• Best for romance: Thinking of popping the question? Think no more, just reserve a table at La Tour d’Argent and get it over with once and for all. With its panoramic views over the Seine to Notre-Dame, legendary kitchen, and elegant decor, there’s no better setting.

  • Best for families: At Rosa Bonheur, inside Buttes Chaumont park, parents can enjoy tapas on a large, outdoor terrace while their kids play in the grass. French-fry freaks and their meat-eating parents will love Le Relais de l’Entrecôte, where delicious steak-frites with a special sauce is the only thing on the menu. Or if you’re with little ones, try Chez He, where kids can play in a basement game area while parents eat upstairs and watch what’s going on downstairs on big screen TVs.

  • Best splurge: If you are planning to pull out all the stops, do it at Arpège, where elegance meets excellence on the plate and in the decor. Alain Passard deftly creates miracles with vegetables that come from his own gourmet farm as well as other fresh, top-quality ingredients.

  • Best value: For a taste of bistronomy (as in, modernized, gourmet bistro food) at a reasonable price, look no further than Les Arlots. Affordable and ample, the Breton cooking at Chez Michel will satisfy any size appetite.

  • Best classic bistro: Checkerboard tablecloths, art-clad walls, and a fabulous meat-centric menu? La Tour de Montlhéry–Chez Denise has got it all, with the bonus of being open until 5am.

  • Best seafood: Next door to the rightly-hyped neo-bistro Septime is shellfish-centric Clamato, a seafood lovers’ Eldorado that serves plates of marinated sardines, fish rillettes (a sort of pâté), and smoked shrimp (not to mention excellent wine) in a beautifully toned-down dining room. Love oysters? Head to Huîtrerie Régis; it serves the best in town, straight from Marennes-Oléron on France’s west coast.

  • Best for gluten-free: You don’t need to suffer from gluten intolerance to appreciate the delicious home-cooked dishes at Noglu, snuggled in Passage des Panoramas, once of Paris’ most atmospheric covered passages. 

  • Best for wine enthusiasts: If what’s in your glass is just as important as what’s on the plate, saunter over to Les Papilles, where shelves of the best bottles cover the walls, and the knowing staff will guide you in your search for the ultimate elixir.


Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.