Top Paris Restaurants Open in August

“Which Paris restaurants are open in August and worth going to?” writes one of my Award Booking Service clients. Since it's been a couple years since our Best Paris Restaurants Open in August post, I figured it's time to update the list. Note that while some top Paris hotel restaurants are open, not all of them are, so don't assume that just because your Paris hotel has an acclaimed restaurant it will be open.


1. Le Cinq at the Four Seasons Paris

No August closure

31 avenue George V +33 1 49 52 70 00

Open daily for lunch 12:30-2:30pm, dinner 7-10:30pm

Le Cinq, helmed by Executive Chef Eric Briffard, is sometimes panned because it has 2 Michelin stars rather than 3. But in my view it is the best splurge lunch deal in Paris, at 95 Euro prix fixe for three courses, not counting amuse bouches, pre-dessert and mignardises. Ask nicely and you may even be able to substitute one of the dishes from the a la carte menu for one on the prix fixe. You can even take your (well behaved) child to lunch–we took our then 3 year old son, who loved it. See our Le Cinq Paris Restaurant Review.

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Top Paris Restaurants Open in August - Le Cinq at the Four Seasons Paris


2. Epicure at Le Bristol

No August closure

112 rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré +33 1 53 43 43 40

Open daily for lunch 12-2 pm, dinner 7-10pm

If a Michelin 3-star Paris restaurant in a lovely setting is a must, consider Epicure at Le Bristol, headed by Chef Eric Frechon. Top menu choices include the famous Bresse chicken in vin jaune sauce for 2, foie gras with Burlat cherries, and most any of the chocolate desserts.

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Top Paris Restaurants Open in August - Epicure at Hotel Le Bristol Paris


3. L'Arpege

No August closure

84 rue de Varenne +33 1 47 05 09 06

Open daily for lunch 12:30-2:30 pm, dinner 8-10:30pm

I haven't personally eaten here, but even with its 3 Michelin stars I can't say it's high on my list, due to the price level and somewhat mixed reviews. There are certainly plenty of glowing, effusive reviews citing “perfection” and “heavenly” but there are also a number that are disappointed and cite being underwhelmed. But if you have money to burn, you can certainly try it and make up your own mind. Do note that Alain Passard is known for his flair with vegetable preparations, so expect lighter cuisine and less focus on meat. This would also be a good place to treat someone who is vegetarian, although do advise the restaurant in advance since the usual menu, while emphasizing vegetables, isn't vegetarian.


4. Le Galopin

Closed August 20 – September 10, 2013

34 rue Sainte Marthe +33 1 42 06 05 03

Open Tuesday to Saturday for dinner only, 7:30-11pm

Le Galopin is off the beaten track, but is known to many locals since Chef-Owner Romain Tischenko was a Top Chef winner. Thankfully, the restaurant is low key, and if you want to avoid a suit jacket in August and just focus on excellent, locally sourced food, this is a good bet. Note that reservations are only accepted up to 2 weeks in advance.

Top Paris Restaurants Open in August - Le Galopin


5. La Regalade / La Regalade Conservatoire

La Regalade is closed August 1-16, 2013

49 Avenue Jean Moulin +33 1 45 39 71 54

Open Monday for dinner only, Tuesday – Friday for lunch and dinner, closed Saturday and Sunday

La Regalade Conservatoire is closed August 1-18, 2013

7-9 rue Conservatoire +33 1 44 83 83 60

Open Monday to Friday for lunch and dinner, Saturday dinner only

La Regalade was my personal favorite of Paris bistros for French comfort food from the southwest, years ago when it was run by Chef Owner Yves Camdeborde. One of Camdeborde's chefs, Bruno Doucet, took it over in 2004 and has since expanded it to two locations, La Regalade St. Honore (closed most of August) and the more recently opened La Regalade Conservatoire in modern boutique Hotel Nell.


6. Itineraires

Closed August 11 – 31, 2013

5 rue de Pontoise +33 1 46 33 60 11

Open Tuesday to Friday for lunch and dinner, Saturday dinner only 

It can be challenging to find excellent food at a fair price in the posh St. Germain area, but Restaurant Itineraires from Chef Sylvain Sendra fits the bill with lunch prix fixe menus for 29 Euros (2 courses) and 35 Euros (3 courses) and Tuesday-Thursday 3 course prix fixe dinner menu for 49 Euros. Try the onion tart with foie gras, mushrooms and nutmeg, the roast guinea fowl, and the Grand Marnier souffle with Valrhona chocolate ice cream for dessert.

Top Paris Restaurants Open in August - Itineraires


7. L'Ardoise

No August closure

28 rue du Mont-Thabor +33 1 42 96 28 18

Open Tuesday-Saturday for lunch and dinner, and on Sunday for dinner

L'Ardoise is a convenient choice if you happen to be staying at the Park Hyatt Paris Vendome (see Best Park Hyatt to Stay 2 Free Nights with the Park Hyatt Visa) or Le Burgundy, and it's good for hearty homestyle French classics. It can be a bit short-staffed, so I recommend going on the early side, even though you're more likely to see other tourists and visitors there then, since local Parisians tend to dine later. Check out our L'Ardoise Paris Restaurant Review for what to expect.

Top Paris Restaurants Open in August - L'Ardoise


8. Astier

No August closure

28 rue du Mont-Thabor +33 1 42 96 28 18

Open Tuesday-Friday for lunch and dinner, dinner only Monday and Saturday

Another good bet for unpretentious French classics is Astier. While not a budget choice, its “grand menu” of appetizer, main dish, cheese plate and dessert is good value, for 39 Euros. Try the marinated herrings to start, the chateaubriand or pork belly if available, and be sure to leave room for the generous cheese board, which you help yourself to, not to mention the baba au rhum, a house dessert specialty.

Top Paris Restaurants Open in August, Astier


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