There's no shortage of romantic restaurants in la Ville Lumière, but for a truly knee-weakening meal to remember, beeline to one of these swoonsome sup spots.
Tucked within the steel corset of la Tour Eiffel, Alain Ducasse’s Le Jules Verne is a feast for both the eyes and palate – after taking the private elevator to the second floor, you’ll dine on exceptional contemporary French fare with all of Paris glittering at your tiptoes. Five- or six-course menus include melt-in-the-mouth delights like gratinated macaroni with black truffle and roasted sole with sorrel condiment. Perfection on a plate.
Housed in an impossibly pretty 1850s pavillion, mere steps from the large waterfall of the same name, Michelin-starred Le Grande Cascade is a perfect perch for dinner à deux. An elegant interior of plush crimson carpets and crisp, white linen tablecloths backdrops acclaimed pan-man Frédéric Robert’s golden langoustines and Lozère lamb. Nip outside to the serene terrace for a romantic digestif for afters.
Thanks to its ravishing, neoclassical decor and timeless ambience The Grand Véfour is ideal for a romantic rendezvous. Chef Guy Martin’s ‘Plaisir’ seasonal tasting menu is a gastronomic journey with highlights such as duck liver with candied quince and roast lamb fillet with a cacao crust. It can be tricky to nab a table at this famed fine diner so book well ahead if you have your heart set on visiting.
Three Michelin-starred eatery, L'Ambroisie’s townhouse setting, chandeliers and candlelit tables set the mood, while Bernard Pacaud’s haute cuisine takes patrons on a spectacular culinary adventure. Diners delight in dishes like Dover sole with white truffle and sea bass with artichoke and caviar; thoughtful extras like personalised amuse bouche add that extra ooh la la.
Touched with the Pierre Yves Rochon glitter stick, the equally starry Le Pré Catelan is an exceptional fine-dine darling to take your beloved. Chef Frédéric Anton’s culinary wizardry attracts the who’s who of Paris who come to savour exquisite morsels like scallop with apple cider sauce or veal sweetbreads with sautéed mushrooms. Be warned: you’re likely to be as captivated by your meal as you are your date.
Le Jules Verne / Restaurant Tour Eiffel / Avenue Gustave Eiffel, 7th / +33 1 45 55 61 44 / lunch & dinner daily / lejulesverne-paris.com
La Grande Cascade / Bois de Boulogne, 16th / +33 1 45 27 33 51 / lunch & dinner daily / restaurantsparisiens.com
Le Grand Véfour / 17 Rue de Beaujolais, 1st / +33 1 42 96 56 27 / lunch & dinner Mon-Fri / grand-vefour.com
L'Ambroisie / 9 place des Vosges, 4th / +33 1 42 78 51 45 / lunch & dinner Tue-Sat / ambroisie-paris.com
Le Pre Catelan / Bois de Boulogne, 16th / +33 1 44 14 41 14 / lunch & dinner Tue-Sat / restaurant.leprecatelan.com