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100 best restaurants: Bistros

Our pick of the new batch of gastro bistros

Les Arlots Bistrot Paris ©Time Out Paris
Les Marches Bistrots Paris ©Time Out Paris
La cave de l'os à moelle Bistrots Paris ©Time Out Paris
L'Office - Bistrot Paris - DR / © L'Office 
Le 6 Paul Bert - Bistrot Paris © Time Out Paris
Le 6 Paul Bert - Bistrot Paris © Time Out Paris
L'Office - Bistrot Paris - DR / © L'Office
Le Comptoir du Relais -  Bistrot Paris © Time Out Paris / Laurie Grosset
Le Comptoir du Relais - Bistrot Paris © Time Out Paris / Laurie Grosset
Tempero - DR / © Tempero - Mathieu Guinet
Le Pantruche - Bistrot Paris © Time Out Paris / Thierry Richard
La Cantine du Troquet - Bistrot Paris © Time Out Paris / Oliver Knight

They’ve been termed ‘gastro bistrots’, ‘néo-bistrots’ and other things besides. And with good reason: much like Britain’s gastropubs, this new breed of smart bistros offers affordable, creative cuisine in classy surroundings. Bistros, while a French institution, don’t have a clear-cut cuisine of their own; cue some of the country’s most creative chefs, who spice up these venues with some interesting – and always delectable – dishes. Can't find your favourite on our list? Let us know in the comments box below.

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Our pick of Paris’s smartest and most inventive bistros

La cave de l'os à moelle ©ZT
Restaurants, Bistros

La Cave de l'Os à Moelle

5 out of 5 stars

What to order? The house terrine

Where? 181 Rue de Lourmel, 16th

When? Tues-Sun 11am-12mid, Full meals at 12noon-3pm, 7pm-11pm

Le Baratin
CC - Rex Roof
Restaurants, French

Le Baratin

4 out of 5 stars

What to order? The tuna carpaccio with cherries

Where? 3 Rue Jouye-Rouve, 19th

When? Tue-Fri 12.15pm-2pm, 7.30pm-11pm. Sat 7.30pm-11pm

Le 6 paul bert
© Time Out / AW
Restaurants, Bistros

Le Bistrot Paul Bert

4 out of 5 stars

What to order? The roast shoulder of suckling pig

Where? 18 Rue Paul Bert, 11th

When? Mon 7.30pm-11pm, Tues-Fri 12noon-2.30pm, 7.30pm-11pm

Bon Saint-Pourçain
© LRD/Time Out Paris
Restaurants, Bistros

Le Bon Saint-Pourçain

5 out of 5 stars

What to order? The fresh crab and mango coulis

Where? 10Bis Rue Servandoni, 6th

When? Tues-Sat 12noon-2.30pm, 7pm-10.30pm

Grand Pan
© EP / Time Out
Restaurants, French

Le Grand Pan

15 arrondissement
4 out of 5 stars

What to order? The selection of grilled meat or lobster

Where? 20 Rue Rosenwald, 15th

When? Mon-Fri 12.30pm-2.30pm, 7.30pm-11pm. Sat 7.30pm-11pm

l'office resto paris
DR / © L'Office
Restaurants, French


Faubourg Montmartre
5 out of 5 stars

What to order? The menu changes every week so take your pick!

Where? 3 Rue Richer, 10th

When? Mon-Fri 12noon-2pm, 7.30pm-10.30pm

Pantruche soufflé grand marnier
© Time Out / Laurie Grosset
Restaurants, French

Le Pantruche

4 out of 5 stars

What to order? The black truffle risotto

Where? 3 Rue Victor Massé, 9th

When? Mon-Fri 12.30pm-2.30pm, 7.30pm-10.30pm

Restaurants, Bistros

Les Arlots

SoPi (South Pigalle)
5 out of 5 stars

What to order? Home made bangers and mash

Where? 136 Rue du Faubourg Poissonnière, 10th

When? Mon-Sat 12noon-2.30pm, 6pm-10.30pm

Les Marches
@ Zazie Tavitain
Restaurants, Bistros

Les Marches

4 out of 5 stars

What to order? The steak and frites

Where? 5 Rue de la Manutention, 16th

When? Mon-Sun 12.30pm-2.30pm, 7.30pm-10.30pm

DR / © Tempero - Mathieu Guinet
Restaurants, Global


Quartier de la Gare
5 out of 5 stars

What to order? The braised pork

Where? 5 Rue Clisson, 13th

When? Mon-Fri 12noon-2pm. Thurs-Fri 7pm-10pm