Macéo

Price guide: Mid-range

15 rue des Petits-Champs, Paris, 75001

Price guide: Mid-range

Macéo

By Natasha Edwards, your Paris expert

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#18 of 80
expert-rated restaurants in Paris
Expert overall rating:4.6 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.6
4.6
Ambience:
4.4
4.4
Service:
4.3
4.3
Location:
4.3
4.3
Value for money:
4.6
4.6
Recommended for:
Business travellers, Couples, Foodies, Mature travellers, Romance, Special occasions

Expert review of Macéo

Satisfying cooking and fine wines in an airy period setting near Palais-Royal.

A beautiful, high-ceilinged period dining room with ornate stucco mouldings provides the setting at this smart yet relaxed restaurant, masterminded by Mark Williams, the Brit who is also behind the long-running Willi's Wine Bar. I've eaten here several times and am impressed by how consistently good the food is and there are also some excellent wines.

Food and drink: 

The menu spans modernised classics, with dishes that are modish yet not faddy, perhaps starters such as sea bass carpaccio and modish frothy "capuccinos", and satisfying main courses, like fresh cod with risotto, charolais beef with oyster mushrooms. Desserts tend to be variations on old favourites, such as a layered pear and apple tarte Tatin, chewy lemon macaroon with tangy orange ice-cream. Wild mushrooms are a speciality in autumn. This is also one of the rare places in Paris to make a real effort for vegetarians with its tempting menu au vert – so good that even many non-vegetarians are tempted to order it.

Ambience: 

Sophisticated and cosmopolitan, with a mix of business diners and parties of friends. Upstairs rooms are good for private dinners.

Service: 

Good though anonymous.

Location: 

Located between the Palais-Royal gardens and the Bourse, convenient for the Opéra district and Musée du Louvre.

Price advice: 

There is a 38 euro three course menu or 32 euro "menu au vert" for vegetarians.

Tables to book: 

Try to be seated in the main dining room with its well-spaced round tables and twiggy light sculptures, rather than in the bar area with its low tub chairs and small tables, which are great for reclining for a drink but slightly uncomfortable for eating a meal.

More information on Macéo:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Restaurant, Wine bar
Food:
French, Vegetarian
Address:
15 rue des Petits-Champs, Paris, 75001
Telephone:
01 42 97 53 85
Website:
http://www.maceorestaurant.com
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Mon-Fri noon-2pm, 7.30-11pm, Sat 7.30-11pm. Closed Sun.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Suggested
Free tags / Keywords:
Wine

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