Of all French holidays, Christmas is celebrated with heightened gastronomic pomp. This is when the finest French delicacies are honored, from the finest-grade oysters to rich foie gras, truffled heritage hens to special reserve champagne. These extravagant meals are generally served for le réveillon de Noël, Christmas Eve dinner, however, some restaurants will also be offering festival feasts on Christmas day, mostly at lunch. The following Paris restaurants will be open on December 24th and/or the 25th.
Top: Alina Grubnyak / Maison Blanche. Above: Le Train Bleu / Fouquet’s
Open December 24th Only
Recently restored, this famous institution of the Champs-Élysées will be serving a festive meal on December 24th. A gastronomic four-course menu including king crab, foie gras, capon fillet poached in a champagne-infused bouillon, and Fouquet’s special Christmas dessert (290€/person, including a glass of champagne. More information and reservations here).
Le Train Bleu
The beautiful Belle Époque restaurant in the Gare de Lyon provides an enchanting setting to celebrate Christmas Eve. This year’s menu will feature duck and lobster foie gras, suprême of chicken with black truffle, roasted potatoes and Jerusalem artichokes, and a citrus and white chocolate bûche de Noël (€145.00/person excluding drinks).
Le Train Bleu
Surround yourself in Art Nouveau glamor at this one-Michelin-star restaurant in Place de la Madeleine. Talented chef Julien Dumas and his team will be preparing a refined six-course holiday menu with scallop carpaccio, lobster with squid and truffles, capon stuffed with white truffles, and two desserts. The 312€ meal will start with a glass of Champagne Louise Pommery 2004 and you can add a wine pairing for an additional 80€ (reservations here).
La Maison Blanche
This stylish restaurant with views of the Eiffel Tower and the Seine will be serving its own six-course Christmas Eve feast. The highlights of this are duck foie gras with Macau artichokes, Normandy scallops with wild mushrooms and roasted hazelnuts, suprême of chicken, and Christmas log cake (195€ with a glass of champagne).
The restaurant of the posh La Reserve hotel will be pulling out all the stops for their opulent festive menu. The eight-course tasting menu will be divided up into themes: truffles, Macau artichokes, “Baie de Seine” scallops, steamed sea bass, “Cour d’Armoise” hen, vacherin with truffles, and passion fruit soufflé with vanilla. It is priced at 500€, excluding drinks.
Open December 24th and 25th
This alluring Art Nouveau establishment off the Grand Boulevards is presenting a very reasonably priced Christmas menu of à la carte options. On the menu will be a wide selection of the likes of pumpkin soup, pâté en croûte with chestnuts, and roasted Scottish salmon. These will be available for dinner on the 24th and lunch and dinner on the 25th Full menu and reservations here.
Celebrate Christmas in style at this grand Art Deco brasserie in Montparnasse. The three-course menu has a choice of duck foie gras with Gewurztraminer, scallops, or six oysters followed by monkfish medallions in a champagne sauce with heirloom vegetables or capon stuffed with Limousin chestnuts, and a dessert of traditional Christmas log (75€/person excluding drinks).
World-famous French chef Alain Ducasse’s more laid back outpost at Les Halles will be preparing a special holiday menu. It will be available for Christmas Eve dinner at 65€ and Christmas Day lunch at 54€ (excluding beverages).
This historic Alsatian brasserie in Place de la République will be a great cozy and festive option for the holidays. The three-course menu of typical traditional French Christmas dishes will include a coupe of champagne and cost 59€ (see full menu here).
Le Violon D’Ingres
Christan Constant’s gastronomic restaurant will be offering two separate menus for Christmas Eve dinner and Christmas Day lunch (at 220€ and 150€ respective, without drinks). The refined meals will tempt you with scallops, roasted blue lobster, foie gras and beef rossini, brie de Meaux with truffles, and more. Discover the menu and reserve here.
Le Violon D’Ingres
The chic restaurant of the five-star Hotel Narcisse, found near Les Invalides, will have a special festive menu as well. A seven-course dinner will be served on the 24th and a pared-down version on the 25th at lunch. Discover the complete menu and reserve here.
Fouquet’s – 99 Av. des Champs-Élysées, 75008
Le Train Bleu – Gare de Lyon, Place Louis-Armand, 75012
Lucas Carton – 9 Place de la Madeleine, 75008
La Maison Blanche – 15 Avenue Montaigne, 75008
Le Gabriel – La Reserve Hotel, 42 Avenue Gabriel, 75008
Bouillon Julien – 16 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis, 75010
La Coupole – 102 Boulevard du Montparnasse, 75014
Champeaux – 12 Passage de la Canopée, 75001
Chez Jenny – 39 Boulevard du Temple, 75003
Le Violon d’Ingres – 135 Rue Saint-Dominique, 75007
Cléo – Hotel Narcisse, 19 Boulevard de la Tour-Maubourg, 75007
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