Favorite Paris Restaurants & CafesGoing out to eat in Paris when you don't speak French can be very intimidating and frustrating. Don't despair there are plenty of wonderfully friendly restaurants and cafes in Paris and we're going to give you some tips for finding them and also a list of our own personal favorite restaurants and cafes.
We don't eat out often enough to be a comprehensive guide to Paris's many restaurants but we've found a few great Paris food blogs and restaurant review sites which we're happy to recommend.
If you own an iPhone then we also suggest the free iPhone application "Tell me Where" or in French "Dit moi ou" which has helped us find many wonderful neighborhood bistros recommended by other customers rather than than professional restaurant critics.
Personal FavoritesFISH La Boissonnerie - Restaurant
69, rue de Seine
Tel: 01 43 54 34 69
Fax 01 46 33 15 29
Closed Monday. About 30 to 40 euros
This is one of our personal favorites because we love the combination or great food with friendly (not scary) service. Located in the heart of historic St. German this charming little restaurant is run by a New Zealander who also owns a terrific wine shop in the neighborhood.
Food is excellent, presentation is beautiful and the service is
extremely friendly. The staff are mostly American,
English or Australian but all are bilingual and happy to help you with
the menu or the extensive wine list.
Au Pied de Fouet
Also in St. Germain area is "Au Pied de Fouet" a very cute but tiny bistro tucked down rue Saint Benoit. Unbelievable good value with starters from 3 - 5 euro and main course 11 - 15 euro. Wine is also very good and inexpensive. We had an excellent dinner for four with everybody enjoying 3 courses and two bottles of wine and all for under 100 euros.
Service is also very friendly and fast. No reservations required but you might want to get there early to get a table.
This restaurant has two other locations: 45 rue de Babylone, 75007 Paris and 96 rue Oberkampf, 75011 Paris
Le 14 JUILLET - Restaurant
Le Bec Rouge
Bistro a Vins
46 Bis, Bld du Montparnasse
15 to 26 euros
If you are going out to see a movie in Montparnasse then this is a great place for an early dinner. Two course dinner menu with a glass of wine is only 15 euro until 9:00pm. Regular menu prices are 22 to 26 for two course dinner. Excellent unpretentious French food for very reasonable prices. The restaurant is very popular with the Montparnassee locals and mostly overlooked by the tourists. Staff are friendly and very efficient.
Les Grillades de Buenos Aires
Very small Argentinean steak restaurant offering an all beef menu at affordable prices. I would normally not recommend steak restaurants in France as you're usually better off with fish, poultry or pork but if you're craving some red meat then try this little restaurant tucked away between all the creperies on rue Montparnasse.
Recommended Food Blogs & WebsitesParis Through Expatriate Eyes
A wonderful website that has a great Bistro and Bar Guide organized by arrondissement. Updated weekly you'll find fun neighborhood resturants which have been selected for not just their food but also for good value and friendly service.
David Lebovitz - Living the Sweet Life in Paris
David also produces a beautiful food blog from Paris with the most incredible photographs, and recipes that really make your mouth water.
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