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Help Narrow Down 3 Star Michelin Rated Restaurant for Dinner

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Bonjour! I'm going to Paris the ending of May 2009 and I really can't decided on which 3 star Michelin rated restaurant I want to dine at. I have three choices (in no particular order):

- Le Bristol
- Le Meurice
- Pierre Gagniere

Your opinion and recommendation are much appreciated. Merci!

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  1. Why the selection? High end restaurants are more different from each other than lower end restaurants, and there's no one size fits all. Le Meurice has a Versailles like room, worldclass service, boring high quality food and extraordinary desserts. It really is a place for jetsetters. Le Bristol is more lowkey but not less luxurious, food is a tad more generous and straightforward but less innovative. They have the nicest garden/courtyard in town, unique even among palaces (considering it's Paris). Pierre Gagnaire is much more modern than the two others, setting and food. He's a strange genius and a meal there is like nothing else, with those courses constituted of many plates. But I'd really wonder how you came to that short list and excluded Ledoyen, Savoy, l'Ambroisie, l'Arpège (assuming that you are focused on three star restaurants in Paris).

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    1. re: souphie

      Hi Souphie and thanks for your quick reponse! I'm just having a hard time deciding which 3 star Michelin restaurant I really want to try for dinner. It's hard because some of the restaurants don't have an online menu that I can't see or it's in French. What can you say about Ledoyen, l'Ambroisie, and l'Aprege? Don't think I'm going to try Savoy as I think it's more modern. Also, I know I'm going to spend $$$ on these restaurants so will I get more than a 3 course menu? I'm expecting like 7-9 courses at these restaurants for dinner, am I correct? Again, it's just so hard to find out since I can't find the menu on most of these restaurants. Thanks!

      1. re: Lisa L

        Each 3 star has its own personality. Gagnaire can be a roller coaster ride - some times you will have a sublime dish and other times you will shake your head and wonder what was he thinking, I also agree with souphie and wonder why you have excluded Ledoyen, Savoy, L'Arpege and L'Ambroisie.

        For pics from some of the above restaurants go to France and the site below. Hope this helps.

        http://lizziee.wordpress.com/