best restaurants in paris

Anthony Bourdain once asked a very important question:

“Do we really want to travel in hermetically sealed popemobiles through…France, Mexico and the Far East, eating only in Hard Rock Cafes and McDonalds?”

Our answer is an emphatic, NO.

France is home to some of the best food in the world, full stop. It’s inspired many major cuisines around the world for good reason. When you visit, don’t stumble through Paris in search of a good bite. Do some planning ahead of time and save yourself the search. Here’s a look at our 5 favorite restaurants in the City of Lights.

1. Madito

A contemporary Lebanese restaurant, Madito is easily one of our favorite restaurants in Paris. They have a set menu that is prepared with care and presented thoughtfully, it looks as good as it tastes. The Hummus, Keftka, and Shawarma are standouts. Head Chef Ahmad is likely to greet you tableside, in what’s sure to be one of your favorite dining experiences in Paris.

2. Robert et Louise

Meat grilled over a wood fire – need we say more? And it’s not just any meat. We’re talking Beef Ribs, T-Bone Steak, Leg of Lamb, Veal Kidney, Duck Breast…if it’s a delicious meat, they’re grilling it over the fire in the corner of Robert et Louise. The flavors will blow you away.

3. Marcello

This affordable Italian restaurant is serving up some of the best pasta in the city. Their menu is full of delicious options including Gnocci with Ricotta, Ravioloni, Vongole with Clams, and Veal Milanese. If you’re in town for lunch, they have a great special that includes an Antipasti, Main Course, and Dessert for just 25 Euro.

4. Bouillon Chartier

Over 100 years old and still doing things the right way, Bouillon Chartier is the go-to restaurant in Paris for an authentic French dining experience. The space is housed in a former train station with high ceilings and massive mirrors, setting the stage for an incredible meal. Try the Beef Tartare, Daurade royale au four sauce vierge, and Steack haché sauce poivre vert are all fantastic options.

5. Le Petit Pontoise

This is your classic Parisian Bistro. The restaurant is run by two brothers with a passion for serving simple, yet bold dishes to locals and tourists alike. Order the Homemade Foie Gras with Figs, Esgargots, Quails, Duck Filet, or Pig Cheeks with Honey and Sweet Spices. Finish your meal with a delicious selection of local cheeses or the Creme Brulee.