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By Elite Traveler | February 27 2018
The Parisian dining scene is unlike any other in the world. In the best restaurants in Paris, exquisite French cooking is paired with opulent decor and exceptional service. Savor renowned French gastronomy in our pick of the city’s top gourmet establishments.
Ducasse’s most ambitious project to date, this three-Michelin-starred restaurant takes an architectural approach to dining. In lieu of flashy decor, the favors simple furnishings that let the food take center stage. Finely molded dove-colored walls in the traditional style are complemented by modern table settings and furniture with a splash of orange, all illuminated by an immense chandelier of delicate crystals suspended on invisible strings. Ducasse’s chefs use only the best ingredients, sourced according to season, to ensure that each dish reaches its full flavor potential. Langoustine tartare is seasoned only with lime juice, salt and pepper so as not to obscure its pure ocean taste. Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athenée has achieved reader recognition in Elite Traveler‘s Top 100 Restaurants in the World.
Restaurant Guy Savoy is a culinary shrine to the skills of its namesake. Renowned not only for its food but also for impeccable service, characterized by happiness and conviviality instead of inaccessible aloofness, this three-Michelin-starred restaurant consistently enthralls its diners and is a source of inspiration for many other chefs. Signature dishes include Savoy’s artichoke soup dressed with black truffle shavings and accompanied by brioche slathered with truffle butter and the chocolate orb dessert, over which warm mango coulis is poured at the last minute to create a delicious melting effect. Each day for lunch, Guy Savoy reserves one table for guests to indulge in a French gourmet experience. Restaurant Guy Savoy has achieved reader recognition in Elite Traveler‘s Top 100 Restaurants in the World.
This extravagant two-Michelin-starred restaurant serves world-class classic European cuisine in an elegant and harmonious white and silver setting. Wines and champagnes are kept in a specially created wine cellar opening onto the dining room, while a special chef’s table in the kitchen allows guests a closer view of what’s going on. Dishes include such lavish offerings as sautéed blue lobster with champagne, sea bass with goldleaf risotto and scallops with white alba truffle foam. Le Meurice has achieved reader recognition in Elite Traveler‘s Top 100 Restaurants in the World.
One of the oldest restaurants in Paris, Pavillon Ledoyen first opened its doors 1792 and was the place to see and be seen during the Belle Époque. Today, the rich décor harks back to its historical legacy with ornate stucco details and silk brocades, but the real pièce de résistance here is the stunning French haute cuisine. Earning the top mark of three Michelin stars, the restaurant serves modern dishes inspired by classical French fare from Chef Yannick Alléno. Pavillon Ledoyen has achieved reader recognition in Elite Traveler‘s Top 100 Restaurants in the World.
Reminiscent of an ornate château dining room, Le Cinq is undoubtedly luxurious yet also welcoming. The elegant dining room bathed in gold, the oil paintings adorning the walls and the beautiful flower arrangements all set the scene for this gastronomic experience. Awarded three Michelin stars, it serves classic French food with a contemporary inflection, with menus changing seasonally to make the most of each ingredient chosen. Chef Christian Le Squer ’s delicious creations include traditional fare such as roasted grouse alongside more modern dishes such as lightly smoked eel with black bread and grape juice reduction. Le Cinq has achieved reader recognition in Elite Traveler‘s Top 100 Restaurants in the World.
This Michelin-starred restaurant was opened by Chef Jean Pierre Vigato in 2004. Apicius extends over a number of rooms in the magnificent Hotel Schneider, previously the residence of 19th century man of affairs, the Marquis de Talhouët. Guests can choose to dine in the Dining Room, the Klimt Room – adorned with superb reproductions of Klimt’s golden-toned artworks – or the Petit Salon, an intimate room for six to eight people. The cuisine is modern French; light, elegant, inventive, but with the unmistakeable hallmarks of traditional bourgeois dishes.
On the chic Left Bank, Alain Passard’s L’Arpège is dedicated to creating cuisine filled with harmony; every ingredient of every dish is carefully considered to ensure it matches the rest, the result of which is a three-Michelin-starred rating. Passard is also devoted to quality; since 2000, the restaurant has been supplied by its own three potagers or kitchen gardens, which produce 40 tons of fresh, all natural ingredients annually. Experience this devotion in the sleek main dining room, or book the private dining room for up to 14 guests. L’Arpège has achieved reader recognition in Elite Traveler’s Top 100 Restaurants in the World.
Comprised of two dining rooms – Winter and Summer – used according to the rhythms of the season, this three-Michelin-starred destination in Le Bristol Paris attracts with its gorgeous surroundings and delectable culinary offerings. Based upon traditional French cuisine, yet always evolving and being improved, the dishes created by head chef Eric Frechon aim to bring back to the forefront of the gastronomical world simple but delicious combinations made with quality seasonal ingredients. Try the hearty roast saddle of venison with celeriac purée and beetroot in port accompanied by a wine chosen by Chief Sommelier Marco Pelletier. Epicure has achieved reader recognition in Elite Traveler’s Top 100 Restaurants in the World.
Lasserre’s key concepts are discretion, service, and ultra-fine dining. A bastion of French haute cuisine, this Michelin-starred Old World-style restaurant aims to offer each guest a refined and charming experience, enhanced by an incredible attention to detail in all areas. Dine on classic dishes such as roast pigeon with seasonal vegetables, or spiced duck with roasted figs in red wine sauce, and don’t forget to look up at the frescoed roof by artist Touchagues, which retracts in good weather to reveal the Parisian sky.
Towering above the Parisian boulevards on the second level of the Eiffel Tower, Le Jules Verne is far from a tourist trap, contrary to what you might assume given the flocks of visitors below. With bold modern decor by Patrick Jouin and cuisine by the legendary Alain Ducasse, it offers a classic French menu with contemporary twists, in addition to sweeping views over western Paris through floor-to-ceiling bay windows. Rigorously selected ingredients are combined to produce mouthwatering creations such as seared turbot with leeks and black fig sauce, and pineapple and green apple vacherin.
For those that have grown tired of heavy French classics and desire premium ingredients arranged in an exciting, innovative way, the choice is Pierre Gagnaire At the center point of the Michelin-starred chef’s worldwide restaurant group, taste bizarre and beautiful combinations of flavors from all over the globe in this stylish location, where the artistry of the plates is complemented by the plush slate-grey tones of the interior decor. Particularly appealing is the tasting menu, which includes such dishes as porterhouse steak enrobed in a jus of beef tongue with tamarind, accompanied by butternut squash marmalade. Pierre Gagnaire has achieved reader recognition in Elite Traveler’s Top 100 Restaurants in the World.
Boasting a serious reputation for excellence, Astrance is high on many a gastronome’s wish list. Head Chef Pascal Barbot learned the tools of the trade in L’Arpège and delivers technically brilliant food with a daily bespoke menu composed of adventurous flavor combinations. With only 26 covers, guests must book in advance to dine at this three-Michelin-starred establishment. Choose from Menu Saison, Menu Astrance or, for lunch, the Menu du Déjeuner. has achieved reader recognition in Elite Traveler’s Top 100 Restaurants in the World.
L’Ambroisie combines elegant French haute cuisine and Parisian sophistication in the historic heart of the capital. Headed by chefs Bernard and Mathieu Pacaudhe, the cuisine is classical, sophisticated and seasonal, creating a unique tribute to every ingredient. L’Ambroisie has achieved reader recognition in Elite Traveler’s Top 100 Restaurants in the World.