Best Paris Restaurants 2017

Our list of great quality, good value, healthy –ish, new and fun places to eat with friends and family in Paris right now.

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Big Mamma
The number of trattorias this group owns keeps expanding, and each one is different. The newest iteration, Pink Mamma, opened in July in Pigalle in a four storey pink-tiled building that used to be a psychiatric hospital. They raise their own animals to keep prices reasonable, and the bistecca florentina cooked on a 2-metre long grill is a sight to behold. No reservations. Go very early for a seat on the roof deck.

Le Camondo
The Nassim de Camondo museum is one of Paris’ best kept secrets in a mansion on Parc Monceau (it’s a favourite of chef Alain Ducasse). This summer, a restaurant opened in its sunny courtyard helmed by a very young chef. Dishes are vegetable-forward and fresh without being fussy. Tip: tour through the mansion before your meal on a ticket combined with the Musée des Arts Decoratifs which will also get you into this year’s Christian Dior exhibit.

Gare au Gorille
A new generation of natural wine bars is being opened by young chefs brought up on the first wave five years ago (La Buvette, Verjus, Frenchie Wine Bar, Juvenile’s, etc.) This sleek modern space over the train tracks near the St. Lazare train station is our local (from staff of Septime la Cave) on a very fun street in the 17th. Try the roasted pigeon. 68 Rue des Dames (no website) Reservations:

Maison Plisson
Attached to a new-ish grocery store reminiscent of Dean & Deluca’s in New York, this bistro on the edge of the Marias serves contemporary salads and soups from rotating guest chefs to an interesting local crowd. The store has nice leather aprons and sweatshirts that say “Paris Champagne Team.” You guessed it, I have one. PS: It’s on the same street as lifestyle-mecca, Merci.

Maqueraux sur Seine
Right in the thick of Paris Plage, this new floating glass restaurant also has a less formal bar area made of stacked wooden palettes and cushions on the river bank. Attracting a young and stylish crowd, bar dishes are mostly cold seafood (plates of cockles, prawns, oysters and its namesake, tinned mackerel). We also discovered some great small-producer wines here. In the evening, the barge becomes a lightbox serving small plates from a Brazilian chef.

This year-old modern Italian restaurant on the edge of Saint-Germaine-des-Près is tons of fun with windows that open onto the street. Food centres around the pizza oven but don’t overlook the delicious bowls of clams with croutons. Remember to take some fancy mini boxes of matches on your way out.

Close to Les Halles, Pirouette has a large terrace and a very good value lunch special that might include spelt risotto with parmesan foam and a bavette steak. When the proprietor didn’t have a full pour of the rosé he gave us what he had for free—that’s the spirit of the place.

For more of our favourite Paris restaurants in 2017, organized by occasion, click here.