Selecting The Best Restaurants In Paris – The Criteria & The Finalists

"A great meal isn't the one you just had, it's the one you're still thinking about a decade later."
–Chef Frédéric Robert

Frédéric Robert is one of our Preferred Chefs here at Paris Insiders Guide, and he succinctly describes the criteria we apply when selecting the best restaurants in Paris. It's all about the special meals that have delivered exceptional culinary memories — memories that stay with us long after the meal over. It's about the restaurants that excel at all aspects of the dining experience — the service, the menu, the wine & a certain je ne sais quoi.

We've dined at many of the best restaurants in Paris and there's nothing we love more than telling others about our experiences and about other top places to dine. Our finalists are the type of places you secretly share with a friend — and then talk about for years to come. We present to you the finalists…


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Loire Valley Chateaux & Wine Tasting, Day Trip from Paris
Visit the magical castles of the Loire Valley in a day that also features a guided tasting of the best regional wines. Includes pick-up at your Paris hotel.
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Best of Versailles. Skip the Line, with Hotel Pick-up & Lunch
This day trip from Paris gets you inside the royal estate without waiting in the long lines. Included is a 3-course traditional lunch by the Grand Canal.
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Michelin 3-Star Restaurants In Paris

Michelin 3-Star Restaurants In Paris

There are only a few restaurants in all of France that have been awarded three stars by the Michelin Guide; ten of them are in Paris. Three stars put a restaurant at the top of the Michelin ratings. And you discover why as soon as you sit at a table at one of these ten. Read more in our reviews.

Le Jules Verne Restaurant

Le Jules Verne

We start with the restaurant that offers the best view of Paris, and that means it must be on the Eiffel Tower. Indeed, Le Jules Verne is a Michelin-starred restaurant located 400 feet above Paris, with fabulous vistas both day and night. The brand-new restaurant is now under the toque of Chef Freédérick Anton, the menu is superb, and it is going to be an experience you'll never forget.

Culinary Memories in the Bois de Boulogne

La Grande Cascade exterior

In the southwest of Paris is a large park, bequeathed to the city by Emperor Napoleon III. There, in the Bois de Boulogne, you find wooded areas, a race track or two, a children's zoo, miles of trails and one of the very best restaurants in Paris — La Grande Cascade.

Michelin-starred Chef Frédéric Robert presides over a kitchen that consistently turns out incredible dishes. The pleasing food is complemented by the elegant, traditional decor and the service is top-notch.

Le Gabriel at Hotel La Réserve

Le Gabriel

The newest top-notch restaurant at the newest luxury hotel in Paris won two stars in the Michelin Guide during its first year! That certainly makes it one of the best restaurants in Paris. It features a chef who does wonders with Japanese-French fusion dishes.

You'd think that being located in the 8th Arrondissement, just off the busy Champs-Elysées, would be anything but calm. But, to the contrary, Le Gabriel is an oasis of serenity and sophistication. Try it for the perfect service and an ambience created by attention to detail.


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Best of Versailles. Skip the Line, with Hotel Pick-up & Lunch
This day trip from Paris gets you inside the royal estate without waiting in the long lines. Included is a 3-course traditional lunch by the Grand Canal.
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VIP Versailles Tour with Private Viewing of the Royal Quarters
Skip-the-Line entrance to the chateau through a VIP entrance, plus a private tour of the royal chambers and opera house not open to tourists.
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All the Michelin-Starred Restaurants In Paris

Michelin 3-Star Restaurants In Paris

More than 120 restaurants in Paris have made the Michelin grade, earning one, two, or three stars in that famous food guide. The breakdown is this — nearly one hundred one-star restaurants here in the capital, sixteen with two stars, and, at the summit, ten three-star restaurants. Let's take a quick look at all of them.

Bistrot de L'Oulette


This tiny Marais restaurant is where we had our first meal in Paris and started us on the road of culinary delights. Despite some ups and down over the years, Bistrot de L'Oulette is still firmly on our "must eat" list. Take a walk down Memory Lane with us to discover why we love L'Oulette and what we have eaten there.

David Toutain

David Toutain

Stepping into this modern, clean, minimalist restaurant is like stepping into a coffee house in Sweden. And the food is just as clean and modern…and pleasing! In the 7th Arrondissement we sat down and tried chaud/froid eggs with a flourish of cream and maple; white squid cut like long noodles full of the flavor of spring; and pigeon served two ways. Try David's modern restaurant when you're in the mood for something different and fresh.


The Best Evenings at the Moulin Rouge

Moulin Rouge Dinner & Show with VIP Seating
The magic and wonder of Paris: a classic French dinner at a private table in the VIP section at Moulin Rouge. Afterwards marvel at the iconic cabaret show.
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Moulin Rouge Cabaret with Champagne
Concentrate on the cabaret… and on the champagne! You can also opt to come early and dine at the Moulin Rouge before the show starts.
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Jacques Faussat

Jacques Faussat

This hidden restaurant gem is found in a quiet corner in the 17th Arrondissement, north of Parc Monceau — a place few tourists will ever discover. Go for the restaurant's off-the-beaten-path location, go for the Basque-inspired cuisine, go for the attentive service, and, most of all, go for the intensely delicious food created by Michelin-starred Chef Jacques Faussat.


Les Tablettes de Jean-Louis Nomicos

It's not often that we have the culinary endurance for a multi-course tasting lunch menu, but for our readers we're willing to try anything! So it was that on a summer day in August we spent the afternoon in Jean-Louis Nomicos' bright, sunny restaurant sampling our way around his interpretation of Mediterranean cuisine. And it was time well spent.

Le Grand Véfour – at Palais-Royal

Le Grand Véfour

"Bonaparte and Josephine, Victor Hugo, Jean Cocteau, Colette, Sartre…" That's how every review of Le Grand Véfour starts out. And it makes sense. Since 1784 this restaurant has fed the famous and celebrated of every era.

After a 20th-century renovation to restore it to the original glory, Le Grand Véfour claimed the highest honor — three Michelin stars in the year 2000. Today the restaurant still holds two stars (not a bad achievement!) and retains the glory of bygone days.

Michelin Guide to Paris Restaurants 2021

Michelin Guides 2020

Each year's Michelin restaurant guide for France reveals a few surprises for Paris chefs and restaurants. Some restaurants lose their single stars while others may become surprise winners. In recent years, the happiest news for us was that our pal Jacques Faussat won back the star at his eponymous restaurant in the 17th Arrondissement.

Let's take a look at the winners, losers, and other changes found in the Michelin Red Guide France in 2019 and in 2020. Meanwhile, order a copy of the 2021 Michelin restaurant guide for Paris!

La Régalade Conservatoire – Archived Review

La Regalade Conservatoire

It's nice to know that some of the classics never change, and La Régalade Conservatoire is a good example of that, delivering up the same hearty bistro fare as it did decades ago. Unfortunately, since we reviewed Conservatoire it has closed its doors. However, Chef Bruno Doucet continues to serve up the classics at La Régalade Saint-Honoré.

Order up the Régalade classics and you're going to be very happy — creamy risotto infused with black cuttlefish ink, the beautiful caramelized pork belly, and, to end, the giant cauldron of perfectly cooked rice pudding with a luscious caramel sauce.

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