaving his unique stamp on each creation. Hence, with the menu offerings, you’ll notice a smooth crossing over from French to Japanese, and it’s all done so well.
I think you’ll be especially impressed by the food and wine pairing; the wine choices of the sommelier were simply perfect. Also, the desserts are exceptional, definitely a great way to cap off a night of delicious dining.
Address: 8 Rue Nicolas Charlet, 75015 Paris, France (15th arrondissement)
Why you should visit Pilgrim:
- Terumitsu Saito is a Japanese chef who does French food with so much finesse.
- Wine pairing suggestions of the sommelier are absolutely perfect.
10. ERH RESTAURANT
Quite similar to Pilgrim, the chef behind ERH is also Japanese and has also mastered French cuisine to perfection. One of the things I noticed in ERH is the fact that the atmosphere is a perfect mix of comfort and style. The furniture was well-chosen, the music is pleasant and over-all, it’s really one of those places that I wouldn’t hesitate to go back to. (Trivia: the initials E, R, and H stand for water, rice, and man in French. Doesn’t that sort of give you an idea of how interestingly Japanese-French this place is?)
What also made ERH exciting was its selection of wines and sakes (a must-try for anyone who loves all sorts of drinks). If the Japanese drink is foreign to you, then ERH would be a good place to acquaint yourself with it.
Why you should visit ERH:
- The cuisine is an excellent mix of Japanese and French.
- The selection of sakes is enough to amaze you.
Address: 11 Rue Tiquetonne, 75002 Paris, France (2nd arrondissement)
Website: ERH Restaurant
I certainly hope this article helped you in figuring out where to eat in Paris! Enjoy!
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And don’t forget to leave us a comment telling us which is your best French restaurant or if we missed one!