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Favorite Paris Restaurants

I know this might be a trite question, but I am looking for recommendations for several types of restaurants in Paris.
1. Your favorite restaurant to celebrate a special occasion.
2. Your favorite good bistro in the Marais neighborhood.
3. Good food, good fun on the Canal St. Martin.
4. Favorite restaurants on Ile St. Louis.
5. Favorite restaurants on the Left Bank.

Other than for #1 (where I'm willing to splurge a little), I'm willing to pay what's fair for a good meal.
Also, please don't think you need to answer all 5. I'm just looking for your favorite places in those areas.
Thanks so much to all!

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Le Petit Cambodge has reopened in the 10th Arrondisement, just around the around the corner from the Canal St. Martin. We ate there in October and really enjoyed the food, wine and service.

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(5) Left Bank recommendation: We had a delicious dinner at La Cuisine de Phillippe near the Luxembourg Gardens. The best part were the soufflés we had for dessert - they were absolutely excellent. Mine was pistachio with chocolate nibs, and my husband had the Grand Marnier - which was served with the bottle of Grand Marnier so he could add more as needed! I think that soufflé was one of the best things I ate on our entire trip. :-)

It is a small restaurant, and the chef came out and talked to each table. I asked him how he made the pistachio soufflé so smooth in my choppy French, and he kindly explained - it was a real highlight for us. I called the day before for an early reservation (7:00, and we were the first ones seated!) The restaurant filled quickly after 7:00, and walk-ins were turned away. So, I'd recommend making a reservation.

Here's a link to the Trip Advisor reviews:

(4) Ile St. Louis: We splurged on a different trip to Paris and sat in the Berthillon ice cream Salon de Thé, rather than taking our ice cream to go from the counter next door. There are two addresses on the street - the Salon de Thé was a treat to be able to rest after our exploring and have our desserts in that beautiful space. I had the tarte tatin with caramel beurre salé ice cream, and my husband chose a combination of the day's featured flavors. Elegant and relaxing - I'd recommend a stop there. :-)

I'll be interested to see what others suggest! I agree that David Lebovitz's website is an excellent source of information and reviews.


Posted by
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Thanks so much to all who have replied! This is exactly the kind of information I was looking for. I'm already getting so hungry for all of the fantastic Paris cuisine!

Posted by
1205 posts

My favorite restaurants in Paris are: Le P'tit Trouquet 28 Rie de'Exposition and it is in the Rue Cler area. I have been there 3 x and it never disappoints! Make reservartions, very small place, not open for lunch.

Les Cocottes - Rue Cler also - 135 Rue St. Dominique -- all the dishes are served in small iron pots. Very nice place, but I will warn you all the tables are high and you sit in high stools. I went for lunch and it was perfect. I would go back for dinner too.

L'Orangerie -- On the Ile St. Louis - 28 Rue St Louis-en-lle reservations needed! Wonderful place, excellent food. Dinner here is perfect.

Brasserie Bouillon Racine - amazing decor sit on the 2nd floor, reservations needed. Most beautiful restaurant I have been to! Art Nouveau decor! 3 Rue Racine I believe it is near the Cluny Museum. Great for dinner

Creperie Josselin67 Rue du Montparnasse Fun and casual place - excellent crepes, best I ever had. You may not like crepes but I can almost say you will love these!!! Nothing else like it. Great for either lunch or dinner.

I will make sure the next time I go back to Paris I will go to all these restaurants and I hope to find more to add to my list. Make reservations and make sure a restaurant is open on a Sunday night as many in Paris seem to be closed. Have a wonderful trip. they may not be the areas that you asked for, but they are ones I have been to and really enjoyed. Let me know if you went to any of the above and if so, did you like them or not. Love to hear your feed back.

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Le Bistrot D'Henri
16 Rue Princesse
Near St. Sulpice. Wonderful neighborhood restaurant. Have referred 3 or 4 friends there and all loved it. A couple of them returned to eat there multiple times