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The best seafood in Paris

Head to these restaurants and brasseries for fresh seafood

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Paris may be land-locked, but it get deliveries fresh from the seaside everyday. Here's where to taste the best seafood the city had to offer, whether you want to slurp on an oyster, eat roasted sea bass or get up close and personal with an octopus (in garlic butter)...

The best seafood restaurants in Paris

Pleine Mer

A non-nonsense oyster restaurant that recalls a charming Breton crêperie; it’s all piles of picnic hampers, paper tablecloths and the jolly bustle and clatter of butter knives, cooking pots and oyster shells as the owner deftly flicks the shellfish open. Certainly not a destination for fine dining, it’s still a brilliant pace for hungry and thirsty groups of friends who want to sit around a table and consume plates of ultra-fresh oysters (in platters at €12.20 or €24), slices of wild smoked salmon or homemade cod roe taramasalata, and bottles of excellent white wine...

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Gare du Nord/Gare de l'Est


At l’Ilot, you don’t have to pay Parisian prices for the best catch of the day. The venue is tiny but beautiful, with big slate menus, earthenware pots and white parquet, a bay window, a few photos on the walls and a terrace for nice days – it all has a solid, comfortable charm.Perch yourself on a stool and order your white wine, then browse the menu: €5 for a serving of taramasalata or tuna or salmon rillettes, €4.50 to €9.50 for pink or grey Madagascan prawns, €6.50 for whelks and €8 for a half crab (€14 for the whole). There are also beautiful oysters: Marennes from Oléron...

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La Marée Jeanne

Although Les Halles no longer bustles with the same type of food sellers that once inspired Zola to describe the former market as the ‘ventre de Paris’ (the ‘belly of Paris’), foodies still flock to its environs, which today brim with a diverse mix of trendy restaurants. With its eye-catching décor of exposed brick walls, blue tiling and fishing nets, Breton-style fish restaurant La Marée Jeanne reels customers in before dinner with sumptuous starters like fried smelt fish and excellent Quiberon bay oysters...

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Atao looks like a dream of a fisherman’s cabin – marine blue on the outside, then wood, white and colourful touches of fresh flowers inside, with an old mariner’s portrait, an anchor and a black and white Gwenn ha Du flag from old Brittany. At night, soft candlelight enhances the atmosphere even further.This pretty place is owned by the daughter of an oyster farmer from Morbihan, who showers her guests with platters of fine oysters – flat native plates and huge Japanese creuses (alive and cooked)...

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L'Ecailler du Bistrot

With its beautiful old model sailing boats, lobsters, shells and bottles of sand everywhere, l’Ecailler du Bistrot feels a little like a fishing boat during the calm after the storm.Decide between, for example, incredible platters of fruits de mer, oyster selections or the lobster set menu – 12 oysters and a half lobster with fries and pudding. Aside from shellfish, there are also things like scallop carpaccio, turbot and sole meunière – but most people will plump for a gargauntuan plate of crustaceans, washed down with an excellent bottle of Cheverny blanc...

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Huîtrerie Régis

In a spruce little room with white tablecloths and hanging lamps, the 14-seat Régis oyster bar concentrates on one sole product: oysters from the Marennes-Oléron, a world-famous cultivation area. You can choose between top class strains, rare strains, farmed strains that are enriched for four months in lightly salinated beds, and the very popular Belon oysters (€59 a dozen, though prices start at €25 a dozen). There’s lots of fresh bread and butter, the wines are well-chosen, and there’s a cheese of the day and desserts for the hungry...

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6th arrondissement


On the edge of the Seine, with tall bay windows overlooking the Eiffel Tower, and chic grey and mauve décor, Antoine is a shrine to the sea – albeit a posh one!  Moneyed crowds from the nearby Triangle d’Or gather day and night to sample chef Mickaël Feval’s perfect-every-time oysters and extravagant dishes like whole roasted lobster served with winter vegetable en cocotte, plump St-Jacques scallops, and thick, fish-rich Bouillabaisse (fish soup) served with saffron tinted rouille (garlicky mayonnaise)...

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16th arrondissement

Le Duc

Le Duc is one of those restaurants that you read about rarely, but which is pure gold; a fish restaurant that has changed little since it opened in 1967, it continues to satisfy a faithful, laid-back clientele who prefer good quality produce to trends. Behind the blue and white frontage, the wood-panelled dining room with fish drawings on the walls feels like the interior of a luxury yacht, an impression enhanced by the affable service. On the menu, nothing but ultra-fresh fish and seafood, simply prepared to preserve their flavour...

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14th arrondissement