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  • Writer's pictureF.W. Hume

Some Open-Kitchen Paris Restaurants

Open Kitchens

Le réciproque

14 Rue Ferdinand Flocon, 75018 Paris

Modern french well-executed, casual, comfortable and entertaining staff

Affinité (pictured above)

52 Boulevard Saint-Germain, 75005 Paris

Very good new open kitchen place with a very interesting wine list

Le Clou de Fourchette

121 Rue de Rome, 75017 Paris

Really first rate traditional French bistro fare with an open kitchen and a long bar with comfortable stools perfect for solitary dining

Coretta (pictured above)

151Bis Rue Cardinet, 75017 Paris

One of our favorite places with a few tables by the open kitchen, good wine list and very modern franco-international cooking.


19 Passage des Panoramas, 75002 Paris

Not exactly a fully open kitchen but a big round bar with stools with glimpses of the kitchen which is good for solitary dining. Very well-executed traditional French bistro fare, friendly service…smoking tables outside with heaters in the covered Passage perfect for an after dinner or lunch cigar, sheltered from the rain. Good wine list and interesting selection of spirits.


Address: 36 Rue Condorcet 75009

Nearest transport: Metro Anvers

Hours: Lunch and dinner Mon-Fri Dinner Sat closed Sunday

+33 9 50 91 21 74

Not really an open kitchen but a countertop semicircular bar where you can see the bustle of the kitchen in back. Small plates place in the center of emerging uber-hip Pigalle dotted with mediocre spots that are all the rage. The place looks so hip it can't be good. But it is. Very. Small plates, from grilled vegetables to Black angus beef. The sea bass is fantastic. Almost every plate has a char-grilled element, hence the name, Braise, as in grill.

Uberhip looking Braisenville is very good

L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon

133 Champs-Élysées

75008 Paris, France

+33 1 47 23 75 75

Not sure I even like these places, but they will entertain a solo diner who wants to spend the money.

Galeries Lafayette Gourmet Food Hall

Located in: Lafayette House / Gourmet

Address: 35 Boulevard Haussmann, 75009 Paris

The Department store food hall has counters of open kitchens so here you can eat everything from Jabugo Iberico to Dim Sum while pausing for a nibble of Tuber Melanosporum in between.

Guilo Guilo

8 Rue Garreau

75018 Paris, France

+33 1 42 54 23 92

Sit at the counter at watch your kaiseki menu be prepared in the kitchen in front of you, chat with the other diners. They frequently do some charming culinary puns like the Japanese Beef Bourginon.

La Dame de Pic

20 Rue du Louvre

75001 Paris, France

+33 1 42 60 40 40

Open kitchen from Anne-Sophie Pic, the grande dame of culinary dynasty from Valence.

Gyoza Bar

56 passage des Panoramas 75002 Paris

12h00-14h30 and 18h30-23h:00

Sit at the wood bar, drink beer or champagne and eat gyoza. Thats it. Only gyoza. And they are great.

Dessert at Lengué


31 Rue de la Parcheminerie

75005 Paris, France

+33 1 46 33 75 10

Wonderful food, great atmosphere. sit on a high perched stool. Small plates Japanese tapas. A STELLAR collection of great french wine from old vintages at ROCK BOTTOM prices. The owner is a what I call un ami du vin. If the wine isn't good, you can't send it back, but who cares? If you can afford it try a 20 year old Margaux for 150 yo-yos a bottle that went for 1200 at auction last week. Or maybe for 50 something you've seen in a wine shop for 120.


Izakaya Issé

45 Rue de Richelieu

75001 Paris, France

+33 1 42 96 26 60

Just a great, tiny, friendly casual Japanese tapas place. Great selection of sakes. Good for single diners.

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