Luxury Restaurants in Paris Worthy of a Splurge

Get a taste of the good life…with fork & knife. We'll never forget our first meal at a Paris luxury restaurant. It was lunch at L'Arpège, near the Rodin Museum in the 7th Arrondissement, a restaurant that has been awarded three stars (the top rating) by the iconic Michelin Red Guide since 1990! We were ushered into a regal room by young men in suits and treated like royalty. The amuse bouche arrived, a swirl of billowing white clouds of eggs and crème with a touch of sweetness, blended together in an eggshell. Course after course of dream-like dishes and the exemplary service left us with a powerful Paris memory and a longing for more.

The gratuity (tip) is always included in the price at restaurants in Paris, so just pay the total at the bottom. Don't add 15%, that would be double-tipping.

Leisurely long lunches and multi-course dinners in luxury restaurants in Paris give you a glimpse into the reverence and respect that the French have for food and dining. Although you can expect many courses to be served, the portions are French-sized, meaning you won't leave these restaurants in Paris in a food coma, but rather on a soft cloud! Sure, it costs a lot more to eat at luxury restaurants in Paris than at bistros but, nonetheless, for the occasional splurge, here are the sites of some of our most memorable luxury meals.

La Grande Cascade

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La Grande Cascade

This is where we'd take you if we were to meet up in Paris and wanted to give you an amazing luxury experience.

In the kitchen at La Grande Cascade is Chef Frédérick Robert, a 35-year veteran of Michelin-starred restaurants and a man who knows how to cook. As research for a book about one-star Michelin restaurants in France, we were lucky enough not only to eat his soul-satisfying food, but to see Chef Robert at work in the kitchen.

The setting is fantastic as well, in the Bois du Boulogne in the far-western part of Paris in a building originally built as a hunting lodge for Napoleon III.

La Grande Cascade has one Michelin star, but we won't be surprised if it gains a second star soon. It's that good. You'll be able to read more about it in our book, but, meanwhile, make a lunch reservation. You won't be sorry.

  • AllĂ©e de Longchamp, Bois de Boulogne 75016
  • tel: 01 45 27 33 51
  • Open daily for lunch and dinner
  • Website

Pierre Gagnaire

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Pierre Gagnaire

Dining at Pierre Gagnaire's eponymous restaurant near l'Arc de Triomphe is one of those culinary experiences you're never going to forget. Something you'll be talking about for years.

Gagnaire has held three Michelin stars at this restaurant for the entire span of this century to date, and for good reason. Not only are the setting, room and service superb, but each and every plate astounds you with its creativity and bursts of flavour. The last time we were at Pierre Gagnaire there must have been seven tiny dessert courses, served one after the other, each one more amazing than the last.

Le Cinq (Le V)

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Le Cinq

Like a spa, a meal here can revive your senses better than a 90-minute massage.

As soon as you are seated in this majestic restaurant in Paris, a bevy of handsome men and women will attend to your every need. A chair for your feet? A stool for your handbag? We were seated near the window and I felt a slight chill. In an instant, our server arrived with a cashmere pashmina (colour coordinated with the room, of course!) and wrapped it gently around my shoulders.

Lunch is a great time to eat (oops, we mean dine) at Le Cinq, when the 5-course epicurean menu is often offered at a much lower price than at dinner time. Le V has held three Michelin stars for 12 consecutive years.

  • Hotel Four Seasons George V
  • 31 Avenue George V, 75008
  • Open every day for dinner, 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
  • Lunch 12:30pm to 2:30pm
  • Reservations recommended
  • Restaurant Website

Epicure at Le Bristol

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Epicure at Hotel Le Bristol

We've been following Chef Eric Frechon since he had his own small restaurant in the 19th Arrondissement, La Verriere de Eric Frechon.

Since then we've watched the young chef grow into a star at Hotel Bristol Paris, earning three Michelin stars as well as a decoration form the President of France.

The newly redecorated restaurant, Epicure, looks out on the hotel's spacious and lovely courtyard, and the bank of French doors is thrown open in the summertime.

The 7-course Eric Frechon Menu is offered at 295€ in the evening (at the time of writing this).

  • 112, rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, 75008
  • Metro: Miromesnil
  • Open every day for dinner 7:00pm to 10:00pm
  • Lunch 12:00pm to 2:00pm
  • Restaurant Website

Alain Ducasse at Le Meurice

Le Meurice

Most of the meals we've eaten at Le Meurice were under Chef Yannick Alléno, and they were truly memorable. The dining room, by famous French designer Philippe Starck, is a wonder.

Chef Yannick has moved on, but über-chef Alain Ducasse moved in, appended his name to the restaurant and, seemingly overnight, gathered up three Michelin stars.

At Le Meurice, a meal orchestrated by Ducasse and Chef Christophe Saintagne seems downright magical. However, the dinner is not for the faint of wallet, with the Menu Collection (three courses plus cheese and dessert) coming in at 380€. In the past we've eaten there at lunch, when a simpler menu is served at a much more affordable 130€.

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