Where to Eat Good Ratatouille in Paris?
Ratatouille: a dish made famous by the animated film by the same name!
Ratatouille is a French national dish that is made by stewing a variety of vegetables in oil. It is often served cold, but there are different variations and trends to this meal that has been around since 1778.
Any semi-decent traditional restaurant in Paris should have ratatouille on the menu. It’s by no means a difficult dish to find in the French capital, and it’s equally as easy to make yourself at home if all else fails.
Here are a few spots where the ratatouille is good… real good.
Chez Janou in Paris
Chez Janou is in le Marais and has a bit of a cult following when it comes to French food fanatics. Nearly everything on the menu is worthy of praise, so it comes as no surprise that is would be one of the best places to eat good ratatouille in Paris.
Chez Janou is actually one of few restaurants on this quiet street on the le Marais outskirts. It seems to be perpetually packed with people from all over the world, all of them eager to try the dishes of the nation.
Their ratatouille is superb. It is cooked traditionally the way they do in the south of France where it originated. The Mediterranean flavors are evident and having this as your starter meal is a really impressive journey of taste before you dig into something more hearty.
A really lovely spot for a night out in Paris. I highly recommend it!
Address: Monday to Sunday — 12pm to 3pm // 7pm to 12am
ADDRESS: 2 Rue Roger Verlomme, 75003 Paris, France
Metro STATION: Chemin Vert
Bistrot Richelieu in Paris
Bistrot Richelieu is a wonderful and authentic French bistro near the Louvre Museum in the heart of the city. Finding ratatouille is a sure thing at just about every bistro in the city, but this one is particularly good.
They also do a really great French onion soup; another dish that is held near and dear to the nation. You can tell that the food is authentic because locals come here to dine as well, which is rare considering the restaurant’s proximity to some of the most chaotic tourist attractions in town.
There is a beautiful little patio outside of this restaurant where you should definitely request seating.
If you’re dining with someone I recommend sharing the soup and ratatouille as your starters, and then moving on to a main course of your choosing.
Address: Tuesday to Saturday — 8:30am to 10:30pm
ADDRESS: 45 Rue de Richelieu, 75001 Paris, France
Train STATION: Pyramides
Cafe Louise in Paris
The ratatouille at Cafe Louise was recommended to me by a friend while I was going through an experimental vegetarian phase. If you’ve ever tried to dine vegan or vegetarian at a traditional French restaurant then you’ll know the struggle.
I loved my ratatouille at Cafe Louise. On that note, I loved the whole restaurant as well. I came here for dinner, but I think my next visit will be for their famous Sunday brunch when everywhere else in the neighborhood is closed.
In true Parisian bistro style, Cafe Louise is open morning until morning; you can start eating here at 7am all the way through until 2am the following morning. So if you fancy a ratatouille at one in the morning, you know where to go!
Address: Monday to Sunday — 7am to 2am
ADDRESS: 155 Boulevard Saint-Germain, 75006 Paris, France
Metro STATION: Saint-Germain-des-Prés
Le Potager du Marais in Paris
During my veggie journey I also came across this spot in le Marais, called le Potager du Marais.
It’s an all vegan restaurant, one where they have spent a lot of time morphing tofu into meaty replicas. Their ratatouille is by no means the most impressive thing on this menu, but it is delicious.
The intention behind le Potager du Marais was to provide a spot where people can enjoy all of the French classic dishes without them being covered in butter, cream and meats.
What to expect from the menu? Lasagna, creme brulee, blanquettes, croquettes, artichoke dip, and of course, ratatouille.
There are a few gluten free options for those in need, too.
Address: Wednesday to Sunday — 12pm to 3pm // 7pm to 10:30pm
ADDRESS: 24 Rue Rambuteau, 75003 Paris, France
Metro STATION: Rambuteau
Le Boui Boui in Paris
Back to the Louvre district we go for our last good spot to eat ratatouille in the city.
A charming little bistro with all the French classics you know and love. The ratatouille is on the starter menu and is a really refreshing dish to start your meal experience here.
The owner is usually sauntering around, available to offer any advice on the “top picks” of the menu. Of course, the ratatouille falls amongst them, and the kitchen are very proud of their rendition of this timeless meal.
Something worth noting is that no one who works at le Boui Boui really speaks or understands English. In that way it’s wonderfully authentic, and you’ll get to practice your food ordering in French skills.
Address: Tuesday to Saturday — 10am to 3pm // 7pm to 11:30pm
ADDRESS: 11 Rue Marie Stuart, 75002 Paris, France
Metro STATION: Étienne Marcel
Find some time between hunting down good ratatouille to enjoy a free guided walking tour through your favorite Parisian neighborhood! They depart daily from all over the city center.