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Le Bouclard
Chez Germain
La brasserie du Belvederee
Chez Jenny



Jacques Mélac
42 rue Léon Frot
Phone: 01-43-70-59-27

11th Arrondissement (Bastille)
There's robust cuisine to match the noisy camaraderie at this popular wine bar-restaurant, owned by mustachioed Jacques Mélac. Charcuterie, a salad of preserved duck gizzards, braised beef, and cheeses from central France are good choices here. Monsieur Mélac has his own miniature vineyard out the front door and hosts a jolly party at harvest time. MC, V. Reservations advised. Closed Mon. dinner, weekends Aug.

47 rue de Richelieu,
Phone: 01-42-97-46-49

1st Arrondissement (Louvre)
The little brother of the fashionable Willi's Wine Bar, just around the corner, is a friendly, unpretentious place. It serves various hot dishes and some copious salads, including the house chicken salad, which makes an excellent light meal when accompanied by lentils or an assortment of tapas. The wine list is impressive and the waitstaff young and friendly. MC, V. Reservations advised. Closed Sun.

38 rue des Tournelles
Phone: 01-42-71-43-33

4th Arrondissement (Le Marais/Ile St-Louis)
The owner oversees the menu, full of the robust specialties of his native southwest France, including rabbit confit, veal tongue, and pear poached in wine and cassis. This small, simple place is one of the best values in the Marais district; a reasonable dinner menu and cheaper menu at lunch keep the Baracane solidly affordable. Service is friendly. MC, V. Reservations advised. Closed Sat. lunch, Sun.

Le Petit St-Benoît
11 rue St-Benoît,
Phone: 01-42-61-20-60

6th Arrondissement (Luxembourg)
This bare-bones bistro has been nurturing poor students and travelers for more than 125 years. Classics of the cuisine bourgeoise are served by frequently sassy waitresses in a communal atmosphere. Try veal roast, blanquette, or hachis Parmentier (ground-beef-and-mashed-potato pie). AE, DC, MC, V. Reservations strongly advised.

Au Sauvignon
80 rue des Saints-Pères,
Phone: 01-45-48-04-69

7th Arrondissement (Invalides)
A young, modish, intellectual crowd fills this tiny wine bar, where you'll find the usual limited menu of tartines, or open-face sandwiches, on the famous Poilâne loaf, topped with good-quality charcuterie, cheese, or both. The colorful murals will amuse you, but it's even more fun to people-watch from one of the tables set on the narrow sidewalk. No credit cards. No reservations. Closed Sat. eve., Sun., Aug., Christmas wk, Easter.

100FRS - 175 FRS

La Régalade
49 av. Jean-Moulin
Phone: 01-45-45-68-58

14th Arrondissement (Montparnasse)
This is one of the most talked about new restaurants in Paris. The location, in a remote, colorless residential neighborhood is a nuisance, but Yves Camdeborde's cooking is stunning. Although a veteran of the Crillon, he has kept his prices remarkably low---$35 for a three-course feast. Tables are booked far in advance, but service does continue until midnight, and you can often sneak in late in the evening. MC, V. Reservations 1 month in advance advised. Closed Sat. lunch, Sun., Mon., Aug.

Café Runtz
16 rue Favart
Phone: 01-42-96-69-86

2nd Arrondissement (Stock Exchange)
Next to the Salle Favart in a neighborhood once full of theaters, this friendly bistro with rich boiseri (woodwork) and photos of customers from the entertainment industry serves up an Alsatian feel and cuisine. Tasty, hearty dishes include Gruyère salad, onion tart, choucroute, and fresh fruit tarts. Order a pichet (pitcher) of Riesling or other Alsatian wine. AE, MC, V. Reservations advised. Closed weekends and Aug.

Chez Jenny
39 blvd. du Temple
Phone: 01-42-74-75-75

3rd Arrondissement (Le Marais/Beaubourg)
Order the filling choucroute Jenny and a carafe of Alsatian wine, then sit back and watch the bustle at this large Alsatian brasserie decorated with museum-quality marquetry and woodwork. Waitresses in regional costume wend their way through many salons on two levels, serving up hearty fare. Though the clientele is not the chic crowd of some other brasseries, everyone's having just as much fun. AE, DC, MC, V. Reservations advised.

Le Sancerre
25 av. Rapp,
Phone: 01-45-51-75-91

7th Arrondissement (Invalides)
Family-run for several generations, this low-key spot near Les Invalides is a showcase for the wines of Sancerre-white, red, and rosé--available by the glass or bottle. The menu is quite limited: salads, quiches, omelets, and the tasty Chavignol goat cheese from the Sancerre. The wood-paneled dining room is inviting. MC, V. Reservations advised. Closed Sat. eve., Sun.

175FRS - 300 FRS

1 rue Jules-Valles
Phone: 01-43-71-49-52

11th Arrondissement (Bastille)
A bit off the beaten track but well worth the effort, this cozy neighborhood bistro with amber walls, etched-glass windows, dark bentwood furniture, tile floors, and a long zinc bar attracts a cross section of savvy Parisians with its first-rate traditional cooking. Start with one of the delicious salads, such as the green beans and foie gras, and then try the veal chop with morels, or a game dish. Savory desserts and a nicely chosen wine list with several excellent Côtes-du-Rhônes complete the experience. AE, V. Reservations advised. Closed weekends and Aug.

Chez Philippe/Pyrénées-Cévennes
106 rue de la Folie-Méricourt
Phone: 01-43-57-33-78

11th Arrondissement (Bastille)
Old-timers still refer to this comfortable bistro by its original name-Pyrénées-Cévennes-while others know it as Chez Philippe. The eclectic menu combines the cooking of Burgundy, central France-even Spain-in such dishes as snails in garlic butter, cassoulet, and paella. An attentive staff bustles amid the cozy surroundings with beamed ceilings and polished copper. MC, V. Reservations advised. Closed weekends, Aug.

Le Pavillon Montsouris
20 rue Gazan
Phone: 01-45-88-38-52

14th Arrondissement (Montparnasse)
This bucolic building on the edge of Parc Montsouris has a pretty pastel interior, and its large terrace facing the park makes for a charming spot on a sunny day. A multichoice, prix-fixe menu is a real bargain, and dishes prepared by the bright, young chef are fresh and interesting, and rarely repeated; try the lamb sweetbreads with cucumber. Service can slow down during peak hours; go when you have time for a leisurely meal. AE, DC, MC, V. Reservations advised.

24 rue de la Grande Truanderie,
Phone: 01-42-33-06-72

1st Arrondissement (Louvre)
A Les Halles landmark since its founding in 1870. No one would dare touch the polychrome tiles and mosaics, mirrors, and handsome woodwork, or the classic bistro menu, with such Norman specialties as scallops in cider, grilled meats, tripes à la mode de Caen (tripe stew), and souffléed potatoes. AE, DC, MC, V. Reservations advised. Closed Sun. and mid-July--mid-Aug. No lunch Mon.

Campagne et Provence
25 quai de la Tournelle
Phone: 01-43-54-05-17

5th Arrondissement (Latin Quarter)
The talented young owners of the Miravile (4th Arr.) also run this small establishment on the quai across from Notre Dame. The fresh, colorful, Provençal-inspired cuisine includes ratatouille and vegetables stuffed with cod brandade. The wine list includes reasonably priced regional wines. MC, V. Reservations advised. Closed Mon. lunch, Sat. lunch, Sun.

La Bastide Odéon
7 rue Corneille
Phone: 01-43-26-03-65

6th Arrondissement (Luxembourg)
This little corner of Provence in Paris is just a few steps from the Luxembourg Gardens. The cooking of southern France continues to increase its popularity in the capital, and this sunny yellow room with old oak tables and chairs is one of the best places to sample the soothing Mediterranean food. Chef Gilles Ajuelos, formerly of Michel Rostang's kitchen at Le Bistrot d'à Côté, is a fine fish cook who also prepares wonderful pastas, such as tagliatelle piston (basil and pine nuts) with wild mushrooms, and main courses like peppered tuna steak with ratatouille or roast cod with capers. The best bet on the slightly pricey wine list is the red Côteaux du Tricastin. MC, V. Reservations advised. Closed weekends.

Les Bookinistes
53 Quai des Grands-Augustins
Phone: 01-43-25-45-94

6th Arrondissement (Luxembourg)
Talented chef Guy Savoy's fifth bistro annex---his first on the Left Bank---is a big success with the locals. The cheery postmodern room is painted peach, with red, blue, and yellow wall sconces, and it looks out on the Seine. The menu of French country cooking changes seasonally, and might include a mussel and pumpkin soup, ravioli stuffed with chicken and celery, or baby chicken roasted in a casserole with root vegetables. The reasonable prices are challenged by a somewhat pricey wine list. The service is friendly and efficient. AE, DC, MC, V. Reservations advised. Closed Sat. lunch, Sun.

La Fermette Marbeuf
5 rue Marbeuf
Phone: 01-47-20-63-53

8th Arrondissement (Champs-Elysées)
It's a favorite haunt of French TV and movie stars, who like the spectacular Belle Epoque mosaics, tiles, and stained glass (discovered by accident when the restaurant was being redecorated), and appreciate the solid, updated classic cuisine. Try gâteau of chicken livers and sweetbreads, lamb navarin with vegetables, and bitter chocolate fondant. Prices here are exceptional, considering the quality of the food, the surroundings, and the neighborhood. La Fermette becomes animated late, around 9. AE, DC, MC, V. Reservations advised.

Casa Olympe
48 rue St-Georges
Phone: 01-42-85-26-01

9th Arrondissement (Opéra)
Beginning in the 1970s, a few female pioneers began to break into the exclusive world of haute cuisine. Among them, Dominique Nahmias, alias Olympe, displays a rare creativity. The modern, no-frills dining room of her new restaurant below Montmartre is the setting for her limited but strong menu spotlighting masterful renditions of French dishes like steak tartare. This place is equally popular with both professionals and Montmartre hipsters. Service can be flighty and the atmosphere a bit clubby. MC, V. Reservations advised. Closed weekends and Aug.

300FRS - 550 FRS

15 pl. Lachambeaudie
Phone: 01-40-02-02-12

12th Arrondissement (Gare de Lyon)
Chef-owner Marcel Baudis once ran his restaurant from a smaller location in the 4th arrondissement, but success encouraged him to open this larger, fancier spot, with lean, modern decor. Although something indefinable was lost in the move, the cuisine of Baudis's native southwest France is as good as ever. Recommended dishes include oxtail with foie gras, fresh cod with celeriac and walnuts, a pain d'épices (spice cake). The restaurant, in the rebuilt Bercy district, is a bit hard to find, so bring your map with you. AE, MC, V. Reservations advised. Closed Sat. lunch, Sun.

6 rue de la Cavalerie
Phone: 01-45-67-06-85

15th Arrondissement (Front de Seine)
On top of a building near the Ecole Militaire, this popular restaurant offers the luxury of well-spaced tables and an unusual outlook over Paris. Chef-owner Jean-Pierre Morot-Gaudry prepares a personalized cuisine combining the classic and the modern. Seasonal dishes might include scallops with Jerusalem artichokes, veal blanquette, and chocolate mille-feuille with wild raspberries. The menu marries a different wine with each dish. There's a prix-fixe lunch for 220F, and a prix-fixe dinner for 390F. AE, MC, V. Reservations advised. Closed weekends.

Le Relais du Parc
55 av. Raymond Poincaré
Phone: 01-44-05-66-10

16th Arrondissement (Trocadéro/Bois de Boulogne)
Facing an interior garden in a luxury hotel is the tiny bistro incarnation of celebrated chef Joël Robuchon's Jamin restaurant. The menu is a mix of original, sparkling creations such as croustillant of salmon and lacy fried potatoes, and substantial, traditional fare such as skate with cabbage and succulent beef tail with carrots. The warm tarte fine of apples is fabulous. Prices are lower and service less formal than at Jamin, but this is still an elegant restaurant. Though larger and easier to book than the original, standards sometimes slip due to an overworked staff. AE, DC, MC, V. Reservations essential.

Chez Pauline
5 rue Villedo
Phone: 01-42-96-20-70

1st Arrondissement (Louvre)
This restaurant near the Palais Royal has become a neighborhood institution. The setting, with wood-paneled walls, is warm and welcoming. Chef André Gelin has been here for decades and his touch is sure and swift. Dishes are bourgeois, old-fashioned, and delicious; try the oysters in cream sauce. The wine list is filled with classic Burgundies. The lunch menu provides good value. AE, MC, V. Reservations advised. Closed Sat. dinner, Sun., and 2 wks in Aug.

La Timonerie
35 quai de la Tournelle
Phone: 01-43-25-44-42

5th Arrondissement (Latin Quarter)
Only a few steps along the quai from La Tour d'Argent, this small, elegant restaurant avoids all theatrics and sticks to fine cooking. Philippe de Givenchy works with a small staff and his creations are consistently interesting and well-executed. In his hands, a simple dish such as rosemary and lemon mackerel is turned into a high-class eating experience. MC, V. Reservations advised. Closed Sun. and Mon.

La Table d'Anvers
2 pl. d'Anvers
Phone: 01-48-78-35-21

9th Arrondissement (Opéra)
This is one of the best restaurants near Montmartre, serving an interesting menu with Italian and Provençal touches in dishes such as gnocchi of langoustines a girolles (wild mushrooms), saddle of rabbit with polenta, and asparagus with scampi. La Table's wide range of chocolate desserts is among the best in Paris; serious sweet-tooths can indulge in an all-dessert menu, which includes a single token fish dish. AE, MC, V. Reservations advised. Closed Sat. lunch, Sun., mid-Aug.


59 av. Raymond Poincaré
Phone: 01-47-27-12-27

16th Arrondissement (Trocadéro/Bois de Boulogne)
Surely it's the hardest reservation to obtain in France. Chef-owner Joël Robuchon has attained cult status, and his influence on cooks around the globe is great. Under his inspired vision, everything from John Dory with ginger and cream of cauliflower with caviar to saddle of lamb in a salt crust and even pig's head becomes a visual and gustatory revelation. Antoine Hernandez, chef-sommelier, is a gentle guide through the impressive wine list, and service in general is attentive and professional. Occupying a landmarked turn-of-the-century townhouse, the restaurant is one of the most beautiful and comfortable in Paris; some may find their pleasure challenged by the enormity of the bill---a three-course meal for two can easily run $400. MC, V. Reservations essential. Closed weekends, July.

Le Vivarois
192 av. Victor Hugo
Phone: 01-45-04-04-31

16th Arrondissement (Trocadéro/Bois de Boulogne)
Chef-owner Claude Peyrot is one of the most inspired and creative of contemporary French chefs, though his cooking can be uneven. He is a master with fish and puff pastry, his bavaro of red bell pepper (a creamy, molded concoction) is oft-imitated, and his original dishes shine: scallops with sesame and ginger, rissole (small meat patty) of lamb's feet with artichokes and basil, and chocolate soufflé with chicory ice cream. Service is not always up to par. AE, DC, MC, V. Reservations advised. Closed weekends, Aug.

Port Alma
10 av. de New York
Phone: 01-47-23-75-11

16th Arrondissement (Trocadéro/Bois de Boulogne)
Madame Canal's charming welcome and the nautical-blue and pastel decor of this very pretty restaurant will have you feeling festive from the start. Monsieur Canal, the chef, is from the southwest of France, near Spain, and his cuisine is bursting with full, sunny flavors. Try turbot with thyme, sea bass in a salt crust with fennel gratin, or bouillabaisse (order ahead). Look forward to attentive, polite service, too. AE, DC, MC, V. Reservations advised. Closed Sun., Aug.

78 av. des Ternes
Phone: 01-40-68-01-01

17th Arrondissement (Monceau/Clichy)
Young chef-owner Philippe Groult had already made a name for himself before opening this much-anticipated restaurant five years ago. Since then Groult, trained under Joël Robuchon, has not disappointed, and his exciting menu includes cauliflower soup with caviar, herb salad, and duck with coriander and orange. Service is excellent, and Amphyclès is one of the few grand Parisian restaurants that still proffers desserts from a pastry trolley. AE, DC, MC, V. Reservations 1 wk in advance advised. Closed Sat. lunch, Sun.

9 pl. des Vosges
Phone: 01-42-78-51-45

4th Arrondissement (Le Marais/Ile St-Louis)
This tiny, romantic restaurant on the patrician place des Vosges is one of the best in Paris. Chef-owner Bernard Pacaud's refined, oft-imitated cuisine, including such dishes as mousse of red bell peppers and braised oxtail, is served in a jewel-like Italianate setting of flowers, tapestries, and subdued lighting. MC, V. Reservations 1 month in advance essential. Closed Sun., Mon., Aug., and mid-Feb.

La Tour d'Argent
15 quai de la Tournelle
Phone: 01-43-54-23-31

5th Arrondissement (Latin Quarter)
Dining at this temple to haute cuisine is a theatrical and unique event---from apéritifs in the ground-floor bar to dinner in the top-floor dining room, with its breath-taking view of Notre Dame. Come for the setting; the food does not reach the same heights. In recent years owner Claude Terrail has hired a series of young chefs, and today's menu is a mix of Tour classics and contemporary creations. Venerable favorites such caneton Tour d'Argent (pressed duck), quenelles André Terrail, a filets de sole Cardinal have been lightened, and other dishes added, including scallop salad with truffles and double-thick lamb chops with carrots. The wine list is one of the greatest in the world. Visit the cellars before or after a meal. The lunch menu is surprisingly affordable. AE, DC, MC, V. Reservations required at least 1 wk in advance. Closed Mon.

84 rue de Varenne
Phone: 01-45-51-47-33

7th Arrondissement (Invalides)
This small, striking restaurant one block from the Rodin Museum is currently one of the most talked-about of Paris's restaurants. Young chef-owner Alain Passard's cuisine is both original (lobster/turnip starter in a sweet-sour vinaigrette, stuffed sweet tomato) and classic (beef Burgundy, pressed duck). The problem here is inconsistency: one sublime meal followed by a mediocre experience. With its curving, hand-crafted wood panels and wrought-iron window frames, the decor is unusually minimalist. The staff, although young and energetic, sometimes falls behind. The fixed-price lunch is a steal. AE, DC, MC, V. Reservations advised. Closed Sat., Sun. lunch, Aug.

1 av. du Tuit, on the Carré des Champs-Elysées
Phone: 01-47-42-23-23

8th Arrondissement (Champs-Elysées)
Chef Ghislaine Arabien is the most talked about up-and-coming chef in Paris. She sets gastronomic fashion by concentrating on northern French cuisine, and creates specialties featuring beer sauces, including coquilles St-Jacques à la bièr. The elegant restaurant, with its gilded ceilings and walls, plush armchairs, and tables with candelabra, is set in a posh location off the Champs-Elysées near place de la Concorde. AE, DC, MC, V. Reservations essential. Closed weekends.

15 rue Lamennais
Phone: 01-45-63-39-94

8th Arrondissement (Champs-Elysées)
Many say it's the best restaurant in Paris. Within the paneled main dining rooms of this mid-19th-century mansion you will find exceptional service that is never overbearing, a stellar wine list, and the tempered classic cuisine of young chef Philippe Legendre. Among his signature dishes are lobster boudin and lamb with cabbage. Pastry chef Gilles Bajolle is one of the finest in Paris. Try his nougatine glacée aux poires (thin layers of nougat, pastry, and pear sherbet) or tarte Tatin with quince. AE, MC, V. Reservations 3-4 weeks in advance essential. Closed weekends, Aug.