20 Best Restaurants in Paris in 2023


Updated by Jordan on 20/02/2020 and Farah on 19/07/2022 and Vanessa 0n 8/5/2023

The French and their food. They put each meal on a pedestal. – Giada De Laurentiis

We all know that Paris is the capital of cuisine excellence, from traditional French bistros to new-age experimental joints, it even has an incredible array of ethnic cuisine as well. When visiting Paris, choosing a restaurant to dine at is nothing short of overwhelming. That’s exactly why we’re here recommending you the top places to go to fill that belly and excite your taste buds!

With expensive yet mediocre restaurants hiding in plain sight, (especially near the touristy areas of the city!) it can be extremely difficult to know what is worth your time and money. But fear not! We have gathered the top 20   restaurants in Paris in 2023, so you don’t have to do the looking yourself!

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1. Septime

Septime in Paris 2019

Having earned a spot on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants, being the world’s 22nd best to be precise, our beloved Septime was also awarded the Sustainable Restaurant Award in 2017. Bertrand Grebaut, the owner and chef of this restaurant has taken classic French cuisine to a whole new sublime level.

Recognized as the future of French cooking, Bertrand Grebaut has broken ground with his entirely plant-based recipes. A bold move in the meat-loving France, Grebaut has found the perfect balance between freshness and savoriness.

Located at 80 Rue Charonne in the 11th arrondissement, anyone who gets a chance to dine at the Septime is lucky indeed.  Dinner is seven courses and costs 80 euros a person, which isn’t too bad considering Septime has been awarded its first Michelin star. In particular, it’ll cost you $85 for five courses at lunch and $150 for seven courses at dinner.

However, the big challenge here is securing a reservation at this vegetarian-friendly restaurant. Our advice? Ask your hotel concierge to work their magic. Or head to Grébaut and partner Théophile Pourriat’s two excellent nearby restaurants: wine bar Septime La Café, and seafood-focused Clamato.

septime – 80 rue charonne 75011 paris
open for lunch tuesday – friday 12:15PM//2:30PM
open for dinner monday – friday 7:30PM//11PM
price range: €€€

2. Le Clarence

Image sourced from World’s 50 Best Restaurant website.

Chef Christophe Pelé’s regal gastronomic restaurant infuses classic French cuisine with global touches and came to the scene in 2015.

While traditional, Le Clarence also has some modern touches and includes flavours from around the world. You can find lunch options ranging from 3 to 6 courses that will cost you between 90€ to 190€. On the other hand, dinner includes 3 to 7 courses for around 130€ to 320€. Some of the dishes included veal sweetbread, morel gyoza, caviar and squid ink, fried mochi topped with sea bream in a pool of Korean-spiked kimchi juice! What diverse flavours!

No wonder this restaurant is included in the World’s 50 Best restaurants at number 28!

le clarence – 31 Av. Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 75008 paris
open for lunch wednesday – friday 12:30PM//1:30PM
open for dinner tuesday – friday 7:30PM//9PM
price range: €€€

3. Arpège

Image sourced from Alain Passade

At the helm is Alan Passard and he needs no introduction. He’s remained at the top of his game and his restaurant, Arpège, with three Michelin stars for over two decades is indeed one of the Top restaurants in the world! Back in 2019, it won the Chefs’ Choice Award too.

Let’s talk about the food — all vegetarian, with some exceptions. Passard supplies the ingredients from their own farms. You can find an ever changing menu, however, the latest one includes one called ‘Earth and Sea’ – a delightful dish: white asparagus with turnip carpaccio, Kalamata bottargo and a lemon grape fondue. Finish off your main with a macaron with Guanaja truffles. Yummy!

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arpege- 84 Rue de Varenne, 75007 paris
open for lunch Tuesday – friday 12PM//2:30PM
open for dinner Monday – friday 7:30PM//10.30PM
price range: €€€

4. Clamato

Also run by the same chef as Septime, Clamato is Bertrand Grebaut’s latest project. Focusing on seafood fare, Clamato is the place to go for something fresh, exciting and rejuvenating.

Everything on their menu is delivered daily from L’ille d’Yeu, an extremely rare delight to find in Paris.  Among the menu items are Belle de Corde oysters (23 euros), raw cuttle fish from Oléron (14 euros), and even whole sea bass (39 euros).

This modern, high-quality seafood certainly deserves its spot on our list of 11 Amazing Restaurants in Paris in 2022. 

clamato – 80 Rue de Charonne, 75011 Paris
open weekdays 12PM//2:30PM and 7PM//11PM
open weekends 12PM//11PM
metro station: charonne
price range: €€€

5. La Poule au Pot

La Poule au Pot, located in the central first arrondissement at 9 Rue Vauvilliers is the place to go if you want to experience the magic of fine French cuisine. This traditional French bistro is run by famous chef Jean-Francois Piège.

This long standing restaurant was saved and restored by Piège, who offers locals and tourists a delicious place of refuge in bustling Paris. Chef Piège is known for his inventive take on traditional French comfort foods, putting a new spin on the tried and true classics.

Despite the name of the restaurant, there is in fact no chicken on the menu itself. Instead, La Poule au Pot offers dishes such as a veal shoulder roast, an exceptional tomato salad, escargot, and steak dishes as well. You can also find foie gras, escargot, for instance, and a long wine list.

This is the place to go if you want polished French service, an intriguing and timeless interior, and flavorful dishes!

la poule au pot – 9 Rue Vauvilliers, 75001 Paris
open daily for lunch 12PM//2PM
open nightly for dinner 7PM//11PM
metro station: châtelet les halles
price range: €€€

6. Benoit Paris

Benoit Paris is one of 2019's best restaurants

Image soured from Benoit Paris

If you want to stick to the high standards of Michelin dining, you can’t go wrong with booking a table at Benoit Paris. Located at 20 rue Saint Martin, Benoit Paris is a classic restaurant that has been around since 1912! A true staple of the city, and especially of its neighborhood Le Marais, it’s hard to find a Parisian that hasn’t heard of this charming and historic bistro.

Here you will find a tempting selection of France’s finest meats including a calf’s head with ravigote sauce, a pan-seared beef fillet, as well as any seafood plate your heart desires including thick Scottish salmon steak and seared sea scallops.

Although these plates may not be the most inventive ones you will find in Paris, it’s well-worth the price tag to experience French cooking done right. You will be amazed by the difference in both atmosphere and quality.

If you want to see one of the last ‘true’ Parisian bistros, then you need to make a stop here.

benoit paris – 20 Rue Saint-Martin, 75004 Paris
open daily for lunch 12PM//2PM
open nightly for dinner weekdays 7.30pm//9.30pm // weekends 7pM//9.30PM
metro station: châtelet
price range: €€€€

7. Uma Nota

Uma Nota

Image sourced from Uma Nota

Taking a breather from the traditional French cuisine, let’s talk about some of the more provocative and groundbreaking restaurants in Paris in 2022. Uma Nota, a unique Brazilian Japanese street food restaurant fits the bill perfectly.

This open minded and inviting environment is exactly the place you want to go if you want to try something new and unusually delightful! Combining the art of Japanese cuisine with Brazilian ingredients, Uma Nota is certain to blow you away.

Their signature dishes include ceviche Amarillo prepared with snapper, prawns, marinated squid with leche tiger, aji amarillo and coriander. With the precision of a Japanese chef and the delectable and ripe ingredients of Brazil, these plates are sure to be nothing like you’ve experienced before.

Located at 86 Rue Réaumur, Uma Nota certainly deserves its spot on our list of 11 amazing restaurants in Paris in 2023. 

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uma nota – 86 Rue Réaumur, 75002 Paris
open weekdays 12pM//2PM and 6PM//12AM
open saturday 6PM//12AM
metro station: réamur sebastopol or sentier
price range: €€

8. Miznon

Miznon Paris

Image sourced from Miznon

If you had not yet had the pleasure of experiencing Isreali cuisine, now is the time. Located at  22 Rue des Ecouffes, Miznon has been the buzz of the city for a restaurant providing top notch middle eastern cuisine. Here you will find delicious yet healthy dishes such as roasted cauliflower, lamb kebab, and their famous potato pita bread. 

Anyone living in Paris is extremely lucky to have such a diverse and exciting array of cuisine, and Miznon is pure proof of that! The dishes here are more casual compared to the likes of Benoit Paris or Septime, so Miznon makes a great lunch time stop or late night hangout.

miznon Marais – 22 Rue des Ecouffes, 75004 Paris
open sunday – thursday 12PM//11PM
open friday 12PM//3.30PM
metro station: saint paul
price range: €€

9. Breizh Café

Whether you’re simply craving a good crepe or a first-timer, Breizh Café at 14 Rue Des Petits Carreaux is sure to impress. Specializing in the art of traditional crepe making with a modern Japanese twist, Breizh only uses the finest and freshest ingredients, a vital component of any quality crepe.

You can opt for a classic, fail-proof ham cheese an egg crepe or go for some of their more decadent options, including a lobster and yellow chicken crepe.

breizh café – 109 Rue Vieille du Temple, 75003 Paris
open daily 10AM//11PM
metro station: saint sebastien froissart
price range: €€

10. Mijo T

Of all of the amazing restaurants in Paris, Mijo T is perhaps my favorite in all of the city. Located in a quaint side street in Belleville at 6 Rue Victor Letalle, Mijo T serves comforting and surprising French cuisine in an intimate and charming setting.

Mijo T takes farm to table restaurant to a whole new level. Specializing in the utilization of local and seasonal ingredients, the chef rotates the menu nearly daily. This restaurant serves food that is as comforting as it is surprising, combining flavors that are nothing short of sublime.

Whenever I eat at Mijo T, I can’t help but go for the full three course meal paired with a wine recommended by the chef. The desserts are always splendid, the service is unmatched, and the location is as peaceful as it gets in Paris.

If you can only get to one or two places on this list of the top 11 most amazing restaurants in Paris in 2022, highly recommend that this be one of them.

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mijo t – 6 Rue Victor Letalle, 75020 Paris
open tuesday – saturday 7PM//10:30PM
price range: €€

11. Bagnard

Bagnard is the impressive restaurant from famous chef Yoni Saada, a son and grandson of the oldest butchery in Paris, located right in Le Marais. Known for having some of the best Mediterranean plates in the city, Bagnard is the epitome of trendy cuisine in the best way.

Does it serve elegant food in a casual way or casual food in an elegant way? We can’t decide. All we know is that the menu is colorful, full of flavor, and has something for everyone.

When you come to Bagnard, you can expect dishes such as pan bagnat, their signature avocado toast, and fresh pasta dishes that change on a weekly basis. Not only is this one of the most Instagrammable restaurants in Paris, it is also as satisfying as it is healthy.

If you want to take your lunch out to the next level, I highly recommend stopping over to Bagnard located at 7 Rue Saint-Augustin. They’ve also got another branch at 50 Rue de Saintonge.

bagnard Paris – 7 Rue Saint-Augustin, 75002 Paris
open Monday – friday 11:30AM//3:30PM
metro station: bourse or quatre septembre
price range: €€

12. Le Jules Verne

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Located on the second floor of the Eiffel Tower, Le Jules Verne has a fantastical environment that invites exploration and travel. Frédéric Anton, Meilleur Ouvrier de France, has only one wish: to run a sumptuous Jules Verne with an adept hand, providing an unrivaled gastronomic experience.

Enjoy the rush and bustle of the Eiffel Tower and the myriad colors of Paris for your private or business lunches. Dinner at Jules Verne is a time and space-traveling experience. Dishes that are structured, sharp, and elegant, like abstract art paintings. Get away from it all with a business breakfast 125 meters above the noise and bustle of Paris.

Enjoy the luxury of a once-in-a-lifetime event with your colleagues, partners, or clients. Maximum of 25 persons for private bookings and by quotation only. Jules Verne’s expert sommeliers have curated a list of gold standards in wine to complement Frédéric Anton’s cuisine.

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Eiffel Tower, 2ème, Av. Gustave Eiffel, 75007 Paris, France
open daily 12-1:30 pm//7-9 pm
metro station: Champ de Mars Tour Eiffel STATION
price range: €€€€

13. Restaurant Guy Savoy

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Guy Savoy is continuing the story he began a few decades ago in the remarkable setting of the Hôtel de la Monnaie, when, as a young child, he would peer into the pans in the kitchen of his family’s restaurant, La Buvette de l’Esplanade, in Bourgoin-Jallieu.

He’s taken things to the next level here, with six dining rooms decorated with contemporary paintings and sculptures (several contributed by François Pinault) and old-fashioned windows overlooking the Seine. The beauty of the setting does not detract from the chef’s aim, which is to honor French food every day.

Signature meals include artichoke soup with black truffle and layered truffled mushroom brioche, iced poached oysters, and red mullet swimming in the sea’ with a courgette garnish. Every lunch service includes one table allocated for (relatively) less wealthy customers who can order three dishes for €130 ($145).

Note that men are required to wear a dinner jacket in order to be in perfect harmony with the beautiful, aesthetic ambiance of the restaurant.

Monnaie de Paris, 11 Quai de Conti, 75006 Paris, France
open Tue-fri 12-2:30pm//7-11 pm
open sat 7-11 pm
metro station: Saint-Michel station
price range: €€€€

14. L’Ambroisie

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For nearly three decades, this restaurant has held three Michelin stars. It is one of the most traditional three-star hotels in the world, located on the Place des Vosges in Paris.  There is no tasting menu, simply a la carte, thus one should order an appetizer, a main dish, and possibly cheese and/or dessert.

Appetizers and main dishes range from 95 to 170 euros, while desserts are a (relatively) more modest 38 euros. Wines by the glass range in price from 50 to 150 Euros. This costs almost the same as a meal at any of Paris’ other three-star restaurants but with less variety in the menu.

The menu is only available in French. Allow yourself to get carried away: emotion pours through in every dish, from lobster fricassee with civet sauce and Saint-Germain mousseline to scallops with leeks, potatoes, and truffles to tarte fine sablée with bitter cocoa and vanilla ice cream.

9 Pl. des Vosges, 75004 Paris, France
open Tue-sat 12-1:45pm//8-9:45 pm
metro station: Saint-Paul
price range: €€€€

15. Pierre Gagnaire

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This is a must-try dining for intrepid foodies with deep pockets. Pierre Gagnaire continues to experiment with French culinary standards in a remodeled space dominated by a magnificent charcoal piece, an “urban cave painting” featuring a bestiary by the artist Adel Abdessemed.

He was named the greatest chef in the world by his peers in 2015. Gagnaire’s restaurant, which has been awarded three Michelin stars since 1996, is designed in his image; modern and unfussy, striking a chord of understated elegance in perfect harmony with attentive and delicate service. The three-course lunch menu is €90 ($100), but prices rise sharply after that, with the top-tier evening menu costing €310 ($340).

6 Rue Balzac 75008, 6 Rue Balzac, 75008 Paris, France
open Tue-fri 12-1:30pm//7:30-9:30 pm
metro station: George V
price range: €€€€

16. Allard

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Allard is one of the last of its kind classic gourmet, bistros that you return to time and again. A traditional early-20th-century design sets the stage for classic cuisine with a strong bistro influence. Here, beauty is both in the room and on the plate.

A small dining area with diffused lighting, dark wood paneling, a red leather banquette, tobacco-stained walls, and floral-printed wallpaper that transforms every tête-à-tête into a scene from a Merchant Ivory film.

Note that this classic eatery is only accessible through its kitchen! On the menu are dishes like potato and herrings in oil, calf’s sweetbreads with morel mushrooms, and Bresse chicken.


41 Rue Saint-André des Arts, 75006 Paris, France
open daily 12-2pm//7-10 pm
metro station: Odéon
price range: €€€

17. Epicure

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This is a triple-Michelin-starred restaurant, complete with white tablecloths, impeccable service, elegant décor, and culinary prowess. The dining room is large and open, with the best tables facing the window that views the hotel’s (Le Bristol) interior garden.

Music and chatter are muffled, allowing you to concentrate on a meal that borders on sacred. Lean into the meticulous Frenchiness you won’t be worrying about the decor once Eric Frechon’s first dish is set in front of you.

Epicure is one of the most important reservations for individuals who regard themselves as true gourmets. The macaroni packed with black truffle, artichoke, and duck foie gras, gratinée with aged Parmesan, is a must-try for visitors to Paris.

Most mortals will be overwhelmed by the wine selection, so we recommend leaving it to the keen sommelier, who is nuanced enough to interpret your body language if his recommendations are too pricey.

112 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, 75008 Paris, France
open sun-mon 7-10:30am
open tue-sat 7-10:30am//12-1:30pm//7:30-9:30pm
metro station: Odéon
price range: €€€

18. Le Cinq

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Le Cinq by Christian Le Squer is identified with the pinnacle of French modern and refined cuisine, combined with the rarest wines chosen by award-winning Head Sommelier Eric Beaumard.

Its three Michelin stars reflect a once-in-a-lifetime gourmet experience in one of the city’s most spectacular dining rooms. The employees are all lovely and discreet, and they are all quite aware of what is going on.

The setting is elegant and magnificent. It’s quite soothing and pleasurable. I would absolutely recommend it as a nice treat. It’s out of this world and merits all of its accolades and Michelin stars.

31 Av. George V, 75008 Paris, France
open tue-sat 7-10 pm
metro station: George V
price range: €€€€

19. Le Chateaubriand

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At this laid-back, hip Paris institution, you’re at the mercy of Basque chef Iaki Aizpitarte. There are no menus, and the no-choice taster changes daily and seasonally.

Aizpitarte is recognized for his daring flavor combinations (think steamed turbot with rhubarb and elderflowers or cherry ice cream with dried capers), and the wine list avoids French vineyards in favor of biodynamic and organic bins from all over the world.

Le Chateaubriand has revolutionized the city’s eating scene and fallen in the World’s 50 Best rankings since it launched in 2006. I recommend it for more experimental customers who prefer natural wine and an unfussy, fast-paced dining space. 

129 Ave Parmentier, 75011 Paris, France
open tue-thur 7-11 pm
open fri 12:15-1:30 pm//7-11 pm
metro station: Goncourt
price range: €€€

20. Le Jardin d’Hiver

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Jardin d’Hiver is the ideal hideaway for a spectacular family gathering or tête-à-tête. Travelers and Parisians can dine all day or indulge their sweet tooth with magnificent desserts prepared by the head pastry chef Matthieu Carlin.

With a variety of tea selections and an amazing champagne combination, Jardin d’Hiver is the finest destination for tea time. Indulge at “Le Goûter des Lords,” which serves delicious canapés and pastries. 

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3 Rue de Castiglione, 75001 Paris, France
open daily 12-9 pm
metro station: Filles du Calvaire
price range: €€€€

We hope you enjoyed this list of 20 Amazing Restaurants in Paris in 2023! Let us know if you get the pleasure of dining at any of these exciting restaurants or if you already have. What better city to eat to your heart’s content than Paris?! Enjoy!

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