Mar 8th, 2024, 02:00 PM

Bon Appétit Buddies

By Ashley Goodman
Image Credit: Ashley Goodman
Six must-visit restaurants for group dining adventures

Paris is renowned for its plethora of quaint cafes and restaurants tucked away in every nook and cranny of the city. Eating solo is an amazing experience, but nothing quite compares to enjoying a meal with your closest friends. Here are my top picks for restaurants that offer delicious food and exude vibrant ambiance. No matter your preferred location or price range, they will be the perfect setting for your next night out with friends. 

1. Hotel Costes:  $$$$ 1eme 


Hotel Costes always provides an excellent vibe and delicious French cuisine.  

The restaurant offers cozy dining areas and a stunning Italian-style terrace where you and your friends can enjoy the beautiful views with a nice cocktail. The menu has a wide range of “signature” dishes made using seasonal ingredients, including escargot, marinated beef dishes, and a magnificent grilled salmon, all of which can be shared. Enjoy your evening "while listening to DJ sets that create a relaxed and glamorous musical atmosphere."

2. Lou Lou: $$$$ 1eme


Known as one of Paris' most beautiful and delicious restaurants, Lou Lou is the perfect spot to enjoy a nice dinner. Lou Lou offers superb Italian cuisine with multiple types of pizza, pasta, and meat options. 

Reservations are highly recommended, as seating is limited. 

3. Sinner: $$$ 3eme 


With its dark lounge vibe and fun music, Sinner is a great restaurant for a night out. The restaurant has a wide variety of dishes like tartars, burgers, and different types of meat. Its fun atmosphere and delicious food make this the perfect Friday night dinner spot. Chef Adam Bentalha has created his new vision of Mediterranean cuisine, which, according to Sinner, is lighter and more creative. 

4. Deviant:  $$ - $$$ 2eme 


“When the door is open, it’s open.” That is the theme of this casual yet memorable bar and tapas cafe. When the gate is rolled up at Déviant, the restaurant is ready, as no windows or walls enclose it. There aren’t any tables or chairs either, just a tiny open kitchen surrounded by a bar and a shallow ledge on either side. It looks like the coolest hot dog stand on earth with its mirrors, marble, and simple black and white decor. Deviant is the perfect place for a casual dinner. 

5. Chez Janou: $$ 3eme 


Gwenyth Paltrow's Goop stated, "Popular with locals and staff from the nearby galleries, this lively and unpretentious Provençal-centric restaurant offers a set lunch menu that's a total steal: €14.50 nets you either a main and an appetizer or a main and a dessert." Bring your friends here for a casual yet delicious meal or just for dessert because "they make the most memorable and dangerously delectable chocolate mousse—which just so happens to be all-you-can-eat." A chocolate lover’s dream!"

6. Bouillon Julien: $$ 2eme 


Their website says it best: “Here, everything is beautiful, delicious, and of great value.” Bouillon Julien is the spot if you’re looking for a casual dinner spot with friends. Their menu includes salmon with lime and pink berries, a fillet of sea bass with an assortment of winter vegetables, or a pan-fried piece of beef with soft potatoes and mushrooms. For dessert, enjoy exotic fruit minestrone on crispy meringue or vanilla ice cream warmed with a hot chocolate sauce in a crunchy cabbage. 

Exploring new restaurants can lead to wonderful shared memories that will last you and your friends a lifetime. Whether you're craving Italian, French, or comfort food, this list has options that are sure to fulfill any craving. Gather your friends and cherish the moments shared over fantastic food and lively conversation. Bon appétit!