No self-respecting food connoisseur leaves Paris without luxury dining. Just not all the time. A high-end, three-star Michelin restaurant will most likely cost you some €200 to €400 per meal. That’s a pretty big bill to splurge every time. But what if you can fine dine in a good restaurant without spending that much? Here’s how.
On average, the cost of a typical breakfast in Paris taken in a regular bistro is around five euros. Lunch can be a 15-euro affair, and a bottle of good quality red can cost around nine euros. The food is okay but not especially remarkable. Or maybe the food is good but the service was off. “Well,” you think. How can you complain if the next good thing costs a hundred euros more?
Reasonable. But not always right. Because in fact, there are restaurants in the City of Lights that will serve you a Michelin-star meal for less than 50 euros.
Of course, you may still not want to spend that much every meal, but if you feel like splurging every once in a while, these places will serve you a great lunch or dinner with world-class service.
Important: The trick is to go for the lunch menu which are all honestly priced without sacrificing the quality of the cooking.
The following is a solid selection of great one-star Michelin restaurants in Paris that are sure to give you a fantastic luxury dining experience.
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This 1-Star restaurant in Rue Saint Dominique prides itself with good food and a refreshing, laid-back atmosphere. The restaurant is pleasant and the service is superb, friendly, and efficient. If you like fish and seafood, this is the place to go. All the courses are carefully prepared to bring out the flavors in each dish. Try their mulet and rouget, the bouride, and the excellent lamb. Their Lunch averages around 28 euros, the Menu 75 euros, and Carte 50/75 euros.
Location: 131 rue Saint Dominique, 75007 Paris
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The interiors of Auguste is intimate, furnished with mirrors and white walls with comfortable set ups. As chief handle, Chef Gaël Orieux matches inventiveness with attention to detail to weave together ingredients from both land and sea. The result is a cocktail of mouthwatering flavors that transform even the simplest ingredients to a true gastronomic experience beyond just taste. Auguste certainly does uphold the Michelin standard.
Don’t’ forget to try the prawns with kumquat and the pistachio souffle.
Meal prices : Menu 38 € (lunch), 88/154 € Glass-wine - Carte 100/120 €
Location: 54 rue de Bourgogne, 75007 Paris
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Another one-star restaurant in Paris, Agapé makes use of inventive and interesting techniques to extract the most elusive flavors from the simplest of ingredients. Their materials are always fresh and are carefully-prepared to perfection, served with style. The “finesse of the flavours and the precision of the cooking makes Agape a sure-fire winner,” according to Michelin inspectors.
Meal prices: Menu 44 € (lunch), 99/139 € - Carte 120/160 €
Location: 51 Rue Joufffroy-d'Abbans, 75017 Paris
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A beautiful restaurant located in a quiet neighborhood, Chef Jacques Faussat's offers a warm service and an exceptional wine list. Of course, the food is never short of superb, attesting to the chef's capability to bring his traditional expertise and up-to-the-minute style to the table. The staff are attentive and the meals are creatively presented. The chef and the sommelier are patient in explaining the amazing dishes and the restaurant’s general vibe makes you feel welcome.
Meal prices: Menu 42 € (lunch), 115/160 € - Carte 74/102 €
Location: 54 rue Cardinet, 75017 Paris
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L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon Etoile is an elegant one-star Michelin restaurant with an inviting atmosphere. If you happen to be seated near the counter, you can see the chef at work. The dishes in the menu features cuisine from various international influences especially Spanish, Asian, and French, all cooked with exquisite precision, making L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon Etoile a remarkable choice for luxury dining in Paris.
Meal Prices: Menu 49 € (lunch), 99/199 € - Carte 100/210 €
Location: 133 AV. Des Champs-Elysees, 75008 Paris
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Chef William Ledeiul draws largely from his love of Southeast Asian flavors to create stunning culinary creations that perfectly compliment classic French flavors. Try their haddock in a Thai bouillon of light coconut milk with lemon grass and thyme and parsley along with some wacky combos for an outstanding meal.
Meal Prices: Lunch 41 €, Menu 48 € (lunch), 85/98 €
Location: 4 R. Des Grands-Augustins, 75006 Paris
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Under the handle of talented chef Yoshitake Hiroki, Sola perfectly captures the essence of Japanese haute cuisine. Chef Hiroki found his identity in mixing western and eastern elements in cooking, innovating new dishes that offer some very unique tastes. His style usually centers around balancing western meat with vivid selections of vegetables. The food is great, the ambience welcoming, and the chef and staff are attentive.
The lunch menu starts at 48 € with 1 appetizer + 1 starter + 1 fish + 1 meat + 1 dessert.
Location: 12 Rue de l'Hôtel Colbert, 75005 Paris
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Literally meaning “The Violin of Ingres,” this one Michelin star restaurant certainly does uphold the Michelin standard, thanks to the genius of Chef Christian Constant who always leaves everybody expecting for his next miraculous kitchen magic. The chef has a knack for pulling off heavenly flavors from the simplest seasonal ingredients. In fact, the restaurant has a reputation for getting pretty booked so you might want to consider booking now if you’re planning to visit Paris soon.
Location: 135 rue Saint Dominique, 75007 Paris
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A lovely one-star restaurant located near the Louvre, Anne-Sophie Pic's La Dame de Pic is considered one of the best tables in town. The chef’s best creations are structured around some very unexpected ingredients such as the frog's legs in Lapsang Souchong tea. The atmosphere is soft and feminine, with the service team working efficiently to provide each guest a great gastronomic experience.
Meal Prices: Menu 59 € (weekday lunch), 105/135 €
Location: 20 rue du Louvre, 75001 Paris
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Chef Sylvia Sendra's simple sophistication permeats into her culinary cretions. The chef's keen talent is reflected in her spectacular courses that are truly superlative in technique and style. The meat are remarkable and the vegetables are tastefully selected. The desserts of course, leave nothing to the imagination and will surely mark your experience at the Itinéraires.
The menu starts at 49€ with 1 amuse bouche + 1 entrée + 1 poisson + 1 viande + 1 dessert
Location: 5 rue de Pontoise, 75005 Paris
Make your Paris gourmet experience one for the books. Book today or you may run out of tables.