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Jul 17, 2006 03:39 PM

Paris 2 or 3 star--where to go? how much?

I am heading for a weekend in Paris and would like some recommendations for 2 or 3 star restaurants.

We have 2 lunches and 2 dinners. I think we will do a couple of bistros of which i found tons of great information....however, we are trying to figure out where to spend the big $$ for an amazing experience..

What would you recommend and what will it set me back for a table of 2?

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  1. It is difficult to recommend a 2 or 3 star restaurant without knowing what your preferences are: for more traditional French, you might consider Taillevent, Alain Ducasse or L'Ambroise; for more modern cooking, it might be Arpege, Pierre Gagnaire, Le Meurice; somewhere in between, it might be Guy Savoy, Le Grand Vefour, Carre des Feuillants or Le Bristol. For a tasting menu, prices range from about approximately 150E per person for Taillevent to 320E for Arpege (tax and service are included but not wine or beverages). A three-course meal might be a little less. Some offer a limited prix fix three-course lunch menu for 65-75E. If you are in Paris for the weekend, you are limited because many are closed Saturdays and Sundays. Also many are closed some part of August. And if you are leaving for Paris soon, it will be difficult to obtain a dinner reservation since most of are small and have only one seating. I wrote a couple of earlier posts (uner PB on the old site) on a few of the above restaurants. Check the whole thread because it has some lively debates. If you have more specific questions, happy to help.