Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > France >
Oct 30, 2009 10:57 PM

First visit to Paris

We are visiting Paris for three nights in the middle of November. Would love some guidance with restaurant choices. Dinner in the 75-100 Euro PP range (less wine), location is not important. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. I think one of the problems is that there are literally hundreds of restaurants (if not thousands) that meet your criteria. Is there anything you can tell us to narrow down the options -- type of food or ingredients to include or avoid, atmosphere, anything?


    2 Replies
    1. re: waldrons

      Thank you Susan, so far we have reservations at Dominique Bouchet (8e) and Braisiere (17e). We are looking for good, classically prepared French fare. The region or the ingredients are not an issue as we are both open to trying many things. Quite honestly I am not that knowledgeable on the different regional styles of French cooking. For Sunday evening we are considering Chez Catherine in the 8th but have not yet contacted the restaurant to see if they are open on Sundays. We are staying in the 8th and are also looking ofr a nice place for luch upon our arrival. Are you familiar with Bistro L'Olivier?

      1. re: airjd

        As you are new to Chow, might recommend doing a search on your desires, whether type of food, price, location, or whatever on this board. There are about currently 40 restaurants that are followed here and criticised or penalized with gusto. For example, for my money, and here it takes a lot, L'Ami Louis is my choice for Sunday lunch or dinner.

    2. I have so many recommendations for you in Paris but one in particular springs to mind: I consider Mon Vieil Ami (69 rue Saint Louis en lsle 75004 Paris - Tél : 01 40 46 01 35; from the US dial 011 33 140 46 01 35) a must for any new visitor to Paris looking for great food at a reasonable (but not super cheap) cost. You need to make a reservation at least a week in advance normally. Importantly, they are open on Sunday.

      This is a very friendly place with superb food, opened as the casual/third house of the michelin starred Antoine Westermann. The food is supposed to be Alsacian but it is really much more. The fish selections are expertly made. November is peak scallop season and the chef (Fred) is a magician with a scallop. The wine list is price friendly as well. Go for lunch and they offer some very reasonably priced lunch specials (15 euros a year ago). The maitre'd speaks English and is gifted with wines. There are plenty of meat dishes available as well and the vegetables just sing.

      1. One other quick suggestion: Les Coccottes.
        Here is D.L.'s review:

        Very delicious and affordable, but no reservations. Get there early.