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Salon Scènes de Paris │© Laurence MOUTON, Courtesy of Restaurant Guy Savoy
Salon Scènes de Paris │© Laurence MOUTON, Courtesy of Restaurant Guy Savoy

The 10 Best Restaurants in Paris with a View of the Seine

Picture of Paul McQueen
Updated: 3 May 2017
Nothing makes dining more tranquil than the sight and sound of water lapping at a shoreline, even when that shoreline happens to be in the center of Paris. The ten spots on the list, which range from a floating barge to a sixth-floor Michelin-starred restaurant, offer the very best of eating out on the Seine.
Tour d'Argent

One of Paris’ historic restaurants, the Tour d’Argent opened as a cheap hostellerie in 1582. However, the fashionable crowd of the day quickly flocked to the inn and the spectacular views it offered over the Seine. Duck, the meat for which the restaurant is most famed, has been on the menu since 1650 and every one of its signature “pressed duck” dishes has been numbered since 1890. The one million mark is long past and it’s said that Franklin D. Roosevelt ate #112,151 and Marlene Dietrich #203,728. Philippe Labbé is revolutionizing the menu, injecting traditional cuisine with contemporary flair and the finest ingredients.

The dining room at Tour d'Argent │ Courtesy of Tour d'Argent

The dining room at Tour d'Argent │ Courtesy of Tour d'Argent

Address & Phone
Opening Hours
Tue - Sat :
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Budget
$$$
DAD

DAD takes its inspiration from the hot dog stalls of New York City. However, these dogs aren’t industrial-scale fast food atrocities, they are sensory delights; distinguished by their unique flavors, scents, and bite, made with only the freshest and most high quality produce. The lightly-toasted brioche buns are made by Maison Stantrot, winners of France’s best baker, and the sausages are produced in Île de France by Maison Thielen. Toppings include rocket, cherry tomatoes, gherkins, fried onions and monthly specials to which original sauces like wasabi mayonnaise and whiskey barbecue can be added.

Pont Royal │© tpsdave / Pixabay

Pont Royal │© tpsdave / Pixabay

Address & Phone
Opening Hours
Mon :
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Wed - Fri :
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sat - Sun :
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Budget
$
Restaurant Guy Savoy

Restaurant Guy Savoy is the place to (re)discover the joys of French gourmet cuisine in elegant, formal surrounds. It offers six distinct dining spaces, each with their own vibe and volume, including the ‘Belles Bacchantes’ dining room, which has beautifully high ceilings and an almighty chandelier and the much more intimate ‘Bibliothèque’ room. Arguably, the best views can be found in the ‘Bouquinistes’ room, where you can watch Paris’ famous quayside booksellers barter with their clientele, and the ‘Scènes de Paris’ room, whose corner positon offers two stunning views of the Institut de France and the Seine.

Surprise de homard │ © Laurence Mouton, Courtesy of Restaurant Guy Savoy

Address & Phone
Opening Hours
Tue - Fri :
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Sat :
7:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Budget
$$$
La Plage Parisienne

From La Plage Parisienne diners have amazing panoramic views over the Seine as it meanders its way through the glitzy western arrondissements and suburbs of Paris. Located between the Eiffel Tower and the city’s own version of the Statue of Liberty, the solarium restaurant looks over the Île aux Cygnes towards the Maison de la Radio. There’s also a large terrace where you can dine on sunny days and warm nights. The menu fuses traditional French cuisine and dishes from nomadic cultures and the cocktail bar provides delightful aperitifs. In the evenings, the musical selection combines electro and fusion jazz.

Pont des Invalides │© skeeze / Pixabay

Pont des Invalides │© skeeze / Pixabay

Address & Phone
Opening Hours
Mon - Fri :
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm 7:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Sat :
7:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Sun :
12:00 pm - 3:45 pm
Budget
$$
Les Bouquinistes

Les Bouquinistes takes its name from the neighborhood booksellers who line the banks of the Seine and mirrors their attitude to business; welcoming curious passers-by, distinguished connoisseurs, and faithful regulars. The bells of Notre-Dame are audible from the dining room, but the restaurant is far enough removed from the hustle and bustle of the cathedral to feel like real Paris. You can also slip down the Rue des Grands Augustins, away from the riverfront, and arrive in minutes in Saint-Germain-des-Prés. The menu, designed by Guy Savoy and Stéphane Perraud, changes from day to day, allowing guests to discover the flavors of the moment.

La salle et son Menu-Mental, par Fabrice Hyber │© Marc Domage, Courtesy of Les Bouquinistes

La salle et son Menu-Mental, par Fabrice Hyber │© Marc Domage, Courtesy of Les Bouquinistes

Address & Phone
Opening Hours
Mon - Sun :
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Budget
$$
Le Capitaine Fracasse

Le Capitaine Fracasse offers a relaxing dinner cruise on the Seine. The blue boat departs from the Pont de Bir-Hakeim, which traverses the Île aux Cygnes and sails eastwards as far as Bercy. The entire journey lasts approximately two hours and takes in monuments such as the Eiffel Tower, Musée d’Orsay and the Louvre. The menu consists of a tasting platter to start, a main course and a gourmet dessert for €55. The price goes up in accordance with the drinks package you choose to accompany the meal.

A boat on the Seine │© liudanao1991 / Pixabay

A boat on the Seine │© liudanao1991 / Pixabay

Address & Phone
Opening Hours
Mon - Fri :
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat - Sun :
1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Budget
$$
Péniche Marcounet

Another authentic and charming houseboat on the Seine is Le Marcounet. Originally built in 1925 and transformed into a restaurant and cultural venue around the millennium, it occupies a prime quayside location between the Pont Marie and the Pont Louis Philippe, one of the narrowest points of the river. Nearly 200 people can dine at the makeshift tables of the terrace and in the main room of the barge itself. In winter, the menu is composed of warming French classics like fondues and cassoulets and, in the summer, it offers tasty tapas like squid in lemon juice and artichoke hearts with pesto.

Le Marcounet │ Courtesy of Le Marcounet

Le Marcounet │ Courtesy of Le Marcounet

Address & Phone
Opening Hours
Mon - Sat :
6:00 pm - 1:00 am
Sun :
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Budget
$$
6 New York

6 New York can be found just a few steps from the Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris on the Right Bank. The restaurant boasts unimpeded views of the Eiffel Tower on the opposite side of the river, a menu of traditional recipes updated for contemporary diners, and a chic atmosphere. The interiors are warm and luminous, mixing natural materials like wood and leather, and the same can be said for the welcome at the door by Cathy Gangneux, the chef’s wife. In the kitchen, Jérome mixes tradition and modernity, providing guests with a taste of classic French cuisine from a 21st-century point of view.

Musée d’Orsay │© skeeze / Pixabay

Musée d’Orsay │© skeeze / Pixabay

Address & Phone
Opening Hours
Mon - Fri :
12:15 pm - 2:00 pm 7:15 pm - 10:15 pm
Sat :
7:15 pm - 10:45 pm
Budget
$$
Lapérouse

Another of Paris’ historic restaurants, Lapérouse was founded in 1766 by a man named Lefèvre, the royal beverage maker. His wine merchant business at the address flourished, especially when the Marché de la Vallée replaced the Couvent des Grands Augustins across the street. It’s often been argued that some of the best drinking the city of Paris has ever seen has been done at Lapérouse. Today, you can choose to dine on either the Duplessis or the Castiglione menus, both of which allow you to sample the restaurant’s specialties acquired through the years.

Exterior of Lapérouse │ Courtesy of Lapérouse

Exterior of Lapérouse │ Courtesy of Lapérouse

Address & Phone
Opening Hours
Mon - Sat :
7:00 pm - 11:59 pm
Budget
$$
La Nouvelle Seine

La Nouvelle Seine is located just a stone’s throw from Notre-Dame de Paris. As well as incredible views of the river and the cathedral, this magnificent barge restaurant provides dinner with a show every night of the week except Monday.

Pont Saint-Michel │© skeeze / Pixabay

Pont Saint-Michel │© skeeze / Pixabay

Address & Phone
Opening Hours
Tue :
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wed - Fri :
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Sat - Sun :
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Budget
$$