The city of Paris is considered the pinnacle of fine dining and luxury. It is home to some of the most expensive and ostentatious hotels, shopping and restaurants money can buy. Here are some of the best restaurants in Paris, feast your eyes and your stomach.
Le Jules Verne, Eiffel Tower
Towering above the Parisian boulevards on the second level of the Eiffel Tower with a 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.
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 attract with its gorgeous surroundings and delectable culinary offerings. Based on 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.
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.
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.
Le Cinq at Four Seasons George V
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 two Michelin stars, it serves classic French food with a contemporary inflection, with menus changing seasonally to make the most of each ingredient chosen.
Alléno Paris at the Pavillon Ledoyen
One of the oldest restaurants in Paris, Alléno Paris at the Pavillon Ledoyen first opened its doors 1798 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.
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.
Restaurant Guy Savoy
Just up the road from the Arc de Triomphe, 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.
Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athenée
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 the season, to ensure that each dish reaches its full flavor potential.
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