The 15 Most Romantic Restaurants in Paris for Every Occasion

Cozy bistros and gastronomic greats are just a few spots to reserve before your next trip to Paris.
Romantic restaurant Le Clarence in Paris, France
Photo: Le Clarence
Lane Nieset
by Lane Nieset
Updated Jan 03, 2024
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In the French culinary capital, restaurants are a highlight of the itinerary, especially when planning a dreamy couples getaway in Paris. In a city with more than 40,000 eateries located everywhere from inside the Eiffel Tower to ships cruising along the Seine—plus chefs that have become celebrities in their own right—how do you narrow down the most romantic restaurants in Paris?

Whether you're booking that bucket list trip to the 2024 Olympics or searching for unique Paris proposal ideas, we've pulled together some of the best spots in the city for a date. From ritzy restaurants with multiple Michelin stars housed in old private mansions to standing room-only counters where wine flows like water, here are 15 of the best spots for any occasion in neighborhoods all around the city. That way, you won't have to go too far from where you're staying to find a fabulous meal.

Anna, 8th Arrondissement

Romantic restaurant Anna in Paris
Photo: Anna

The sister spot to the buzzy restaurant in the French Riviera, Anna is an elegant take on a Greek taverna with billowy fabric covering the ceiling, terrazzo floors intended to look like beach pebbles, and contemporary ceramics reminiscent of Greek antiquities. Athens-born chef Yiannis Kioroglou (also behind hotspots like La Guérite Cannes and La Petite Maison Cannes) designed a menu intended to be split, making it a fabulous date night spot or Valentine's Day restaurant in Paris. Sample a spread of haute mezze (the grilled octopus and filo-wrapped feta with honey and sesame are must-tries) and Greek-influenced cocktails. Plan to dress up and linger in one of the intimate tables or cozy half-booths where you'll feel like you have the entire restaurant to yourselves.

14 Rue Marbeuf, 75008 Paris

Girafe, 16th Arrondissement

Girafe's picture-perfect views of the Eiffel Tower earn the 1930s-style restaurant plenty of attention—and the terrace is one of the most photogenic in Paris. But the marble-clad bar, intimate banquettes and subtle brass accents are just as showstopping. A popular place for a marriage proposal—especially when you pop the question as the tower starts twinkling on the hour—the seafood-focused restaurant is one of the chicest spots for a date in town.

1 place du Trocadero, 75016 Paris

Caché, 20th Arrondissement

Finding Caché isn't the easiest, thus the name, which means "hidden" in French. The airy, industrial-style space near the Père Lachaise cemetery is unlike other restaurants in the city with its exposed red bricks and vaulted glass roof. The cozy (and upscale) date night restaurant's focus is sustainably sourced seafood and seasonally driven fare, so expect playful dishes like fish carpaccio in wasabi sauce and more elegant mains like blue lobster and whole grilled sea bass with sorrel butter sauce.

23 Villa Riberolle, 75020 Paris

L'Avant Comptoir du Marché, 6th Arrondissement

Tucked in the Marché Saint-Germain, this lively wine bar by Yves Camdeborde is a staple in the city for its well-priced wines by the glass, charcuterie platters and tapas. Open every day of the year, L'Avant Comptoir du Marché is a great option if your trip falls over a holiday, if you're looking for a late afternoon bite, or if you're after a more local spot when you want to break from shopping at nearby department store Le Bon Marché.

14 Rue Lobineau, 75006 Paris

Septime, 11th Arrondissement

One of the forerunners of the neo-bistro movement in Paris, Septime still stands strong with its farm-to-table, ingredient-driven philosophy and spectacular cellar that champions natural wine from around the world. Reservations fill fast and the tasting menu—one of the more affordable in Paris for a Michelin-starred restaurant—is a surprise that shifts with the seasons. It's worth planning ahead for this cool restaurant in the heart of the city's trendy 11th arrondissement.

80 Rue de Charonne, 75011 Paris

Parcelles, 3rd Arrondissement

In a neighborhood that can often feel like a desert in terms of dining options, Parcelles is a welcome change to the dime a dozen bistros tucked between galleries and boutiques in the Marais. The convivial atmosphere is as Parisian as you can get (the Bible-sized wine list has made it a favorite for sommeliers and winemakers) and the more upscale take on French comfort food has made it a hit all year round. On particularly chilly winter days, nothing's better than sage butter-bathed gnocchi and a warming glass of red wine.

13 rue Chapon, 75003 Paris

Le Clarence, 8th Arrondissement

Le Clarence romantic Paris restaurant
Photo: Le Clarence

Modeled after Bordeaux's Château Haut-Brion, Le Clarence feels like you've slipped off to wine country despite being steps away from the Champs-Élysées. Housed in a 19th century private mansion, everything about the experience screams luxury—from the handpicked antiques to the fireplace-clad reception room and bar that overlooks the Grand Palais' glass roof. Even the tableware was handmade and customized by craftspeople for the two Michelin-starred spot—which is one of the toughest fine-dining reservations to score in town.

31 avenue Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 75008 Paris

Mokoloco, 11th Arrondissement

If Le Clarence is out of your travel budget, you can still indulge in fare by the Michelin-starred restaurant's former chef at Mokoloco, where the six-course tasting menu is influenced by Korean touches. An affordable option for a dégustation (70 euros for the tasting, 35 euros for the wine pairing), the laid-back restaurant has become a local favorite for its rotating roster of guest chefs and standout selection of natural wines.

74 Rue de Charonne, 75011 Paris

Le Rigmarole, 11th Arrondissement

You'll want to mark your calendar two weeks ahead when reservations for Le Rigmarole open. The husband-wife team behind the previously Michelin-starred spot have switched up their yakitori concept a few times (they make some of Paris' best pizza during their Pizzamarole pop-ups). But now, they've reopened for lunch with their signature Japanese grilled fare served in the intimate, shoebox-sized space that you'll wish could be your Friday date night go-to. Save room for dessert at the combination ice cream parlor and wine bar Folderol next door.

10 Rue du Grand Prieuré, 75011 Paris

Le Baron Rouge, 12th Arrondissement

This no-reservations cave à vin is a Parisian staple on chilly Sundays in fall and winter when oyster stands line the sidewalk outside Le Baron Rouge. Order a dozen and take them to one of the wine barrels-turned-tables inside the cozy bar, where you can order a simple cheese and charcuterie plate and an affordable bottle of wine that'll be the highlight of your stay.

1 rue Theophile Roussel, 75012 Paris

Loulou, 1st Arrondissement

Loulou romantic Paris restaurant
Photo: Matthieu Salvaing for Loulou

This sultry spot is one of the few glamorous options in the more tourist-heavy 1st arrondissement. Tucked inside the Musée des Art Décoratifs, Loulou is a place you'll want to get dressed up for. The Italian gastronomic eatery is as luxe as you'd expect, with marble flooring, white tablecloths and a terrace overlooking the Eiffel Tower. Start in true Italian fashion with a spritz before making your way through a menu of elevated classics like sea bass carpaccio with bottarga and truffle alfredo tagliatelle.

107 rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris

Maison Maison, 1st Arrondissement

On a warm spring or summer day, head down the staircase to the Seine across from the Quai Du Louvre and you'll come across one of the top riverside restaurants, Maison Maison. You'll want to reserve a table on the terrace well in advance—these prime seats overlooking the water fill fast, especially when the weather's nice. Tapas-style dishes are served all day, making it a great place to post up for a glass of wine and snack in between sightseeing.

63 voie Georges Pompidou, 75001 Paris

Restaurant David Toutain, 7th Arrondissement

If you're looking for a fancy restaurant for date night or an anniversary celebration in Paris, two Michelin-starred restaurant David Toutain is certainly a standout experience in the city. Embracing Scandinavia's Nordic chic aesthetic, the minimally decorated space allows the plates to be the stars of the show—and the dishes in the tasting menu deserve every bit of attention.

29 Rue Surcouf, 75007 Paris

Soces, 19th Arrondissement

Tucked on a side street in Jourdain near the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont, Soces has become a neighborhood hangout for friends in the restaurant industry (it's open all weekend long). It's also a great option for a date thanks to candlelit tables, gorgeous ceiling frescoes, and exposed brick and concrete walls delicately accented by 1930s- and 1950s-inspired light fixtures. A spicy margarita shot and oyster are the right way to start a meal here, and you can't go wrong with anything from the raw bar or the menu of fromage that includes truffle gorgonzola.

32 rue de la Villette, 75019

Le Bon Georges, 9th Arrondissement

This neighborhood bistro is about as Parisian as you can get with its sidewalk terrace, rattan chairs and worn-in wooden tables. Classic French cuisine highlights some of the best producers and farms throughout the country—and the same goes for Le Bon Georges' wine list, which draws oenophiles in search of standout bottles.

45 Rue Saint-Georges, 75009 Paris

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