2 Ridiculously Good Places for Lunch in Paris

Elegant Settings, Great Food, Reasonable Prices

Author: The Traveling Professor/Tuesday, March 5, 2019/Categories: Paris

Rate this article:

There are many places to have lunch in Paris. I can rattle off a few of my favorites like L'As du Fallafel in the Marais or the now-closed La Pre Verre in the Latin Quarter.  There is Fish La Boissonnerie on rue de la Seine which has been a favorite for years.  However, there are 2 places in Paris that are the best places for lunch:

Restaurant at Musée d'Orsay:  There are several dining options at the Musée d'Orsay, so make sure to select the restaurant and not the cafe or Café de l'Ours or Café Campana.  The restaurant is glamorously modeled after the restaurant in the Hotel Orsay as it was in 1900.  It is a large, bright room and being very atypical of French restaurants, diners do not feel cramped in their seats.  The setting is beautiful within the Museum among the greatest works of art in the world.  

The offering at the Restaurant at Musée d'Orsay is as follows:

  • Starter + Main dish or Main dish + Dessert: 24.50 euro
  • Starter + Main dish + Dessert: 29.50 euro

My favorite is to always start with the terrine or the soup, followed by a main dish like sea bream or grilled beef.  I was never a big fan of dessert until I tried the unbelievable and elegantly presented Limoncello ice cream.

For the complete menu, click HERE

Café Jacquemart-André:  Without a doubt, the Café Jacquemart-André is the most beautiful tea room in Paris.  Located in the Jacquemart-André museum, lunch is served every day except on Sunday, where a spectacular brunch for 29.30 euro is presented.  For lunch there are many options to select from.  From the a la carte menu, I'll often have a salad like the Bellotto filled with all sorts of spices and vegetables. There is a popular lunch time menu which includes a quiche of the day and ends with 2 scoops of ice cream for dessert for the ridiculously low price of 18.50 euro.

For the complete menu, click HERE.

Please note at the time of writing, the Café Jacquemart-André is closed for reservations, but should open soon.  Both the Café Jacquemart-André and Restaurant at Musée d'Orsay do not accept reservations.

Join The Traveling Professor on a small group tour to Paris

Number of views (414)/Comments ()

«July 2019»

2 Hotels in the Marais in Paris

hotels in MaraisThe Marais area of Paris is one of the most delightful and desirous places to stay.  It is a charming area that retains much of the traditional Paris architecture, culture, and best of all, cooking.  It is full of markets, relaxing squares, wonderful bakeries and restaurants. It is an excellent place to base a stay in Paris for the good travel connections too.  See The Traveling Professor's picks for hotels in the Marais section of Paris.

Read more

Where to Eat in Edinburgh Scotland

small group tours to ScotlandThe Traveling Professor small group tours to Scotland are consistently sold out, sometimes 18 months in advance. Scotland has plenty to offer.  There are great cities like Edinburgh and Glasgow.  The Scottish Highlands have some of the most spectacular scenery one could ask for and when there is train travel involved like on The Traveling Professor's small group tours to Scotland, it is even more spectacular. Almost anyone who travels to Scotland spends time in Edinburgh.  In this edition of The Traveling Professor's blog post, we give you our Edinburgh restaurant list. 

Read more

The Absolute Best Places to Eat in Rome, Venice and Paris

Andy Herbach Eating and DrinkingWhenever we go on a small group tour to Italy or Paris (or anywhere else, for that matter), I strongly suggest travelers take a copy of Andy Herbach's books.  Andy Herbach is the author of the Eating & Drinking series of menu translators and restaurant guides, including Eating & Drinking in Paris, Eating & Drinking in Italy, Eating & Drinking in Spain and Portugal and Eating & Drinking in Latin America.  The Professor can tell you, without equivocation, these are the best guides for not only selecting the best places to eat, but in helping diners read and translate what's on the menu.  No more "point and pray" when selecting from a menu.  Andy's guides help you order confidently and correctly from the menu.
Andy is also the author of several books published by Europe Made Easy Travel Guides, including Paris Walks, Europe Made Easy, Italy Made Easy, Paris Made Easy, Berlin Made Easy, Amsterdam Made Easy, French Riviera Made Easy, Provence Made Easy, Oslo Made Easy, and Barcelona Made Easy

Read today's blog post to find Andy Herbach's best restaurants in Paris, Venice, and Rome.

Read more

Shockingly Low Air Fares to Europe

cheap airfares to europeEveryone is always looking for inexpensive flights to Europe. I can remember flying R/T between New York and Paris in 2000 for $351 and I thought that was a bargain.  Can you get to Europe even cheaper now?  You sure can.  By using some easy strategy, it is easy to get to Europe on legacy airlines like American, Delta, and British airlines. Check out today's blog post and see The Traveling Professor's tips on bargain airfares to Europe both in economy and luxury class. 

Read more

Perfect One Week Itinerary in Paris

best week long Paris itineraryThe Traveling Professor's small group tours to Paris have taken hundreds of travelers to the City of Light.  Over the years we have developed a wonderful week-long itinerary. For each day, The Professor has put together a logical and easy to do Paris plan. It's a perfect week long itinerary for Paris, especially for those who have never been there before. Of course there is much more to see and do than what The Professor has listed, but that gives an excuse to come back for another visit. As you browse through the Paris itinerary, it is planned for an efficient tour that makes the most of a week in Paris.

Read more

Perfect 3 Day Itinerary in Rome

small group tours to ItalyRome is one of our favorite stops on The Traveling Professor's small group tours to Italy.  Italy can be hot, overcrowded, and gritty, but it is a place every traveler should see at once in their lives. The entire city is an open air museum, full of history, culture and great food. The Traveling Professor has taken hundreds of people to Rome.  Three days is a perfect number of days to visit.  In today's travel blog, The Professor offers up his suggestions for the perfect 3 day itinerary in Rome.

Read more