We have selected for you the best restaurants you could possibly find in le Marais area.
Many for as little as 15 euros (lunchtime) to 50 euros per person (diner), including three courses, wine and coffee! Some will also be slightly more expensive, but value for money is what we look for.
Le Marais district offers such a wide choice of cuisine, many of which are only available in other large metropolitan areas, so take advantage and don't just indulge on French food! Open yourself to all sorts of fare you may not have tried before -- as you just might discover some new great tastes.
Click on any thumbnail below or scroll down to discover all these great restaurants.
Monday to friday noon & evening
Saturday evening only
Close on sunday
A new gourmet bistronomic design restaurant in the Haut Marais run seamlessly by Sandrine, previously the owner of Colimaçon and the source behind its modern yet elegant décor in muted tones of beige, grey, and black. Comfortable chairs, tablecloths, lights, and tableware are all perfectly in harmony. She and her team, including her sommelier Stéphane, offer you more than 50 prestigious wines to choose from starting at incredibly reasonable prices and the dishes are as beautiful as they are delicious. The wine in fact is also an integral part of its stunning look by actually being a decorative element. Book it fast as there are only 30 tables and don’t miss their killer chocolate desserts including the sinful chocolate fondant with real vanilla ice cream and salted butter caramel sauce.
Tuesday to Saturday: from noon to 3pm and from 7.30pm to 10.30pm
Sunday: from 7.30pm to 10.30pm.
Tradition and creativity are the key words to describe this delightful restaurant, nestled in the heart of rue du Vertbois. In an elegant setting of light colours, the menu offers a gourmet cuisine, knowing how to expertly reinvent the classics. A cauliflower cake with chilli jam (9 euros) or home-made duck foie gras mi-cuit with eel are the prelude to traditional dishes such as boneless rabbit with artichokes and figs (20 euros) or sweetbreads with turnips. The menu (33 euros) lets you also succumb to their wonderful selection of desserts, such as “délice au chocolat au yuzu” (chocolate delight yuzu), or “nougat glacé” (iced nougat). On the wine list: Saint Estèphe Haut-Beausejour (54 euros), Chateauneuf du Pape, or Puligny-Montrachet Les Chenevottes 1er cru Chanson among other gems. Prepare your taste buds for a feast.
Monday to Saturday: from noon to 2pm and from 7.30pm to 11pm
A few steps from the Church of Saint Paul Saint Louis, nestled in the heart of the Impasse Guéménée, is a traditional Parisian gourmet bistro with a Southwest twist. Rabbit with raisins, chipirons (small squid) sauteed with parsley, sepia ink risotto, and black pudding made in the Pyrenees style (from 17 to 19 euros) awaken your taste buds. Everything is just simply good, no frills, to be enjoyed with gusto. The prices are very affordable, and include a fixed-price menu of 2 courses at 16 euros, plus a different special is available each day. Unbeatable! Both “surf” and “turf” cuisine are available here, however of note are the roasted sea bream accompanied by tender carrots, and the cod fillet in mustard sauce (20 euros). Last but not least, do not miss the croustade ariégeoise aux pommes et pruneaux (apple and prune crumble) at 8 euros, a delicious homemade dessert flavored with Armagnac.
Restaurant Les Caves Saint-Gilles - 4, rue saint Gilles 75003 Paris
Monday to Wednesday: from noon to 3pm and from 7:30pm to midnight
Thursday to Sunday: from noon to 4pm and from 7:30 to midnight
If you're searching for true Spanish flavors, try Caves Saint Gilles! A veritable institution for 20 years, Caves Saint Gilles offers the country's best gastronomy, respecting the authenticity of its products as well as its regional diversity. A wide selection of tapas (hot and cold starting at 5.80 euros) and exceptional paella (on weekends and bank holidays, 22 euros) appear alongside dishes with fresh prawns (Gambas Pil Pil, 18 euros), Navajas (grilled razor clams, 17 euros) and fish unequalled by anything but the delicacy of their Jamon Iberico Pata Negra (26 euros). The wine list offers some wonderful surprises: Marques de Riscal, Paternina, Albarino (available by the glass) and excellent sangria de la casa.
37, rue Quincampoix
01 42 77 10 03
Metro : Hotel de ville / Châtelet / Rambuteau / Arts et métiers
Open 7/7 from 7:30pm
Sunday Brunch from 11am
Closed for lunch
OZO reinvents the concept of a restaurant, offering its customers the opportunity to get involved by composing the food they want to taste. At OZO, you choose between meat and fish, different sauces and flavors, as well as the number and type of accompaniments. Made a la plancha on individual griddle pans, you choose the cooking, the flavor blends, and in a way become your own chef. Products, always ultra-fresh, come directly from the Rungis market. The menu offers choices that ensure you always end up with a very tasty combination. The Bento style presentation highlights the originality of the compositions. (from 19 euros to 29 euros) Beyond the original and enticing concept, OZO also offers a fabulous selection of cocktails to enjoy late into the night or to start the evening which, doubtless, will be rich in flavor and taste surprises. Note the happy hours from Sunday to Wednesday from 19:30 (cocktails at 7 euros). Indulge yourself with countless creations such as the Fraise B (“Strawberry B”, 11 euros) or a champagne piscine framboise (“raspberry champagne pool”) (15 euros).
Nestled in the heart of the old Mont de Piété auction room inaugurated in 1777, the Dome du Marais is an elegant restaurant uniquely decorated and offering fine, traditional French cuisine with an Asian touch. Taste sea bream tartare with lime, ginger and herb salad (16 euros) or green tea ice cream with mint (9 euros) before discovering other fantastic dishes. The lamb with vegetable ratatouille jam (26 euros) or the veal liver and carrot puree with bacon and caramelized sherry (27 euros) literally melt in your mouth. The lunch options are particularly attractive (19 and 32 euros). In the afternoon, it becomes a wonderful tea room where time seems suspended. Enjoy a lovely selection of teas in the sunny winter garden and let your mind wander while admiring the original objects that form the decor.
Le Bouledogue restaurant brasserie Paris Marais - UK
A semi-gastronomical traditional cuisine has found it’s home in «chez Gaspard de la nuit», in the rue des Tournelles. The menu, known for its fresh produce delivered daily, proposes a lovely selection of «reinvented dishes», nonetheless keeping their authenticity. Treat yourself to their famous steak with black pepper sauce (29 euros), possibly one of the neighborhood’s best. The rabbit with lavender (18,50 euros) or the escargot ravioli are also delicious. A bistrot menu at 25 euros is also available (entree +main course +drink) every day except Saturday. The wine cellar is bursting with veritable treasures at reasonable prices that Myriam, the owner, unveils with gourmandise. Among the impressive selection are some real finds such as a côte du Rhone, côte rotie 2006 - les essartailles (68 euros) or a Chateau LaSalle de Poujeaux 2005 Second vin du Chateau Poujeaux Moulis. Reserve your table in advance, as space in this popular restaurant is limited.
36, rue de Turenne
01 42 71 36 70
Metro : Filles du calvaire,
Chemin vert, Bastille, Saint-Paul
Parking : rue de Bretagne
7J/7J de 12h -14h30
et de 19h-23h
Samedi et dimanche :
service continu de 12 h à 23h
Carte restreinte de 15h à19h
Possibilité de reserver le club privé à l'étage
A glorious feat for the former Café Baci ... Now known as Minimes, this trendy restaurant in the Marais reinvents the classics of French cuisine and delivers a choice of creative dishes made by chef Jean-Philippe Leboeuf (formerly the chef at the Crillon, the Bristol and Georges). In a chic ambiance with an impeccable quality of service, you can, until 11:30 am, enjoy a French breakfast (orange juice, toast with jam, pastries and hot drinks). Both the lunch and dinner menu will delight your eyes and your taste buds: Multicolored tomato and mozzarella salad, artichokes, ham, “French” lamb chops, shoulder confit, braised carrots, roasted sea bass, green beans and tomatoes, lemon crème brulée, fruit pie, and for a snack, "the Scoop" of ice cream for 3 euros is a perfect refreshing dessert. The club upstairs, more intimate, cozy and “design” is a great place to meet friends. A prix-fixe menu at lunchtime, consisting of two gourmet dishes, is a deliciously good value at only 14 euros!
Idéalement situé quai de l'Hotel de ville, face à la pointe de l'Ile saint Louis, vous apprecierez la cuisine traditionnelle de qualité servie au Trumilou dans un cadre pitoresque fleurant bon le terroir. Parmi les grands classiques, laissez vous tenter par le Canard au pruneaux (17 euros) ou le Ris de veaux grand mère (23 euros). Un menu à 20, 50 euros (22,50 euros le we) ainsi qu'une formule à 16, 50 euros renouvelés quotidiennement vous sont également proposés. En saison, le gibier est à l'honneur ainsi que les incontournables de la cuisine familiale. Vous pourrez déguster des plats plus rares tels qu' une délicieuse tête de veau (14 euros) ou l'assiette de cochonnaille. La carte des vins offre une belle selection et laisse aussi la place aux vins régionaux avec notamment un excellent saint pourçain (17 euros les 75 cl) ou un Saint Chinian (28 euros), cuvée baptiste 2007.
47, rue du Temple
Tel : 01 42 71 06 11
Metro : Hotel de ville, Rambuteau
Parking : rue Beaubourg
12 to 3pm
7pm to 11pm
Very close to the Pompidou Centre, the restaurant Salento welcomes you warmly and invites you to discover a generous, authentic Italian cuisine with a wonderful selection of fresh pasta, small «aumônières» (different, delicious fillings wrapped in thin pastry) or rigatoni that will transport you to Puglia and its surrounding regions. A good selection of antipasti (10 to 18 euros), including the Burrata Pugliese & Prosciutto di Parma or the excellent Green Cabbage Rolls with chestnuts, speck (cured ham) and cream of parmesan (12 euros) will whet your appetite before continuing, according to Italian tradition, to a first course (primo) and / or a second course (secondo). The ricotta gnudi dumplings (13 euros) or those with mushrooms and eggplant (15 euros) are absolute «musts» to try. The wine list also offers a nice selection such as a Monte Pulciano d'Abruzzo (32 euros) or a Lacryma Christi del Vesuvio (40 euros). A taste of Dolce Vita in the Marais ...
Les Bougresses, 6 rue de Jarente 75004 Paris, Tel : 01 48 87 71 21
6 rue de Jarente
01 48 87 71 21
St Paul ou Bastille
Open every evening
from 6 pm to 11:30 pm
Saturday & Sunday
Lunchtime from noon to 2:30 pm
A stone’s throw from the charming Place du Marché Sainte Catherine, this cosy restaurant impresses with its impeccable hospitality and fine creativity which marries traditional cuisine at very reasonable prices with the chef's inventive touch (dishes 16 to 20 euros). Among our favourites: Bressane chicken salad with four spices, home-made duck foie gras, bone marrow with “fleur de sel” coarse salt, steak with foie gras sauce, bouillabaisse (traditional French fish stew) "Bougresses", sea bream with lime and ratatouille, roasted sea bass and mashed potatoes with olive oil, and duck confit with sauteed Roseval potatoes. In their desserts (6.50 euros), originality combines with delight: bananas in puff pastry with warm chocolate sauce, sauteed citrus with speculoos shortcrust biscuits with cinnamon and vanilla ice cream, and cooked pear with white wine and honey. On weekends, a menu of two dishes for 15 euros is available. The gourmet wine selection will delight your taste buds as well, including Pessac Léognan 2004 (36 euros), and Côte de Provence Golfe de Saint Tropez (23 euros). The pleasant atmosphere and friendliness of the staff will make you want to return often to visit its two managers, Mickael and Constantin.
Restaurant Le Bistrot du Temple, 19 rue de Picardie 75003 Paris
Le Bistrot du Temple
19, rue de Picardie
Tel.: 01 42 77 48 01
Metro: Filles du Calvaire
Lunch: from noon to 2pm
Dinner: from 7pm to 10pm (Friday & Saturday: until 11pm)
Sunday & Monday: closed
Enjoy our Early Bird Menu from 7 to 8 pm at only 27 euros
You will be pleasantly spoiled in this charming restaurant by the pleasant and friendly owner, Pascal, who moved to the Haut Marais after running another gastronomic endeavour for twenty-five years in St. Martin. An innovative, inventive, international cuisine is offered, with new dishes presented every day. Regarding the artistic Marais decor, the walls of this cozy traditional bistro serve as a gallery, with original works available for purchase. Among the starters: avocado with citrus fruit, poached egg and purple potato chips (9,50 €); Scottish gravlax with beets (12 €); confit of beef ravioli in Thai vegetable broth. Among the dishes: sea bream crusted with herbs and parmesan (20 €); duck breast with apricot chutney juice in bitter cocoa sauce (18 €); lamb with marjoram and eggplant caviar (16 €). Among the desserts: warm chocolate tart with salted butter, banana cream and vanilla bourbon (12 €); nage de fraise "gariguettes" à la marjolaine (strawberries with marjoram) with Bulgarian yoghurt ice cream (12 €); “hot and cold” pineapple and vanilla mint with mango sorbet. The wine cellar is stocked by our fantastic sommelier, Pascal. You will be delighted by the welcome, service and “food art” that prevails at Bistrot du Temple!
Au Bourguignon du Marais
Au Bourguignon du Marais
52, rue François Miron
Tel : 01 48 87 15 40
Fax: 01 48 87 17 49
Hotel de ville, Saint Paul
rue de Lobau, Place Baudoyer
Manager : Mr Lalot
Open Sunday December 23rd. and 30th.
Tuesday to Saturday
Noon to 11P
(11:30 friday and saturday)
Close to Hôtel de Ville (City Hall), located on a street of Gallo-Roman origin opening onto a terrace, the Bourguignon du Marais welcomes you to enjoy a delicious and traditional cuisine. Gratin of crayfish tails in Chardonnay (14 euros) or six large Burgundy snails with garlic and parsley sauce (12 euros) will awaken your palate before continuing with a lovely selection of meat or fish. The veal kidneys with home- made purple mustard purée (23 euros) or the Boeuf Bourguignon Tradition (21 euros) will delight you. The soul of this restaurant is to be found also in the exceptional wine list, which is exclusively from Burgundy. The Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru 2008 "Les champs Gains" Jacques Bavard (69 euros) or The Hautes Côtes de Nuit 2009 Jayer-Gilles (9 euros per glass) are just some suggestions among a constantly renewed selection of high quality.
Very close to Place des Vosges, opening onto a panoramic terrace, traditional Auvergne and regional French cuisine awaits you at Royal Turenne. Beef steak topped with a slice of foie gras and morel mushroom Brouilly wine sauce, frogs legs Provencal (13.80 euros) or garlicky bone marrow with bearnaise sauce are some dishes on the menu. The « planches de montagne » (13 euros) charcuterie entrées are recommended for lovers of patés and cooked deli meats. A 3 course "Turenne" fixed menu at 19.90 euros is also available. In season, you will find stewed hare and coq au vin. Fish lovers will also appreciate the freshness of the products, which all come from Grandcamps in Normandy. The surprise of the Royal Turenne also lies in its large "collection" of wine. Amateurs of young and old wines, try the excellent Sancerre Domain de la Garenne (Godon-Reverdy) or the Puligny-Montrachet 1er cru, which are just a few examples in a rich menu of more than 80 types of wine. Do not hesitate to seek advice from the chef and his wife, who masterfully run this traditional restuarant.
25 Place des Vosges
Tél 01 48 87 94 07
Métro: Saint-Paul ou Chemin Vert
Parking:Place des Vosges ( 7 rue Barbette)
Carette, a new gourmet address has sprung up on Place des Vosges, amidst modern art galleries and the Pavillon de la Reine. A Parisian institution, the original salon is on Place du Trocadero near the Eiffel tower. This second luxurious space, in the historic heart of Paris, is designed by Hubert de Givenchy. The elegant interior is pure Louis XVI style. On offer are gourmet breakfasts, celebrated flavorful macarons, croissants and other artful pastries. A complete brunch can be had any day and any time. There are sorbets and ice cream, too. At tea time (between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.) you might opt for subtle and delicious finger sandwiches or a plate of 5 mini-macrons. A range of choices for a discerning palate are on the menu. The fabulous decor is reminiscent of the glory days of the former Place Royale. Marie Antoinette would have loved this chic salon.
Open Tuesday to Thursday for lunch
(2 courses at 15 € only)
or starter + main dish + dessert at 19€
Evenings: Tuesday to Saturday,
last order at 11pm
3 course menu at les than 35€ or “à la carte”
Come and discover the 21st century haute cuisine
FABULOUS ! « I’ve never tasted anything like this in my life » This is what you’ll say when they’ll bring you the first dish – Every detail of every meal looks like a work of art. Foie gras mousse served on a black tile, bœuf Bourguignon that looks like chocolate cake, salmon and beef together, chocolate and pistachio delirium… Every single meal is an experiment.
The food is delicious, the staff is wonderful, the decor is simple but very tastefull… and it’s less than 35 € for 3 courses. Even better deal for lunch 3 courses at only 19 € and 2 courses for 15 €. We can really call Julien Agobert’s cuisine a trompe l’œil cuisine... creative and always surprising! Monjul has opened in may 2007 and it’s already one of the Marais Top 10 restaurants. Thierry and his team will welcome you like friends and surprise you like no one else ever did before. Be sure you book to get a table !
Du lundi au vendredi 11h - 1h
WE et jours fériés 9h-1h
Place des Vosges was formerly known as Royal Square. And La Place Royale is a fitting name for this wonderful restaurant on the south side of the square, just near the Victor Hugo museum. And you’ll have a royal experience, indeed. While maintaining the French grand tradition of cuisine, its southern French cooking is constantly inventive. And fine quality is matched by low prices. The lunch menu is 18 euros and the generous dinner menu includes an aperitif, starter, main dish, dessert and ½ bottle of red or white wine per person, followed by a cup of coffee. All this is under forty euros. With impeccable service and a warm welcome La Place Royale is our top choice for 2010. Try the vegetable tatin, the prawn brochettes and the gourmet coffee with homemade ice cream. The terrace on the loveliest square in Paris is extra added plus. Come quick, but don’t forget to reserve! Arnaud Lessatini and Frédéric Paquet, the two creators, welcome you as friends.
DES GARS DANS LA CUISINE … Bistronomique, gourmaniaque, delifantastic! One does not find enough neologisms to qualify this intimate setting with the well- polished decoration and the inventive menu which revisits the great classics with inspirations from all corners of the globe. Currently of note on the menu: SALADE D’AUTOMNE- Spanish Pata Negra Bellota cured ham, shaved Grana Padano cheese, fresh figs, carmelised red onions, walnuts, pine nuts and walnut oil and mesclun salad, PALOURDES- Lisboan Clams with olive oil, white wine, garlic and coriander, FILET DE BŒUF AUX MORILLES- sauteed beef fillet, mashed potatoes, carmelised shallots, cream of morel mushroom sauce, LOTTE- bacon-roasted monkfish, vegetables with fresh basil, creamy green Thai curry sauce, CHOCOLAT- gingerbread mille feuille with two types of chocolate and salted butter caramel sauce, FRAMBOISES- chocolate sorbet and sorrel creme, and OSSAU-IRATY- «World Cheese Awards 2011» cheese from the Agour dairy with black cherry jam. Dinner is approximately 50€ per person: more than reasonable taking into account the quality of the products. Do be worried about losing your heart to this restaurant when you get a taste of the devastating smile of the waiters and the raucous humour of the two owners : Jean-Jacques Delaval and Gil Rosinha, the chef. At lunchtime, the fixed- price menu appetiser/main course or main course/dessert is 14€. Generous Brunch on Sunday at 21,50 € and 24 € for the organic version. High-class wines at reasonable prices. Imperatively reserve if you want to have a table, even during weeknights.
There is no place more Parisian bistro than Benoit. The only bistro in Paris to have a Michelin star, this restaurant located in the heart of Paris near Les Halles and the Marais is a true champion of the tradition. His cuisine profoundly embodies this rich culinary heritage with incredible generosity in both product quality and impeccable service. This house, taken over in 2005 by Alain Ducasse, celebrates its centennial in 2012 and proposes to revisit some of his recipes for the occasion, reflecting its history and authenticity. This is the only place in Paris where you can taste Nantua sauce (made from crayfish) accompanying a filet of monkfish. The calf's head sauce Ravigote, representing the Benoit spirit, is a rarity to be savored with delight, not to mention the slices of browned black pudding garnished with two apples. Desserts such as profiteroles, Napoleons, Savarin a l'armagnac, crunchy chocolate cake with praline also demonstrate this generosity. Decidedly as proclaimed in the motto of the House, invented one evening by Lesage, loyal customer of the house: " Come to Benoit's and once you're in, you'll drink and feast just like a king".
Vin des Pyrenees
Vin des Pyrenées
25, rue Beautreillis
Tel.: 01 42 72 64 94
Metro: Saint-Paul ou Bastille
Managers: Alexandre Chapon
et Yvan Bessonnier-Bridonneau
Ouvert tous les jours
Déjeuner & Dîner
A La Carte: €30 - €40
What used to be a wine merchant is now a charming, romantic traditional French bistrot with antique post card memorabilia adorning the walls and an old-world charm. The cuisine is one step up from the usual offering; the menu changes frequently, but you might find such creations as: Salade d'artichauts à l'oeuf poché et crème de lard, Poêlée de champignons et escargots, Fricassée d'encornets au pistou, risotto crémeux à l’encre de seiche, Saumon de Norvège rôti à l'anis étoilé, and Souris d'agneau braisée aux choux verts. Be sure to take a souvenir "carte de visite" – it's a recreation of a World War I post card picturing two lovers and the notation: "Lorsque de tes deux bras, tu entoures mon cou, je me rappelle notre premier jour au Vins des Pyrénées, le petit bistrot où tu me souris pour la première fois ..."
Do's and Don'ts
Part 1 : THE "DO'S"
By following a few simple "do's" and "don'ts," guidelines, you will have more genuine, more pleasant, and less expensive dining experiences in Paris than you might have expected.
Do wait to be seated when entering any dining venue, be it a restaurant, bistrot, brasserie- even a simple café. Don’t take a table without asking permission from the wait staff. This shows a level of respect for the establishment, and will generally procure you better treatment. Someone will usually greet you and, if it is a more upscale place, ask if you have reserved, take your name if you have, and escort you to your table. If you have not reserved and there is space, they will likely ask you "combien de personnes?" (how many people) before seating you.
Do make reservations whenever you can. Many of these restaurants are small, independent businesses owned by individuals or families; they are often closed Sunday and/or Monday and possibly the entire month of August. They may fill up quickly, so call in advance to ensure the restaurant is open as well as to reserve. Do be courteous and cancel your reservations if you have a change in plans.
Bistrots, brasseries, and cafés as a rule do not close between lunch and dinner. Most restaurants are not open all day ; they generally serve lunch between 12h and 14h or 14h30 and dinner starting at 19h or 19h30 until at least 22h. Parisians tend to have dinner out after 20h and many reservations are made for 21h or later. If you do dine earlier, do not be surprised if you are the first to arrive or end up dining with mostly tourists or people with children. Most restaurants will not be willing to serve outside of these fixed hours.
Do dress appropriately. Dressing well is part of Parisian culture, so use your good judgment. If you're dressed to fit in, overall you'll be treated with more respect. Parisians rarely will be seen wearing shorts or athletic clothing even in very hot weather unless they are exercising. If you make an effort to blend in a bit and look as little like a tourist as possible, it will be less likely you get treated like one.
Do be polite and respectful with the waitperson. "Getting to the point" gets you nowhere in France and often gets you less service. Establish a rapport with the server. Say "bonjour", make eye contact, and smile. Apologize for bothering the waiter ("Excusez-moi de vous déranger ... ") or for your lack of French ("Excusez-moi, mais je ne parle pas beaucoup de français ... ") or if you have a question about the menu (S'il vous plaît, j'ai une petite question sur la carte ... "). Always say "s'il vous plaît" and "merci beaucoup."
"FORMULE" AND FIXED PRICE "MENUS"
Do order the "menu," "formule" or "plat du jour" for the best value. A "menu" refers to a two, three or four-course meal offered at one special price in which you choose from a list of items within each course category. For example: a "menu" could consist of one "entrée" (first course), one "plat" (main course) and one "dessert" (dessert). You may be given three or more choices for each course. Often a menu will also give you a choice of "fromage" (cheese) and/or dessert, or offer a choice from any two categories, such as "entrée et plat" or "plat et dessert." During lunch, you may see a restaurant offer a "formule." This is normally more limited in choice, but a very good value. When ordering "à la carte," you will be charged for dishes individually. Sometimes a "plat garni" (one main course garnished with a side dish) from the à la carte menu is a larger portion than if you had ordered it as part of a "menu." Please note: what we call "the menu" in English is "la carte" in French. An "entree" in English is a "plat" in French and an "entrée" in French is an appetizer or first course in English.
ALLERGIES OR SPECIAL FOOD NEEDS
Restaurants may have difficulty assuring special needs unless definitively stated. If you are a strict vegetarian who cannot eat vegetables prepared near or on the same surface as meat for example, it is best to go to an actual vegetarian restaurant. If you have food allergies which can cause attacks (MSG, peanuts, etc), print them clearly in both English and French, and laminate it if possible ; you can then just show it to the waitperson.
Do consider choosing the "vin de maison" (house wine), especially if you are on a budget. It is usually acceptable and very reasonably priced. "Un quart" (pronounced "uhn kar") is a quantity of 25 centiliters, enough for one and a half or two glasses, often for about the same price as one single glass. "Un pichet" or pitcher, very often of the house wine, is usually either 25 or 50 centiliters ("un demi").
After the meal, it is required to ask for "l'addition, s'il vous plaît" (the check). It won't just arrive automatically, as the custom is to allow you ample time to relax after your meal, so be prepared to ask for it before you're ready to leave. Often, you can catch the eye of the waiter and pantomime writing to indicate this. If you smile while doing so, it is almost impossible to be seen as rude. Do remember that errors in addition can happen unintentionally, so be sure to verify thoroughly and do not automatically assume you are being cheated.
Do find out in advance if the restaurant accepts credit cards or not, so that you are prepared with enough cash if necessary. Most restaurants will accept VISA and MasterCard, however American Express is not as widely used. Other cards such as Discover are rarely accepted. Credit cards may not even be accepted at all.
TAX AND TIP
Restaurants are required by law to include tax and service in their prices. 12 to 15 percent is generally included. If you were satisfied with the meal and the service, then it is considerate to leave a few extra euros as a tip – perhaps five to 10 percent of the bill. You cannot add a tip to your credit card receipt, as you can in certain countries, so be prepared with a little cash. Please be sure to inform us of any restaurant in Paris, especially if on our list, which tries to convince you that their prices do not include the tip.
Please write to us by clicking on the link indicated below. We are very interested in your comments about the meals and service experienced at any of these restaurants and any restaurant suggestions you care to offer us.
MEAT COOKING TIMES
Bleu - very rare
Saignant - rare
A point - medium
Bien cuit - well done
RUSHING THE MEAL
Don't rush the meal if it is a gourmet restaurant; allow plenty of time to dine, two hours on average. Service is generally at a relaxed pace and each course will be served separately and in this order: "apéritif" (any pre-dinner drink, traditionally a "Kir", which is Crème de Cassis with white Burgundy wine. Mister Kir, former mayor of Dijon gave his name to this drink. The "apéritif" is followed by water and wine, an appetizer, a main course, cheese, dessert, and coffee. You may order the wine, appetizer and main course first, then after having eaten those courses you may order cheese and/or dessert. You traditionally request coffee, if desired, only after having finished eating the entire meal, including dessert. Coffee is not served with dessert unless you request it. A traditional French coffee is an espresso. It is stronger and will seem very small compared to American-style coffee as it is approximately one third of the amount.
Don't speak too loudly. It's considered impolite to infringe on someone else's privacy, so the French are taught from an early age how to keep their voices down so they cannot be overheard. If your conversation can be fully understood even just at the next table, it is considered too intrusive, so try to keep your voice down.
USING YOUR UTENSILS AND DON’T CUT THE LETTUCE
The French use a different method of holding a fork and knife. With the fork in your left hand and the knife in your right, spear the food with the fork and cut the food with the knife. Bring the morsel of food to your mouth with the fork still in your left hand, but turned downward. With practice, you’ll get it. Also, cutting your lettuce is simply not done, therefore you must learn to fold the lettuce onto your fork with the help of your knife until it’s small enough to put into your mouth.
DOGGY BAGGING IT
Don't ask for a "doggy bag." Portions are for normal appetites and it is customary to eat most everything on your plate. Occasionally you'll encounter very large portions and you will have the urge to ask for a "doggy bag." Restaurants are extremely rarely prepared to package your leftovers and the French consider it bad manners to take food home.
Don't ask for separate checks, especially if you're asking for more than two of them. You can easily ask for a particular amount to be charged on each person's credit card, or each contribute a variety of different payments (checks, cash and credit card) which all together total the amount of the bill. If everyone is ordering similar meals, then it's best to simply divide the bill by the number of people in the party; some will pay slightly more and some, slightly less. If the amounts owed by each are too unbalanced, then do the math yourself and do not impose on the restaurant personnel to do it for you.
Des Gars dans la Cuisine
Haute cuisine mixed with contemporary bistro style 35/45 euros à la carte - lunch menu 14 euros
72, rue vieille du Temple - 75003 Paris - tel: 01 42 74 88 26
Great café and italian restaurant recently renovated, glamorous and cozy atmosphere
36, rue de Turenne 75004 Paris tel: 01 42 71 36 70
Vin des Pyrenées
Traditional cuisine in a 1930' decor
2, rue Beautreillis 75004 Paris - 01 42 72 64 94
Chic café-restaurant designed by Portzamparc facing the Pompidou Center
100, rue Saint Martin tel: 01 48 87 63 96
La Place Royale
2, bis Place des Vosges 75004 Paris tel: 01 42 78 58 16
Open 7/7 from 10 am to 1am
Design and creative cuisine - 3 courses from 31 euros
28, rue des Blancs Manteaux - 75004 Paris tel: 01 42 74 40 15
Duo Lounge Bar
Stylish Hotel-bar where you can relax and enjoy great music away from the crowd. Great snacks and cocktails.
48, rue de la verrerie 75004 Paris tel: 01 42 72 72 22
Le Royal Turenne
Traditional French cuisine with bistro style, fabulous lunch menu under 20 euros
24, rue de Turenne 75003 Paris - Tel: 01 42 72 04 53
largest choice of pizzas to enjoy "à la tranche"
27, rue Saintonge 75003 Paris - Tel: 09 50 48 84 06
2, bis rue Neuve Popincourt 75011 Paris - Tel: 01 43 38 12 00
Friendly bistro and wine bar with a terrasse facing the square du Temple
87, rue des archives 75003 Paris 01 42 72 65 20
Traditional French cuisine with a casual and friendly atmosphere facing the Ile Saint Louis
84, quai de l'hotel de ville 75004 Paris 01 42 77 63 98
Great cuisine in a cosy / “branchée” atmosphere
6, rue Jarente 75004 Paris 01 48 87 71 21
Tapas et friendly cantina next to the Place Sainte Catherine
7 rue Jarente 75004 Paris 01 42 77 49 35
Fresh pasta and delicious italian cuisine
47 Rue du Temple 75004 Paris tel: 01 42 71 06 21
Le Saint Regis
Elegant café facing the back of Notre-Dame
6, rue Jean de Bellay 75004 Paris tel: 01 43 54 59 41
Open since 1912 Benoit represents " l'esprit Bistrot" by Alain Ducasse
Lunch Menu at only 34 euros. Evening à la carte around 70 euros
20, rue saint Martin 75004 Paris tel 01 42 72 25 76
The loveliest terrace in the Marais - open all night until 6 am
42 bis rue de Rivoli 75004 Paris tel: 01 42 72 09 76
Café des Arts et Métiers
Luxury brasserie next to the Arts et Metiers Museum
51, rue de Turbigo 75003 Paris tel: 01 48 87 83 25
Luxury gay-friendly brasserie as chic and welcoming as Café Charlot
Open 20h/24h, best terrace for people-watching
Rue Saint antoine, 75004 Paris
Pain Vin Fromage
Cuisine from the french Alps (fondue), french cheese plate selection
3, rue Geoffroy l'Angevin 75004 Paris tel: 01 42 74 07 52
Friendly cantina inspired by British, French and Tunisian culture
Natural, homemade, organic and delicious. Lunch from 14 euros
27 rue de Picardie 75003 Paris tel: 08 72 29 37 36
Traditional French brasserie with a very friendly welcome
20, rue Rambuteau 75003 Paris tel: 01 40 27 90 90
Au Bourguignon du Marais
Fabulous Cuisine from Burgundy and large choice of local wines
52, rue François Miron 75004 Paris tel: 01 48 87 15 40
Marvellous tea house to enjoy Macaroons and fabulous cakes and feeling to live in the 17th century.
So chic, you'll come back everyday.
25 place des Vosges 75003 Paris tel: 01 48 87 84 07
La Vache Acrobate
Unconventional and generous french cuisine in a cosy atmosphere
77, rue Amelot 75011 Paris tel: 01 47 00 49 42