The Most Affordable Michelin Restaurants in Paris, France

The sustainable, Michelin-star cuisine at Septime lures in diners from all over the world
The sustainable, Michelin-star cuisine at Septime lures in diners from all over the world | © Photo 12 / Alamy
Naomi Chadderton

It’s official. France has the highest number of Michelin-star restaurants in the world, with over a quarter of those in Paris. However, a meal here doesn’t have to cost you the earth.

Michelin-star dining doesn’t come cheap. You could easily drop a few hundred euros on one meal alone. Luckily, it is possible to achieve the dream of indulging in gourmet dining while keeping a healthy bank balance – whether you choose a Michelin-recommended restaurant or opt for a lunch deal. Here is Culture Trip’s pick of the top Parisian restaurants for those on a budget.
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1. Garance

Restaurant, French

An extensive wine list and high-quality ingredients mark this Michelin-recommended restaurant out from the rest. The beef and vegetables come directly from the family farm in the Limousin. Garance is the brainchild of dynamic duo chef Guillaume Iskandar and sommelier Guillaume Muller, the latter of whom trained under Alain Passard at his three-star restaurant, Arpège. It’s tucked away in the 7th arrondissement near Les Invalides. Hearty, reasonably priced mains include garlic snow peas and turbot with rhubarb.

2. Benoit

Bistro, French

Benoit’s profiteroles are a must-try
© Pierre Monetta / Courtesy of Benoit

Alain Ducasse’s super old-school bistro is a Parisian institution on Rue Saint-Martin. The one-Michelin-star establishment still retains the authentic vibe from when it first opened in 1912. Think pale yellow, faux-marble walls, red upright banquettes and brass fittings, and a popular bar. The kitchen serves up traditional French dishes to match, such as escargots drenched in garlic butter. Book ahead.

4. Septime

Restaurant, French, Seafood

© François Flohic / Courtesy of Septime
Michelin-star Septime sits proudly at number 15 on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list. Seasonal, modern French plates from chef Bertrand Grébaut lure in diners from all over the world. Lunch is a much more affordable option than dinner – but both are hugely popular, so book well in advance. It also boasts top sustainability credentials: 99 percent of its produce is grown in France, it doesn’t serve beef and only deals with fishermen using boats that are 12m (39ft) long or smaller.

5. Restaurant Auguste

Restaurant, French

Jason Priestley Sighting In Paris - April 18, 2012
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With its fresh white walls, plush armchairs and intimate atmosphere, Auguste is everything you would expect from a Michelin-star restaurant in the City of Love. It’s often considered one of the best value one-star restaurants in Paris. Chef Gaël Orieux expertly whips up traditional French dishes with a twist, such as fresh plaice with citrus and coconut-topped courgette, followed by chocolate coffee ganache with passionfruit ice cream. Wine pairing is available for an extra charge.

6. La Table d'Eugène

Restaurant, French

La Table dEugène
© S. BITEAU / Courtesy of La Table d'Eugène

La Table d’Eugène is all about magnificent dishes crafted from simple flavours, with presentation at the top of its game. In the Michelin-star kitchen, you’ll find Geoffroy Maillard and François Vaudeschamps, two talented chefs whose specialties include onglet de boeuf (hanger steak) and perfectly cooked monkfish with black curry. Oh, and you’ll be talking about their risotto with porcini mushrooms (cèpes in French) for months to come.

7. Alan Geeam Restaurant

Restaurant, Middle Eastern

When Lebanese chef Alan Geeam first came to Paris at 24 years old, he found himself sleeping on the streets and washing dishes to make a living. Fast forward two decades and his namesake Michelin-star restaurant, which sits just a few blocks south of the Arc de Triomphe, attracts the finest palates in the city. Expect sleek monochrome interiors and inventive Middle Eastern cuisine. Dishes change with the seasons, but past standouts include langoustine baked with blood orange and sumac, cured trout wrapped in sweet potato and, for dessert, crunchy cocoa beans with muscovado ice cream.

8. Dominique Bouchet

Restaurant, French

Dominique Bouchet lies just a short walk from Parc Monceau, headed up by one of the most revered chefs in Paris. Refined French techniques marry country-style cooking at this Michelin-star eatery. Mains include a seven-hour simmered leg of lamb in a red wine sauce and ris de veau (sweetbread) served with green asparagus. Its contemporary interior is both chic and welcoming, making it the perfect spot for a long lunch with friends over a bottle (or three) of French wine.

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