Café Trama

83 Rue du Cherche Midi (5) Tel:  01-45-48-33-71 AMBIANCE/DÉCOR A great choice for lunch or a casual, lighter dinner. On a sunny Saturday in June, full of French couples and families enjoying sophisticated, unusual dishes Read more


31 Avenue de Versailles (16) Tel: 01-42-15-55-70 AMBIANCE/DÉCOR Eight months old, four with a Michelin star, this is a wonderful, personal, cleanly designed, carefully managed, youthful, friendly, high-end restaurant with complex,artfully plated, delicious food.  A Read more


8 Passages des Panoramas (2) Tel:  01-40-13-06-41 AMBIANCE/DÉCOR Even part-time Parisians like me count the available nights.  I hate the idea of squandering a night on a disappointing choice, recognizing that a miss here and Read more

Reminet (Le)

3 Rue des Grands-Degrés (5) Tel:  01-44-07-04-24 AMBIANCE/DÉCOR A nice Left Bank location in the 5th.  Quasi-adjacent to Notre Dame (but no view).  On a tiny street, with a small room and tables onto the Read more


3, rue de Prague (12) Tel:  01-43-43-12-26 AMBIANCE/DÉCOR As the substance of this Diary should confirm, it is likely I am more familiar with Paris restaurants than many American visitors and probably many French.  So Read more


12, rue Papillon (9) Tel:  01-40-22-01-91 AMBIANCE/DÉCOR Except to make two unrelated points which follow, this was an entirely forgettable restaurant, otherwise unworthy of this Diary or of using a precious night in Paris on. Read more

Récamier (Le)

4 Rue Récamier (7) Tel:  01-45-48-86-58 AMBIANCE/DÉCOR One of the unique dining opportunities widely available in Paris is eating outside.  Since an indoor smoking ban was instituted many years ago, every café and bar has Read more

Basilic (Le)

2 Rue Casimir Perrier (7) Tel:  01-44-18-94-64 AMBIANCE/DÉCOR A handsome, modern art deco reproduction with a large heated terrace looking out on a small majestic park in the 7th.  On a busy Saturday night, full Read more


10, Rue Gustave Flaubert (17) Tel:  01-42-67-05-81 AMBIANCE/DÉCOR More than 20 years ago, when we last ate here, the then-named Bistrot a la Cote launched a new concept in Paris restaurants.  A famous chef (Michel Read more

Resto (Le)

8 Rue Tournefort (5) Tel: 01-43-37-10-66 AMBIANCE/DECOR Steps from the Pantheon in the 5th, the only light along a long, narrow, 19th Century cobblestone street which could be in a country village, sits Le Resto. Read more

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