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Best Romantic Restaurants in Paris

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Lapérouse

Formerly a high-end hotel, this architecturally rich restaurant is known for its lavish spread since its inception in 1766 on the banks of the Seine. The fare is French and one can savor it while sitting at one of the tables where eminent personalities like Guy de Maupassant and Alexandre Dumas have cherished the satiating morsels. Enter the pristine walls of this established and be struck with awe at the old-world charm that it exudes, complete with its wooden beams, leather chairs and brass tableware. The private rooms are well away from prying eyes, behind a hidden stairway, ideal for an exclusive, intimate dinner.

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La Tour d'Argent

Though the year it was founded is still in unsure grounds, La Tour d'Argent is a Parisian institution to be reckoned with. Situated on the sixth floor of a luxurious champagne-colored building, the restaurant offers stunning views over the Seine and Notre-Dame Cathedral. Young, talented chefs ensure that the menu is of consistently high quality, and prices are what you would expect to pay for its sublime offerings of duckling, foie gras and lobster. It also has an exceptional wine cellar containing over 450,000 bottles, out of which only 15,000 are offered to diners on a 400 page list. Let the sommelier help you in choosing the right one for your meal. This restaurant is ideal for a romantic dinner with your beloved in the city of romance. La Tour d'Argent is closed in the month of August and reservations are highly recommended, so plan your visit accordingly.

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La Truffière

You can escape the many tourists traps of Rue Mouffetard by dining at the Truffière, a traditional restaurant offering regional cuisine in an authentic cellar dating from the 17th Century. The Red Tuna tastes just as good with Foie Gras in a Filo Custard or with Parmentier de Canard aux Truffes Noire. And top that off with Soufflé Chaud à la Truffe Noire; it's guaranteed to send you to a different realm altogether. Strictly for non-vegetarians, the restaurant also has a huge variety of liqueurs, which can be sipped at leisure at the lounge. Their wine cellar has a spectacular wine collection of more than 3,300 bottles. Truly a special place for romantic occasions.

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Le Grand Véfour

A glorious red and gold, 18th-century dining room, resplendent with mirrors and chandeliers, greets guests as they enter Le Grand Véfour. Within its palatial boundaries, Chef Guy Martin displays magical culinary artistry, as he skillfully whips up his trademark dishes like Tourte d'Artichauts et Légumes Confits and some divine concoctions, such as Ravioles de Foie Gras à l'émulsion de Crème Truffée. Business lunches are often organized during the day, but, at night, a romantic atmosphere takes over. Don't let the long names on the menu intimidate you. Indulge, and let the flavors linger. Even longer lasting, however, are memories of this splendid dining experience.

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Royal Madeleine

Nestled in the posh neighborhood of the eighth arrondissement,Royal Madeleine will allure you with its lovely facade, attractive terrace, wall engravings, chandeliers and silverware. This chic Parisian bistro with its zinc bar and gastronomic delights has been wowing the discerning palates of food lovers for a long time now. The seasonal, traditional menu is sublime and the wines are equally impressive. A perfect gem of a restaurant for your romantic rendezvous.

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Maxim's

This restaurant's old-fashioned Belle Époque decor, refined service and sophisticated menu have made it famous the world over. Opened in 1893 by café waiter Maxime Gaillard, it has long been a favorite with movers and shakers in the fields of finance, arts and politics. Designer Pierre Cardin bought the restaurant in 1981, giving its reputation an additional boost. Enjoy your meal in the stunning opulence of the L'Impérial Bar, Le Grand Salon dining room or Le Grill. Savor delicious items, such as Fried Norway Lobsters with Avocado Pulp. Other Maxim's restaurants are located in New York, Mexico City and Beijing.

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Chez Pétrelle

This tiny restaurant is wonderfully cluttered and dim, awash in tarnished mirrors, crumbling dried flowers, books and other bric-a-brac. Glass chandeliers with real candles descend from the ceiling, and a large fresco with huge cracks adorns a wall. It sounds chaotic, but it's actually homey and intimate – perfect for a romantic evening. The cuisine in Chez Pétrelle is largely old-school French, with dishes such as ravioli de canard, agneau au lait des Pyrenees, and roasted pigeon gracing the menu. Parisians adore this cozy restaurant, maybe you will too.

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Chez Francis

With an unobstructed view of one of the world's most beautiful and romantic monuments, the Eiffel Tower, Chez Francis has an added advantage than your other Parisian brasseries. The restaurant's enviable location and its proximity to other tourist attractions such as the Pont de l'Alma and Champs-Elysées is one of the reasons for its popularity. The rich interiors are warm and inviting while the fabulous seafood dishes will delight your palates. If you are not into seafood, their other dishes are equally noteworthy. Chez Francis is known for its magnificent terrace which has the most breathtaking views and is idyllic for a special occasion.

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Les Ombres

Les Ombres (The Shadows) has one of the most spectacular, close up views of the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Situated on the fifth floor of the Musée du Quai Branly, the food and wines here are equally as spectacular as the view. Chef Arno Busquet's classic French ingredients evoke exotic flavors of Asia, Africa, Oceana and America. Not for those who prefer simple food, signature dishes include Cod steak deglazed with ginger caramel, accompanied with Puy green lentils with lemongrass. Les Ombres is an ideal place to impress your date or close that important business deal. Try to get a table by the window.

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58 Tour Eiffel

Dining on the Effiel Tower will certainly be the cherry on top of your Parisian vacation. And to make this wish come true, 58 Tour Eiffel is here to offer you this once-in-a-lifetime experience. Stop and have a delicious yet beautifully composed lunch or dinner, and look out at the panoramic view of the contrast of modern buildings and classic architecture from the giant glass windows. Romance thrives with the very first step inside 58 Tour Eiffel, and the breathtaking scenery only deepens it. For this romantic evening, patrons are requested to be dressed to the T (formals for men and classy silhouettes for the ladies).

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Le Jules Verne

Truly a Parisian gem, this world-class restaurant is located inside the Eiffel Tower. Dining at Le Jules Verne is an experience unto itself. Patrons are whisked up a private elevator to a breathtaking dining room replete with some of the most amazing views from inside the iconic Paris landmark. The cuisine rivals the views with contemporary French dishes that are sumptuous and paired perfectly with a wine list of only the finest French wines. Prix fixe menus and specialty options complete the experience and add to the wow factor of this beloved Paris establishment.

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Cristal Room Baccarat

Want to spend that perfect romantic evening with your beloved? Visit the Cristal Room Baccarat. This restaurant has amazingly high ceilings, beautiful chandeliers, delicate crystals, artistically carved cornices and elegant furniture. The interiors showcase glassware that is beautifully arranged. One can gorge on the fabulous French cuisine and choose from a splendid wine list.

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