10 Most Affordable Michelin Restaurants in France

There are many Michelin restaurants where you can have an affordable meal in France |© Pawel wojciechowski / Unsplash
There are many Michelin restaurants where you can have an affordable meal in France |© Pawel wojciechowski / Unsplash
FThe French Michelin guide recognizes the best restaurants worldwide, though it should come as no surprise that France has the most. Many can be wildly expensive but here are some of the most affordable favorites in France.

Jan

Restaurant, Fusion, South African, $$$
The Maria dining room at Jan | © Courtesy of Jan
The Maria dining room at Jan |  © Courtesy of Jan | © Courtesy of Jan

Chef Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen is South African by birth and now shares his culinary knowledge, cooking fusion food in Nice. He learned his trade working on boats before serving South African favorites like melktert and biltong in his 24-seater restaurant, Jan, near the Old Port. The lunch menu is €55 but that’s for three courses of gastronomic indulgence. He sometimes offers a two-course market lunch for €30.

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Auguste

Restaurant, French, $$$

The Restaurant Auguste, in the 7th arrondissement of Paris, is a modern little place that likes to call itself “happy chic” in atmosphere. While the granddaddy menu is €134, the lunch menu is €37. That means you can experience sublime starters, a fish or meat course, and a yummy pudding without breaking the bank.

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Meal service:

Lunch, Dinner

Atmosphere:

Fine Dining, Gourmet, Michelin-Starred

Restaurant Patrick Jeffroy

Hotel Restaurant, Restaurant, French, $$$
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The Restaurant Patrick Jeffroy in the Hotel Carantec | © Moreau Henri / WikiCommons | Moreau Henri / WikiCommons

On the Brittany coast facing towards England, you’ll find Patrick Jeffroy’s two-star restaurant in the Hotel Carantec. An evening meal of Breton lobster, bass, pigeon or hare à La Royale (October to November) followed by cheese and dessert will cost you €132—or you can sample the three-course lunch menu, made from locally sourced ingredients, and a glass of wine for €52.

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Meal service:

Lunch, Dinner

Atmosphere:

Gourmet, Fine Dining, Michelin-Starred

Ze Kitchen Galerie

Restaurant, Asian, French, $$$
Ze Kitchen Galerie
Ze Kitchen Galerie | © Eric Laignel, courtesy of restaurant

Ze Kitchen Galerie is an open kitchen in a very hip loft in Paris, offering Asian and French fusion. While dinner is going to cost over €100 without wine, enjoy a two-course menu at lunchtime for €41, a perfect way to try the beef kimchi, duck with pear sauce, or red curry for half the price.

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Meal service:

Lunch, Dinner

Atmosphere:

Fine Dining, Gourmet, Michelin-Starred

Une Table Au Sud

Restaurant, French, $$$
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Ludovic Turac, the chef at Une Table Au Sud, has appeared on France’s Top Chef TV program. His restaurant in Marseille overlooks the sea and has views of the city’s famous cathedral, Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde. As you’d expect for a 27-year-old chef, his restaurant is lively, funky and inventive, using Provençal vegetables and locally sourced fish. The lunch menu is a very reasonable €34 (€51 if you add wine and a coffee).

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Meal service:

Lunch, Dinner

Atmosphere:

Gourmet, Fine Dining, Michelin-Starred

Les Pyrénées

Hotel Restaurant, Restaurant, French, Spanish

The four-star hotel Arambides in the French Pyrenees is home to the Restaurant Pyrénées, a one-star Michelin delight that offers traditional Basque cooking under Chef Philippe Arrambide. The set menus are €72 and €110 but the four-course Menu Terroir is a great way to try local delicacies at a reasonable €42. Check the restaurant’s opening hours for seasonal changes and for its annual closures.

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Keisuke Matsushima

Restaurant, French, Japanese, $$$

Keisuke Matsushima is a Japanese restaurant in Nice with one Michelin star. It serves French-Japanese fusion and is right on the beach—perfect for walking off lunch. The Menu du Moment is a very decent €23 for a main course with either a starter or a dessert. For €30, you can have all three and for €40, add a glass of wine.

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Meal service:

Lunch, Dinner

Atmosphere:

Fine Dining, Gourmet, Michelin-Starred

Agapé

Restaurant, French, $$$

In the 17th arrondissement of Paris, this one-star cozy and elegant restaurant offers a set lunch menu at €44, excellent value for a place where the cheapest starter is €38. Agapé is a modern place that seats 40 people maximum. With wine, the menu goes up to €68.

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Meal service:

Lunch, Dinner

Atmosphere:

Fine Dining, Gourmet, Michelin-Starred

Les Genêts

Restaurant, French, $$$

Set up by a married couple in 2014, this little townhouse restaurant has one Michelin star overlooking the coast between La Rochelle and Nantes. Les Genêts was described by the Michelin guide as original in its decoration (there’s a wooden walkway leading up the door) and the food ambitious in the evenings and bistro-style at lunch. The three-course lunch menu is a very decently priced €25.

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