art culinaire

paul bocuse

France culinary art
There are 139 000 restaurants in France, of which 6000 in Paris. Describe all is an impossibility. However, I would like to recommend a few that I've experienced myself. I divide them into two categories:

1) Cult Restaurants, national monuments. Top of what you can experience in the food and drink field. Cheap they are not but the experience is so special and strong that you can afford it at least once in your lifetime. 2) My treasures. Restaurants that have everything, nice decoration, good food, good wines and excellent service, all that at affordable prices.

1) National monuments

Le Lido
116, Avenue des Champs Elysées - 75008 Paris
08 99 96 58 88*
lidoA post-war cabaret on the most beautiful avenue in the world
In 1946 the Clerico brothers bought a place, whose name is inspired by that of Venice Beach, and invented the concept of the magazine-dinner show. the Lido becomes one of the most famous Parisian cabarets, including the Girls Bluebelle officiating here. Later, Pierre-Louis Guérin joined the Lido and asked René Fraday, former assistant to Mistinguett, to occupy the post of artistic director. He will function from 1947 to 1994. The famous Lido posters, designed by Gruau and Brenot, also participate in its prestige. The success is such that it must move in 1977, in a larger, former Normandy, but always on the Champs Elysees. Therefore, it is the subject of sophisticated technical equipment. The journals come and go, meet regularly changing but always the same criteria. You just have to choose your formula: dinner show (Panache evening, night or evening Passion Prestige) or simply champagne and show ...
Price with dinner:  160 € Officiel site of Lido

Le Procope
13 Rue de l'Ancienne Comédie - 75006 Paris
08 99 96 92 83*
procopeThe oldest restaurant in Paris
Once frequented by Voltaire, Diderot, Rousseau or Benjamin Franklin, Procope became a cultural mecca. From 1686, its owner, Francesco Procopio Dei Coltelli, he introduced the coffee! Located a short walk from the Odeon, near the Saint-Germain, Le Procope offers, in a woodland setting, many shellfish and traditional dishes such as coq au vin or grilled beef tenderloin and Béarnaise sauce. All the curious looking for a rendezvous with history found there.
Menu; 24 – 50 € Official site of Le Procope


Le Fouquets
99 Avenue des Champs Elysées - 75008 Paris
08 99 96 56 81*
Le FouquetsA mythical  place
This establishment was founded in 1899, is the absolute must for movie stars and VIPs in Paris. In his famous red decor reviewed by Garcia, the restaurant hosts every year the winners of the ceremony of the Caesars. Renowned for its terrace at the intersection of Fields and Avenue Georges V, Fouquet's is also a place of rendezvous ideal breakfast to dinner, or just the cocktail hour at the bar of the squadron (founded in 1914 in honor of the French flying ace) to enjoy a fine cognac or a pure malt. Jean-Yves Leuranguer is the conductor of the kitchens, with a taste for international flavors well as traditional specialties are not to be outdone. Note also the private rooms and two reception rooms. A highly touristic place that small grants would do well to avoid!
Menu; 55 – 80 € Official site of Le Fouquets


La Tour d'Argent
15 Quai De la tournelle - 75005 Paris
08 99 96 58 34*
tour d'argent The old lady is still doing well!
Arguably one of the most legendary restaurants of Paris, with its breathtaking view over the Seine and the back of Notre Dame and his illustrious guests of the past as Edward VII, Charlie Chaplin and Grace of Monaco. A service akin to a ballet, and traditional French cuisine, orchestrated by Lawrence Delarbre. Quality food (including the famous duck, numbered) and inventiveness are the keywords of a board dedicated to gourmets. The wine cellar, huge (over 500 000 bottles!), Inspired and perfect the table and the tables with fine wines for large dishes.
Menu: 170- 190 Official site of La Tour d'Argent


Le Jules Verne
Tour Eiffel - 75007 Paris
08 99 96 92 00*
Julzs Verne

Magic in the heart of Paris
The situation of the restaurant is enough to give it its charm and its reputation: a panoramic view of Paris from the 2nd floor of the Eiffel Tower (at 125m)! Completely refurbished, the restaurant was taken over by Alain Ducasse who has placed his trust in young chef Pascal Feraud, who has exercised his talents in high places like the Negresco in Nice, the Louis XV in Monaco or the Spoon in London. For the décor, it's Patrick Jouin who handled the design of the facility by creating an atmosphere elegant and enchanting modern.
Menu: 85 – 200 € Official site of Jules Verne


L'Espadon - Restaurant du Ritz
15 Place Vendôme - 75001 Paris
08 99 96 91 90*
Le RitzThe chic Ritz
With this prestigious address,
one can obviously find that a sumptuous setting. But we do not expect necessarily to summer garden, a haven of happiness when the fine weather appeared. Inside, the room is beautiful, made ​​of a trompe l'oeil ceiling depicting a blue sky composed of fluffy clouds, pushing escape and edged with a decorative busiest where red velvet, gilt and large green plants are good figure in art Nouveau style. "Good cooking is the basis of true happiness", used to say the famous Auguste Escoffier, the first chef at the Ritz Paris. In 2009, a second Michelin star crowns the work and creativity of Chef Michel Roth of his team and the team of The Swordfish, constantly in search of excellence.
Menu: 170 – 340 € Official site ofl'Espadon - Restaurant de Ritz


Moulin Rouge
82, Boulevard de Clichy - 75018 Paris
08 99 96 92 88*

Moulin RougeThe most famous cabaret in the world
Created in 1889, it owes its rise to the famous dance that made the reputation of "little women of Paris": the French Cancan. Its exterior silhouette, like Mill, the paintings of Toulouse Lautrec and the Baz Luhrmann film starring Nicole Kidmann, have also largely contributed to its success. When opened, the proprietors Joseph Oller and Charles Zidler, who nicknamed their school "The first Palais des Femmes", immediately predicted that it will become the grandest temples of music and dance. Today, international stars like Elton John and Liza Minnelli perform there. Different formula s dinners accompany journals. Possibility to rent a room for events.
Menu; 150 – 160 € Official site of Moulin Rouge

Les Deux Magots
6, Place Saint-Germain-des-Près - 75006 Paris
08 99 96 58 14*

deux magotsLes Deux Magots, a mythical place
Rimbaud to Sartre through the Surrealists, the mere listing of these famous names, we understand that this place is part of France heritage. Literary café since 1875 located in the heart of Saint Germain des Pres, the café was named to the store that sold Chinese silk before. Today, the café welcomes a clientele of artists from stage and screen, politicians and fashion designers. In the morning, one can enjoy a hot chocolate in the old or sip coffee served in the pot. A seasonal menu is offered in the evening from 19h to complete the coffee offering, at any hour of the day, with salads or sandwiches.
Menu; 30 – 50 € Official site of Les Deux Magots

Bateau Concorde Atlantique
27 Quai Anatole France - 75007 Paris
08 99 96 92 86*

BaBateau Concorde

Two steps from the Musée d'Orsay, a former grain is 500 tons a sumptuous boat that can accommodate up to 400 people. 1000m ² fully modular, this property hosts receptions, seminars, exhibitions, dances, weddings, birthdays, breakfasts, conferences and from 50 people. The Concorde Atlantic also offers a terrace and parking for 120 cars. A regular evening programming abundant, make this place a nightclub and more likely original, especially in summer. On the decks DJ's international parade for the delight of Parisian clubbers happy to invest a barge.
Cocktail: 10 €: Official site of Bateaux Concorde Atlantiaque


Léon de Lyon
1, rue Piéney
69001 Lyon

Léon de LyonA culinary institution
This is a family restaurant and a century-old institution. Leon de Lyon is the brand Jean-Paul Lacombe who made the sign of one of the largest and finest breweries Lyon. The great classics of the region are enjoyed in a chic and relaxed and the room still is cut meats cooked on a spit. Lounges, intimate corners, wood paneling, leather seats form the backdrop of one of the best restaurants in France in a friendly atmosphere. As a counterpoint to the revenues strongly inspired by the soil, requires excellence, the cellar holds over 40 000 regional wines and wines.
Menu: 20 - 23 € Official site of Léon de Lyon

Restaurant Pic
285, avenue Victor Hugo
26000 Valence

A golden place

Pic ValenceAt the heart of Valence, south of Lyon, the restaurant Pic will seduce you with its modern and luxurious. Enjoy the beauty of its facade almost austere like the architecture of the south, and its large bright windows, open onto the patio and the gardens. Pretty picture frames on the walls and tables dressed with simplicity. Anne-Sophie Pic and her team will use all the culinary expertise inherited from 60 years to help you discover the flavors of the region.  I have an unforgettable memory of this restaurant. In my opinion the best restaurant in France. Do not miss it if you pass through Valence.
Menu: 250 € Officiel site of Restaurant Pic



Oustau de Baumanière
13520 Les Baux-de-Provence  France
04 90 54 33 07

oustau baumaniereA pearl in the beautiful Baux-de-Provence

This house of noble family in the seventeenth century is located in Baux de Provence. It has a restaurant rated two Michelin stars serving Provencal cuisine prepared with premium products and accompanied by fine wines.
The Oustau of Baumanière is equipped with an outdoor pool with terrace, a tennis court, a wellness center and a fitness center.
>All rooms are air conditioned and decorated in a style at once classic and modern. They are equipped with satellite TV and a private bathroom with bathrobe and slippers.
In summer you can dine on the terrace and enjoy the view of the beautiful rustic garden. To relax and have fun, a library and a stylish bar are available.
Menu: 99 € Official site of Oustau de Baumanière


Albert 1er - Restaurant Chamonix
Hameau Albert 1er –38 route du Bouchet 74400 Chamonix Mont Blanc – France
Tel. : 0033 (0)4 50 53 05 09 – Fax : 0033 (0)4 50 55 95 48

albert 1 chamonix

Albert 1er - Chamonix Restaurant Double Michelin-starred gastronomic restaurant Albert 1er in Chamonix makes you discoversubtly modernized French cuisine , which expresses the influence of Mont Blanc and the Italian Piedmont nearby. Its leader, Pierre Maillet, gives pride to the noble products and lets his inventiveness to bring the tastes and flavors in celebration at the heart of the plate. The dining room, renovated in fall 2008, offers a cozy atmosphere.
Menu:  56 € Official site of Restaurant Albert 1er



L'auberge des Maures
4, Rue du Docteur Boutin
Var - France


Nestled in an alley tropézienne scents of jasmine and bay, the Auberge des Mauresexudes Provence since 1930. The team at The Moors Inn welcomes guests each evening for thirteen years already making them appreciate the true flavors of Provence.

Pleasures of the palate with taditionnels and no less famous fried zucchini flowers,barigoule artichoke, stuffed Provençal lamb shoulder, barbecued meats, fish ... or, egg custard, tiramisu, chocolate cake, are the traditional sweets. Officiel site of Auberge des Maures

My Treasures

Chez Greg
16 Rue De la Vacquerie - 75011 Paris
08 99 96 58 11*
chez gregA sober place
Simplicity is often considered a defect. For Chez Greg, located in the 11th arrondissement, this simplicity is renowned for. An intimate place, a romantic dinner at the foot of a chimney is permitted. A quiet meal with a tasting of all dishes cooler than each other is what makes the strength of this traditional restaurant. The decor suggests unadorned white walls, plus tables and chairs brown color that contrasts with the freshness of French cuisine. A mixture of color that blends perfectly with the typical French products from the four corners of the hexagon.
Menu: 15 – 30 € Officiel site of Chez Greg

264 Rue Du faubourg saint-martin - 75010 Paris
08 99 96 91 92*

LoulouamBecause it's worth it

Jean-Frederic Matthew, first passed by La Tour d'Argent and Chez Meurice remains found at the Faubourg St. Martin in the 10th. In an eighties deco cut by walls of Japanese straw, come and enjoy delicious food: leek vinaigrette with lemongrass, calf's liver à la Lyonnaise and dessert chocolate surprise "Because I'm worth it". A touch of originality and explosive gastronomy.
Menu; 20 – 31 € Officiel site of Louloucam



49 Rue Berger - 75001 Paris
08 99 96 91 91*
restaurant 1979Art in the plates and on the walls
An original concept, fine and well prepared food and quality service. This is what qualifies this fashionable restaurant located rue Berger in the 1st district. The décor this restaurant has built on originality. Contemporary art on the wall, subdued atmosphere and play of color, an extraordinary place. The cuisine is very well prepared. Seasonal dishes with fresh plates and are very careful to go. The sommelier will even advise you a few good bottles of wine available to complement your meal. If you want a good time with friends in a cozy atmosphere and is shifted to 1979 need to be. Blow of heart guaranteed! Officiel site of 1979
Menu: 15 – 35 €

Le Mini Palais
Avenue Winston Churchill - 75008 Paris
08 99 96 58 31*
Mini PalaisTerrace classified
This site listed as a historical monument has a terrace of 300 m2 in the columns of the Grand Palais. The view over the Seine and the Petit Palais and the contemporary decor make it an exceptional place. Kitchens, Eric Frechon, three-star chef, and Stecuisinephane d'Aboville, chief executive of the Mini Palais, offer a scalable menu with the seasons and authentic and generous cuisine based on the product.
Menu: 28 – 45 € Official site of Le Mini Palais


La Contre Allée
83 Avenue Denfert-Rochereau - 75014 Paris
08 99 96 92 83*
la contre alléeAn authentic and sparkling place
The history of this restaurant was started in 1990. Today this place is always a fashionable place where fine food and fragrance is recognized by all. The colorful but simple decoration of this restaurant makes it a cozy place to meet all situations. Ranging from business meetings to dinner alone together, this restaurant offers, thanks to its three rooms, a spacious and intimate ambiance. The red, very present in the decoration adorns the tables and builds a romantic atmosphere. In summer, a terrace is fitted outside the restaurant. The rich but light dishes offered by the chef Fujinuma awaken the senses. You can taste the famous "Crispy Duck" or "Baba au rhum" that make the reputation of this restaurant. Official site of La Contre Allée
Menu: 29 – 35 €

La Plage du Batofar
Face au 11 Quai François Mauriac - 75013 Paris
08 99 96 91 83*
plage batofarA beach in Paris
For all fans of the summer in Paris, the Batofar investing quays. Food lovers gather with pleasure "The Beach Batofar" and his now famous rotisserie installed for three months across the quay. You can enjoy amongst other things, beef carpaccio with parmesan input followed by a grilled steak with sea salt and finish with a crème brulée with lavender. This timeless place is open every day at the restaurant (open for lunch and dinner) but also at the bar; open all day from 12am to 01h, where relaxation is a must with its many chairs. Aperitifs music enlivens the early evenings from Tuesday to Saturday from 19h and musical Sunday brunch, you wake up gently.
Cocktails: 10 € Official site of La Plage du Batofar

Boco - Bercy Village
45 Cour Saint-Emilion - 75012 Paris
08 99 96 58 91*
Boco Bercy VillageBeautiful jars
Vincent Ferniot, famous food columnist and cook this on television, and his brother Simon, opened their restaurant in 2012 Boco de Bercy Village, after address in the first. The concept: to offer jars sweet and savory, to eat in or take away, concocted by master chefs. An entrance designed by Anne-Sophie Pic, a dish prepared by Gilles Goujon or Emmanuel Renaut, and a dessert of Christophe Michalak? It'll just take your pick from all these jars gourmet, all at affordable prices. Another plus: all the dishes are organic, recyclable and returnable jars.
Meal:  7 – 10 € Official site of Boco - Bercy Village

La Chambre aux Oiseaux
48 Rue Bichat - 75010 Paris
08 99 96 58 29*
Chambre OiseauxTasty and trendy
This is rue Bichat that Lena and Hervé opened in March 2012 to their Chamber Birds. In a setting decorated with vintage furniture from the grandmother of the owner, this restaurant - tea room full of charming setting for all your desires and savory. The menu includes breakfast options original (Breakfast in town or country), a delicious brunch served on weekends, and tasty dishes that change daily.
Menu: 15 – 20 € Official site of la Chambre aux Oiseaux


Makassar Lounge & Restaurant
39 Avenue de Wagram - 75017 Paris
08 99 96 58 88*
Makassar Rest.The restaurant at the Renaissance Hotel At the heart of the hotel on Avenue Wagram restored by Christian de Portzamparc, the Makassar Lounge (whose name recalls both the islands of South Sulawesi and valuable species of wood) to discover new flavors in a cozy and exotic. Music sounds elsewhere, large leather sofas in warm colors, curtains creating small alcoves; all was thought to ensure a relaxing and exotic atmosphere. The large windows and the terrace offer beautiful views of the garden and the serenity. The kitchen, it was thought by Chef Michael Foubert inspired by the richness of Indonesian local revenues to provide a colorful map to our unique and exotic flavors. The other part of the map covers many French regions and toured a culinary heritage with creative cuisine made ​​from local produce noble. The restaurant features a Chef's Table, a private space with an opening on the cuisine of Chef. Official site of Makassar Lounge & Restaurant
Menu: 24 – 53 €