The Best Restaurants in Paris Will Convince You to Cross the Pond

Updated 02/04/18

Café de Flore, Le Meurice, Les Deux Magots, Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée: Paris has no shortage of iconic, world-famous restaurants. Day after day, night after night, bistros, brasseries, cafés, and Michelin-starred restaurants are lined with locals and tourists looking for the best of authentic French culinary traditions. While sitting on a waiting list for months or in line for hours may be appealing to some, though, we're more interested in the hottest establishments that have caught the eye of the city of light's younger crowd—that have seduced food critics and attracted hungry locals.

Planning a trip to the French capital? Forget what you've heard—these are the best restaurants in Paris, and trust us: They're worth the detour.

Best Restaurants in Paris
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Le Yacht Club

The Cuisine: French Mediterranean

The Elevator Pitch: Le Yacht Club brings a little French Riviera sunshine to Paris. The new brasserie is set in a modern nautical setting and serves up razor-shell clams à la plancha, veal carpaccio with Kalamata olive oil, and a classic baba au rhum. Stop for lunch and wash it all down with a bottle of rosé de Provence.

The Arrondissement: 9th

The Check: $$

Best Restaurants in Paris — LouLou
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LouLou Restaurant

The Cuisine: Italian Riviera

The Elevator Pitch: Discerning design lovers will delight in the décor of LouLou, a Joseph Dirand–designed restaurant in the Musée des Arts Décoratifs. Fine dining is paired with a casual '70s country club feel with an Art Deco twist in this space overlooking Les Tuileries Gardens. The various salons boast navy Saarinen tulip chairs and marbled fireplaces in an exquisite exhibition of restrained elegance on the menu: osso bucco à la milanaise, vitello tonnato, and raspberry and strawberry mascarpone.

The Arrondissement: 1st

The Check: $$$$

Best Restaurants in Paris — Pink Mamma
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Pink Mamma

The Cuisine: Italian

The Elevator Pitch: The sixth establishment to be born out of the trending Big Mamma restaurant group, Pink Mamma offers a wallet-friendly Italian fare in a meticulously restored four-story former hospital in the Pigalle neighborhood. The vibe is Cecconi's-inspired., with the top floor conservatory boasting diagonally striped-tile floors and a vine-lined roof sprinkled with Edison bulb string lights. A speakeasy cocktail bar is hidden in the basement. Signature dishes, we are told, include a truffle pasta with mascarpone, a steak fiorentina, and a selection of fresh burrata.

The Arrondissement: 9th

The Check: $$

Best Restaurants in Paris — Monsieur Bleu
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Monsieur Bleu

The Cuisine: French Brasserie

The Elevator Pitch: Another Joseph Dirand design, another success. Located inside the Palais de Tokyo, Monsieur Bleu boasts unparalleled views of the Eiffel Tower. This neo-brasserie is lined with brass accents, rich emerald velvet banquettes, and patterned marble floors. Its dramatic, almost theatrical décor screams Art Déco grandeur. The brasserie-style menu features langoustine ravioli, caramelized black cod, and an upside-down lemon tart. It's the perfect lunch respite for a day exploring the local museums.

The Arrondissement: 1st

The Check: $$$$

Best Restaurants in Paris — Balagan
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Balagan

The Cuisine: Israeli

The Elevator Pitch: The hospitality group responsible for turning the Parisian cocktail culture on its head is back with an ambitious restaurant project. Balagan ("beautiful mess" in Yiddish) is an Israeli restaurant vibrant with East Jerusalem flavors and drenched in an electric blue modern décor with tan leather and brass accents. Critics call the menu sexy: Creamy asparagus, parmesan and mushroom polenta, deconstructed kebab, slow-cooked shredded chicken with tapenade, and tuna tartare with a blackened crust, garlic yogurt, and ginger.

A veritable coup de foudre.

The Arrondissement: 1st

The Check: $$$

Best Restaurants in Paris — Anahi
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Anahi

The Cuisine: Argentinian

The Elevator Pitch: Critics agree: Anahi is a Paris incontournable. A former 1920s butcher turned deli and subsequently unassuming fashion hub restaurant in the 1990s, it survived a monumental flop before it closed down and reopened under a new hospitality group in 2014. A few years later, it's back again, this time in full force. After a light makeover led by Humbert & Poyet, the restaurant once again glimmers under the old-meets-new Art Deco glass painted ceiling, gilded crack work, and candlelit votives.

We're told to start at the leather-wrapped cocktail bar before moving on to dinner: Kobe beef cecina, a grass-fed steak, and potato purée.

The Arrondissement: 3rd

The Check: $$$

Best Restaurants in Paris — Les Grands Verres
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Les Grands Verres

The Cuisine: Mediterranean

The Elevator Pitch: After the success of Monsieur Bleu in 2013, it's only natural that the Palais de Tokyo follow suit with another restaurant hit, this time helmed by Quixotic Projects, a Paris favorite for hip cocktail bars. But Les Grands Verres serves more than just drinks. The zero-waste fare of Mediterranean dishes like oven-baked artichoke and tender lamb shoulder with smoked aubergine is easily washed down with a killer cocktail and wine list in a stark, minimalistic atmosphere. We have a feeling Apéro hour here is the perfect place to kick off a memorable evening.

The Arrondissement: 1st

The Check: $$

Best Restaurants in Paris — Daroco
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Daroco

The Cuisine: Italian

The Elevator Pitch: Located in the former Jean-Paul Gaultier flagship rue Vivienne, Daroco promises to be the perfect solution to late-night cravings of hearty, honest pasta. This lofty space blends cement columns, exposed brick, and velvet banquettes. Nosh on a selection of burrata, carbonara, and pizza—this place is a sexy local hot spot for the fashionable crowd.

The Arrondissement: 2nd

The Check: $$

Best Restaurants in Paris — Le Camondo
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Le Camondo

The Cuisine: Mediterranean

The Elevator Pitch: Located on a sleepy bourgeois street lined with embassies and hôtels particuliers, Le Camondo breathes life into an otherwise quiet neighborhood. Built in the stables of the Musée Nissim de Camondo and once the opulent villa of the Ottoman banker Moise de Camondo, the space is rich with history: artworks, tapestries, porcelains, and furniture of centuries past. In the summer, the large, lush terrace is buzzing with a stylish crowd. Inside, a British colonial vibe accompanies the Mediterranean fare: foie gras with dried fruit, creamy lobster boudin blanc, and Paris-Brest.

Enjoy a leisurely lunch on a quiet day off.

The Arrondissement: 8th

The Check: $$$

Best Restaurants in Paris — Rivié
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Rivié

The Cuisine: French Brasserie

The Elevator Pitch: Uncontestably, The Hoxton is Paris's hot new hotel—and Rivié is its equally coveted restaurant. Designed with the help of the Soho House team and Humbert & Poyet, the space brings a hip post-industrial London flair to the French capital: leather banquettes, brass detailing, herringbone marqueterie, cozy tea salon corners, and an Eiffel-esque skylight included. The dishes are a worldly French-inspired rainbow of tangy fresh dorado ceviche, fried courgette flowers, snail toast, classic hamburger, and Tarte Tatin.

Do not miss.

The Arrondissement: 2nd

The Check: $$$

Best Restaurants in Paris — Divellec
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Divellec

The Cuisine: Seafood

The Elevator Pitch: An 1893 father-and-son institution is reborn under the watchful eye of Studio KO (of Chiltern Firehouse fame). Divellec retains its authentic family brasserie flair but with a new energy: terrazzo floors, velvet banquettes, wickerwork walls, and plenty of greenery. The restaurant, once famous for its Michelin-starred seafood, retains an ocean-focused fare of carpaccios, crystalline ceviche, poached oysters, and golden caviar. Order with a side of blinis and caviar and observe the intermingling worlds of the political and fashion nexus in its natural habitat.

The Arrondissement: 7th

The Check: $$$$

Don't know about you, but we're certainly ready to eat. Where will you be stopping first?

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