The best restaurants in Paris 8

From the Champs-Élysées to the Concorde, from the Madeleine to the Place Vendôme, the 8th arrondissement is home to some of the capital’s (and indeed the world’s) most prestigious restaurants. From legendary eateries to hot new spots, our short list of must-try Paris 8 restaurants.

Mythical: Alléno Paris at Pavillon Ledoyen

The place? On the Champs-Elysées, Yannick Alléno, star chef with 15 stars, took over the helm of the sublime neoclassical building with its large bay windows and wood panelling, listed as a Monument Historique, in 2014. A temple to three-star gastronomy, its unrivalled prestige is due to the immeasurable talent of its visionary chef, a champion of sauces and modern cuisine. Undoubtedly one of the city's most coveted restaurants.

Pavillon Le Doyen © DR

À la carte? Pure excellence. A taste? Mille-feuille of wagyu beef with lettuce and beet tannin fondue; Charles III poularde and black truffle macaroni; not forgetting the famous "cueillette improvisée" with 30 flavors that vary with the seasons, and fabulous desserts: marshmallow with caper flowers and candied citron; rhubarb baked in a fine brioche crust... every step offers a memorable experience in this Paris 8 restaurant.

Pavillon Ledoyen © DR

What's more? La Conciergerie, a personalized service that prepares each guest's arrival in advance, offering a tailor-made experience.

Prices? Tasting menus in eight or nine services €380 or €450.

Pavillon Ledoyen
8 avenue Dutuit, 75008 Paris

Gastronomy: La Scène by Stéphanie Le Quellec

The place? After an emotional farewell at La Scène duPrince de Galles, Stéphanie Le Quellec is back on stage, this time her own. For this, her first restaurant under her own name, the former Top Chef has taken great care with the scenography. You'll be seated in a chic decor with an aesthetic reminiscent of a cruise ship cabin, adorned with brass, marble tables and a large open kitchen.

La Scène © DR

On the menu? precise yet accessible cuisine, heritage without being rigid, combining audacity and great technical skill. Michelin made no mistake, awarding two macaroons four months after opening. Signature dishes include sweetbreads with mild harissa, cauliflower and quinoa, and the famous Kristal osciètre caviar with French toast and pompadour apples.

The extra? On the first floor, the bistro La Scène offers a gourmet bistronomic menu: shrimp nems; croque with comté cheese and truffles; pâté en croûte and pickles..

Prices? 7-act surprise menu €250.

La Scène by Stéphanie Le Quellec
32 avenue Matignon, 75008 Paris

Bistrot: Chez Monsieur

The place? An institution on the Madeleine, this bistro is still a favorite with Paname's finest gourmets. Originally a "bougnat" serving coal, wine and coffee, it was gentrified after the war to become a chic troquet with a zinc counter, silverware and garnet velvet banquettes. A setting that has stood the test of time while retaining its timeless charm.

Chez Monsieur © DR

On the menu? The menu at this Paris 8 restaurant features a range of canaille dishes made with fresh seasonal produce. You'll love the beurre-blanc snails from Bourgogneau, onion soup au gratin with comté cheese or the classic but unstoppable mimosa egg. Next up: the indestructible blanquette de veau en cocotte or traditional veal kidneys in mustard sauce, washed down with fine French wines.

Chez Monsieur © DR

A special touch? removable walls to create cosy alcoves away from prying eyes.

Prices? Starters from €10, main courses from €34.

Chez Monsieur
11 rue du Chevalier Saint-George, 75008 Paris

Japanese: Akira Back

The place? After Los Angeles, Dubai, Singapore... Korean chef Akira Back has set up shop at the upmarket Parisian palace Le Prince de Galles. A chance (at last) to sample the insanely sexy fusion cuisine of this Michelin-starred chef with an atypical CV, a former professional snowboarder who trained with the great Japanese chef Nobuyuki Matsuhisa.

Akira © Patrick Locqueneux

On the menu? Lobster tempura, crispy tofu with Korean spices, miso-glazed eggplant, marinated beef tacos with ponzu sauce: the plates are as addictive as they are Instagrammable. Don't miss the signature dish: the "AB Tuna", a pizzetta revisited with tuna sashimi, umami aioli and truffle oil. Yummy!

Bonus? Every Saturday, a gargantuan brunch with assorted starters, a farandole of demakis, sashimis, dessert buffets and unlimited drinks at this Paris 8 restaurant.

Prices? Dishes from €42, tacos €28

Akira Back
33 avenue George V, 75008 Paris

6. Festive: Yacatan

The place? Right in line with the trend for dinner clubs sprouting up like mushrooms in the post-Covid capital (Giulia, near the Champs-Elysées, Grouvie in Odéon, Mondaine by Paris Society also in the 8th arrondissement...), Yacatan imports the muy calientevibe of theCaribbean just a stone's throw from the world's most beautiful avenue. Slip into a sequined dress and stilettos, and the trendy fauna feasts in an immersive Mayan temple decor, complete with totem poles, Aztec masks and exotic plants. At the entrance, a lounge bar where you can sip tequila cocktails and spicy margaritas, then head for the restaurant upstairs, installed under a huge luminous floral cross overlooking the dance floor.

Yacatan © Instagram

On the menu? A well-stocked menu, featuring a wide range of Latin classics: ceviche with leche de tigre sauce, quesadillas, tacos, shrimp tempura, brochettes... All well-seasoned, as spicy food is a must here. One drawback: the portion sizes are inversely proportional to the prices charged. The bill, too, can be spicy.

Yacatan © Instagram

The trick? Festive, leguacamole prepared before your very eyes in a mortar and pestle and served with cheese nachos. Worthy of a restaurant in the 8th arrondissement.

Prices? Average price €90 per person, cocktails €23

68 rue Pierre Charron, 75008 Paris


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