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Recommended restaurants in Paris


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Alcazar Bar & Restaurant, 62 rue Mazarine, 6th
Alcazar is the first restaurant in Paris created by British restaurateur and lifestyle guru Sir Terence Conran. It's just as stylish as you'd expect -- all white and high tech. The wait staff is particularly friendly and willing to speak English.
The food is contemporary brasserie fare, with Asian and Mediterranean influences. Duck, sashimi, and grilled leg of lamb are all winners, as is the St-Germain-des-Pres location.
Phone:  01.53.10.19.99
Reservations Recommended
Hours:  Noon to 5:30PM and
7PM to 1AM daily
Credit cards accepted:  AE, DC, MC, V
Main courses from:   14EUR
Fixed-price lunch from:  22EUR

Au Pied de Cochon, 6 rue Coquillière, 1st
Les Halles -- Paris's legendary food market -- is long gone. But the tradition of ending an evening there with a bowl of onion soup lingers on. Au Pied de Cochon is one of the few places in the city where you can get a meal any time you feel like it. You can get just about every part of the pig in addition to the trotters and a reliable steak frites. Lots of tourists, but not that many at 3AM. And the onion soup is the stuff of legend.
Phone:  01.40.13.77.00 Reservations recommended
Hours:  25 hours a day, daily
Credit cards accepted:  AE, DC, MC, V
Main courses from:   13EUR

Au Trou Gascon, 40 rue Taine, 12th
Alain Dutournier learned to cook in his native Gascony in southwestern France. Au Trou Gascon was his first restaurant in Paris, where he earned a Michelin star. He transformed the Belle Epoque dining room into a thoroughly modern bistro with traditional French dishes. His cassoulet is arguably the best in town. And the roasted baby lamb and foie gras draw many savvy Parisian diners. With 800 varieties of wine in the cellar, you'll have no trouble finding the perfect compliment to your dinner. Dutournier has since opened the two-star Carre des Feuillants, but his wife Nicole remains here as the hostess.
Phone:  01.43.44.34.26 Reservations required.
Hours:  Noon to 2PM Monday through Friday; 7:30PM to 10:30PM Monday through Saturday; closed during August
Credit cards accepted:  AE, DC, MC, V
Main courses from:   22EUR
Fixed-price lunch from:  31EUR

Blue Elephant, 43 rue de la Roquette, 11th
For something different, try Blue Elephant, one of nine restaurants from London to New Delhi owned by a Belgian and his Thai wife. The decor is a little kitschy. But the Thai curries, salads and desserts with tropical fruit are exceptional.
Phone:  01.47.00.42.00 Reservations recommended.
Hours:  Noon to 2:30PM Sunday through Friday; 7PM to Midnight Monday through Saturday; 7PM to 11PM Sundays
Credit cards accepted:  AE, DC, MC, V
Main courses from:   13EUR
Fixed Price menu from:  42EUR

Bofinger, 5-7 rue de la Bastille, 4th
This lovely Art Nouveau brasserie founded in the 1860s is now affiliated with La Coupole. And with its beautiful glass dome, the ambience is as big a draw as the food. It's been serving the same Alsatian specialities -- notably choucroute garni -- for more than a century. But recently the menu has been updated to include lighter fare, particularly shellfish. Unlike many restaurants in Paris, Bofinger truly accommodates non-smokers.
Phone:  01.42.72.87.82 Reservations recommended.
Hours:  Noon to 3PM and 6:30PM to 1AM Monday through Friday; Noon to 1AM weekends
Credit cards accepted:  AE, DC, MC, V
Main courses from:   13EUR
Fixed Price menu from:  28EUR

Brasserie Flo, 7 Cour des Petites-Ecuries, 10th
This traditional Alsatian brasserie is a little off the beaten path, but worth finding. Great choucroute garni and shellfish rounded out by Alsatian wine and wonderful beer.
Phone:  01.47.70.13.59
Hours:  Noon to 3PM and 7PM to 1AM daily
Credit cards accepted:  AE, DC, MC, V
Fixed price menu from:   38EUR

Café Beaubourg, 100 rue St-Martin, 4th
If you can get a table on the terrace here, do. The views of the Centre Pompidou add to the appeal of this trendy, post-modern cafe. It's a great place for lunch when you're in the neighborhood and the eclectic menu and people-watching are outstanding.
Phone:  01.48.87.63.96
Hours:  8AM to 1AM Sunday through Thursday; 8AM to 2AM Fridays and Saturdays
Credit cards accepted:  AE, DC, MC, V
Breakfast from:   17EUR
Main courses from:  23EUR

Café de Flore, 172 bd. St-Germain, 6th
Few Parisian cafes have more history. Sartre wrote here. And Camus, Picasso, de Beauvoir, and Salvador Dali were frequent patrons. Today, you might see Karl Lagerfeld or other Parisian movers and shakers. It's a great spot for a memorable, if pricey, Saturday or Sunday brunch.
Phone:  01.45.48.55.26
Hours:  7AM to 2AM daily
Credit cards accepted:  AE, MC, V
Café espresso:   3.50EUR
Glass of beer from:  6EUR

Carré des Feuillants, 14 rue de Castiglione (near place Vendôme and the Tuileries), 1st
Chef Alain Dutournier established himself at Au Trou Gascon before opening this elegant restaurant in a converted 17th-century convent near the Tuilleries. He has been rewarded for his efforts with two Michelin stars. Dutournier's recipe for success is relatively simple -- he serves only the best. His foie gras, cepes, and lamb are the best France has to offer. And his preparations are impeccable. Try petit paté chaud in which he seasons the delicate cepes with walnut oil. Food, service and atmosphere here are superb. Carre des Feuillants offers one of the finest dining experiences in the city.
Phone:  01.42.86.82.82 Reserve well in advance
Hours:  Mon-Fri Noon-2:30PM; Mon-Sat 7:30-10:30PM Closed first 3 weeks in Aug Noon to 2:30PM Monday through Friday; 7:30PM to 10:30PM Monday through Saturday; closed for three weeks in August
Credit cards accepted:  AE, DC, MC, V
Main courses from:   37EUR
Fixed Price menu from:  119EUR

Chez Catherine, 65 rue de Provence, 9th
In business since the 1930s, Chez Catherine serves bistro classics including Sole Meuniere and cassoulet. Expect great traditional cooking here.
Phone:  01.45.26.72.88
Hours:  Noon to 3PM Monday; Noon to 3PM and 8PM to 10:30PM Tuesday through Friday; closed during August
Credit cards accepted:  MC, V
Main courses from:   30.50EUR

Chez Michel, 10 rue de Belzunce, 10th
Brittany-born Thierry Breton trained at the Ritz and cooked for French President Francois Mitterand before opening Chez Michel near the Gare du Nord. There's no better place in Paris for affordable dishes from Normandy and Brittany. Try pork or duck with fruit, oysters, or any of the specials on the blackboard. Top off your dinner with Calvados and kouign-aman, a sinful confection of butter, sugar, and dough.
Phone:  01.44.53.06.20
Hours:  Noon to 2PM and 7:30PM to Midnight Tuesday through Saturday; closed in August
Credit cards accepted:  MC, V
Main courses from:   23EUR
Fixed Price menu from:  28EUR

Dame Tartine, 2 rue Brise-Miche, 4th
There are actually three Dame Tartines, though the one in the Tuilleries goes by the name Cafe Very. All serve up the French version of fast food quickly, with little fuss. Try cinnamon-almond chicken, any of the coconut curries, trout with mashed potatoes, or a salad. Desserts are worth saving room for.
Phone:  01.42.77.32.22
Hours:  Noon to midnight daily
Credit cards accepted:  MC, V
Platters from:   4.80EUR

Epi Dupin, 11 Rue Dupin, 6th
With its exposed beams and great food, this Left Bank bistro is popular with both locals and tourists. Save room for the wonderful desserts.
Phone:  01.42.22.64.56
Hours:  Noon to 3PM and 7:30PM to 10:30PM Monday through Friday
Credit cards accepted:  
Fixed price lunch from:   17.50EUR
Fixed price dinner from:  27EUR

Fish, 68 rue de Seine, 6th
Owned by New Zealander Drew Harre and American Juan Sanchez (who owns La Dernier Goutte around the corner), Fish is equal parts cafe and wine bar. The Mediterrean-influenced menu offers bruschettas, pastas, swordfish with capers and tomatoes, grilled tuna, and the like. Americans longing to hear their native tongue will feel right at home here, though Fish is very popular with Parisians too. And, of course, the wine list is sensational.
Phone:  01.43.54.34.69
Hours:  Noon to 3PM and 7PM to 11PM Tuesday through Sunday
Credit cards accepted:  
Main courses from:   23EUR

Guy Savoy, 18 rue Troyon, 17th
Guy Savoy is one of the most popular chefs in France. Noted for his passion, invention, and attention to detail, Savoy is consistently ackowledged to be one of Europe's leading culinary lights. This restaurant, his flagship, will show you why. The menu is seasonal, making the most of what's best. But you'll often find shellfish, foie gras, and game. Service competes with the best in town. Ordering half portions will help you pace yourself through nine courses. Dinner here is a sublime experience.
Phone:  01.43.80.40.61 Reserve well in advance
Hours:  Noon to 2PM Monday through Friday; 7:30PM to 10:30PM Monday through Saturday
Credit cards accepted:  AE, MC, V
Main courses from:   38EUR

Harry's Bar, 5 rue Daunou, 2nd
Open since 1911, this haunt of Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald was the birthplace of the Bloody Mary. Still a great place for cocktails near the Opera.
Phone:  01.42.61.71.14
Credit cards accepted:  AE, MC, V
Beer from:   3.80EUR
Cocktails from:  8.90EUR

La Coupole, 102 bd. du Montparnasse, 14th
Dating from 1927, this Art Deco Montparnasse brasserie once attracted jazz age luminaries like F. Scott Fitzgerald and Josephine Baker. Nowadays, the mixed crowd is all part of the fun. People watching from the large terrace is unsurpassed. And the food is better than it has to be. Shellfish -- particularly oysters -- choucroute garni, and pepper steak are all good choices.
Phone:  01.43.20.14.20
Hours:  7:30AM to 2AM daily
Credit cards accepted:  
Main courses from:   17EUR
Fixed Price menu from:  26EUR

La Régalade, 49 av. Jean-Moulin, 14th
After training at the Ritz and the Crillon, Yves Camdeborde flew the coop to open La Regalade, a modern bistro serving affordable, updated classics. The charcuterie here is outstanding and you could easily make a meal off the sausages and pates offered as starters. Shellfish, wild game, fowl, and soups are terrific, and the cozy, country ambience is very comfortable. The fixed price menu offers nearly a dozen starters and entrees to choose from.
Phone:  01.45.45.68.58 Reservations recommended.
Hours:  Noon to 2:15PM and 7PM to midnight Tuesday through Friday; 7PM to midnight Saturdays; Closed from mid-July to mid-August
Credit cards accepted:  
Fixed Price menu from:   28EUR

Laudurée, 75 av. des Champs-Elysées, 8th
This grand cafe along the Champs Elysées is a great spot for breakfast, a late supper, or tea and pastries. The ornate 1862 interior is lovely, so go inside to check out the pastries. And don't miss the macaroons.
Phone:  01.40.75.08.75 Reservations required for the restaurant, not the cafe.
Hours:  8AM to 1AM daily
Credit cards accepted:  AE, DC, MC, V
Main courses from:   23EUR

Le Fumoir, 6 rue de l'Amiral Coligny, 1st
Just across from the Louvre, Le Fumoir is one of the most stylish cafes in Paris. Beautiful Parisians come here to see and be seen. And you'll see plenty of them at the mahogany bar, sipping cocktails. Depending on the time of your visit, le Fumoir can be a sidewalk cafe, a clubby lounge, or a trendy brasserie. Salads, such as squid and artichoke, rack of veal, and grilled tuna are flavorful and nicely prepared. If you go alone, you can grab a volume from the 3,000 book library.
Phone:  01.42.92.00.24 Reservations recommended.
Hours:  11AM to 1AM daily for salads and pastries; noon to 3PM and 7PM to 11:30PM for lunch and dinner daily
Credit cards accepted:  AE, DC, MC, V
Main courses from:   16EUR

Le Train Bleu, Gare de Lyon, pl Louis-Armand, 12th
For affordable glamor, it's hard to beat Le Train Bleu in the Gare de Lyon station. The turn-of-the-century dining room is just gorgeous, and the prix fixe menu, which includes a half-bottle of drinkable wine, is a great deal. The food -- mostly classic French dishes prepared in the traditional manner -- isn't the best in town. But the surroundings are so glorious, you may fail to notice.
Phone:  01.43.43.09.06 Reservations recommended
Hours:  11:30AM to 3PM and 7PM to 11PM daily
Credit cards accepted:  
Main courses from:   38EUR
Fixed Price menu from:  39EUR

Les Deux-Magots, 6 place St-Germain-des-Prés, 6th
You'll pay for the privilege of following in the steps of Hemingway, Sartre, Picasso, and de Beauvoir. But for the price of a cocktail, you can watch the world go by from this legendary St-Germain-des-Pres cafe. The food's nothing to write home about, but that's not why you're there.
Phone:  01.45.48.55.25
Hours:  7:30AM to 1:30AM daily
Credit cards accepted:  
Main courses from:   14EUR

Pierre Gagnaire, 6 rue Balzac, 8th
Pierre Gagnaire is one of the top restaurants in Paris. The menu here changes with the seasons and there's always something creative and unexpected. Gagnaire combines ingredients and preparation techniques from a variety of sources to amazing effect. Shellfish, foie gras, and truffles usually make an appearance. Save room for dessert.
Phone:  01.44.35.18.25 Reserve months in advance
Hours:  12:30PM to 2:15PM Monday through Friday; 7PM to 10PM Sunday through Friday
Credit cards accepted:  AE, DC, MC, V
Main courses from:   44EUR
Fixed Price menu from:  137EUR

Spoon, Food & Wine, In the Marignan-Elysée Hotel, 14 rue Marignan, 8th
Three-star chef and restaurateur Alain Ducasse opened Spoon, Food & Wine in 1998, and it's a big departure from the usual. The dishes come from all over the world -- India, Asia, Italy, Latin America, the U.S. -- and it's up to diners to mix and match them. Choose pasta or chicken, and you'll be asked to select one of several sauces. Then, you choose a starch and a vegetable and a method of preparation. Salads are created from your choice of 15 ingredients. The whole concept has off-put some French critics, but most diners enjoy the experience. And it's certainly less expensive than dining at Ducasse's other Paris outpost, the Plaza Athenee.
Phone:  01.40.76.34.44 Reservations recommended.
Hours:  Noon to 2:30PM and 7PM to 11:30PM Monday through Friday
Credit cards accepted:  AE, DC, MC, V
Main courses from:   9.90EUR

Taillevent, 15 rue Lamennais, 8th
If Taillevent isn't every critic's choice for best restaurant in Paris, it's certainly one of their top five. Since opening in 1946, the food, the wine list, the 19th-century Champs Elysee town house, and the impeccable service have set the standard in a city of impossibly high standards. Book well in advance -- Taillevent is small and the owner prefers not to fill it with Americans. There's really no need to recommend dishes here. Whatever you order will be superb.
Phone:  01.44.95.15.01 Reserve months in advance
Hours:  Noon to 2:30PM and 7PM to 10PM Monday through Friday; Closed during August
Credit cards accepted:  AE, DC, MC, V
Main courses from:   45EUR

Web Bar, 32, rue de Picardie, 3rd
If you can't survive without checking your e-mail, make a bee-line for the Web Bar. But Internet access is the least of its appeal. This three level cafe/lounge/performance space is a great place to meet people, taste wine, and be surrounded by the bright and the hip. Food is limited to salads, savory tarts and plat du jour, but all are acceptable. Try "Le Web," a refreshing blend of Campari, Cointreau, and grapefruit juice.
Phone:  01.42.72.66.55
Hours:  11:30AM to 2AM daily
Email:  info@webbar.fr
Web:   www.webbar.fr
Credit cards accepted: