There are many options when it comes to choosing where you should eat in Paris. So, it’s not hard for me to answer that unavoidable question of friends and family about the best places to eat. For those who are looking for a place to eat in Paris,here’s a list of 11 new restaurants that opened in the past few months . Each one has its own charm and you won’t regret it.
Beefbar Paris is a historic restaurant located near the Champs-Elysees
It’s elegant, it has the Parisian flair (a jaw-dropping Art Nouveau ceiling inherited from 1898 Fermette Marboeuf restaurant) and it will not disappoint meat lovers.
It’s Beefbar in true fashion, and those who have visited its outposts around the globe will know that it’s both flashy yet laid-back. This makes it the ideal place to relax for a business lunch or dinner date.
The casual atmosphere is complemented by international influences. Spanish hams, smoked Mexican tacos, and Japanese Kobe beef gegyozas make up the starter menu. The main courses are heavily influenced by French classics such as juicy Chateaubriand or filet Mignon.
For those who don’t want to eat beef, there are also free-range chicken and steamed sea bream. You can’t go wrong with the homemade purees. We enjoyed the classic but there are nine options if you want to be more adventurous. To reserve a table under the glass roof, make a reservation well in advance.
Beefbar, 5 rue Marbeuf 75008 Paris
Astair – brasserie fare in an Art Nouveau passage
One of the best things about dining out in Paris is that you can find restaurants anywhere in Paris. The next restaurant can be found in the charming covered Art Nouveau arcades of Paris. The Passage des Panoramas, which dates back to 1799 is an iconic dining spot.
Just a few doors away from their other success story, Canard et Champagne, (where they serve duck and champagne), is the laid-back with a sleek contemporary design by Tristan Auer. (Visit downstairs to see the toilets for all the details).
Traditional brasserie food has seen a big comeback in the past few years. This is what Astair’s all for. Green beans are a great way to get started. They are crunchy and mixed with walnuts, parmesan shavings, and fresh shallots. Finished with a tangy vinaigrette.
Continue on with the wonderful and bizarre delights that classic French cuisine has for you like os-a-la moelle, escargots or veal’s liver. The comforting Correze Veal with vegetables or the buttery sole is for those who are less adventurous. Sides of gratin coquillettes (tiny, shell-shaped pasta) are a must-have for maximum comfort.
Astair is one those places where you can enjoy French classics and the sounds of upbeat jazz. It’s a sure-fire way to bring a smile to your face, no matter how severe your winter blues are.
Astair, 19 Passage des Panoramas, 75002 Paris
Joia Hearty South-West French Food in Trendy Sentier
Helene Darroze, two-star chef, has a laid-back restaurant Joia, which is infused with her south-western French roots. It’s buzzy, warm, and full of lots of good vibes.
First, you should know that this place is not suitable for people who are on a diet. But then again, who goes to Paris for salad? As in the south, portions of food are large, filling, and ready to be shared.
The dining room is located downstairs, where diners can sit at high tables, or at the counter, while upstairs, it’s more intimate, with the main feature being the scarlet red living room, which has a fireplace and cozy velvet couches.
Casual jeans or slacks are worn by staff who transport large steaming pots and saucepans of beef and roast chicken. Guacamole is also transported in huge stone mortars. The latter came with small bowls containing a variety of ingredients so that we could make our own. It’s a bit more artistic to make your own guac, which is a reflection of the rustic nature of the cuisine.
You can expect full-free-range chickens from Landes, seasoned with butter, rosemary, and cream, as your grandma would cook. Or Angus beef with crunchy whole vegetables for good measure. And polenta so creamy you will be addicted. Enjoy a glass from the wine list that only women wine-makers can enjoy.
Joia, 39 rue des Jeuneurs, 75002 Paris
Girafe Where dining is accompanied by stunning views of the Eiffel Tower
Girafe is the place for you if you are looking for great food and breathtaking views.
Girafe is located in the Trocadero’s left wing, which curves around the Eiffel Tower. It offers one of the most spectacular views of the grande dame. You’ll be stunned no matter how many times your have been to Paris.
The 1930s interiors evoke an outdoor patio with Art Deco undertones. They also have a French glamour spirit.
But that doesn’t mean the food isn’t worthy of mention. Seafood is ‘s trademark, with oysters sourced from the best areas of the country from Brittany and Oleron. Sologne caviar and lobster are also available. For meat lovers, there is also beef tenderloin, and farm-raised poultry.
Girafe is a great spot to go to for a date night, a meal with your parents or just to enjoy the Eiffel Tower alone.
Girafe, Palais de Chaillot, 1 Place du Trocadero, 75016 Paris
L’Abysse is a place where French and Japanese talents come together near to the Champs Elysees
L’Abysse may not be the best place to eat sushi or sake in Paris, but it is well worth the effort. It is one of the most memorable dining experiences that you will have.
It’s located in the 17th-century Pavillon Ledoyen‘s ground floor salons. This is Yannick Alleno’s Japanese paradise, a three-Michelin-star restaurant. The famous French chef’s restaurant is upstairs. It’s an experience in and of itself.
The Pavillon feels like you are stepping back in the past. Even though L’Abysse’s modern interiors transport you to a Naoshima fairytale, with its undulating walls that look like a huge sea urchin shell and entrance made with 80,000 wooden bagsuettes by Tadashi Kawamata.
Adrien, the Maitre d’hotel and Jean-Baptiste, the sake sommelier do a fantastic job of tying it all together. They share their passion for Yasunari Okazaki’s incredible nigiris and the best tipple Japan has.
The bar is open to guests who sit at their own tables or at velvet banquettes set around low tables. But all eyes are on the chefs behind the counter, as they cut and fold the rice and fish into delicious mouthfuls.
The artichoke pike egg and artichoke extract with kuzu are the first. Next, start with the delicate oyster with sake jelly and syari cream. Then, proceed to the cuttlefish, St Pierre, and prawns nigiri. Finish with the Yamada Junmai sake (traditionally served at Japanese weddings), and the vanilla and sesame lobster, and the melt-in-the mouth tuna. A smoking chestnut is served under a glass bell and looks like a celestial marine creature.
This sushi experience is truly extraordinary because of the attention to detail at every stage.
L’Abysse at Pavillon Ledoyen 8 avenue Dutuit 75008 Paris
Lasserre is a landmark restaurant located next to the Grand Palais Museum
Laserre is a pillar of French cuisine and has appointed a new chef to take the old ship back on the water. Nicolas le Tirrand is a top-tier three-Michelin-star chef who has given old favorites a lightness that French gastronomy often lacks. This gives the menu a new look.
The interiors also received a revamp. Lasserre‘s yellow gold dining room with rows of white orchids and crisp white tablecloths channels summer drawing room chic, especially with its roof which still opens to show the starry sky.
It was originally a casual bistro that served travellers who came to see the 1937 World Fair. Monsieur Rene Lasserre transformed it into one the city’s most popular restaurants, with regulars like Salvador Dali or Audrey Hepburn.
Le Tirrand’s menu has lightened heavy dishes like Lasserre’s truffle macaroni. The heather-stewed turkey grouse and crepes souzette dessert are not to be missed. These thin pancakes are made right in front of your table, for the historic Lasserre treatment.
Lasserre, 17 Avenue Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 75008 Paris.
Taillevent for an off-the-beaten track business lunch steps away from the Arc de Triomphe
David Bizet, a new chef from Paris, will have to put in a lot of work to get this Michelin-starred establishment back to the top three star ranks. He will be successful, it is certain. This Norman chef is bold and yet holds his values. He channels pure emotion through his natural generosity in cooking and his mastery over every product, whether it comes from land or water.
He was previously at the George V where he managed L’Orangerie. It was awarded a Michelin Star just months after he took over. Now he’s flying the nest with Antoine Petrus (newly-appointed director) to give Taillevent a new edge.
The delicate langoustine, caviar clusters, and a full-flavoured lobster bisque are all worth a try. Also, don’t forget the tender grouse and heather stewed in truffle salt crust. Finally, you can enjoy a coffee sauce and a beetroot salad.
Bizet is a true master chef whose award-winning cuisine is an ode of French culinary heritage, but with a lighter twist that makes him one the most promising chefs in Paris.
Taillevent, 15 rue Lamennais 75008 Paris
Froufrou is a quiet spot inside a theatre close to Opera
Hidden in the Edouard VII theatre, on the tucked away square of the same title, Froufrou is an intimate spot that’s ideal for a pre or post-show dinner but also deserves its full merit as a destination.
The dining area is almost like dining behind a curtain in a theatre. It’s surrounded by rich velvet drapes. The glamour of Parisian twenties glamour, reflected in mirrors or on plush carpets, is a reminder of the 1913 theatre’s soul.
Fourfrou, a cozy spot in the heart of the city, serves comforting and well-executed meals by Juan Arbelaez , a young Insta-generation chef from Colombia. His cuisine is more modest, such as the buttery garlicky cuttlefish and comforting oeuf Moulette with crispy lardoons. Next, you’ll find full-flavored slow-cooked lamb shoulder, with crunchy fresh veggies to share or pasta shells with truffles and ham. If you have any leftovers, finish with the Paris-Brest.
The perfect place to escape from the cold winter afternoons is Froufrou, a quiet restaurant that makes diners feel as though they are being kept in the dark.
Froufrou 10 place Edouard VII 75009 Paris
Ducasse sur Seine The best river cruise with the Eiffel Tower views
Alain Ducasse has no less than 20 star ratings for up to 30 restaurants on three continents. He was missing a cruise ship, but that was only because he had never been on one.
Ducassesur Seine was launched last fall. It is an electric boat restaurant that glides soundlessly along the River Seine through Paris, blockbuster monuments and from the Grand Palais to The Eiffel Tower.
Jean-Jacques, Maitre d’hotel, does a wonderful job of making diners feel at home. He has a sense of humor here and a warm smile elsewhere. He spent many years as Monsieur Ducasse while the chef ran the Jules Verne Restaurant. But he is now able to see the grand dame from a different perspective.
Francis Fauvel is the executive chef and all courses are prepared to perfection. A portion of delicately baked figs was served with fig tree-ice cream. It was a winner.
This Paris river cruise is a unique experience. It offers exceptional views, soundless, and combines with the delicious food, futuristic-looking steel, and glass vessels’ smart interiors.
Ducasse sur Seine, boarding at Port Debilly, 75116
Piero TT – an Italian trattoria in chic Saint-Germain-des-pres
Paris’ restaurants have made great strides in the past decade. While eating out was once dominated by brasseries and restaurants, the experience of eating out in Paris is much more fun. Chefs are bringing in influences from around the world, such as those they have learned from Piero T in Italia. This place, with its delicious, freshly made pasta , sets the standard.
Three-star chef Pierre Gagnaire‘s latest venture is Piero TT, a Parisian offshoot of Courchevel palace-hotel Les Airelles‘ hit-restaurant, it opened just weeks ago in the Saint-Germain-des-Pres neighborhood.
The wooden trattoria-style interior is simple but welcoming, thanks to Luigi’s and Gianluca’sstellar services. The narrow wooden staircase leads to a dimly lit, cozy seating area with green banquettes, framed photos of Paris and a framed picture of the city. Here, time seems to disappear.
Ivan Ferrara, the chef, creates dishes that are pure magic in the kitchen. You can choose to go safe and order the Burrata (so rich and creamy that you will need to close your eyes to get the full effect) or the Vitello Tonato (finely sliced veal, with unctuous tuna butter), and you’ll be “umming and ahhing” as you go through the antipasti.
It’s even more delicious when you add fresh Guitare pasta with truffle to the mix. The spaghetti is light as air and absorbs the truffle sauce creating an explosion in flavor with each bite. For those who are really hungry, Tournedos beef and Vitello a la Milanaise can be followed. My top tip is to ask for a side dish of heart-warming truffle (’tis season after all) topinambourg (Jerusalem Artichokes) topped with extra virgin olive oil from the Maison. You won’t regret.
Piero TT, 44 rue du Bac,Paris 75007
L’Orangerie is a quiet area in the George V Hotel, near the Champs Elysees
David Bizet has left the nest to go to Taillevent (see below), which leaves space for another chef to take over the GeorgeV palace-hotel‘s Michelin-starred L’Orangerie. Enter Alan Taudon.
Bright and curious, Le Squer is a young Brittany chef. He draws inspiration from all around the globe, including Mexico, which is his wife’s home country.
L’Orangerie is the ideal setting for Sunday lunch. The sun filters through the glass conservatory, which looks onto an open-air patio. Taudon’s cuisine offers a gentle surprise at every corner that takes you around the globe.
The fermented herb-infused aubergine is a standout dish, followed by the seared scallops lightly seasoned with corn croutons, sea bream with tapioca and cucumber, and the j Alapeno Sauce. The skin is crisp and beautiful against the fleshy fish. The j Alapeno gives it a kick while the cucumber’s cool freshness balances it out. Wagyu beef is a great choice for meat lovers. It melts in your mouth almost as quickly as the nori potato souffle it comes with.
While every course is flawlessly executed, the vacherin flower meringue, which has every petal hand-made, is one of the most visually stunning dishes. This is the perfect way to end a Sunday lunch before you head back into the city.
L’Orangerie, 31 avenue George V, 75008 Paris