Thanks to everyone who has provided information on the many restaurants of Paris! Studying this board prior to my trip last month was invaluable. It was great to check out a lot of the places written about on this board in person. I chronicled our dining experiences below and sorted them by "breakfast, lunch, and dinner". I didnt take detailed notes, but reconstructed my list from assorted business cards, receipts, and photos. My brother and sister-in-law joined us for part of the trip, so I included the number of people dining as well. I hope other first-time visitors will find my report helpful, especially with regard to cost. We cant wait to return to this beautiful city!!!
Dukes Bar, Hotel Westminster, 13 rue de la Paix, 01 42 61 57 46. Not many places are open early for breakfast, so we opted for the hot and cold buffet at our hotel. It featured eggs, ham, breads, pastries, fruit, cold cuts, cheese, cereal, coffee and juice. Dining room is nicely decorated and service was attentive we were just about the only ones there that morning. Total for two people 56 euros.
Au Vieux Chatelet, 1 Place du Chatelet, 01 42 33 79 27. This café is situated along the Seine, we had two croque madams and two café au laits. Food was good and the location is nice for people watching. Total for two people 20 euros.
Café George V, Champs Elysee. We ate breakfast (eggs, bacon, coffee served with a baguette) here while waiting for the Arc de Triomphe to open. Food was ok, but not great. Lots of seating right on the sidewalk. Total for two people 24 euros.
Relais Paris Opera, 1 rue Auber, 01 47 42 10 19. This café is right across from the Opera Garnier, food was ok, but pricey. Eggs, bacon, toast, and coffee for two people 42.80 euros.
Linas Italiens, 30 bd des Italiens, 01 42 46 02 06. This is a great take out place that opens early. We had three ham and cheese sandwiches and four cappuccinos. Total for four people 24.25 euros
Lunch and snacks -
Angelina, 226 rue de Rivoli, http://www.angelina.fr/. As soon as we arrived in Paris we headed straight here before spending the afternoon at the Louvre. Our first meal in Paris was a croque monsieur, club sandwich, tarte citron, tarte pommes, the famous chocolate Africain, and the glace. Total for two people 39.70 euros. We went back for more when my brother and sister-in-law arrived and this time our total for four people was 47.15 euros.
Indiana Café, 1 avenue de General Lecler, 01 40 47 60 41. Stumbled across this place after walking around for several hours and were happy to sit in an air conditioned spot with comfy chairs! Lunch consisted of a tuna sandwich, club sandwich (both came with fries), and two Perriers. Total for two people 28.80 euros.
Eiffel Café, 4 bd de Grenelle, 01 45 77 00 01. Needed a bite to eat before standing in line to get to the top of the tower. We had the requisite jambon and fromage sandwich with fries, Greek salad, and two Perriers. Total for two people 34 euros.
Le Soleil dor Brasserie, 15 bd du Palais. Dont remember too much about this place except that we had a club sandwich, marguerita pizza, and two ice teas. Total for two people 25.5 euros.
Laduree, 16 rue Royale, 01 42 60 21 79, http://www.laduree.fr/index.htm. This was by far my favorite lunch place a beautiful setting with food to match. The salads are gorgeously plated and taste great too! We had salade Bonaparte, salade Laduree, salade Concorde, omelette Laduree, two glace mini macaroons, two tarte tatins, and assorted beverages. Total for four people 130.95 euros and worth it.
La Flotille, Versailles, located in the park area on the grounds of Chateau de Versailles this restaurant has a pretty outdoor, vine-covered, seating area right by the lake. Our lunch consisted of a mixed green salad with cheese, chicken with mushroom sauce over rice, and a delicious apple tart. Dessert was the best part of the meal. It also came with wine and champagne. Not sure of the cost of the meal as it was included as part of a day long tour of Versaille.
Le Petit Machon, 158 rue St. Honore, 01 42 60 08 06. This little restaurant was one of the best we ate at and a great value. We never would have found it without the recommendation here. The service was friendly and we appreciated the waitstaffs assistance (along with the people next to us) in explaining the menu. We had the set (a bargain at only 16.50 euros per person) which started with an appetizer of toast with a very garlicky yogurt-like spread delicious! We had steak and fish as the main courses with an assortment of desserts and beverages. Total for four people 112.50 euros.
Cafe Constant, 139 rue St. Dominique, 01 47 53 73 34. The other Christian Constant restaurants on this street were full, so we opted for the café. This was the only place we went where no one spoke English (at least not where we were seated upstairs). Nonetheless we had a wonderful dinner starting with salade de haricots vert and crème de lentille. Our main courses were escalope de veau (for two), omelette plate, and quenelles de brochet total for four people (without dessert) was 91.30 euros.
Chez Clement, 17 bd des Capucines, 01 53 53 82 00, www.chezclement.com. It was pouring rain this night, and of course we did not have an umbrella. This cute place near our hotel offered a variety of sets and a la carte meals. We each had the substantial grilled meat plates (chicken, pork, beef/duck) that came with big mounds of buttery mashed potatoes. Started off with a clever jarred Greek salad cucumbers, tomatoes, olives, herbs and feta in a little mason jar that you can shake to insure even dressing coating. Ended with wonderful desserts, crème brulee and chocolate melody a parfait glass filled with scoops of white, milk, and dark chocolate ice cream topped with chocolate syrup and a crispy cookie. Total for two people 57.40 euros.
Brasserie Café de la Paix, 12 bd des Capucines, 01 40 07 36 36. We were lucky to get a table at this popular place considering we didnt have a reservation. We each had the set menu and started with the salad with soft boiled egg mentioned previously by a poster on this site. I dont remember entrée details, but do remember the fantastic world famous mille fleur also mentioned by someone on this board. Great atmosphere and dining experience. Total for four people about 175 euros.
PastaPaPa, 6 rue Daunou, 01 42 60 51 06, wwwpastapapa.fr. We decided to take a break from French food and chose this busy place near our hotel. Although it was after 10:45pm the place was packed and others were still waiting. We started with salade misto foglie, and ordered two entrées - pasta with four cheese sauce and tortellini with carbonara sauce. The portions are huge and one entrée would have been more than enough! Scrumptious! Total for two people 34 euros.
Sapporo Ramen, 276 Rue St. Honore, 01 40 15 98 66. After spending all afternoon at the Louvre on our first day there, we felt too sweaty and tired to eat anywhere fancy. We started with edamame and gyoza, followed by chashu ramen and fried rice as the entrées. Great home-style cooking in a casual and friendly setting. Food models in the window can assist in ordering if you dont speak French or Japanese. Total for two people about 24 euros.
Aki, 2 rue Daunou, 01 42 61 48 38. Since we seemed to fare better when speaking bad Japanese rather than really bad French we tried this elegantly decorated restaurant. We had tempura with steamed rice, maki sushi, Asahi beer, and oolong tea. Food was divine, although the portions are on the smallish side. Total for two people 61 euros.