2, rue Vivienne, 75002 / 33 1 42 86 87 88
Just North of the Palais Royal, Le Grand Colbert has been popular for decades. It’s fame received an added bump in 2004 when it was the backdrop for Diane Keaton and Jack Nicholson’s final scene in Something’s Gotta Give. The rush of tourists occasioned by that film has calmed in the intervening years but it remains a very popular spot. Very charming Belle Époque decor and traditional French bistro fare go well together. Moderately priced and ideal if you find yourself in the Opera / Palais Royal area, or as part of your visit to the lovely Gallerie Vivienne & Gallerie Colbert; among the best of Paris’s 19th-century covered shopping arcades.
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51 Rue de Montmorency, 75003 33 1 42 71 77 78
On a medieval street in the upper Marais stands the oldest surviving house in Paris (1407). Within this historic setting, Chef Alan Geaam serves a top flight menu of modern dishes with gourmet presentations. His 5 course tasting menu is the star of the show and can be ordered with an excellent wine pairing. The real treat is the bill – surprisingly affordable considering the quality of the food and the elegant but not-too-stuffy presentation.Visit Website
55 Quai de Bourbon, 75004 / 33 (0)1 4354 0259
It’s hard to be impartial about this, my home away from home in Paris for more than 40 years. A neighborhood institution enjoying an outstanding location on the western tip of Ile-Saint-Louis, the Brasserie offers one of the city’s best terraces in sunny weather and a warm refuge on rainy days. Its beer, MUTZIG, is the city’s best and a commendable list of Alsatian and international wines is available. Sticking to classic Alsatian fare like Choucroute Garni, & Tarte a l’Ognion, and traditional dishes like Steak Tartare and Cassoulet will serve you best. Desserts include an outstanding Mont Blanc and ice cream from the Berthillon Shop down the street. Even if not dining at the homey checkered-tablecloth-covered communal tables in back, stop by the cozy horseshoe bar in front or the sidewalk terrace for a drink and a breath of the real Paris.
55 Quai Bourbon, Paris 75004Visit Website
62 rue d’Orsel, 75018 / +33 1 42 59 74 32
A few blocks from Abbesses Metro station in Montmartre, Sebastian and his wife preside over one of my favorite tiny family-run restaurants. It takes it’s name from a rhyming pun on Seb’s name & the phrase “C’est Bon” (It’s good). Trained under the top chefs of Paris, with stints at the Ritz, the Bristol and Michelin starred hotels in Zurich, Brussels and Amsterdam, his experience & talents shine forth from the closet-size kitchen.
Almost GOURMET! Not cheap, but a great value for the price. Definitely worth a pilgrimage up the Martyr’s Mount.
Only 10 tables and 20 covers means reservations are a MUSTVisit Website