My Best Restaurants in Paris!

Ok this is a heavy issue with Paris been a culinary delight and gastronomic excellence there ought to be a lot of differences of mind in choosing one restaurant. However, I emphasize this is most of the restaurants I have visited, so my list. I think that visiting the city every day , worked in it for 9 years , while living in royal Versailles put me in a good level to express an opinion on the subject. Of course, disclaimer as said tastes are very touchy issue ,we all have our favorites; and if you come and try one, it becomes your favorite no matter what. However, if you visit these you will be delighted. Therefore, let me update for you and me my best restaurants in Paris!

We step into the La Flamme 6 avenue de Wagram, It has a colorful ambiance in purple and red, with terrace and French traditional dishes. Right down from the Arc de Triomphe on Avenue de Wagram right hand side. The baroque period frames are bordering the TV screen  The service was very good and the place very cozy indeed even for a family to be quiet. More info here: https://laflammeparis.fr/

There is Pizza Pino. The pizzerias are very popular and found in several locations in Paris. My favs are in more the 57 bd de Montparnasse and the Place de la République. The Champs-Elysées location has closed. More here: https://www.pizzapino.fr/restaurant-italien/pizza-pino-montparnasse/

Café bar La Marine for a taste of some fish and chips with cold Carlsberg beers and a new taste of  IPA rather sweeter brew; just nice ,,,,as always. Great cozy tables and great sports match ambiance; more here:https://fr.restaurantguru.com/La-Marine-Paris-2

This is a chain where I have been to the Place de la République and Avenue du Maine locations. The  Indiana Café , great crowd, wonderful service and a great pastrami burger with a good Affligem beers. More info: http://www.indianacafe.fr/restaurants-clubs/46/republique.html

Café L’ Imperiale, 240 rue Rivoli, 75001. open from lunch and dinner long hours. Metro Concorde or Tuileries lines 1,8,12.  This was and is my stop for a quick meal, coffee or a drink with a magnificent location across from the jardin des tuileries. I used to work nearby so for an after lunch coffee or an after work quiet happy hour it is great. Quick meal on your way to the Louvre too. no web but cant missed it intersection of rue de Rivoli and rue Rouget de Lisle. More here: http://limperialrivoli.com/

I had my lunch and drinks at La Terrasse du 7éme resto on the place de l’école militaire, all there in the square is good and sublime. More info here: https://www.laterrassedu7.com/  

I can’t tell you enough about this place, I worked in management of the chain Intercontinental Hotels Group and they were and are attach to the Le Grand Hotel at Opéra. Historical, grand and magnificent meals to remember forever. The Café de la Paix webpage: https://www.cafedelapaix.fr/en/

I used to work by Montparnasse before moving to the Morbihan/Brittany and the  Cafe Montparnasse was tops More here https://www.cafemontparnasse.fr/

I was invited to an event at the Institut du Monde Arabe, 1 rue des Fossés Saint Bernard, 5éme; very nice views of Paris and the food is great too. The Zyriab Restaurant that is. More here: https://www.imarabe.org/en/practical-information/restaurants-and-cafe 

You entered the resto by avenue Winston-Churchill, pont Alexandre-III, the resto call the Mini Palais  inside the Grand Palais, with great views over the pont Alexandre III, more here: http://www.minipalais.com/?lang=en_us

Casa del Campo,  ironically the one I frequent the most was at the pl de la Republique and it closed to moved to Bercy Village at 55 Cours Saint Emilion, and tapas and cruzcampo beers ; went to pay a visit as well . More here: https://www.casadelcampo.fr/contact.php

The Bistro Saint Ferdinand is part of a group of Bistro run by Dorr ,and it is just around the corner from the Porte Maillot on 275 Bd Pereire. The concept is simple a fixe menu per person including sharing a bottle of wine for two, entrée, plat, and dessert, plus coffee. the price is ok for Paris , and the food has improved from my first visit here a few years back. More info: http://www.legrandbistro.fr/fr/restaurant-maillot-saint-ferdinand.php#restaurant-maillot-saint-ferdinand.php

The Moulin à Caffé ,  22 rue de Caumartin ; not far from the Grand department stores at Haussmann. Nice place indeed, recall one day took 10 of my colleagues here and was a bash!!! Very nice service ,great food, funny actics of the owner server, and the fun for everyone nice prices. More here: http://www.restaurant-lemoulinacaffe.fr/

We had to go out with a bunch of colleagues this time to introduce me to this gem, been over and over . The Au Petit Riche, 23 rue Le Peletier,9éme walking from the grand dept stores on Haussmann to rue Le Peletier left , and it was a great choice. We were on the second floor or 1er étage in France, nice view over the window on the street below, and away from the more noisy street level area. More here: https://www.restaurant-aupetitriche.com/en/

One local gem à la Americain with nutty entertainment to boot, usual sports bars and great service will do at the American Dream, 21 rue Daunou, 2éme . more here: http://www.american-dream.fr/

The a world beater of the Hard Rock Café , 14 boulevard Montmartre 9éme; good stuff food anywhere with live sports, music TV. More here: https://www.hardrockcafe.com/location/paris/

The Le Café des Musées, 49 Rue de Turenne. deco 1900, nice and good views ;1930’s look. more here: https://www.lecafedesmusees.fr/en/

Go high up the Tour Montparnasse and find the Ciel de Paris , entrance by 23 avenue du Maine, good food too and of course the best view of Paris… More here: http://www.cieldeparis.com/

Then, if you want a bit of Brittany in Paris go by the Little Brittany neighborhood and try Creperie Josselin, 67 rue du Montparnasse, metro edgar quinet line 6. Deco a la Breton, very popular its always full. More here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/La-Cr%C3%AAperie-de-Josselin/249926208460608?_rdr

Some exotic try a cigar and mojito ,and salsa at Cubana Cafe, 47 rue Vavin, metro Vavin, line 4 with webpage : https://www.cubanacafe.com/

The brasserie Chez Eugene is an old family favorite, my first meal ever at the Butte de Montmartre was here back in 1991! Still going strong… More here: https://chezeugene-paris.fr/en

O’Sullivans Pubs several all over like tried Cergy and St Germain en Laye (closed) ,however,my favorite is the one at the Grands Boulevards, 1 blvd Montmartre, metro grands boulevards lines 8 and 9. sports tv all over, even some music, best second floor up to your left in front of bar counter. More here: https://www.osullivans-pubs.com/en/irish-pub/grands-boulevards/

Le 7éme Vin restaurant,68 ave Bosquet, tel +33 01 45 51 15 97 .  This place rocks ,never a let down all handle by able friendly courteous service by the owner Olivier. Near école Militaire, more here: https://restaurant7emevin.fr/

Belushi’s Bar, The Americans in Paris, a chain with many in various cities in Europe. In Paris at 159 rue de Crimée,  inside the Christopher’s hostal 19éme. tel +33 01 40 34 34 40.Metro Crimée line 7 or Laumiére line 5. Five big screen TVs for all the action and great burgers, an American diner in Paris. Now by Gare du Nord as well. More here: http://www.belushis.com/bars/paris/canal

The Great Canadian Pub, 25 Quai des Grands Augustin, 6éme.tel +33 01 46 33 54 20.Metro St Michel line 4. Great ambiance very popular with expats get togethers in Paris.  More here: https://www.facebook.com/tgcparis/

One of the nice places to eat and dance is at Cuba Compagnie Bastille, 48 Boulevard Beaumarchais, 11éme. salsa ambiance, mojitos, and Cuba. More here: https://www.cubacompagnie.com/

Au Trappiste, 4 rue Saint Denis, 4éme.  metro Chatelet line 4,11. Here you are in Belgium with the monks; lots of good beer, simple good portions of food, moules or mussels and fries,and grill sausages. The first or ground floor is more noisy ,the second floor more calm and better views! of Chatelet. its just by the metro exit and rue Rivoli. Best way is the metro ,the RER is too crowded to get here. One of my all time favorites,many times here and great meetings of visiting and local friends over the years. More here: https://www.facebook.com/autrappisteparis/

Au Métro, 18 bd Pasteur, 15éme, Open from 7h until there is nobody in the place ! even Sundays during world cup plays. metro Pasteur lines 6,12. The cradle of rugby in Paris, if you like beers,and good fun, great ambiance,friendly people and can see a match of rugby than comes here you wont be disappointed. Always something happening.  Great for a start of your evening here and then go for more substantial restaurant or a very late night snack .More info here: https://restaurantguru.com/Au-Metro-Paris-3

La Perla, 26 rue François Miron, 4éme. metro hotel de ville line 1,11. behind the Hôtel de Ville de Paris. Tequila I found you in Paris, great bar, and fast texmex food, huge selection of cocktails and beers. A great chic crowd after work, and a fantastic place to start or end your day in Paris. More here: http://www.laperla-paris.com/

Le Comptoir du Relais, 9 carrefour de l’Odéon. Metro Odéon line 10 or Marbillon line 10. a great location ,great food and great service cant ask for more. People passing spectacle in a nice area; relax after a long walk in Paris or come after work. In the bottom of the excellent Relais Saint Germain hotel. More here:  https://www.hotel-paris-relais-saint-germain.com/restaurants/le-comptoir

Joe Allen, 30 rue Pierre Lescot,75001. Open  Sundays to Wednesdays from midday to 00h30 ,and Thursdays to Saturdays from midday to 01h. Tel +33 01 42 36 70 13. Metro Chatelet lines 11,4. The New York address in Paris and a great place to meet with me and other Americans in Paris. .Other locations in New York and London . More here: https://joeallenpariscommu.wixsite.com/websiteofficiel

The Villa Verdi Italian restaurant. Very friendly , got even to practice on my Italian a bit ::) Very nice indeed, and  good reviews by all; More on the restaurant here: https://www.villaverdi.fr/en/

At Au Dernier Metro is the work of a family from the always enterprising bistro tribe of the capital, the Basques. It was not born yesterday, since the Lafargue family, originally from Mauléon, (see post) have been in charge for thirty years. More here : https://auderniermetro.fr/en

The simple but chic  Berts right next Alma-Marceau metro line 9 exit off the Avenue du Président WilsonThe Berts is a French chain of fast food restaurants proposing sandwiches and pastries etc à la Française of course. Webpage:  https://www.berts.fr/en/address-contact/

This place is so well placed that it can be reached by any means of transport. A smiling staff shows a high level of hospitality at this place. Friendly service is what guests love here. You can expect an attractive price in this steakhouse chain restaurant, Buffalo Grill République. More info : https://www.buffalo-grill.fr/restaurant/paris-republique

My favorite hangout in the area Le Café de l’Esplanade just off the side seeing all the canons of the army museum! great service and glorious food. More info : https://cafe-de-lesplanade.fr/informations/

We had a blast at Cafe du Commerce,51 rue du commerce,15éme. The service,the food and the wine was good ,More info here : https://www.lecafeducommerce.com/

This Rotonde de la Muette with its Art-deco facade, its terrace, its interior revised, wooded, colorful, the fashion of today in simili Garcia, is the place where to meet oneself.   the ideal place to rest for a breakfast with friends or a client. Recently renovated a year ago, this brewery has kept its stamp while gaining a touch of modernity. Their webpage https://www.rotondemuette.paris/

Le Cassenoix or the nutcracker at 56 Rue de la Fédération 15éme. I had a wonderful basque dish of pork and choucroute, with perle de japon fruit cocktail dessert, and expresso coffee, all wash down by a nice Bordeaux chosen by the hosts for the occasion. The place is nicely decorated with antiques of Paris, and all wallpaper very nice. One more nice address in Paris, More info here: https://www.le-cassenoix.fr/

The Indiana Café and was as good as old for dinner, great crowd, wonderful service and a great pastrami burger with a good Affligem beers, and double noisette coffee. A great place and chain and glad they are still going strong, More info: https://www.indianacafe.fr/restaurants-clubs/46/republique.html

The Bodega Cambronne.  Add a layer, come and revive the Spanish music to your ears with concerts organized at the Bodega Cambronne every weekend. You can,  also eat very well. The Bodega Cambronne is at 37, rue Cambronne 15éme.  More info here:  https://la-bodega-cambronne.zenchef.com/en/

Le Clou de Paris ,1 Rue Danton right by the Place Saint André des Arts which itself is near the Place Saint Michel!  Fantastic service and the food was delicious lentils and sausages with bacon, ,crême brulée, all with a quart of Bordeaux house red and expresso coffee, all for about 25€;nice!!! More info here : https://restaurantguru.com/Le-Clou-de-Paris-Paris

The Comptoir Principal , I was there only for a cup of coffee once early in the morning and another on the way out in the late afternoon. However, the service was fast courteous and from what visitors are saying it seems a good place to be. I did stop by myself later on for an apéro! This is just around the Tour Eiffel where my last office in Paris was. More info here: https://www.comptoirprincipal.com/

The Léon de Bruxelles 8 pl de la République, the famous chain of Belgian restaurants specializing in mussels and fries since the end of the 19C, Léon de Bruxelles République welcomes you until late. The undeniable freshness of their products, fresh mussels are delivered every day and well-chosen potato producers to have the best fries! More info here :https://brasserie.restaurantleon.fr/en/republique

And for memories’s sake i have been to several that are now closed for various reasons but need to have here for the souvenirs, the times, the good family times. In honor of these memorable eating places of my eternal Paris.

I had always good service at my now routine place ,Brasserie Porte  Océane, (closed) inside gare Montparnasse on grandes lignes level for the TGV train.

A wonderful find at Restaurant A Table (closed)  in Levallois Perret, right off the rue Georges Pompidou and at 43 Rue Baudin. Service was wonderful and so was the company.

The Charlie Birdie chain (closed) by the quais looking at the Seine and Bois de Boulogne,or at Place Etienne Pernet 15éme.

I stop for dinner a few times here at Restaurant Le Carré (closed) 12 pl Saint Augustin; wonderful modern ambiance and inventive fusion food, tops, chic, class, well done.

It had some personal problems with the owners so some of the chain has closed out I believe this one still open and it was my favorite with the one in Bougival where had my kids birthdays. Chez Clement, (closed) 9 Pl Saint André des Arts, just around the corner from the place Saint Michel.

My fav La Gare (closed) in the 16éme ; several times here and even some visiting friends taken. It is an old train station several years ago converted into a wonderful resto bar in a great area of Paris chic.

Montparnasse 1900, (closed) 59 bd du Montparnasse, great selection of beers for a happy hour or just chat with friends, good views of the square in front.  A historical jewel of Paris.  Now the Bouillon Chartier.

Agua Limon, (closed)12 rue Theophile Roussel, 12éme Metro  Ledru Rollin line 8 or Gare de Lyon lines 1,14. The best Valencian in Paris, the food of Valencia paella per excellence and Horchata drink. Great ambiance and welcome by the owner ,natives of Valencia, Spain.

Bistro Romain, (closed) 122 ave Champs-Elysées, 8éme . Metro George V line 1 near Lido.  A nice cozy Italian chain that wont break your bank and allows for a nice family meal. This is the location of my first date with what was my dear late wife Martine!!!, so it was an annual pilgrimage for us . It had several locations in France.

 Cafe Lacombe (closed) was in rue des Acacias 55 , 17éme of Paris. Also ,the corner with 37 avenue Mac Mahon, The decor is refined with floral decoration, gilding, velvet sofa so nicely done. An exquisite setting to plunge you into a world as beautiful as Paris!

The Brasserie Le Saint Severin (closed) 3 pl St Michel, had a green terrace with a breath of fresh air on Place Saint Michel with its dark green awning with white stripes and a new graphic and exotic visual identity. Inside, the daylight, reflected by the large mirrors and the clear ceiling, illuminates the room and enlarges the volume. Brass and sandblasted glass suspensions, decorative paintings imprinted with gold and pink marble, plant engravings, a set of moldings on the ceiling create a resolutely modern and up-to-date atmosphere. Memories forever! as when friends in Paris wanted to talk we had our apéros here; sort of a happy hour or after work.

There you go folks, I think I remember them all to post here, and sadly some already gone, that is the restaurant business anywhere and in Paris we do have our share of out of business.  Enjoy Paris, it has these and a whole lot more to be life a bit more merrier.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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