Paris is not only known as the City of Light, but also, of course, the City of Love.
Cozy boutique hotel rooms with a view of the Eiffel Tower. Hand-in-hand strolls along the Seine with that special someone. Sneaking kisses in the Luxembourg Gardens.
There are countless romantic moments just waiting to be experienced in Paris. But for foodies like us, nothing beats a candlelit meal with your significant other at one of the most romantic restaurants in Paris.
From a surprising gilded treasure located in a train station (yes, really) to meals fit for royalty, each of these spots makes the perfect setting for the most unforgettable date night of your life.
1. Le Restaurant at L’Hotel
The intimate and historic L’Hotel is famous for being the smallest five-star hotel in Paris, as well as where Oscar Wilde lived out his last days. Today, it’s the perfect location for a romantic Paris evening.
Designed by famed interior designer Jacques Garcia, the entire hotel is lavishly furnished with rich jewel-colored velvets, heavy drapes and antiques. All that to say that its onsite restaurant makes a seductive setting for a romantic meal for two.
Headed up by Gregory Réjou, Le Restaurant offers an à la carte menu and a selection of Chef Réjou’s tasting menus. Unusually for Paris, these also includes vegetarian options.
A visit to the bar is the perfect end to your date night. Here, you can enjoy some of the best cocktails in the city inspired by the rich history of the hotel.
Note: As of October 2020, the restaurant is temporarily closed for renovations, but should be reopening soon.
2. Le Train Bleu
Want to surprise your date? A visit to the magnificent Le Train Bleu, which is located within the otherwise unimpressive Gare de Lyon train station, will certainly do the trick.
Built in 1900 and unveiled the following year, the restaurant is a living testament to Paris’ Belle Epoque. You and your special someone will dine under painted ceilings, opulent gilded gold, and chandeliers. In fact, some of the restaurant’s halls are now listed as historic monuments.
The menu is a small selection of perfectly cooked French classics, many of which are served with a touch of drama well suited to the decadent surroundings. Meat is carved at the tables, steak tartare is prepared and seasoned in front of you and to your taste, and flambéed desserts make a show-stopping end to the meal.
3. Restaurant Anne at Le Pavillon de la Reine
Taking its name from Queen Anne of Austria, who once stayed in one of the wings of the building, Michelin-starred Restaurant Anne celebrates the Queen’s love of gastronomy and wine. It does so with an indulgent menu designed by acclaimed chef Mathieu Pacaud.
Chef Pacaud’s menu will take you through a selection of French classics which showcase the best seasonal and local produce. The whole event finishes with his signature dessert: a simple yet perfect chocolate soufflé.
Hidden away off the beautiful Place des Vosges inside an impressive 17th century building, the hotel itself also makes a particularly romantic setting. You can choose to dine in the cozy and relaxed dining room of one of the most romantic restaurants in Paris, or take advantage of the private garden courtyard during summer.
4. Le Grand Salon at Hôtel Particulier Montmartre
The fashionable Hôtel Particulier Montmartre is a reference point for chic young Parisians. Hidden away behind a gated path in Montmartre, its private location is perfect for an evening just for two. The soft pink decor of its restaurant, Le Grand Salon, sets the scene perfectly for a romantic date night.
The fusion-style menu is a more modern offering than many other romantic restaurants in Paris, combining French gastronomy with Asian flavors inspired by the chef’s own travels. Guests can dine in the private garden during summer, and cozy up next to the roaring fire in winter. With its low lighting and rich red velvet armchairs, the hotel’s bar, Le Très Particulier, makes a seductive setting for pre-dinner cocktails.
The cute and cozy Verjus, secreted away just by the Jardin du Palais-Royal, is not only an intimate spot for a romantic dinner. It’s also home to some of the city’s most exciting food.
Self-taught chef Braden Perkins changes his seasonal tasting menu almost daily, making every visit a surprise. With a focus on vegetables and local produce, guests can expect light, fresh, vegetarian-friendly dishes in spring, and heartier, more meat-heavy dishes in winter. But whatever time of year you visit, expect a unique combination of flavors and textures, and more than a touch of creative flair.
Co-owner Laura Adrian also highlights the wine menu. Verjus works with organic and biodynamic producers and perfectly match glass to dish for those who choose a wine pairing. There is also a small wine bar which serves an à la carte menu.
Note: Verjus is temporarily closed for renovations as of October 2020, but the team is still keeping its tradition of fantastic seasonal dining alive at sister restaurant Ellsworth just down the street.Want our insider’s guide to eating in Paris? Just add your email address in the form below!
Nicola Leigh Stewart is a travel writer who, after living in London and Madrid, finally settled in Paris. Always thinking about her next meal, her favorite thing about France is the food, and she spends most of her weekends in search of the flakiest pain au chocolat in Paris, the best fromagerie, and more importantly, the best cocktail happy hour.