• 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, which is set inside the 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.

  • 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 Mangetout. Affordable and ample, the Breton cooking at Chez Michel will satisfy any size appetite.

  • Best classic bistro: For once, the critics seem to agree on something: Bistrot Paul Bert is one of the best in the city, and that’s saying a lot in a city with as many great bistros as this one.

  • Best seafood: Next door to the much-hyped neo-bistro Septime is shellfish-centric Clamato, a seafood lovers’ Eldorado that serves plates of oysters, fish rillettes (a sort of pâté), and smoked shrimp (not to mention excellent wine) in a beautifully toned-down dining room.

  • 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 the walls are covered with shelves of the best bottles, 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.