Dining Guide for Celebrating Christmas & New Year’s in Paris – 2013


Christmas Cafe in Paris

Where to dine this Christmas and New Year’s in Paris

Paris is magical during the holiday season, and if you are celebrating with a stay in one of our Paris apartment rentals, we are pleased to present our annual list of favorite dining spots for Christmas and New Year’s. Most restaurants require advance reservations for the holidays, so call early and don’t be disappointed.


Les Ombres

Translated, means “The Shadows,” which is a very fitting name for this elegant restaurant on top of the Quai Branly museum. With its clear glass roof, you will be dining quite literally in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower. The views are eye-popping from this unique venue, and it may be difficult to concentrate on your dinner with the dazzling light show of la Tour Eiffel just one block away.

Christmas Eve dinner at €160 includes Veuve Clicquot champagne and roasted goose with berries and winter vegetables.  Menu here

New Year’s Eve at €430, featuring champagne, caviar, and aged beef tenderloin. Menu here.


Le Ombres – open every day for lunch and dinner
Address: Quai Branly Museum, 37, quai Branly, 75007 Paris
Phone:  +33 1 47 53 68 00
To make reservations online, click here.


Le Violon d’Ingres

Le Violon Ingres Paris Christian Constant

Beautiful holiday decorations at Le Violon d’Ingres in the 7th arrondissement

One of three restaurants by Michelin-starred chef Christian Constant, recently remodeled, and recommended by Patricia Wells in the New York Times. His flagship restaurant is definitely one of our “top 5” picks in Paris.

Serving their “Truffle Menu” on Christmas Eve & Christmas day, and their “Caviar Menu” on New Year’s Eve & New Year’s Day.  Prices range from €120 to €300. Le Violon d’Ingres Christmas and New Year Menu – 2013


Le Violon d’Ingres
135 Rue Saint-Dominique, 75007 Paris
Phone: +33 1 45 55 15 05
Lunch : 12h00 – 15h    Dinner : 18h30 – 23h
Email for reservations: [email protected]


Les Cocottes

Les Cocottes Christian Constant Paris

A warm and inviting glimpse into Les Cocottes on rue Saint-Dominique

The minimal, modern décor and bar seating is a change from the more traditional Christian Constant restaurants, and featured on Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations TV show. Delicious cuisine, often served in their signature ceramic pots.  Another of our “top 5 picks.”  Special a la carte menu items offered during the Christmas & New Year’s holiday, including chicken stuffed with foie gras and truffles, scallop risotto, and the traditional Bûche de Noël (Yule log) for dessert. Prices approximately €60 for entrée, plat, and dessert. Les Cocottes Christmas Menu – 2013


Les Cocottes
135, rue Saint-Dominique, 75007 Paris
Open 7 days a week
Service from 12:00 to 15:30 and from 18:30 to 22:30
Reservations not accepted, arrive early, or prepare to wait


Café Constant

Cafe Constant Paris Christmas

Cafe Constant just a short stroll from the Eiffel Tower

Christian Constant’s casual and delicious bistro is one of our neighborhood favorites in the 7th arrondissement and an excellent value. Features traditional French cooking, cozy setting, and a friendly staff.  Along with the regular a la cart menu, special holiday items include venison with cranberries, and white truffle sausage, with celeriac mousseline. Approximately €60 for entrée, plat, and dessert. Cafe Constant Christmas Menu – 2013


Café Constant
139 Rue Saint-Dominique, 75007 Paris
Open 7 days a week
Breakfast:  8h00     Lunch:  12h – 14h30      Dinner:  19h – 22h30
Reservations not accepted, arrive early, or enjoy a drink at the bar while you wait.


Au Bon Accueil

Small, upscale bistro, a favorite with guests in the 7th arrondissement and a favorite of locals as well.  Considered a bargain by Guide Michelin.

Christmas Eve dinner– Dec 24 only, offered at 60 € featuring roast veal, or filet of wild dory.

New Year’s Eve – Dec 31 only, 90 € per person, offering sea bass or roasted guinea fowl.


Au Bon Accueil
Address:  14 rue de Monttessuy, 75007 Paris
Phone : +33 1 47 05 46 11
E-Mail: [email protected]
Métro: Alma Marceau



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Four Seasons Hotel George V

Paris Four Seasons Christmas Decorations George V

Four Seasons Hotel George V – Lobby Christmas Decorations designed by Jeff Leatham / Used with Permission

Executive chef Eric Briffard achieved 2 Michelin stars during his first year at the sumptuous Le Cinq restaurant. Experience elegance and prestige with their special menus at Le Cinq and La Galerie for both Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve, with a live orchestra, a gospel choir, and a jazz quartet performing at various times.  Prices range from €410 to €1150.

Advance reservations required.  Menus and hours here: George V Christmas and New Year Menu – 2013


Four Seasons Hotel George V
31 avenue George V, 75008, Paris
+33 1 49 52 70 00


Hotel Le Bristol

Le Bristol Christmas Dining in Paris

Fine holiday dining at the Epicure restaurant at the Le Bristol / Used with Permission – Photographer: Jean-Baptiste Leroux

Celebrate under the “stars” at Le Bristol. Whether you choose the Michelin 3 star Restaurant Epicure, or the 1 star luxury brasserie 114 Faubourg, you will be delighted by the menus created by chef Eric Frechon.  You may recognize some of the interior from the filming of Woody Allen’s Midnight in ParisServing Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, prices range from €400 to €1100.

Live orchestra, DJ and dancing featured on New Year’s Eve. Advance reservations required.  Menus here: Le Bristol Christmas and New Year Menu – 2013


Hotel Le Bristol
112, rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré 75008 Paris
+33 1 53 43 43 00


Le Meurice

Christmas LE DALI RESTAURANT ©Guillaume de Laubier

Holiday dining at Le Dali Restaurant at Hotel Meurice / Used with Permission – Photographer: ©Guillaume de Laubier

The height of elegance and glamour, Le Meurice offers two options for your holiday feast. Dine in 3-star Michelin splendor at the Restaurant Le Meurice, by renowned chef Alain Ducasse, or enjoy Le Dali restaurant, inspired by the artist. Both restaurants serve Christmas Eve and New Year’s eve only, and prices range from €320 to €980.  Live music on both evenings.

Advance reservations required.  Menus here: Hotel Le Meurice Christmas and New Year Menu – 2013


Le Meurice
Address: 228 rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris
Restaurant Le Maurice:     Tel: (33)1 44 58 10 55;  eMail –  [email protected]
Restaurant Le Dali:  (33)1 44 58 10 44;  eMail – [email protected]



Note on phone numbers:  If dialing from outside France, the country code is 33, followed by 1, plus 8 digits.  If dialing within Paris, omit the country code, and add a zero in front of the 1, for example:

Outside France:  33 1 47 05 46 11; becomes 01 47 05 46 11 within Paris



Wishing you joyeuses fêtes and bon appétit from all of us at Paris Perfect!


Many thanks to Mary Ann Grisham for this guest post for the Paris Perfect Blog.

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