Le Clarence is more than just a meal; it's an extraordinary journey to a parallel world, full of crystal chandeliers and neoclassical paintings. It's the kind of place you imagine important figures from history might have dined once, taking place in a luxurious private mansion, overflowing with wood panelling, mouldings and velvet. Chef Christophe Pelé serves up an incredible seasonal menu – we loved the tempura shrimp, the baby eels and grilled red mullet with bone marrow. This is an unforgettable sensory experience in twenty-or-so dishes, paired with several bottles of natural wine. Once you’ve finished eating, end your evening cosying up by the fireplace in the restaurant’s private hideaway bar with a glass of wine (or three).
At Time Out Paris, we’ve been eating and drinking our way around the City of Light for a long time. So we know what we’re talking about when it comes to good food – and right here, you’ll find our absolute favourite spots for 2023.
We’ve scoured the streets of Paris, reviewing every restaurant worth its salt in the capital. The result: our definitive ranking of the 50 best restaurants in Paris right now. (Unsurprisingly, lots of them also won big at our latest Time Out Food and Drink Awards.)
This year, fine-dining restaurant Le Clarence has taken our top spot for its intricate seasonal menu, and the newly-managed Grande Brasserie (taken on by Adrien Spanu in 2022) has made its way into the rankings for the very first time. But there’s no need to clutch your purse: this list isn’t just about the finer things in life. Whatever your budget, you’ll find something worth eating here – from sausage and mash in homely bistros to the best ham sandwich you’ve ever tasted for €5.
From classic French cooking to Japanese noodles, fresher-than-fresh seafood to best-in-class döner kebabs, these are the very best restaurants in Paris right now. Your table awaits…
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