Chez Denise, Paris
This is my favorite bistro in Paris. It has good food, a lively atmosphere and great wine. I also like it because it doesn’t break the wallet.
5 Rue des Prouvaires / Phone 01.42.36.21.82
Chez Robert et Louise, Paris
The Marais’ Chez Robert et Louise is not to be missed on a trip to Paris — meats are prepared to order on an open fire and served up on wooden platters (along with irresistible potatoes, my daughter’s favorite). Its cozy and absolutely delicious!
64 Rue Vieille du Temple 75003 / Phone 01.42.78.55.89
L’Escargot Montorgueil, Paris
L’Escargot has been open since 1832 and frankly I can’t believe it took so this long to find this place. Obviously escargot is their thing (yes, they do serve a gold-plated version and yes you should order it). Everything they do here is spot on, including the french onion soup and fresh sardines. The room is old school beautiful and usually has a lot of Parisians. It’s a perfect place to go when you first arrive to get you in the French mood.
38 Rue Montorgueil / Phone 01.42.36.83.51
Les Gourmets des Ternes, Paris
Les Gourmets des Ternes is an excellent bistro with classic French fare.
87 Boulevard de Courcelles 75008 / Phone 01.442.27.43.04
La Rotisserie d’en Face, Paris
La Rôtisserie d’en Face, a grill room in the St Germain area, is another must-try while in town.
2 Rue Christine 75006 / Phone 01.43.26.40.98
Restaurant Allard, Paris
Allard in Paris has roast chicken for two to die for…seriously! Chicken is roasted to order. One of my favorites.
41 Rue Saint Andre des Arts / Phone 01.43.26.48.23
Back when I went to live and cook in Paris, I worked under chef Jean Pierre Brault. He taught me much of what I know and apply to my cooking now. Whenever I go back to Paris, I love to eat at his restaurant. I love to get my friends and family together, dress up and really experience true French culture.
7 Rue du Boccador 75008 / Phone 01.47.23.57.80
The Beef Club, Paris
For the meat lovers this restaurant is where it’s at. Sexy, cool and the food is actually quite impressive. All the meat is sourced and raised by the acclaimed Englishman Tim Wilson on his Yorkshire estate. His choice cuts of beef are dry-aged for around two months and with an in-house butcher you get special cuts of the day. I didn’t get the burger but it looked equally delicious. Complete with duck fat potatoes and other steakhouse sides. Cocktails take a while but are worth the wait. Once dinner is over head downstair to the club for a drink and a dance.
58 Rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau / Phone 01.54.37.13.65
There’s still a ton of hype surrounding this restaurant, which always makes me a little nervous, but I would have to say this has been one of my favorite meals ever. The space is tiny and really, really cozy and the food is just as superb. We did the 5-course tasting menu, and while it may sound stuffy, the food is actually pretty simple – just really creative and inventive in a non-foam-all-over-the-food kind of way. It was truly memorable. And if you can’t secure a reservation, they also have a fantastic wine bar next door and a to-go spot at 9 rue du Nil.
5-6 Rue Du Nil, 75002 / Phone: +33 1 40 39 96 19
This restaurant is traditional as they come and there’s a reason why. Own and operated by a family since 1914 this place is legit. I went for Sunday brunch after visiting the Louis Vuitton Foundation. It’s a gorgeous walk through the park to get there. They are famous for their The milk-fed Allaiton de l’Aveyron (leg of lamb) and it is carved right in front of you. Best part is you can get as much as you like!
20, av Charles de Gaulle / Phone 01.46.24.71.31
If you know me, I’m not the first person who would choose a cocktail tasting menu. I usually enjoy a great wine with my meal. However, this was suggested to my wife and I’m glad I left my hesitations at the door. You can choose from 5, 6 or 7 courses each served with a specialty paired cocktail. We choose 5 and it was a great amount. While service was slow, Dersou is different, pleasant and we got exactly what we were hoping for. Interesting and tasty combinations in a no fuss environment. Just try not to peek at the tables around you so you are surprised.
21 Rue Saint Nicolas / Phone 01.81.01.12.73