With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we thought we’d take the opportunity to share with you some of our favourite intimate and romantic restaurants in Paris. Whether you’re a fan of Valentine’s Day or not, and we have to admit we aren’t really ourselves, anything that gives us the excuse to eat well, try out a new restaurant, or enjoy an intimate dinner with friends and loved ones, is never a bad thing!
Check out the following list of some of our favourite restaurants to spend Valentine’s Day in Paris in 2017…
34 Rue de Richelieu, 75001 Paris
From the American culinary duo behind Verjus and Verjus Wine Bar, Ellsworth opened in 2015 as an intimate small-plates restaurant and wine bar. The charming and contemporary bistro takes American comfort foods to new culinary levels. Their famous fried chicken plate continues to draw in the crowd along with other small plates of excellent quality, which make this the perfect place to spend an evening with a loved one. Share a selection of plates from the menu and choose a bottle from their extensive wine list full of French gems.
Hotel Particulier Montmartre
Pavillon D, 23 Avenue Junot, 75018
This is one of those places you’d expect to find in a local Parisian’s little black book. The well hidden 19th century mansion in the trendy neighbourhood of Montmatre is home to a chic boutique hotel and a fashionable cocktail bar and restaurant. If you want to take it a step further to spend the night in this haven, check out the link above for their spacious suites. If you prefer to visit for a night of food and cocktails, Le Mandragore restaurant is one of the most romantic spots for dinner in Paris and boasts a delicious menu, carefully curated by chef Thibaut Spiwack, in a candle-lit atmosphere.
La Bourse et La Vie
12 rue Vivienne, 75002 Paris
The 2015 opening of La Bourse et La Vie, from chef Daniel Rose of Spring, brings it back to the traditional French bistro-style conviviality that has all but disappeared from Parisian restaurants. With an incredible a la carte menu serving up classics and a tempting wine selection, LBLV presents dishes a l’ancienne like their famed pot-au-feu, foie gras, and steak-frites, and, our personal favorite, the fried quail with herb butter. The modest and discreet exterior is fitting for the in-the-know atmosphere of the small dining room inside. The intimacy and opportunity to become friendly with the chef and the staff make this place welcoming and ideal for a small & close dinner.
Ciel de Paris
Tour Maine Montparnasse, 33 Avenue du Maine, 75015 Paris
If you want to really impress your date this Valentines Day with a spectacular view and dinner on the tallest building in Paris, then Ciel de Paris is the place to go. The unique view, that actually has the Eiffel Tower in it, is arguably the best view of Paris and is the main attraction of this restaurant. Having said that, the menu doesn’t fail to impress with its carefully curated dishes. We highly recommend the Sea bass and duck breast fillet main courses, and if you choose to go with the menu, you’ll have a bottle of champagne to drink your way through whilst watching the City of Light turn to night – so romantic! Be sure to request a table by the window to make the most of your experience!
112 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, 75008
Located in Le Bristol hotel, Epicure is one of the restaurants that you dream of going to at least once in your life. It’s the perfect place for a very special occasion either with close friends and family, or with your partner. The opulent and charming interior is what first catches your eye, with soft plaid chairs, floral drapes, and a beautiful gold chandelier hanging from the centre of the dining room. The menu is varied, but more slightly traditional than conceptual, serving incredible quality food which will not disappoint. Treat yourself to a glass of champagne to begin and allow the waiting staff to guide you through the evening with their recommendations and friendly manner and service.
1 Rue d’Eupatoria, 75020
Dilia has recently become one of our new favourite go-to restaurants, especially if you’re looking for excellent Italian cuisine. Its rustic charm, intimate lighting, and the Italian waiter and sommelier make you feel as though you are actually at a restaurant in Italy. Along with that comes the deliciously authentic food, from the fish plates to the pasta and vegetarian dishes, we guarantee you’ll leave feeling more than satisfied. Dilia is located in a calm and peaceful square in the 20th arrondissement, and with only 15 or so tables in the whole restaurant, this is the perfect place to share an intimate dinner.
44 Rue des Vinaigriers, 75010
Gravity bar has quickly become one of our favourite cocktail bars in Paris. It’s the perfect place to share small plates with your date and sip on the innovative and generously sized cocktails made by experienced mixologists. If you’re looking for a less formal dining experience, this is the place to go. The stylish Scandinavian interior with dim lighting allows for a hip yet intimate setting to enjoy the evening with a selection of their creative plates such as poached pears with goat cheese or caramelised salmon bonbons, to name a few favourites. We highly recommend this place for a date, or for any occasion that calls for good quality cocktails by the Canal!
32 Rue de Picardie, 75003
From the street, this cafe looks quite unassuming but as you enter, the room opens up into a three-story atrium dining room filled with charm, friendly service, intimate lighting, and delicious food. The top floor is for drinks and bar-nibbles only but feel free to grab a romantic table for two on the first floor up, or invite friends to sit around the communal table in the heart of the ground floor and breathe it all in. This place is equally as good for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and their cocktails are also delicious if you are looking for a night-cap!
24, rue des Tournelles, 75004
If you’re looking for a cosy restaurant in the Marais that serves something different to the usual French cuisine, Santa Carne is the place to go. The authentic Argentinian restaurant offers a menu with delicious cuts of meat that come from Argentina, paired with some wonderfully recommended red wines from their menu, both from Europe and Argentina. The welcoming staff are extremely helpful, the ambiance is romantic and comfortable, and the food is of high quality. Definitely a place to try if you’re looking for authentic Argentinian steaks in Paris!
53 Passage des Panoramas, 75002
The critically acclaimed two star Michelin restaurant, Passage 53, continues to be a popular restaurant choice for locals and tourists alike. Japanese Chef, Shinichi Sato, and his full Japanese kitchen staff seek to serve some of the finest ingredients in France, paired with a well selected menu of natural wines. Charmingly situated under the city’s oldest covered passage makes it a superb location, and with only a handful of tables in the minimalist Japanese style restaurant, the place is perfect for a intimate dinner for two.