The 8 Best Restaurants in Paris That No Trip Would Be Complete Without

With literally thousands of restaurants to choose from, Paris offers endless dining possibilities, so finding that perfect place for a meal can be an overwhelming task. 

Whether you are looking for an outstanding Michelin-star experience or just a casual crêperie for a quick bite, here are some of the best restaurants in Paris that should be on your radar.

Have the meal of a lifetime at one of these best restaurants in Paris!

1. Acte II

Make a reservation for this amazing rooftop bar and restaurant to ensure a table with an amazing view. Nestled on top of a seven-story building, Acte II is the best quality barbeque you’ve ever visited, smells of aged beef and freshly grilled lobster, served next to seasonal and locally sourced products means you’ll be overordering.

The Japanese chef Masahide Ikuta has worked in some of Paris’ most celebrated kitchens and his Japanese approach to French produce is not to be missed. Plus, from the middle of the trendy Marais, you have a totally different view of Parisian zinc rooftops and the Pompidou Centre. 

Serving dish piled high with seafood and lobster
The grilled lobster at Acte II is simply scrumptious! Photo credit: Lachlan Ross

2. Jòia

Jòia is the second restaurant by Hélène Darroze, who was voted the best female chef in the world

The menu revolves around comfort food from Darroze’s homeland just outside the French Basque Country, with an added touch of global flavors. Roasted chicken from the Landes region is a must try, and so is the fusion of crêpes mille-feuille and matcha. 

To quench your thirst, you’re in luck: one of Paris’ most unique wine lists is here. All of the vintage wines are made by female winemakers, or vigneronnes

Modern French-Basque cuisine at Joia, one of the best restaurants in Paris.
Jòia’s unique take on French-Basque cuisine makes it a must. Photo credit: About Foood

3. David Toutain

David Toutain serves some of the most interesting and boldest food in Paris. 

Normandy-born Toutain, who also used to work with Alain Passard at Arpège, was awarded his second Michelin star in January 2019. The restaurant’s daily-changing menu is filled with inventive and beautifully presented dishes. The flavors are as unexpected as they are delicious: think grilled eel with black sesame sauce, or Toutain’s signature egg yolk with cumin caramel creme. 

David Toutain's unique dishes, like egg yolk with caramel-cumin glaze, make his one of the best restaurants in Paris.
Trust us when we say that Toutain’s signature dish is the most delicious way you’ll ever eat eggs. Photo credit: David Toutain

Insider’s Tip: Interested in learning the history of the restaurant? Book our Latin Quarter tour and learn about the French institution that’s taken the world by storm!

4. Aux Bons Crus

Aux Bons Crus, a traditional Paris bistro full of old world charm, features a classic roadside restaurant interior, from the red-and-white checkered tablecloths to the plastic bread baskets. 

Expect simple but characterful dishes with homely flavors like the classic entrecôte steak or pot-au-feu (beef stew). The cellar has an extensive wine list, making it easy to find a perfect match for your meal. 

Aux Bons Crus, one of the best Paris restaurants for classic French food.
Aux Bons Crus is proof that a classic look and menu never go out of style. Photo credit: Paul Vickers Design

5. La Bourse et la Vie

La Bourse et la Vie is a gem of an old-fashioned bistro. It’s run by Daniel Rose, an American chef trained in France who first gained fame with his French restaurant in Manhattan, Le Coucou

Rose is passionate about traditional French cooking and bringing old recipes to life. He excels in comforting classics like veal pot-au-feu and roasted chicken. But the star of the menu is his famous steak-frites, which are unmatched anywhere in the city.  

Foie gras at La Bourse et la Vie, one of the best restaurants in Paris.
The foie at La Bourse et la Vie is practically unmatched anywhere else in Paris. Photo credit: @mariamarie_oc

6. Septime

Your stars have aligned if you’ve managed to get a table at the coveted Septime restaurant. True trailblazers, Septime have had a 100% natural wine list since the beginning, and literally every other trendy restaurant in Paris has followed suit.

Living up to the hype, Septime is the essence of French contemporary gastronomy, hand foraged and amazing quality produce reworked to perfection. With more of an emphasis on vegetables as the years pass, Septime wasn’t only a trailblazer in natural wine, but also in the changing French opinions of a vegetable-led menu.

7. L’Avant Comptoir du Marché

No list of Paris best restaurants would be complete without an entry from inventor of ‘bistronomie’ Yves Camdeborde. The celebrated and now celebrity chef is famous for bringing together the relaxed, informal dining of a bistro with the excellent quality and perfectly conceived plates of a gastronomical temple (and voilà! Bistronomie is created).

He’s taken over a corner of Saint Germain, and we think l’Avant Comptoir du Marché is the best example of what he does. Raucous and rowdy after 9pm, the standing only bar is jammed full, the terrasse outside spilling into the street, and taking over the archways of the market. Rowdy or not, the busy cooks in their open kitchen send out amazing small plates constantly, and everything is totally delicious. 

8. Hugo & Co

After the huge success of his first restaurant, Cambodian-born chef Tomy Gousset opened Hugo & Co, a chic Parisian bistro with a New York vibe. Needless to say, it was an instant hit.

Hugo & Co was voted 2019’s bistro of the year, and for good reason; the menu is nothing short of extraordinary. Inspired by international street food, it’s full of delicacies like steamed artichokes with curried hummus, and smoked mackerel with shiitake mushrooms. 

With main courses priced between €12 and €19, this is an excellent place to savor “gourmet street food” in Paris.

6 Comment

  1. Michael Phillips says
    July 6, 2020 at 6:30 pm


    1. Devour Tours says
      July 13, 2020 at 7:22 am

      Thanks for reading, Michael!

  2. David says
    May 3, 2021 at 3:13 pm


    1. Devour Tours says
      May 10, 2021 at 6:39 am

      Thanks for reading, David!

  3. Howard Lee says
    October 28, 2021 at 5:07 pm


    I wonder if you know during winter (January) in Paris, most restaurants will still open ?

    1. Devour Tours says
      November 2, 2021 at 10:42 am

      Hi Howard, great question! Most Paris restaurants should be open in January 🙂 Safe travels!

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