Doing date night in Paris? You’re already at an advantage. But if you really want to step up your, we suggest setting your sights on one of the many amour-inducing restaurants in in the City of Love. Of course, there are certain things that are inherently seductive, such as views of the Eiffel Tower and desserts to be shared. Although romance, much like beauty, really is in the eye of the beholder. So with that in mind, we’ve compiled a collection of eateries that reflects the breadth and depth of this culinary capital.
From atmospheric newcomers to famed fine dining destinations, these are the most romantic spots to grab a bite in Paris.
If you’ve had your fill of steak frites and croque monsieurs, head to Le Rigmarole, where Franco-American chef Robert Compagnon applies yakitori grilling techniques to French flavors. Custom menus change nightly. Think: airy butternut squash tempura, sea bream with marinated spinach, chicken thigh, and zucchini topped with smoked cod roe mayonnaise. Of course, you can always order la carte. But for the full effect, we encourage the multi-course tasting.
La Maison du Caviar
Craving luxury? Opt for the decadence of caviar and champagne at one of the premier locales in the city. Beyond world-class bubbly and beluga, the reimagined icon features a broad selection of smoked fish. Try the Norwegian salmon; it’s the best you’ll ever eat. Don’t forget to order the soft-boiled egg and blinis, which are worth the trip to Paris. The magnificent meal ends with scrumptious dark chocolate truffles.
The Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris is a bastion of elegance. And the food scene is a key component of that. This Michelin-starred establishment serves up modern Mediterranean cuisine in a stunning environment, designed by Pierre-Yves Rochon and decked with massive floral bouquets as well as art by Junior Fritz Jacquet. The grandeur of the setting is met only by the quality of the delicious dishes, which range from yellowtail crudo to tagliolini with black truffle and parmesan cream.
An under-the-radar gem (though, we imagine not for long), Verjus is a fabulous treat for gastronomes. The prix fixe menu is an homage to seasonality and culinary skill. Imagine digging into chickpea socca, burrata with melon, and purple carrot skewers in an intimate atmosphere that reads more like a charming, Parisian home than a fancy restaurant. The thoughtfully chosen wine pairing is a takes the night to the next level.
Helmed by renowned French gastronome Jean-François Rouquette, Pur’ at the Park Hyatt Paris - Vendôme has a coveted Michelin star. If that isn’t enough to entice you, it also continues to earn praise from the gourmet insiders across the globe. Plus, it was one of the first places in Paris to debut an open kitchen. Opt for the unparalleled experience of the chef's table or an intimate two-top in the cocoon-esque center.
If your idea of a romantic evening is dim lights, toe-tapping music, and a trendy vibe, you’ll love Matsuhisa Paris. It feels lively, but not like a club. The tables are spread out well to offer a bit of privacy. From red mullet sashimi and wagyu tobanyaki to grilled yellowtail collar and tuna crispy rice, the food is delectable. Sure, it’s pricey, but you get what you pay for...