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Have arranged a birthday trip for mrsamaroo and I'm looking for some recommendations for Paris restaurants - lunch and dinner.

We have 5 nights to fill - budget is wide open and I'd be looking at booking a couple of three stars down to the local bistro.

We're staying in the 8th arrondissement, but happy to travel throughout Paris.

Trip is a few weeks away.... so I need to get a move on.

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I've eaten at most of Paris' 3* and many of its 2* establishments. I actually think the 2/1* places are doing more interesting things than the old hat, set-in-their-ways 3* institutions BUT, Ledoyen was one of the best meals I had in 2018. Do recommend.
 

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We also dined at Ledoyen on our honeymoon back in 2012. It was on NYE and an amazing meal. I understand there is a new chef there and it is very highly regarded.
 

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We also dined at Ledoyen on our honeymoon back in 2012. It was on NYE and an amazing meal. I understand there is a new chef there and it is very highly regarded.
My visit was in 2018, the chef in charge is Yannick Alléno - more awards and accolades than you could shake a stick at. Though I suppose, typical of high-achieving French chefs.

Of particular interest is the massive 35cm x 49cm x 8.5cm edition of his book Ma Cuisine Francaise that retails for EUR1500 displayed just past the entrance. Almost worth a visit just to flip through those pages. Marvellous photography.
 

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I don’t know when you are going, and how far in advance you can book. You can always make earlier bookings for lunch, as is the case everywhere.

Two of the very best restaurants we have visited in Paris are the revered la Tour d’argent, right on the Seine opposite Notre Dame, and La Jules Verne in the Eiffel Tower. Both with two Michelin stars, and with the best outlooks in the entire world (I simply love Paris).

Not cheap, but excellent in every way.
 

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Two of the very best restaurants we have visited in Paris are the revered la Tour d’argent, right on the Seine opposite Notre Dame, and La Jules Verne in the Eiffel Tower. Both with two Michelin stars, and with the best outlooks in the entire world (I simply love Paris).
Tour d'Argent is a one star and has been since 2006. Jules Verne is closed since Ducasse lost the lease late last year.

Yannick Alléno
Ledoyen is definitely on form at the moment. I don't know anyone who hasn't been impressed. My two contributions: Le Clarence is everything a Parisian 3* should be even though it's 2, and the more contemporary David Toutain which I ate at as a 1* but has just got its second.
 

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Septime - modern contemp
Le Cinq - excellent food and service to match
Arpege - meat cooked the old fashioned way......no sous vide....old school 3 star michelin.... wee bit controversial but I've been 3 times and enjoyed them all
L'Ami Jean - basque cuisine
Ellsworth -simple and wonderful
Verjus - as above
Le Servan - bistro

Ah I miss Paris!
 

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Tour d'Argent is a one star and has been since 2006. Jules Verne is closed since Ducasse lost the lease late last year.



Ledoyen is definitely on form at the moment. I don't know anyone who hasn't been impressed. My two contributions: Le Clarence is everything a Parisian 3* should be even though it's 2, and the more contemporary David Toutain which I ate at as a 1* but has just got its second.
Ouch. We did visit la Tour when it had two stars, so thanks for the update. As for Jules Verne, I am saddened. I was looking forward to returning there next time in Paris
 

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For something completely different, try Le Relais de l'Entrecôte in Rue Marbeuf. As their website says "walnut salad, tender sirloin steak served with its famous sauce and golden thin-cut French fries, as well as its delicious desserts, have been a mark of success for decades. " So one main meal, and about 15 dessert choices. We had a marvellous night watching other diners cope with the set main course. Tables are close together and we sat near a couple who were from somewhere west of Poland who struggled with the concept. The steak was excellent.

P.S. Substantial servings. They keep some back under covers and just when you think you have finished it all the waiter pops up with the other half!!
 

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For something completely different, try Le Relais de l'Entrecôte in Rue Marbeuf. As their website says "walnut salad, tender sirloin steak served with its famous sauce and golden thin-cut French fries, as well as its delicious desserts, have been a mark of success for decades. " So one main meal, and about 15 dessert choices. We had a marvellous night watching other diners cope with the set main course. Tables are close together and we sat near a couple who were from somewhere west of Poland who struggled with the concept. The steak was excellent.

P.S. Substantial servings. They keep some back under covers and just when you think you have finished it all the waiter pops up with the other half!!
I loved my visit there but I have to say, the franchise has reached sufficient fame such that in my experience, there are more tourists than locals eating there. Also, queues. Or I just went at a bad time. (one may not care about this, but FYI'd just in case)

Doesn't mean the food's no good - quite the opposite.
 

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Thanks for all the recommendations. I've booked two and been waitlisted for another.... will leave a few spots open for some spontaneous selections.
 

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Another casual spot for lunch is LA Kantine in BHV (Bazaar Hotel De Ville). A good department store. We try to get here once while in Paris, with its views over the Maria's towards the Hotel de Ville itself. It is self service and generally only French spoken but we enjoy the challenge.
 

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