• Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée  Hôtel Plaza Athénée 25 avenue Montaigne Paris

    At Alain Ducasse’s opulent dining room glowing with a 10,000-crystal “decomposed chandelier,” Chef Christophe Saintagne interprets fine dining in a fresh, even earthy way through a streamlined menu that makes exquisite ingredients the main event. Complementing the meal, the service by absolutely charming Maître d’Hôtel Denis Courtiade—one of the best in Paris—is tailored to each table, while sommelier Laurent Roucayrol helps navigate the impressive wine list.
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  • L’Ambroisie 9 place des Vosges Paris

    French haute cuisine doesn’t get much more altitudinous than at this regal establishment where the most expensive and revered meal in France is a direct reflection of its perfectionist chefs Bernard and Mathieu Pacaud. Eschewing the cutting-edge for the classic, the menu focuses on excellent products tended to with perfected techniques and unmatched attention to detail. Décor, like the food, is unpretentiously luxurious and elegant Maître d’ Pascal Vettoux adds the finishing polish.
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  • L’Arpège 84 rue de Varenne Paris

    While Chef Alain Passard’s menu is not strictly vegetarian, you will never have more exciting vegetable dishes than you will here because Passard grows many of his own ingredients in three nearby gardens and often serves them the same day they’re harvested. Be prepared for creative experiments on the plate, as nothing here is done in the “usual” way, and an extensive wine list, exceptional cheese plate, and desserts to complete a surprising dining experience.
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  • L’Astrance 4 rue Beethoven Paris

    While Chef Pascal Barbot and partner Christophe Rohat opened this restaurant in 2000, their wildly creative cuisine continues to outdo itself. With no written menu, each meal is carefully choreographed by the talented Chef Barbot according to what’s freshest and in season. Often tinged with notes of citrus, spices, and herbs, with added depth of flavor from a variety of Asian ingredients, his surprising globally influenced French fare is as stunning on the plate as it is on the palate.
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  • L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon Saint-Germain 5 rue de Montalembert Paris

    After Joël Robuchon closed his flagship restaurant in Paris, his L’Atelier quickly became “the next best thing.” Eschewing fine-dining convention, Robuchon takes reservations for only the first seating; the rest of the night is first-come, first-served. Here tables face a dramatically lit black-and-red counter behind which chefs in black uniforms can be seen whipping up culinary revelations under the watchful eye of Head Chef Axel Manes, and on some days, Chef Robuchon himself.
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  • Carré des Feuillants 14 rue de Castiglione Paris

    Using many of his native region’s best ingredients, Chef Alain Dutournier offers updated takes on the traditional cuisine of France’s southwest. His reverence for each ingredient is apparent even in a simple bouillon, which enamors with its scent of chestnuts and white truffles. An exciting 3,500-bottle wine list pays homage to the greats of Bordeaux and well-priced treasures of the southwest, but it also features international offerings and superb Armagnacs.
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  • Le Coq Rico 98 rue Lepic Paris

    Alsatian Antoine Westermann’s rotisserie-meets-bistro is a single-ingredient concept focused on gourmet interpretations of pedigree poultry. Within the modern white-on-white space with an open kitchen and counter, the whole bird is celebrated, from farm fresh eggs that can be ordered any way you like to gizzards to guinea fowl. While the kitchen, presided over by Chef Thierry Lébé, is known for its whole rotisserie-roasted farm-raised chickens other signature dishes merit consideration as well.
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  • La Dame de Pic 20 rue du Louvre Paris

    Located near the Louvre, Anne-Sophie Pic's sensational fourth restaurant—and first in Paris—shows her at the top of her game. Intending to surprise and delight, each selection of set menus features a striking and sensual concept, such as “Vanilla Amber” or “The Sea & Flowers.” Throughout, ingredients are impeccable, preparations are complicated but not overdone, and the taste theme is one of softness and smoothness with a requisite touch of crunch.
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  • Epicure Le Bristol Paris 112 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré Paris

    Set in the famed Bristol Hotel in the fashionable 8th arrondissement, Epicure is as luxurious as it gets. Recently relocated within the property to a new Pierre-Yves Rochon–designed space with an exquisitely manicured courtyard garden, it offers one the best examples of modern French food. Chef de Cuisine Eric Frechon, who hails from the Parisian kitchens of Taillevent, La Tour d'Argent, and Le Crillon, oversees inventive cuisine that’s simultaneously modern and classic.
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  • Laurent 41 avenue Gabriel Paris

    Set in the glorious Champs-Elysées gardens in a pale pink 19th-century former Louis XIV hunting lodge, Laurent is the sort of special restaurant that makes Paris Paris. Grand, timeless, and utterly romantic with a gorgeous (and rare) outdoor terrace shaded by chestnut trees, the captivating environs are matched by the upgraded classic French cuisine of Alain Pégouret, who insures a meal is as much a feast for the eyes as it is for the taste buds.
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