paris restaurants


Many clients ask me for recommendations on where to eat in Paris. I usually eat in small cafés in my neighborhood, which is outside the tourist area. However, many people have told me how nice the following restaurants are for special occasions. None of these restaurants are budget friendly, but if you're in Paris, you may want to splurge!

It's very important you make reservations early, as these restaurants are very popular.

Don't forget to check The Fork for dining ideas and you can even make a reservation online!

Les Ombres










This is a restaurant at the Museum Quai Branly, very close to the Eiffel Tower. It has many positive reviews from clients, and has a view of the Eiffel Tower.






















Jules Verne is a stunning restaurant on the second floor of the Eiffel Tower. It has an amazing view and is a very popular restaurant for special events.



Le Calife













Le Calife is an excellent dinner cruise on the Seine river. They serve an amazing 4-course meal, with nice service, and a stunning view of Paris by night, with the monuments lit. I highly recommend it. Prices for the meals are also quite reasonable when you consider you also have a dinner cruise included. I took a group of 30 on Le Calife, and everyone had an amazing time. Staff speaks English.



Tour d'Argent

















A very famous restaurant in Paris, and one of the most expensive. Overlooks Notre Dame Cathedral. Referenced in the Disney film, Ratatouille.



Grand Colbert










This exquisite French bistro was featured in the movie Something's Gotta Give with Diane Keaton and Jack Nicholson. Located just behind the Royal Gardens (Jardins Royale), it is beautiful.




Le Grand Vefour









Famous as being Coco Chanel's favorite spot to dine, this restaurant is an institution in Paris with very high prices. But very elegant decor, and was featured in the movie, Midnight in Paris.





Cafe de la Paix















A very famous restaurant located across the street from the Paris Opera Garnier. Famous for its green chairs and beautiful view of the opera house.





Café Marly


















Restaurant that overlooks the Louvre Courtyard. It's a great view of the Louvre and pyramids!
























Made famous by an episode of Sex & the City, this Japanese restaurant offers great views of the Paris architecture and Seine River. 












The famous macaron shop also has some very tasty food (not fine dining). I recommend the Ladurée on the Champs Elysees, near the Arc de Triomphe. My favorite is the cinnamon French toast, hot chocolate, and of course, a delicious macaron for dessert!