A 3-course meal like a French grandmother would make. At the back corner of rue
Mondovi off Place de la Concorde. If you have your back toward the Seine, it
would be in the upper right corner of the Place, the next street toward the
right from rue St. Florentin (where the U.S. Consulate is located). Not open on
Saturday or Sunday. Either get there at 7:00 pm or at 8:45 pm, otherwise, you’ll
be waiting in a long line. Family-style seating at tables with others.
Café du Marche:
Excellent food at a great price. Salads are wonderful: Salade du Marché
has a bloc de foie gras; Salade du Chevre Chaud has a pastry
wrapped brique of chevre. Any choice is quality on this menu. At the corner of
rue Cler and rue du Champ de Mars. Menu changes daily.
Crepe Stand on rue Cler:
The special with Feta, gruyere and tomatoes is an excellent deal.
On rue Marbeuf just off avenue George V (intersects with the Champs-Elysees).
Delightful food in an Art Deco setting. Make reservations and ask for the back
or “salle vitriné” to get a table in a room surrounded by stained glass.
Good mix of traditional French dishes.
La Fontaine de Mars:
At the intersection of rue St. Dominique and avenue Bosquet. Known for their
salads and specialties from southern France.
Le P’tit Tronquet:
Small and charming, the menu changes daily. Make reservations. When you reach La
Fontaine de Mars (above), turn into the small alley on your left, it’s on the
right-hand side. Only a handful of tables, but friendly service and excellent
La Giberne: On
avenue Suffren. Specialty of game and southern
French cuisine (cassoulet, duck, etc.). Great sampler plate of 7 types of
foie gras. Choose game/duck over the fish selections.
Le Relais de l’Entrecôte:
Best steak in Paris. On rue Marbeuf. They don’t take reservations. Best
to show up at 7:00 pm to get a table. The only choice is steak frites.
Served with a salad. Good desserts, but you probably won’t have room.
Angelina’s Salon du Thé:
On rue de Rivoli (runs between Place de la Concorde and the Louvre) has the best
hot chocolate in town. It’s their specialty – like a melted chocolate bar. It’s
highlighted in the center of their menu: chocolat africain.
On the Champs Elysées, or off Place Madeleine. Stop by for a snack of miniature
macarons to go.
Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athenee,
Lucas Carton, Le Grand Vefour,
It is worth the effort to book your reservation
before you leave on your trip. If you make the reservation for lunch, you'll eat
less expensively than you would at dinner.