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.
Le Train Bleu is located in the Gare de Lyon Station and was built simultaneously with the Grand Palais, Pont Alexandre III and Petit Palais for the World Exhibtion of 1900. This dining room is ornate and gorgeously decorated with exquisite wall frescoes, gilded beams, rich wooden booths with blue motifs. The service is spot on and the cuisine is prepared in French Escoffier style. Must-haves include, Escargots in Chablis sauce, Loin of Lamb Provençal and Veal Kidneys in Mustard. In addition, the Big Ben Bar serves drinks in a jiffy.
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.
Le Comptoir Lounge is a cozy and elegant bistro which is known for its delicious French dishes as well as its Burger XL. Aside from a variety of locally-influenced traditional, French dishes which is a must-try for any tourist looking for an authentic local dining experience, the menu here also includes a number of pizza and pasta options as well as their huge burgers. The wine list as well as the zippy cocktail varieties are worth a try as well. All in all, this place is the perfect spot to stop into while exploring the city.
Sola is an elegant restaurant that serves Japanese and French infusion cuisine. Carefully created by renowned chef Hiroki Yoshitake, the daily menu invites diners to a meal that is both surprising and delicious. Take your shoes off as you step inside this 17th Century building and sit on the floor at a traditional Japanese table under gorgeous vaulted ceillings. Savor the fine dishes that change daily, such as miso-lacquered foie gras. Make sure you try their traditional sake drinks.
Kei Kobayashi learned the principles of French cuisine in Japan. He set out for France to improve his knowledge, working in the best starred restaurants of France. In 2003, he became part of the team at Alain Ducasse’s restaurant, the Plaza Athénée, in order to master all the subtleties of French gastronomic cuisine. He opened his own establishment, Kei, in the first arrondissement of Paris. In a cozy and refined atmosphere, almost minimalist, you discover his cuisine: a subtle mixture of Japanese and French culinary cultures. The chef retains the harmony, aestheticism and delicate flavors found in Japanese tradition, while keeping the perfect balance of tastes and textures, such as in French dishes. The whole thing results in a creative and varied cuisine.
This traditional French bistro only changed hands once in 80 years. So of course the venue is packed with memories and good food is the only valid creed around here! With Mr and Mrs Petit, you are in good hands. Dishes are traditional and refined, such as the Duck Pâté, the Pan-seared Beef Fillet, an assortment of French cheeses, and finally Profiteroles or a home-made tart with fresh fruit. As for the wine list, it is well-supplied.
Set in the stylish Hotel Duo, the Lounge Bar has a sleek look. You will feel relaxed in the laid-back ambiance highlighted by cozy armchairs and couches, huge lampshades and glass walls. There is also a corner of greenery with plants covering one full portion of a wall. This hotel bar has a fine selection of cocktails, champagne and wine. Though a bit expensive, the experience is worth the price.
Café Benjamin is a quaint cafe with comfy armchairs and light fixtures. This Parisian brasserie is a nice spot to make a pit stop while exploring the city. Savor French classics like the Boeuf Bourguignon and a take a sip of cocktails during their happy hours. Teetotalers can enjoy their coffee and tea.
La Robe et le Palais is more known for their natural wines than their cuisine though that too is tasty. Their limited French menu features fresh ingredients from the local markets. This beautifully complemented by their vinos with over 250 selections. Its oak barrels, posters and racks of wine bottles along with soft lighting create a warm and inviting ambiance.
If you're single, young, and looking to have a good time, then Georges Cafe is the place for you. With their late night cocktail hours and dancing, it is a nice spot to mingle. Georges Café has an all-female staff and a DJ that will provide you with appropriate music as you plunge into nightlife excitement at its best.