Dining in Paris

Paris restaurants, cafes, and everything else you need to know to keep yourself well fed

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 (Photo by Corinne Moncelli)
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L'Epi Dupin
Paris: St-Germain-des-Prés

A nouvelle baby bistro

 
★★☆
 (Photo by Arnaud 25)
££
Les Deux Magots
Paris: St-Germain-des-Prés

Picasso's old haunt

 
★☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of Les Bouqinistes)
££
Bistro Les Bouquinistes
Paris: St-Germain-des-Prés

Guy Savoy's original baby bistro

 
★☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of Brasserie Lipp)
££
Brassiere Lipp
Paris: St-Germain-des-Prés

The classiest, most famous old brasserie in Paris

 
★☆☆
Café de Flore (Photo by Arnaud 25)
££
Café de Flore
Paris: St-Germain-des-Prés

Gore Vidal set scenes in here; Sartre wrote whole trilogies

 
★☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of Perraudin)
££
Restaurant Perraudin
Paris: Latin Quarter

The classic Left Bank bistro

 
★☆☆
The back garden (Photo courtesy of Chantairelle)
££
Chantairelle
Paris: Latin Quarter

A modern Left Bank spot for the wild cuisine of Auvergne

 
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The dining room (Photo © Reid Bramblett)
££
Brasserie Balzar
Paris: Latin Quarter

A classic brasserie in Paris

 
★★☆
Some of the gourmet food shops along rue Saint-Antoine (Photo collage by Reid Bramblett)
£
Rue Saint-Antoine
Paris: Marais

Two blocks of cheesemongers, pâtes purveyors, patisserie, gourmet grocers, and even a Monoprix for the basics

 
★★★
 (Photo )
££
Au Bascou
Paris: Marais

A Basque restaurant in the Marais

 
★☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
££
Brasserie Bofinger
Paris: Marais

A classic Marais brasserie

 
★★★
 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
£££
Le Taillevent
Paris: Elysées

The classic haute cuisine restaurant

 
★☆☆
 (Photo by Alexander Johmann)
£££
Fouquet's
Paris: Elysées

The classic café on the Champs-Elysées

 
★★☆
 (Photo by Lisa G)
£££
La Rotonde
Paris: Montparnasse

An Art Nouveau classic so vital to Parisian scene Hemingway set parts of The Sun Also Rises here

 
★☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
££
La Couple
Paris: Montparnasse

A Montparnasse Art Deco classic beloved of turn-of-the-century literati and artists

 
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Au Lapin Agile (Photo by Shadowgate)
££
Au Lapin Agile
Paris: Montemarte

The old-school bar where the Impressionists went to drink and listen to accordion music—and the tourists still do

 
★★☆
 (Photo )
££
Auberge Etchegorry
Paris: Paris outskirts

A Basque country restaurant in Paris

 
★☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
££
Brasserie Bofinger
Paris: Marais

A classic Marais brasserie

 
★☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
£££

Romantic courtyard dining in the Royal Palace of Paris

 
★☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
££
Le Chalet des Iles
Paris: Bois de Boulogne

Lunch on an island in the Bois de Boulogne

 
★★☆
 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
£
Le Ferrare
Paris: Île-de-France

A wonderfully inexpensive corner bistro-brasserie

 
★★☆
Some of the gourmet food shops along rue Saint-Antoine (Photo collage by Reid Bramblett)
£
Rue Saint-Antoine
Paris: Marais

Two blocks of cheesemongers, pâtes purveyors, patisserie, gourmet grocers, and even a Monoprix for the basics

 
★★☆
 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
£
Le Ferrare
Paris: Île-de-France

A wonderfully inexpensive corner bistro-brasserie

 
★★☆
 (Photo by Corinne Moncelli)
££
L'Epi Dupin
Paris: St-Germain-des-Prés

A nouvelle baby bistro

 
★★☆
 (Photo )
££
Auberge Etchegorry
Paris: Paris outskirts

A Basque country restaurant in Paris

 
★★☆
 (Photo by Arnaud 25)
££
Les Deux Magots
Paris: St-Germain-des-Prés

Picasso's old haunt

 
★★★
 (Photo )
££
Au Bascou
Paris: Marais

A Basque restaurant in the Marais

 
★☆☆
Au Lapin Agile (Photo by Shadowgate)
££
Au Lapin Agile
Paris: Montemarte

The old-school bar where the Impressionists went to drink and listen to accordion music—and the tourists still do

 
★☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of Les Bouqinistes)
££
Bistro Les Bouquinistes
Paris: St-Germain-des-Prés

Guy Savoy's original baby bistro

 
★☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of Perraudin)
££
Restaurant Perraudin
Paris: Latin Quarter

The classic Left Bank bistro

 
★☆☆
The back garden (Photo courtesy of Chantairelle)
££
Chantairelle
Paris: Latin Quarter

A modern Left Bank spot for the wild cuisine of Auvergne

 
★☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
££
Brasserie Bofinger
Paris: Marais

A classic Marais brasserie

 
★☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of Brasserie Lipp)
££
Brassiere Lipp
Paris: St-Germain-des-Prés

The classiest, most famous old brasserie in Paris

 
★☆☆
Café de Flore (Photo by Arnaud 25)
££
Café de Flore
Paris: St-Germain-des-Prés

Gore Vidal set scenes in here; Sartre wrote whole trilogies

 
★☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
££
La Couple
Paris: Montparnasse

A Montparnasse Art Deco classic beloved of turn-of-the-century literati and artists

 
★☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
££
Le Chalet des Iles
Paris: Bois de Boulogne

Lunch on an island in the Bois de Boulogne

 
☆☆☆
The dining room (Photo © Reid Bramblett)
££
Brasserie Balzar
Paris: Latin Quarter

A classic brasserie in Paris

 
★★☆
 (Photo by Lisa G)
£££
La Rotonde
Paris: Montparnasse

An Art Nouveau classic so vital to Parisian scene Hemingway set parts of The Sun Also Rises here

 
★★★
 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
£££
Le Taillevent
Paris: Elysées

The classic haute cuisine restaurant

 
★☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
£££

Romantic courtyard dining in the Royal Palace of Paris

 
★☆☆
 (Photo by Alexander Johmann)
£££
Fouquet's
Paris: Elysées

The classic café on the Champs-Elysées

 
★☆☆

Gourmet food in Paris

 
★★★
 (Photo )
££
Au Bascou
Paris: Marais

A Basque restaurant in the Marais

 
★★★
 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
£££
Le Taillevent
Paris: Elysées

The classic haute cuisine restaurant

 
★★☆
Some of the gourmet food shops along rue Saint-Antoine (Photo collage by Reid Bramblett)
£
Rue Saint-Antoine
Paris: Marais

Two blocks of cheesemongers, pâtes purveyors, patisserie, gourmet grocers, and even a Monoprix for the basics

 
★★☆
 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
£
Le Ferrare
Paris: Île-de-France

A wonderfully inexpensive corner bistro-brasserie

 
★★☆
 (Photo by Corinne Moncelli)
££
L'Epi Dupin
Paris: St-Germain-des-Prés

A nouvelle baby bistro

 
★★☆
 (Photo )
££
Auberge Etchegorry
Paris: Paris outskirts

A Basque country restaurant in Paris

 
★★☆
 (Photo by Arnaud 25)
££
Les Deux Magots
Paris: St-Germain-des-Prés

Picasso's old haunt

 
★★☆
 (Photo by Lisa G)
£££
La Rotonde
Paris: Montparnasse

An Art Nouveau classic so vital to Parisian scene Hemingway set parts of The Sun Also Rises here

 
★☆☆

Gourmet food in Paris

 
★☆☆
Au Lapin Agile (Photo by Shadowgate)
££
Au Lapin Agile
Paris: Montemarte

The old-school bar where the Impressionists went to drink and listen to accordion music—and the tourists still do

 
★☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of Les Bouqinistes)
££
Bistro Les Bouquinistes
Paris: St-Germain-des-Prés

Guy Savoy's original baby bistro

 
★☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of Perraudin)
££
Restaurant Perraudin
Paris: Latin Quarter

The classic Left Bank bistro

 
★☆☆
The back garden (Photo courtesy of Chantairelle)
££
Chantairelle
Paris: Latin Quarter

A modern Left Bank spot for the wild cuisine of Auvergne

 
★☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
££
Brasserie Bofinger
Paris: Marais

A classic Marais brasserie

 
★☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of Brasserie Lipp)
££
Brassiere Lipp
Paris: St-Germain-des-Prés

The classiest, most famous old brasserie in Paris

 
★☆☆
Café de Flore (Photo by Arnaud 25)
££
Café de Flore
Paris: St-Germain-des-Prés

Gore Vidal set scenes in here; Sartre wrote whole trilogies

 
★☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
££
La Couple
Paris: Montparnasse

A Montparnasse Art Deco classic beloved of turn-of-the-century literati and artists

 
★☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
££
Le Chalet des Iles
Paris: Bois de Boulogne

Lunch on an island in the Bois de Boulogne

 
★☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
£££

Romantic courtyard dining in the Royal Palace of Paris

 
★☆☆
 (Photo by Alexander Johmann)
£££
Fouquet's
Paris: Elysées

The classic café on the Champs-Elysées

 
☆☆☆
The dining room (Photo © Reid Bramblett)
££
Brasserie Balzar
Paris: Latin Quarter

A classic brasserie in Paris

 
★★☆
 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
£
Le Ferrare
Paris: Île-de-France

A wonderfully inexpensive corner bistro-brasserie

 
★★☆
 (Photo by Corinne Moncelli)
££
L'Epi Dupin
Paris: St-Germain-des-Prés

A nouvelle baby bistro

 
★★☆
 (Photo )
££
Auberge Etchegorry
Paris: Paris outskirts

A Basque country restaurant in Paris

 
★★★
 (Photo )
££
Au Bascou
Paris: Marais

A Basque restaurant in the Marais

 
★★★
 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
£££
Le Taillevent
Paris: Elysées

The classic haute cuisine restaurant

 
★☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of Les Bouqinistes)
££
Bistro Les Bouquinistes
Paris: St-Germain-des-Prés

Guy Savoy's original baby bistro

 
★☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of Perraudin)
££
Restaurant Perraudin
Paris: Latin Quarter

The classic Left Bank bistro

 
★☆☆
The back garden (Photo courtesy of Chantairelle)
££
Chantairelle
Paris: Latin Quarter

A modern Left Bank spot for the wild cuisine of Auvergne

 
★☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
££
Brasserie Bofinger
Paris: Marais

A classic Marais brasserie

 
★☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of Brasserie Lipp)
££
Brassiere Lipp
Paris: St-Germain-des-Prés

The classiest, most famous old brasserie in Paris

 
★☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
££
Le Chalet des Iles
Paris: Bois de Boulogne

Lunch on an island in the Bois de Boulogne

 
★☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
£££

Romantic courtyard dining in the Royal Palace of Paris

 
☆☆☆
The dining room (Photo © Reid Bramblett)
££
Brasserie Balzar
Paris: Latin Quarter

A classic brasserie in Paris

 
★★☆
 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
£
Le Ferrare
Paris: Île-de-France

A wonderfully inexpensive corner bistro-brasserie

 
★★☆
 (Photo by Lisa G)
£££
La Rotonde
Paris: Montparnasse

An Art Nouveau classic so vital to Parisian scene Hemingway set parts of The Sun Also Rises here

 
★☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
££
Brasserie Bofinger
Paris: Marais

A classic Marais brasserie

 
★☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of Brasserie Lipp)
££
Brassiere Lipp
Paris: St-Germain-des-Prés

The classiest, most famous old brasserie in Paris

 
★☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
££
La Couple
Paris: Montparnasse

A Montparnasse Art Deco classic beloved of turn-of-the-century literati and artists

 
★☆☆
 (Photo by Alexander Johmann)
£££
Fouquet's
Paris: Elysées

The classic café on the Champs-Elysées

 
☆☆☆
The dining room (Photo © Reid Bramblett)
££
Brasserie Balzar
Paris: Latin Quarter

A classic brasserie in Paris

 
★★☆
 (Photo by Arnaud 25)
££
Les Deux Magots
Paris: St-Germain-des-Prés

Picasso's old haunt

 
★★☆
 (Photo by Lisa G)
£££
La Rotonde
Paris: Montparnasse

An Art Nouveau classic so vital to Parisian scene Hemingway set parts of The Sun Also Rises here

 
★☆☆
Café de Flore (Photo by Arnaud 25)
££
Café de Flore
Paris: St-Germain-des-Prés

Gore Vidal set scenes in here; Sartre wrote whole trilogies

 
★☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
££
La Couple
Paris: Montparnasse

A Montparnasse Art Deco classic beloved of turn-of-the-century literati and artists

 
★☆☆
 (Photo by Alexander Johmann)
£££
Fouquet's
Paris: Elysées

The classic café on the Champs-Elysées

 
★★☆
 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
£
Le Ferrare
Paris: Île-de-France

A wonderfully inexpensive corner bistro-brasserie

 
★★☆
 (Photo by Corinne Moncelli)
££
L'Epi Dupin
Paris: St-Germain-des-Prés

A nouvelle baby bistro

 
★☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of Les Bouqinistes)
££
Bistro Les Bouquinistes
Paris: St-Germain-des-Prés

Guy Savoy's original baby bistro

 
★☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of Perraudin)
££
Restaurant Perraudin
Paris: Latin Quarter

The classic Left Bank bistro

 
★★☆
Some of the gourmet food shops along rue Saint-Antoine (Photo collage by Reid Bramblett)
£
Rue Saint-Antoine
Paris: Marais

Two blocks of cheesemongers, pâtes purveyors, patisserie, gourmet grocers, and even a Monoprix for the basics

 
★☆☆

Gourmet food in Paris

 
★☆☆
Au Lapin Agile (Photo by Shadowgate)
££
Au Lapin Agile
Paris: Montemarte

The old-school bar where the Impressionists went to drink and listen to accordion music—and the tourists still do

 
★☆☆
Au Lapin Agile (Photo by Shadowgate)
££
Au Lapin Agile
Paris: Montemarte

The old-school bar where the Impressionists went to drink and listen to accordion music—and the tourists still do

 
★☆☆

Gourmet food in Paris

 
 (Photo by Lisa G)

Café au lait à Paris: The best of the great cafés in Paris

 
Crepes come in both sweet and savory varieties—so you can get both a meal and dessert! (Photo by Wally Gobetz)

Where to grab a quick, cheap meal—Crêpes, street food, and fast food in Paris

 
★★☆
 (Photo by Corinne Moncelli)
££
L'Epi Dupin
Paris: St-Germain-des-Prés

A nouvelle baby bistro

 
★★☆
 (Photo )
££
Auberge Etchegorry
Paris: Paris outskirts

A Basque country restaurant in Paris

 
★★★
 (Photo )
££
Au Bascou
Paris: Marais

A Basque restaurant in the Marais

 
★★★
 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
£££
Le Taillevent
Paris: Elysées

The classic haute cuisine restaurant

 
★☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of Les Bouqinistes)
££
Bistro Les Bouquinistes
Paris: St-Germain-des-Prés

Guy Savoy's original baby bistro

 
★☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of Perraudin)
££
Restaurant Perraudin
Paris: Latin Quarter

The classic Left Bank bistro

 
★☆☆
The back garden (Photo courtesy of Chantairelle)
££
Chantairelle
Paris: Latin Quarter

A modern Left Bank spot for the wild cuisine of Auvergne

 
★☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
££
Brasserie Bofinger
Paris: Marais

A classic Marais brasserie

 
★☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of Brasserie Lipp)
££
Brassiere Lipp
Paris: St-Germain-des-Prés

The classiest, most famous old brasserie in Paris

 
★☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
££
Le Chalet des Iles
Paris: Bois de Boulogne

Lunch on an island in the Bois de Boulogne

 
★☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
£££

Romantic courtyard dining in the Royal Palace of Paris

 
☆☆☆
The dining room (Photo © Reid Bramblett)
££
Brasserie Balzar
Paris: Latin Quarter

A classic brasserie in Paris

 
★★☆
 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
£
Le Ferrare
Paris: Île-de-France

A wonderfully inexpensive corner bistro-brasserie

 
★★☆
 (Photo by Lisa G)
£££
La Rotonde
Paris: Montparnasse

An Art Nouveau classic so vital to Parisian scene Hemingway set parts of The Sun Also Rises here

 
★☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
££
Brasserie Bofinger
Paris: Marais

A classic Marais brasserie

 
★☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of Brasserie Lipp)
££
Brassiere Lipp
Paris: St-Germain-des-Prés

The classiest, most famous old brasserie in Paris

 
★☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
££
La Couple
Paris: Montparnasse

A Montparnasse Art Deco classic beloved of turn-of-the-century literati and artists

 
★☆☆
 (Photo by Alexander Johmann)
£££
Fouquet's
Paris: Elysées

The classic café on the Champs-Elysées

 
☆☆☆
The dining room (Photo © Reid Bramblett)
££
Brasserie Balzar
Paris: Latin Quarter

A classic brasserie in Paris

 
 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)

Café au lait à Paris: The best of the great cafés in Paris

 
★★☆
 (Photo by Arnaud 25)
££
Les Deux Magots
Paris: St-Germain-des-Prés

Picasso's old haunt

 
★★☆
 (Photo by Lisa G)
£££
La Rotonde
Paris: Montparnasse

An Art Nouveau classic so vital to Parisian scene Hemingway set parts of The Sun Also Rises here

 
★☆☆
Café de Flore (Photo by Arnaud 25)
££
Café de Flore
Paris: St-Germain-des-Prés

Gore Vidal set scenes in here; Sartre wrote whole trilogies

 
★☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
££
La Couple
Paris: Montparnasse

A Montparnasse Art Deco classic beloved of turn-of-the-century literati and artists

 
★☆☆
 (Photo by Alexander Johmann)
£££
Fouquet's
Paris: Elysées

The classic café on the Champs-Elysées

 
★★☆
 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
£
Le Ferrare
Paris: Île-de-France

A wonderfully inexpensive corner bistro-brasserie

 
★★☆
 (Photo by Corinne Moncelli)
££
L'Epi Dupin
Paris: St-Germain-des-Prés

A nouvelle baby bistro

 
★☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of Les Bouqinistes)
££
Bistro Les Bouquinistes
Paris: St-Germain-des-Prés

Guy Savoy's original baby bistro

 
★☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of Perraudin)
££
Restaurant Perraudin
Paris: Latin Quarter

The classic Left Bank bistro

 
★★☆
 (Photo )
££
Auberge Etchegorry
Paris: Paris outskirts

A Basque country restaurant in Paris

 
★★★
 (Photo )
££
Au Bascou
Paris: Marais

A Basque restaurant in the Marais

 
My mother and wife at a Parisian park bench picnic (Photo © Reid Bramblett)

Where to get picnic pickings in Paris

 
★★☆
Some of the gourmet food shops along rue Saint-Antoine (Photo collage by Reid Bramblett)
£
Rue Saint-Antoine
Paris: Marais

Two blocks of cheesemongers, pâtes purveyors, patisserie, gourmet grocers, and even a Monoprix for the basics

 
★☆☆

Gourmet food in Paris

 
★★☆
 (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
£
Le Ferrare
Paris: Île-de-France

A wonderfully inexpensive corner bistro-brasserie

 
★☆☆
The back garden (Photo courtesy of Chantairelle)
££
Chantairelle
Paris: Latin Quarter

A modern Left Bank spot for the wild cuisine of Auvergne

 
★☆☆
Au Lapin Agile (Photo by Shadowgate)
££
Au Lapin Agile
Paris: Montemarte

The old-school bar where the Impressionists went to drink and listen to accordion music—and the tourists still do

 
Crepes come in both sweet and savory varieties—so you can get both a meal and dessert! (Photo by Wally Gobetz)

Where to grab a quick, cheap meal—Crêpes, street food, and fast food in Paris

 
My mother and wife at a Parisian park bench picnic (Photo © Reid Bramblett)

Where to get picnic pickings in Paris

 
★★☆
Learn to cook in Paris (Photo by She Paused 4 Thought)

Learn to cook cassoulet in Paris

 
★★☆
Sampling French cheeses on a food tour of Paris (Photo by Wendi Everett of St Hope, courtesy of Context Travel)

Gourmet and foodie tours, market walks, and culinary seminars in Paris

 
★☆☆

Gourmet food in Paris

 
My mother and wife at a Parisian park bench picnic (Photo © Reid Bramblett)

Where to get picnic pickings in Paris

 
★★☆
Learn to cook in Paris (Photo by She Paused 4 Thought)

Learn to cook cassoulet in Paris

 
★★☆
Sampling French cheeses on a food tour of Paris (Photo by Wendi Everett of St Hope, courtesy of Context Travel)

Gourmet and foodie tours, market walks, and culinary seminars in Paris

 
★★☆
 (Photo by jalb)

Guided wine tastings, escorted winery tours, and vineyard visits in and near Paris, including Champagne, Burgundy, and the Loire Valley

 
★☆☆

Gourmet food in Paris

 
 (Photo by Alexander Johmann)

Café au lait à Paris: The best of the great cafés in Paris

 
★★☆
Some of the gourmet food shops along rue Saint-Antoine (Photo collage by Reid Bramblett)
£
Rue Saint-Antoine
Paris: Marais

Two blocks of cheesemongers, pâtes purveyors, patisserie, gourmet grocers, and even a Monoprix for the basics

 

General Paris Dining tips

 (Photo by Lisa G)

Café au lait à Paris: The best of the great cafés in Paris

 
Crepes come in both sweet and savory varieties—so you can get both a meal and dessert! (Photo by Wally Gobetz)

Where to grab a quick, cheap meal—Crêpes, street food, and fast food in Paris

 
My mother and wife at a Parisian park bench picnic (Photo © Reid Bramblett)

Where to get picnic pickings in Paris

 

General France Dining tips

A cassoulet (Photo by stu_spivack)

Typical dishes, traditional meals, & French culinary specialties

 
 (Photo by Roberto Trombetta)

Tips for finding great restaurants in France

 
A sampler gets you lots of variety and a full meal for the price of a single dish (Photo by Foodie Buddha)

Tips to save money on dining in France and eat better for it

 

How I select restaurants for this site

 
Culinary Tours
 
 
Culinary tours links

Tips

About the restaurant star ratings (☆☆☆ to ★★★)

You will notice that all restaurants (and sights and hotels) on this site have a ReidsFrance.com star designation from ☆☆☆ to ★★★.

This merely indicates that I feel these eateries offer a little something that makes them special (or extra-special, or extra-extra special, etc.).

These star ratings are entirely based on personal opinion, and have nothing to do with any official local restaurant ratings or grades.

In general, a pricier restaurant has to impress me that it is worth the added expense.

This is why I give ★★★ to some inexpensive eateries or pubs that happen provide amazing value for the money—and similarly have ranked a few fancy but notable restaurants just ★★☆.

About the restaurant price brackets (€–€€€)

Here at ReidsFrance.com we simply provide a general price range indicating the general amount you should expect to pay for a full meal in the eatery.

Each eatery is rated into a price category, which indicates—very roughly—what you could expect to pay, per person, for a standard full meal: Two courses (appetizer and main course, main and side, main and dessert, whatever), plus something to drink.

There are three price ranges, giving you a sense of which restaurants are budget, which are moderate, and which are splurges:

under €15
€€ under €40
€€€ over €40
Useful French phrases

Useful French for dining

English (anglais) French (français) Pro-nun-cee-YAY-shun
Where is? Où est?     ou eh
...a restaurant un restaurant uhn ray-stah-RAHN
...a casual restaurant un bistro
or
une brasserie
uhn bee-STRO
or
ooun bra-sair-RHEE
a table for two un table pour deux uhn TAH-bluh peur dou
     
I would like Je voudrais... zhuh vou-DRAY
...some (of) un peu (de) uhn puh (duh)
...this ce suh
...that ça sah
and et ay
chicken poulet poo-LAY
beef bouef buff
veal veau voh
fish poisson pwa-SOH
pork porc pork
meat la viande lah vee-YOHN-duh
platter of cured meats la charcuterie lah shar-coo-tair-EE
I am vegetarian je suis végétarien zhuh swee veh-je-ta-ree-YEN
rare bleu
or
saignant
bluh
or
sain-NYUHn
medium rare à point ah PWAHn
well done bien cuit bee-YEN kwee
dessert dessert day-SAIR
and et ay
...a glass of un verre de uhn vair duh
...a bottle of une bouteille de oun boo-TAY-yuh de
...a half-liter of un demi de uhn de-MEE de
...fizzy water eau gazeuse oh gah-ZUHZ
...still water eau non gazeuse oh no gah-ZUHZ
...red wine vin rouge vah roozhuh
...white wine vin blanc vah blahn
...beer bière bee-YAIR
...cider cidre SEE-drah
Check, please La conte, s'il vous plaît
or
L’addition, s'il vous plaît
lah KOHNT seel-vou-PLAY
or
la-dih-see-YON seel-vou-PLAY
Service (tip) is included service compris sair-VEES cohm-PREE

Basic phrases in French

English (anglais) French (français) pro-nun-see-YAY-shun
thank you merci mair-SEE
please s'il vous plaît seel-vou-PLAY
yes oui wee
no non no
Do you speak English? Parlez-vous anglais? par-lay-VOU on-GLAY
I don't understand Je ne comprende pas zhuh nuh COHM-prohnd pah
I'm sorry Je suis desolée zhuh swee day-zoh-LAY
How much does it cost? Combien coute? coam-bee-YEHN koot
That's too much C'est trop say troh
     
Good day Bonjour bohn-SZOURH
Good evening Bon soir bohn SWAH
Good night Bon nuit  bohn NWEE
Goodbye Au revoir oh-ruh-VWAH
Excuse me (to get attention) Excusez-moi eh-skooze-ay-MWA
Excuse me (to get past someone) Pardon pah-rRDOHN
Where is? Où est? ou eh
...the bathroom la toilette lah twah-LET
...train station la gare lah gahr

Days, months, and other calendar items in French

English (anglais) French (français) Pro-nun-cee-YAY-shun
When is it open? Quand est-il ouvert? coan eh-TEEL oo-VAIR
When does it close? Quand est l'heure de fermeture?   coan eh lure duh fair-mah-TOUR
At what time... à quelle heure... ah kell uhre
     
Yesterday hier ee-AIR
Today aujoud'hui ow-zhuhr-DWEE
Tomorrow demain duh-MEHN
Day after tomorrow après demain ah-PRAY duh-MEHN
     
a day un jour ooun zhuhr
Monday Lundí luhn-DEE
Tuesday Maredí mar-DEE
Wednesday Mercredi mair-cray-DEE
Thursday Jeudi zhuh-DEE
Friday Vendredi vawn-druh-DEE
Saturday Samedi saam-DEE
Sunday Dimanche DEE-maansh
     
a month un mois ooun mwa
January janvier zhan-vee-YAIR
February février feh-vree-YAIR
March mars mahr
April avril ah-VREEL
May mai may
June juin zhuh-WAH
July juillet zhuh-LYAY
August août ah-WOOT
September septembre sep-TUHM-bruh
October octobre ok-TOE-bruh
November novembre noh-VAUM-bruh
December décembre day-SAHM-bruh

Numbers in French

English (anglais) French (français) Pro-nun-cee-YAY-shun
1 un ehn
2 deux douh
3 trois twa
4 quatre KAH-truh
5 cinq sank
6 six sees
7 sept sehp
8 huit hwhee
9 neuf nuhf
10 dix dees
11 onze ownz
12 douze dooz
13 treize trehz
14 quatorze kah-TOHRZ
15 quinze cans
16 seize sez
17 dix-sept dee-SEP
18 dix-huit dee-SWEE
19 dix-neuf dee-SNEUHF
20 vingt vahn
21* vingt et un * vahnt eh UHN
22* vingt deux * vahn douh
23* vingt trois * vahn twa
30 trente truhnt
40 quarante kah-RAHNT
50 cinquante sahn-KAHNT
60 soixante swaa-SAHNT
70 soixante-dix swa-sahnt-DEES
80 quatre-vents  kat-tra-VAHN
90 quatre-vents-dix  kat-tra-vanht-DEES
100 cent sant
1,000 mille meel
5,000 cinq mille sank meel
10,000 dix mille dees meel


* You can form any number between 20 and 99 just like the examples for 21, 22, and 23. For x2–x9, just say the tens-place number (trente for 30, quarante for 40, etc.), then the ones-place number (35 is trente cinq; 66 is soixsante six). The only excpetion is for 21, 31, 41, etc. For x1, say the tens-place number followed by "...et un" (trente et un, quarante et un, etc.).

‡ Yes, the French count very strangely once they get past 69. Rather than some version of "seventy,' they instead say "sixy-ten" (followed by "sixty-eleven," "sixty-twelve,' etc. up to "sixty-nineteen.") And then, just to keep things interesting, they chenge it up again and, for 80, say 'four twenties"—which always make me thinks of blackbirds baked in a pie for some reason. Ninety becomes "four-twenties-ten" and so on up to "four-nineties-ninteen" for 99, which is quite a mouthful: quartre-vingts-dix-neuf.