As you know, we love special evenings in Paris, especially those that combine classic activities in the City of Light. There's nothing more iconic than a cruise along the city's river, especially at night and when you add a traditional French dinner to the experience. Bienvenue à bord! — welcome aboard!
As Paris slowly returns to something like normal after a long lockdown, the bateaux are sailing again, adding dinner dates as they are able. Here are the best of the dinner cruises current available. We'll keep this article updated as more of our favorites get on the water.
This is our number-one choice for a romantic dinner cruise and we can vouch for the wonders you will experience. This two-and-a-half-hour, slow cruise along the world's most beautiful river route is offered by Bateaux Parisiens, the most prestigious dinner cruise company in Paris, and gives you the chance to see the light show that is Paris in the evening, when all of the most famous monuments are lit up and visible from your boat on the river.
The evening starts on the banks of the Seine at the foot of the Eiffel Tower. Choose the 8:30 PM sailing and the Service Privilege option for the best seating, best meal, and the ultimate experience. You will be rewarded with front-of-the-line entry as well as VIP seating at the front of the boat for the best views and the best service.
The four-course dress-up dinner includes a variety of wines, coffee and liqueur. There is champagne served both at the beginning and the end of the dinner. The view and the leisurely pace are fantastic. There's nothing to do but to take in the many aspects of this beautiful city as the sun sets and the buildings light up. Did we mention the glasses of champagne? Highly recommended by us.
Paris? New Year's Eve? Party on the river, dine & dance in style as the sights of the world's loveliest city float by. This is one event you don't want to miss. For the best experience be sure to choose the Service Privilège option.
We went at 8:30 PM and the trip lasted for 2.5 hours. The food and drinks were superb, especially the main and dessert. The overall experience was surreal, very relaxed and romantic especially when the sun set and everything was lit up. I would 100% recommend this to anyone. It will be a lifetime memory."
– 5-Star Review
Our third recommended Seine dinner cruise is conducted by Bateaux Mouches, a Paris river boat company that sails from a dock on the Right Bank located between Pont de l'Alma and Pont des Invalides. Nightly sailings in glass-walled boats offer up classic multi-course French meals along with classic views of the City of Light, both presented with live music.
For the best menu and the best seating, be sure to book the Dinner-Cruise Excellence option. It's worth the extra cost.
Hundreds of visitors to Paris have loved this nighttime dinner cruise operated by Paris Seine. Among its charms is the boarding that takes place on the river banks right in front of Musèe d'Orsay. Once on board and seated at your table, the boat gently pulls out into the river stream to cruise past so many of the iconic monuments of Paris, all lit up for the evening — the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, Musée d'Orsay, Pont Alexandre III — coming to life through the extensive glass walls and ceiling of your boat.
Initially, when I booked this tour, I was skeptical, but in every way it exceeded my expectations. I wholeheartedly recommend it! The food on the boat was superb, and the boat itself was sparkling clean and very elegantly appointed. The wait staff were all dressed in tuxedos and did a fantastic job."
– 5-Star Review
If a cruise and a French dinner aren't enough for you, you'll be happy to learn that this three-part, full-evening activity is available once again, post-lockdown. On the banks of the Seine a table has been reserved for you on the Paris Seine restaurant bateau. You dine on a classic meal as the lights of Paris drift by.
Full and happy, your next stop is the Eiffel Tower, where a skip-the-line ticket gives you priority access to the 2nd Level. Finally, you're driven across town to the Moulin Rouge to end the evening taking in the world's most famous cabaret show, with over 100 performers. After the show, you are whisked back to the center of Paris, near your hotel.
This tour was fantastic, as was the driver. I would highly recommend this tour if you want to see Moulin Rouge. The dinner and show along with the convenience of being picked up from our hotel and dropped back to the hotel was well worth the money."
– 5-Star Review
Bateaux Parisiens lays out the white tablecloths for this midday dining and cruising experience. Take a break from the sights and excitement of Paris for a trip along the river Seine while being served a classic three-course lunch. Marvel at the best of Paris passing by in the light of day while dining on a meal made on board from fresh ingredients. A Seine river cruise is an essential activity in Paris, so why not combine it with a leisurely lunch at the same time?
It's fun to spot the Paris attractions you've already visited — the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, Place de la Concorde — and see what they look like from a river perspective. No matter the weather, this lunch cruise gives you wonderful, unexpected views of the the city we love.
Spend your Paris morning sightseeing, then hop on one of the bateaux of Paris Seine for a relaxing, casual, and affordable 3-course lunch cruise. Sip a glass of wine and watch the monuments of Paris drift by. We found the quality of food surprising, in a good way! Recommended by us.
The French consider good food essential to their culture. What you can expect when dining on a Seine River cruise is a fabulous multi-course meal with champagne & wine. Although the menus change with the seasons here's an idea of the type of menu you are likely to find on a Paris dinner cruise along the city's beautiful river.
• Marinated Scottish salmon over baby greens, or
• Foie gras with truffle shavings, or
• Chilled prawns, herb vinaigrette & baby vegetables, or
• Lobster chaud-froid cream sauce & a vegetable melange
• Beef filet with morel mushroom cream sauce & fresh pasta, or
• Duck breast with fig sauce & baby potatoes, or
• Grilled Veal with pomegranate sauce, chanterelles & rice pilaf, or
• Sea bass filet with grilled zucchini, olives & basil
• Chocolate entremets — classic chocolate dessert selection, or
• Raspberry schuss — a vanilla and raspberry cake, or
• Raspberry macaron, or
• Vanilla and strawberry vacherin — a meringue-filled with cream and fruit
In France, it's common to have an aperitif before dinner. Popular choices include kir (creme de cassis & white wine), a glass of champagne, or even a glass of fruit juice — we prefer a glass of rosé champagne. With the meal, wine is always the right choice! There will be a sommelier on board who can help with your selection.
It's also common in France to pay a little extra (called a supplement) for some of the special items on a menu. In some cases it might mean a supplement is added for the cheese course, or if you select higher priced-items like lobster or foie gras. In general, the standard (lowest) price is offered on the menu and the high rollers can tailor their menu with extra supplements. And of course, vegetarian options are almost always available nowadays.
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