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

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Bienvenuto a @marcello._._._ ! Ce restaurant italien situé à Saint Germain des Prés est un de nos favoris, c’est une valeur sûre et le cadre est parfait. La terrasse est tellement agréable 🌿! Cette fois-ci, nous avions goûté les arancini siciliens (3 pièces, 7€), câpres, olives, anchois, safran, tomates, piment, servis avec une sauce au yaourt. En plat, les fameux Evergreen (spaghetti au pesto ultravert, burrata, pignons grillés – 23€), et les gnocchis de ricotta (tomates, aubergines 🍆, basilic – 19€). Nous avions aussi testé les polpette, et l’escalope milanaise, c’était vraiment très bon. Pour le dessert, bien sûr un tiramisu ☕️! On est des puristes et on l’aime aéré mais gourmand en mascarpone, caféiné mais pas détrempé. Celui-ci était parfait ! Vraiment très bon. Certes ce n’est pas le moins cher des restaurants italiens 🇮🇹, mais on se régale toujours, en plein cœur d’un super quartier. . 🇬🇧 Bienvenuto a Marcello! This Italian restaurant is located in Saint Germain des Pres and it is one of our favourites, the ambiance is perfect. 🌞 The terrace is amazing! This time we had Sicilian arancini (3p, 7€), served with a yogurt sauce. As mains, we chose the famous Evergreen Spaghetti and their green pesto, burrata and grilled pine nuts (23€), and the ricotta gnocchi with tomatoes 🍅, eggplants and basil (19€). We also tried the polpette (23€), and the Milanese (24€) which were both delicious. For dessert, of course we had tiramisu! As purists, we like it light but greedy in mascarpone, not too caffeinated and this one was just perfect 👌🏻! Marcello isn’t the least expensive Italian in Paris but it is always a pleasure to have dinner here, in this amazing district! . 📍Paris, France. . #tasteofcurliesparis #tasteofcurliesitalian #marcelloparis #italianfood #pastalover #pestopasta #besttiramisu #topparisresto #lefooding #bonnesadressesparis #restaurantparis #italianrestaurant #parisrestaurant #burrata #arancinisiciliani

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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.