Le Meurice

Price guide: Expensive

Hôtel Meurice, 228 rue de Rivoli, Paris, 75001

Price guide: Expensive

Le Meurice dining room, photo Guillaume de Laubier

By Natasha Edwards, your Paris expert

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#2 of 80
expert-rated restaurants in Paris
Expert overall rating:5.0 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.9
4.9
Ambience:
4.6
4.6
Service:
5
5.0
Location:
4.7
4.7
Value for money:
4.3
4.3
Recommended for:
Business travellers, Couples, Foodies, Honeymooners, Seasoned travellers, Romance, Special occasions

Expert review of Le Meurice

Unforgettable grand occasion dining from one of France's best chefs.

Chef Yannick Alléno brought the restaurant at Hôtel Meurice back into the top league when he arrived here in 2003 and today this is my favourite of all Paris's grand restaurants, with its amazing food, grandiose setting and great service that manages to get the tone just right.

Food and drink: 

Although ingredients such as foie gras, lobster, turbot and veal sweetbreads may sound very classic, Yannick Alléno subtly modernises grand cuisine with impeccable technique and plenty of inventivity to maximise flavours. Alléno is also very proud of his Parisian roots – the last time I came here, I tried his interesting Parisian terroir weekday lunch menu, which revalorises local produce, such as Argenteuil asparagus, mushrooms grown in Parisian stone quarries (prepared as a duxelles with Normandy sole) and revived recipes like lamb Champvallon – slow-cooked lamb sandwiched with onions and potatoes. Pastry chef Camille Lesecq is also brilliant and the concoct yourself millefeuille – brought to table on a trolley and constructed before you – is a tour de force of showmanship.

Ambience: 

Elegant Parisians, well-fed business magnates, the international gourmet set dine here in a gloriously out-of-its-time Neo-Rococo setting, with gilding, chandeliers, well-spaced tables and a painted ceiling of blowsy nymphs.

Service: 

Smartly attired and plentiful, with just the right amount of humour to alleviate the obsequiousness.

Location: 

Right in the centre of Paris in one of the city's grandest hotels facing the Tuileries gardens on the rue de Rivoli.

Price advice: 

This is splurge territory: expect to spend around 200 euros a head à la carte; the Paris terroir lunch menu costs 78 euros.

Other useful branches: 

The hotel also contains the less formal, less expensive Le Dali lounge-style restaurant (+33 1 44 58 10 44), under the same chef – a fashionable rendez-vous for Parisiennes who lunch or for informal business meals on luxury snacks and inventive dishes, or for Afternoon Tea.

More information on Le Meurice:

Price guide:
Expensive
Type:
Restaurant
Food:
French
Address:
Hôtel Meurice, 228 rue de Rivoli, Paris, 75001
Telephone:
01 44 58 10 55
Website:
http://www.lemeurice.com
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Mon-Fri 12.30-2pm, 7.30-10pm. Closed early Jul-early Sep.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Always essential
Free tags / Keywords:
Wine

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