Where to eat in Paris
It is not easy to find good restaurants in Paris. There are a lot of tourist traps unfortunately. The big mistake is not researching good restaurants: we love to use TripAdvisor, posts from fellow travel bloggers and Instagram. A nice feature of TripAdvisor is that you can book a table in advance for a large number of restaurants in Paris. Although this was not always necessary, we wanted to be on the safe side.
Walking around Paris, you will see a patisserie almost everywhere: they sell the most delicious cakes, cookies and tarts. And let us not forget fluffy croissants. Make sure to visit the best patisseries in Paris.
Here are the restaurants we had lunch or dinner during our stays in Paris.
Address: 28 Rue de L’Exposition
This is a very small restaurant, not that far from the Eiffel tower. They have a fixed menu of 3 courses for 35 euro and you can choose from a number of dishes for each course.
To start, we had the risotto with scallops which were beautifully cooked and presented very beautiful.
The main course was a steak Rossini style (with foie gras) and cod with pumpkin puree. The portions were not so big but the flavours were perfect although some more vegetables with both the steak and the cod would make it even better.
And then dessert, my favorite part of the meal. We had the Crème brûlée and Poire belle hélène. The latter was a huge disappointment: the pears didn’t have any flavor of spices and the chocolate sauce was made of milk chocolate, giving it a bland taste. I prefer chocolate sauce made of dark chocolate because it gives a slightly bitter taste that goes well with the normally sweet taste of the pears. Also, it looked like everything was thrown on a plate.
This was a good restaurant for a nice and quiet dinner with friendly service. I like the choices and a number of choices for each course that is adjusted to the season. But I was a little bit disappointed about the dessert.
Address: 74 Bd de la Tour
At Restaurant Pasco, they also serve a menu for a fixed price. The choices for each course were more original and it was hard to make a choice.
We started off with a millefeuille of eggplant with fresh goat cheese and a salad with chicken. The millefeuille was so delicious and an inventive vegetarian dish.
For the main course, we had a surprise of poultry with fresh pasta. And again here, some more vegetables would be nice.
Their most famous dessert is the profiterole of the house. We tried it together with Ossau-Iraty cheese with jam of black cherries. Although I ordered the dessert on good luck, and I normally never have cheese for dessert, it still tasted really nice.
If you want to have a nice dinner in a beautiful restaurant, you have to be here. The choices for the different courses are sometimes more original and everything is presented very nice. And also important: the people are very friendly.
Address: 10 Rue Gregoire de Tours
For lunch, we accidentally ended up in this little restaurant while wandering the streets looking for a place to have lunch. We had a lunch menu for only 13 euro and the food was not bad at all but very simple. We had a quiche Lorraine and a quiche with onions. The main was a turkey steak with some fries and green beans and for dessert a nice chocolate mousse (made with dark chocolate).
This is a good restaurant for a nice lunch away from the busy tourist restaurants. Don’t let yourself get scared off by the waiters trying to pull you in, it is worth it.
Address: 18 Avenue René Coty
After our visit to the catacombs, we had lunch here. We were looking for a light lunch so we ordered the club sandwich with salmon and some fries. I was expecting smoked salmon on the sandwich instead of fresh salmon and when it is cut too thick, I don´t like to eat it. I was having some trouble of eating it, and I ended up leaving some of the salmon on the plate.
But all in all, this is a good place to have lunch after visiting the catacombs with a very friendly service and a nice variety of dishes to choose from.
Address: 204 Rue de Tolbiac
In the cozy Butte Aux Cailles, you will find this traditional French Bistro. On the menu are different French classic dishes such as Kir, paté and steak tartare. I had a very meaty dinner with the paté as an entrée and a classic steak tartare as a main course. The service and the food were good. I especially liked the steak tartare, although it was already prepared.
Address: 61 Rue de l’Amiral Mouchez
This small Cape Verdian specialty restaurant is in the 13th district. We ordered an Assiette Exotique: Ratatouille of vegetables with rice and baked banana: delicious. With the food, we had a bottle of red wine. The strong red wine paired well with the flavorful food. When looking at the menu, I immediately saw the mango tarte tatin for dessert. It was everything I though it would be: a thin crust with sweet mango and caramel. On top of it, a small scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Address: 5 rue d’Alesia
This little Italian restaurant is very popular. On a Friday evening, it was packed. We ordered some pizza and gnocchi. The service was very fast, correct and funny. The gnocchi with tomato, mozzarella and basil was delicious. The pizzas looked amazing and are big. I would definitely recommend going there if you are in the neighborhood and you want something different then typical French food.
Where not to eat
Address: 70 Rue Barrault
This French bistro and wine bar was not prepared to accept a group of 20 people. Service was not good: empty glasses that were left on the (small) tables, dishes that were not served at the same moment. I finished my salad while others still had to get their food. And, the food was not good.
I ordered the rillettes du Mans but got the terrine de campagne which was ok. Not as flavorful as the one I had a few days back at Le Circus. My main course was the salad with goat cheese. This was the worst goat cheese salad I had ever had: the goat cheese was not completely baked and was very heavy, the bread was greasy, and the ham had been cut and left too long in the open, making it very tough and salty. Also, I am not used to heaving baked potatoes in my salad. Everything was topped with a lot of vinaigrette. Other dishes were also under seasoned.
What are your favorite restaurants in Paris?