Paris Restaurants Open For Christmas

Where to Book Your Holiday Table in the City of Light

A platter of oysters is a traditional Christmas starter at many restaurants in Paris.
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If you're planning to visit the French capital over the holidays, you may also be hoping to book a table for a memorable holiday meal with family, or with your sweetheart  If that's the case, don't fret too much over restaurant closures and full bookings: while a majority of restaurants around Paris close their doors for Christmas eve and day, there are a few good ones that remain open, offering Christmas lunch or dinner service.

"Book Early" Should Be Your New Mantra

A word of caution: you should always try to book a holiday table ahead at least a month or two in advance, as spots fill up quickly in the few Parisian restaurants open for the festive occasion. The end of the year is prime tourist season in Paris, so you're likely to have a fair amount of competition.

Read related: Celebrating the New Year in Paris

Price Levels and Menu Options

We've categorized restaurants open on and around Christmas by price and level of prestige. The majority of these establishments offer traditional French holiday fare such as oysters and shellfish, foie gras, stuffed goose or pheasant, but I've also listed a few Paris restaurants that remain open for the holiday season and specialize in other types of cuisine.

A tip for those of you on a tighter budget: Many of these restaurants offer a la carte menu options for Christmas as well as fixed- price menus.

Make sure to check ahead before reserving your table.

"Creme de la Creme" Paris Restaurants Open for Christmas

Budget: $$$$

Le Meurice
The Michelin-starred restaurant at the eponymous luxury Paris hotel offers fixed-priced Christmas menus at around $350 per person. Reserve up to three months ahead when possible.

Address: 228 rue de Rivoli
Metro: Louvre-Rivoli or Tuileries
Tel: +33(0)1-44-58-10-55
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Le Bristol
This is another Parisian palace hotel with Michelin-star accolades, and headed by chef Eric Frechon. About the same price range as Le Meurice. Again, reserve well in advance.
Address: 112 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré
Metro: Concorde
Tel: +33(0)1 53 43 43 00
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Le Relais au Plaza Athenee
This ultraluxury hotel-restaurant is open for both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, offering fixed menus for the occasion at around $450 per person. Reserve several months ahead.
Address: 21, Avenue Montaigne, at the Hôtel Plaza Athénée
Metro: Champs-Elysees Clemenceau or Concorde
Tel: +33(0)1 53 67 64 00
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La Table de Joël Robuchon
One of the restaurants of celebrated French chef Robuchon stays open for Christmas. No special Christmas menus are available, however. Reserve well ahead.
Address: 16, avenue Bugeaud
Metro: Victor Hugo
Tel: +33(0)1-56-28-16-16
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Mid-Range Restaurants Open for Christmas

Budget: $$$

These traditional Parisian brasseries all offer special menus for Christmas eve and/or day lunch and dinner. Most Christmas menus run at around $70-$100 per person.

Reserve at least a month ahead.

A traditional French establishment specialized in fresh seafood and shellfish platters.
Address: 2 bis Rue Pétel
Metro: Sevres-Lecourbe
Tel: +33(0)1 45 32 94 05

A well-known traditional brasserie offering classic Christmas fare.
Address:5-7, rue de la Bastille
Metro: Bastille
Tel: +33(0)1-42-72-87-82
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(Note: Other brasseries operated by Flo, the owner of Bofinger, are also open during the holidays. See this page for a full list of these and to reserve online.)

Au Petit Marguery
A traditional French restaurant tucked away in the south of the city offering Christmas menus for around $90 per person. One specialty here is wild game.
Address:9, Boulevard de Port Royal
Metro: Les Gobelins
Tel: +33(0)1 43 31 58 59

Chez Jenny
A humble but charming place for lunch or dinner, offering Alsacian-style French cuisine and special Christmas menus.

Address: 39, boulevard du temple
Metro: Republique or Temple
Tel: +33(0)1-44-54-39-00
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Chez Francoise
In the heart of the Invalides, an elegant restaurant established in the late 1920s serves up Christmas menus at around $90 per person, including aperitif and wine.
Address: Aerogare des Invalides
Metro: Invalides
Tel: +33(0)1 47 05 49 03

La Maree
Another seafood and shellfish specialist open for Christmas.
Address: 1 Rue Daru,
Metro: Ternes or Courcelles
Tel: +33(0)1 43 80 20 00

Restaurant Georges
Offering sublime views of Paris from the rooftop vantage at the Centre Georges Pompidou, Le Georges doesn't offer special Christmas menus, but can be an elegant option for the occasion.
Read our review of Georges restaurant and learn more here

Budget-Friendly Restaurants Open for Christmas

Budget: $-$$ (somewhere in the range of $25-$60 per person for several courses)

With its stunning 1900 dining room and noisy, devil-may-care conviviality, Chartier can be a good choice for a budget Christmas meal-- just don't expect frills and ribbons. Try the whole seabass with carrots or potatoes on the side, and a nice lemon tartelette or mousse au chocolat for dessert. Reserve well ahead as this is an extremely popular spot:
Address: 7 rue du Faubourg Montmartre
Metro: Grands Boulevards
Tel: +33(0)1-47-70-86-29
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Read our full review of Chartier here

La Maison d'Italie
Italian home-style cooking for Christmas in a quiet corner of Paris' northeastern Gambetta neighborhood.
Address: 27, avenue Gambetta
Metro: Gambetta
Tel: +33(0)1-46-36-74-75

This restaurant located near Montparnasse at the Meridien Hotel is open for Christmas and offers a la carte or fixed menu options. Around $50 per person.
Address: 19, Rue du Commandant Mouchotte
Metro: Gaite
Tel: +33(0)1 44 36 44 00
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Au Paradis Tropical
Celebrate Christmas Caribbean-style at this restaurant near the city center. Christmas menus for around $55 per person.
Address: 24, rue Notre Dame de Nazareth
Metro: Temple
Tel: +33(0)1-42-72-08-92