Paris offers so many options for dining. We have classified your options for dining in Paris within 3 categories.
Traditional food in a brasserie
This is the first step into French gastronomy: enter a bistro or brasserie (French pub) and order from the menu. Most brasseries serve popular French dishes such as steak – frites (beef steak with French fries), duck confit, and fish. Also ask for plat du jour (meal of the day) to get additional options. There is a great choice of brasseries in Paris, all ranging in different prices. On average, a 3 meal dinner (starter, main and dessert) with a glass of wine will cost between €25-30. We can recommend some brasseries, such as Au Petit Marguery (64 avenue des Ternes), L’annexe (6, rue Saussier Leroy), and Le Poincarré ( 22 Avenue Raymond Poincaré) among others.
If you are in France for a few days and only staying in Paris, you can try some regional dishes here. Indeed, there are many regional restaurants in Paris, allowing you to try many dishes without travelling to each region. You should definitely try the cuisine of the Sud-Ouest (South West cuisine) at Au petit Sud-Ouest (46 Avenue de la Bourdonnais, 75007) or Il était une Oie dans le Sud-Ouest (8 Rue Gustave Flaubert, 75017). In winter enter Le Brasier (58 Avenue des Ternes, 75017) for a fondue (melted cheese served in a communal pot). Average price will be €45 / person, with one glass of wine.
If your budget allows it, go for lunch (usually less expensive) or dinner at one of the famous restaurants where renowned chefs are cooking in Paris. Try a menu dégustation (5 to 7 sets menu) at a Michelin starred restaurant. There are around 80 Michelin starred restaurants in Paris, offering great food at various price ranges. Prices will start at € 50 / person to go above € 350/person, especially if you order top wine. Among others, you can consider going to La Tour d’Argent, Guy Savoy or l’Atelier de Joël Robuchon. Be advised that even if menus and dishes may appear very expensive, portion may be very tiny. In any case a dinner at a chef’s restaurant will offer an exclusive experience for dining in Paris.