The City of Lights may be a couple of hours away from the sea, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy its delicacies when visiting Paris. Whether you fancy poached oyster, octopus with olive or fresh lobster drizzled in a dazzling selection of sauces, take a peek at our selection of the best seafood restaurants in Paris.
Restaurant Guy Savoy
Restaurant, French, $$$
The luxuriousParisian restaurantGuy Savoy, hailed the “best in the world” for the second year running, is the place to revel in the delicacy of seafood if you’re searching for elegance. The chef’s signature dishes include blue lobster in the “Land & Sea” option, but his most inventive dish is the “iced poached oyster”. In this meal, the shell is lined with a lightly creamed purée of oyster; a raw oyster is laid upon it and covered with a jelly of yet more oyster juice. A strip of sorrel, a touch of pepper, and a brunoise of lemon finishes it off.
Les Pinces is a top seafood restaurant in Le Marais that works around the philosophy that good quality lobster can still be enjoyed at a reasonable price. They serve fresh lobster with the best home-made french fries drizzled in a dazzling selection of sauces. It’s not just seafood on offer here though, as they also serve a succulent helping of meats such as a delicious 500g prime rib (beef).
Máncora Cebicheria seafood | Courtesy of Máncora Cebicheria
Máncora Cebicheria offers you a culinary seafood adventure inspired by Máncora, the coastal resort located in the north of Peru, whose city of surf offers a welcome escape. Cebiche is their prized dish of raw fish marinated in lime juice, based on four key ingredients of fresh fish, green lime, red onion and Peruvian spices. The fresh fish is cut in dices and marinated in a sauce known as ‘leche de tigre’. Máncora Cebicheria also transforms traditional Peruvian dishes, such as octopus with Peruvian olive, anticuchos and causa, into tapas to share. It’s one of the most exciting seafood restaurants in Paris.
The concept at this restaurant is to spoil the visitor with a stream of small plates of tapas, mostly seafood with lots of prawns. The owners value the idea of sharing and conviviality whilst allowing the tasting of various delicacies on the menu. What’s impressive is that whilst some restaurants change their menu every few months, the menu in this restaurant actually changes every week. They’ve spent the last three years developing a niche speciality of tapas delivered straight from an open kitchen set-up that breaks down the sense of mystery. The prices are modest, ranging from €8 – €35, depending on how many small dishes you can manage.
Gaspard de la Nuit offers some of the most luxurious seafood dishes in Paris. Their fish of the day from Brittany, dribbled with veal juice, is their most famous seafood dish. It will set you back 75 euros plus wine, or 125 euros with wine pairings, but their gastronomic excellence is unrivalled. Their menu changes every two months and there’ll only ever be one starter and one main of the day on offer to ensure top-notch quality. They even say that if you want to eat something in particular, then you can contact them before your arrival and they’ll cook you up a personal treat.
What better place to savour seafood than on a barge on the River Seine? Not only does La Nouvelle Seine boast a brilliant location beneath the dramatic architecture of Notre Dame – and also a varied program of theatre that ranges from comedy to cabaret – it also serves mouth-watering seafood. The tartare of fresh salmon topped with mango and chive makes for a refreshing starter, priced at a reasonable 15.00 €. It’s light enough to savour the roasted king prawns with Biryani Indian rice (25.00 €) that might follow as the main course. There’s also a Greek salad with squid (20.00 €) that’s well worth a try.
The Dame de Canton, nestled in a quiet spot on the River Seine, is a boat enjoying retirement after a busy past life sailing the many seas. Its quirky, exotic sea-themed interior is the perfect setting to enjoy seafood in the French capital. The sea bass ceviche garnished with a daring mix of citrus, raspberry and cumbawa is their most popular seafood starter on offer, and promises to satisfy the senses. There is also a busy events program with electro-tropical DJ nights, thai-funk, electro-swing, ragga, kompas, tzigano-keupon, and more.