The 12 Most Expensive Restaurants in Paris
If you’re looking for the ultimate dining experience in the world’s most famous gastronomic center and are ready to pay hundreds of euros per person for a dining experience you’ll never forget, you’ll be spoiled for choice in Paris.
But with so many options, how can you be sure you’ll make the right one? In this article, we’ll look at the most expensive restaurants in the city. Each one combines an iconic location with a stunningly elegant dining room and, importantly, boasts the highly-prized Michelin stars that guarantee an incredible menu.
1. Guy Savoy
Guy Savoy is the most expensive restaurant in Paris, the 3rd most expensive Michelin restaurant in Europe, and one of the 6th most expensive Michelin-starred restaurants in the world.
“Cooking is the art of instantly transforming products that are steeped in history into joy”. So says legendary Chef Guy Savoy, whose eponymous restaurant was named ‘Best in the World’ in 2020.
His thirteen-course menu will set you back 570 euros per person (without wine) but is an unforgettable feast for the eyes and palate. Or opt for one of the gift packages: the 10-course Banquet Lunch (2,880 euros/ 4 diners), with a specially created menu, is served in a spectacular 18th-century salon overlooking iconic Parisian landmarks and includes a glass of champagne.
It’s one thing to gain 3 Michelin stars, and it’s another to keep them for more than 20 years. Yet this is precisely what Chef Alain Passard has achieved.
In 2001, Chef Passard announced that Arpége would become vegetarian. Although meat is now a feature on the menu, the incredible quality and preparation of the vegetables make the restaurant unique. Expect to pay around 490 euros and wait at least two months for a table for two.
3. Le Cinq (Four Seasons, Hotel George V)
Christian Le Squer, voted Chef of the Year 2016, is now leading this glamorous establishment. With a set menu at 480 euros per person, without wine, this is a spectacular setting for a special occasion.
Expect to spend 3 to 4 hours over lunch. However, with a wine list that includes selections costing up to 15,000 euros per bottle, it pays to take your time and savor every moment.
4. Plénitude: Cheval Blanc Paris
Chef Arnaud Donckele and Pastry Chef Maxime Frédéric offer their 405 euro set menu, which they name a ‘Symphonic Composition Of Sauces In Six Acts’. This gastronomic delight can be paired with ‘Emotions from our Vineyards and Regions Beyond ‘ at 195 euros.
Plénitude gained their coveted 3 Michelin stars as recently as March 2022.
5. Alléno Paris au Pavillon Ledoyen
Avant-garde chef Yannick Alléno focuses on originality, technique, and global influences. His signature Extractions menu®, at around 395 euros per person without wine, brings a new twist to classic French sauces, and fermented ingredients invoke the specific origin of each product.
Every dish is a feast for the eyes and the palette, but as if that’s not enough, it’s claimed that Napoleon met his Josephine at the Pavillon Ledoyen. So as romantic settings go, it’s hard to beat if you’re looking for the perfect place to propose.
A seven-course dinner for two, with a menu created by renowned chef Eric Frechon, in the refined surroundings of the 3 Michelin star Epicure in the Historic Hotel Le Bristol, is priced at 615 euros per person.
The good news is that the meal is served with unique food & wine pairings selected by the restaurant’s Chief Sommelier. However, if that seems somewhat too elaborate, opt for Le Bristol’s brasserie 114 Faubourg, which is still worthy of its single Michelin star.
7. La Scène
This is the only one of this elite group to be led by a woman. Chef Stéphanie Le Quellec has already gained 2 Michelin stars and is thought to be on track for her third sometime soon.
The Michelin guide praises the chic and intimate La Scène for offering “Clear flavors enhanced by attentive and friendly service”, making a welcome change of refined and ultra-formal atmosphere from some of the other grand salons on the Most Expensive list.
Lunch menus range from 135 to 235 euros, while the 4-course menu with wine pairing costs 250 euros per person.
8. Pierre Gagnaire
The 9-course Menu Esprit Pierre Gagnaire, created by the famous chef himself, costs 365 euros per person, excluding wines, which add an extra 175 euros to the total.
However, as individual main courses cost around 150-160 euro, and desserts are in the 50 euro range, the tasting menu can seem like a bargain. As this famous 3 Michelin starred restaurant is often heavily booked, making a reservation well in advance is recommended.
9. Le Meurice, Alain Ducasse
According to the restaurant’s website, “Each dish expresses the truth of the product around which it is built. This quest for genuine flavor is carried out by the cook and farmer together with respect for the planet and health”.
Le Meurice’s signature 7-course Collection menu, costing 340 euros (excluding wine), is also available in a vegetarian version.
However, don’t expect dishes created and prepared by the legendary Alain Ducasse. Instead, the restaurant is in the very capable hands of his protégés: Executive Chef Amaury Bouhours and Pastry Chef Cédric Grolet, two rising stars we’ll undoubtedly be hearing more of.
Japanese-born Chef Kei Kobayashi has successfully blended the traditions of French gastronomy and fused them with the delicacy and attention to detail of Japanese cuisine. As a result, this chic and formal restaurant, located close to the Louvre, has earned its 3 Michelin stars.
Gastronomic menus start at 340 euro (excluding wine), and they also create fabulous gift boxes at up to 1,200 euro.
11. Le Clarence
According to the restaurant’s website, Chef Christophe Pelé’s cooking reimagines classic French cuisine in “an audacious, modern, and devilishly seductive way”.
Although set menus are available from a modest 90 euro for a 3-course lunch, the signature 7-course ‘Inspiration’ menu is priced at 320 euro per person.
Despite its 2 Michelin stars and elegant décor, the atmosphere at Le Clarence is convivial, with an emphasis on enjoyment over formality.
12. Le Pré Catalan
One of the undisputed stars of French cuisine Frédéric Anton has led his brigade at Le Pré Catalan for over 25 years. With his creations famous for being “complex without being complicated, brilliant but not demonstrative”, he earned his 3 Michelin stars in 2007.
The sumptuous 13-course dinner menu costs 330 euro. For such a gastronomic treat in spectacular surroundings, located right in the heart of the Bois de Boulogne, who can resist?
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