Your comments are always welcome on our favorite places, this is an ever changing list so we hope you enjoy our recommendations and will share your experiences with us. Some of the website are in both French and English, we try to avoid restaurants that are a big draw for Americans for obvious reasons to us Francophile.
– Mike & Pat
La Cordonnerie ✩✩✩✩
20 rue Saint-Roch (1st arr.)
Traditional french food – Request a table in the kitchen, unless Pat and Mike are in Paris. Event though they now have a website you must call for your reservation. Hugo has become so popular that it is best to call as far in advance as you can.
01 42 60 17 42
In September 2008, BON made its return to a splendid, original and contemporary decor orchestrated by Philippe Starck. The various salons – each with its own singular and intimate ambiance – invite visitors to discover the charms of a different world as they lunch or dine. Guests may choose between the Vinothèque, the Fireplace room, or the Library – the Boudoir being reserved for private or professional events catering for between 10 and 20 people. There is an unusual and comfortable smoking room for smokers – although we hasten to remind them that smoking is not considered good for the health. The menu takes its inspiration from the far-flung countries of South-East Asia, with a palette of subtle and elegant flavors. When the fine weather arrives, guests may enjoy the tranquillity and comfort of our gardens, reserved exclusively for lunches during the week, from Monday to Friday.
Cafẻ du Centre ✩✩
58 rue Montorgueil (2nd arr.)
La Pointe Saint-Eustache ✩✩
1 rue Montorgueil (2nd arr.)
Great Service with a great people watching location in Les Halles
Note: La Pointe is closed for renovations. (March 2020)
Aux Tonneaux des Halles ✩✩✩
28, rue Montorgueil (2nd arr.)
Traditional French bistro food, good menu
Restaurant L’epicerie ✩✩✩
30, rue Montorgueil (2nd arr.)
Traditional French Food, good menu with changing plats
Café du Marche ✩✩
30 rue Cler (7th arr.)
Bistro food, very busy place on a busy market street
L’ AS du Fallafel ✩✩✩
34, rue des Rosier (4th arr.)
Paris’s most famous falafel joint, this restaurant is item number two on David Lebovitz’s list of 10 Insanely Delicious Things You Shouldn’t Miss in Paris—pretty high praise from a discerning Paris blogger. Lunch here is definitely an experience, not just because of the sandwich; it has the longest line, the most boisterous staff, and photos of Lenny Kravitz (apparently a loyal customer) on the walls.
Le Bistro de la B ✩✩✩
9 rue de Bievre (5th arr.)
01 43 25 09 88
There are a huge number of restaurants crammed into small streets near Bd. St. Michel, but we wanted a more Parisian experience and found Bistro de la B. at 9 rue de Bievre a few blocks west of the touristy area. Only a block from the river, this small restaurant was delightful. The menu of 3 courses was reasonably priced and the service warm.
Le Paul Bert ✩✩
20 Rue Paul Bert, 93400 Saint-Ouen, France
(Just outside the city by the famous Marché a Puce)
If you’re wandering around the fleamarket at Clignancourt, this is the place to stop and have lunch or a snack. Attached to the Paul-Bert market building, this pub has existed as long as the fleamarket (and has since been renovated!). Traditional cooking with nice little dishes of stews served in pots, like chicken broth or rabbit with mustard sauce. Fills quickly!
Le Relais de l’Entrecôte ✩✩
3 location in Paris (6, 8, & 9th arr.) We eaten in all 3 locations
Le Relais de l’Entrecote is a must dine in restaurant in Paris. You start with their lovely Endive Salad followed by their famous Rib Steak cut thinly and served with the best fries you have ever had, next to La Cordonnerie, of course. The steak is serverd with the Entrecote’s secret sauce! If you like your steak well done, beware that you may not get your steak as well done as you like it. You can also choose from a great selection of deserts. No reservations so go to the restaurant. Opens at 7:00 pm. Update Feb 2014: The plates have become smaller and the portions have followed, you still get two serving however a lesser amount of food overall, still a great plate of steak and fries. This leaves room for dessert which are very good. It has become too Americanized for us, so we will not see you there.
Café du Metro ✩
67, rue du Rennes (6th Arr.)
Good location, avoid the pasta dishes they did not loo that good.
Al Taglio – Pizza ✩✩
27, rue de Saintonge (3rd arr.)
I immediately knew I would like Al Taglio as soon as I walked in because I like sitting at high counters. Although there are tables overlooking the small square outdoors, there’s something about sitting on a high stool at a communal table that’s always been my very favorite way to eat. You buy the pizza by the kilo.
Le bon Pêcheur ✩✩
9 Rue des Pêcheurs (2nd arr.)
This is our new place to go for moules and frites, better than Leon du Bruxelles and less expensive.
Victoria Station (Pizza/Italian) ✩✩✩
11 Boulevard Montmatre (2nd arr.)
Dining car, you are installed in small cabins train version “Wild Wild West”.
Imagine the caravan of James West!
Isolated as a light atmosphere, enjoy a barbecue honest, escalopes Milanese and pizzas to delicate perfume of charcoal, from their wood fired oven.
For cheese lovers of fine paste, jump on the “pizza with goat” (and only the goat!) With ham and fresh cream: it changes us pleasantly of the four traditional cheeses. There pasta is good as well.
L’Auberge Pyrénées Cévennes
106 rue de la Folie Méricourt (11th)
Mon-Fri 12mid-2.30pm, 7pm-10.30pm. Sat 7pm-10.30pm
Adventurous eaters and fans of offal come here to let it all hang out, a relaxed sort of place where the patron leans on the bar chatting with customers while sausages swing silently from the rafters overhead, waiting patiently for their turn on the checked tablecloths below.
The set menu (€30.25) is a sort of greatest hits of a neighbourhood joint in old Lyon: a salad with lardons, herrings with fried potatoes or a lentil salad to start, then a choice between the incomparable hot sausage with pistachio, breaded pig’s foot, fried veal liver, veal sweetbreads, andouillette sausage or quenelles of pike.
Le Grand Colbert ✩✩✩
2 Rue Vivienne
The “stunning” belle epoque decor and “quality” “traditional” eats at this brasserie next to the Bibliothèque Nationale “still deliver”, even if some feel it’s taken on a “bus tour” vibe; reputation aside, it’s fun to have the staff “fawn over you”, and the prix fixe lunch is an especially “good value.”
One of the few independently owned brasseries left in Paris, Le Grand Colbert, with its globe lamps and ceiling moldings, feels grand yet not overpolished. It attracts a wonderfully Parisian mix of elderly lone diners, business lunchers, tourists, and couples, all of whom come for the enormous seafood platters, duck foie gras with Sauternes jelly, and steak tartare, as well as a few southern-influenced dishes. Whet your appetite with one of the “unjustly forgotten” aperitifs, such as bitter Salers or sweet Lillet Blanc, then expect neither a great bargain nor a life-changing meal: the kitchen does simple fare best. Finish with profiteroles (choux pastry filled with ice cream and smothered in hot chocolate sauce). Popular with a post-theater crowd, since it’s open until 1 am (last orders before 12 am), Le Grand Colbert is also a pleasant destination between 3 and 6 pm for rich hot chocolate and cakes.
Relais du Bois (16th.) ✩✩✩✩
1, rue Guy de Maupassant 75116
01 45 04 27 60
Open Tuesdays to Sundays (long closures in August and during December holiday season) Lunch: 12h00 – 14h00 Dinner: 19h00 – 22h00
Has become one of our favorite neighborhood restaurant hands down. In business since 1944. A very traditional small bistrot just off rue Mignard, so almost around the corner. Very nice old-fashioned interior, elegant but not stuffy, with ceramic tiles, etc. Good traditional French food. Friendly, English-speaking waiters. Lots of locals eat here. If you go before 8pm you’ll always get a table. By 8:30 or 9pm, it can be packed. The Sole Meunière and the Tranche de foie de veau à l’anglaise (Veal Liver) is excellent here.
Check out their web site.
Restaurant Parisian Au Vieux Paris d’Aréole ✩✩✩
24 Rue Chanionesse 75004
01 40 51 78 52
This restaurant gets mixed reviews from sensational to terrible, we have found it is best to visit during the week when staff can be more attentive and the kitchen is on their mark. They have a fixed-price 5-course Chef Choice menu for 45€.
Le Stella $$$
133 avenue Victor-Hugo
01 56 90 56 00
** 7/7 Lunch and dinner
“Le Stella is an outstanding restaurant located in the upscale Trocadero neighborhood of the 16th arrondissement. Le Stella is a classic French bistro. The menu features classic French game and seafood dishes and lovely wines and the dining area has a variety of internal and external seating options to accommodate for winter warmth and hot summer evenings. Le Stella is frequented by the French, so is sure to provide you a truly authentic and memorable Parisian restaurant experience. The waiters can help with English translation of the French menu.”
“Since most of Paris’s storied brasseries are now owned by corporate chains and serve wilting, mediocre food, it’s a pleasure to head to one of the last remaining independent ones in a quiet corner of the silk-stocking 16th arrondissement for a fine feed of such well-prepared French classics as onion soup, escargots, sole meunière, steak tartare, roast lamb and other Gallic standards. The people-watching here might be subtitled ‘the discreet charm of the bourgeoisie’; service is efficient and this place has what the French call du gueule, or real character.”
“This tony establishment is on a corner with tables for outdoor seating three seasons of the year and oyster shuckers with their fisherman caps outside busily preparing large platters of oysters, crab, langoustine and large shrimp. Le Stella is a true Parisian brasserie – you won’t find tourists here – just the upper crust of Paris coming for a relaxed family meal. Don’t be intimidated by the waiters in black bow ties either – they are friendly. The clientele come dressed down in jeans and maybe polo shirts (just don’t be surprised if the women are also wearing Jimmy Choo six-inch high heels with a fur coat).”
“The food is terrific, with classic dishes such as escargots, steak au poivre, and sole meunière. For dessert we tried profiteroles, which is vanilla ice cream served in a light pastry puff. The waiter has a pitcher of extra rich warm dark chocolate sauce that he pours on top.”
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Le Coincidence ✩✩✩
15 rue Mesnil 75116
01 47 55 96 44 (Small so make a reservation )
La Coïncidence is a traditional french restaurant.In the heart of the 16ème arrondissement, this venue is set apart by its affordableprices, its relaxed atmosphere and its owners’ enthusiasm. A former golf athlete, Jean-Baptiste met Alban par hasard during a friends party, they eventually decided to form a partnership. A golden rule : no frozen food. Vegetables are provided by the nearby Saint-Didier market and all dishes are homemade.
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