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A Guide to the Best Steak-Frites in Paris

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Steak-Frites is one of France’s signature dishes, and always my first meal off the plane. Originally a Belgian dish, restaurants all over Paris have become famous for preparing beautifully cooked steak and crispy golden frites. A select few of the best steak frites restaurants in Paris even have Eiffel Tower views.


How to Order Steak-Frites in Paris


Understanding the different cuts of steak

When ordering steak frites in Paris, its essential to understand the difference between each cut of meat on the menu. The most popular cuts of steak that you will find in restaurants in Paris are as follows:

  • Entrecôte – Referred to by North Americans as a boneless ribeye, the Entrecôte has the most intense flavour of all steaks. It also has a great deal of fat which may be unappealing to some people.
  • Faux Filet/Contre–Filet – Faux Filets, also called Contre–Filets, are similar to the North American sirloin steak. They offer a lovely rich flavour with a great deal of fat.
  • Filet Minion – Filet Minion is a mildly flavoured steak with a soft buttery texture. It is typically the most expensive cut of beef on the menu.
  • Rump steak – Flavourful and tender, rump steak is a fairly inexpensive cut of steak.
  • Skirt steak – Skirt steak is one of the cheapest cuts of steak yet it is still quite flavourful.
  • Flank steak – Flank steak is flavourful, although chewier than other cuts of steak.
  • Onglet – Known as hangar steak by North Americans, Onglet is rich and tender. It was the original steak used to prepare steak frites in France.


Ordering a perfectly cooked steak

When placing an order for steak frites in Paris it’s essential to know how you would like your steak cooked. Chances are if you ask for it prepared “moyen” or medium, you will be sorely disappointed. Familiarize yourself with these terms so that the chef knows exactly how you would like your steak cooked.

  • Bleu – Bleu refers to a steak which is extremely rare, almost raw.
  • Saignant – In North America, saignant would be comparable to rare.
  • À Point – Meaning “just right”, steaks cooked à point are less than medium-rare, but not quite rare.
  • Entre à Point et Bien Cuit – Ordering a steak entre à point et bien cuit would be similar to a North American steak cooked medium.
  • Bien Cuit – Bien cuit, meaning close to well done, and très bien cuit translating into “very well done”, will most likely result in a leatherlike steak sure to ruin any meal.


Choosing a portion size

Restaurant menus in Paris occasionally list different portion sizes for their steaks. Faux filet and flank steaks are generally 8–10 ounces, while more delicate cuts like filet minion are usually in the 6-ounce range. For reference, an 8-ounce steak equals half a pound of meat.


What about the sauce?

Certain restaurants in Paris serve steak frites with a sauce. The most popular ones are béarnaise sauce (a creamy herb sauce), bordelaise sauce (a tangy red wine sauce) and peppercorn sauce, all of which perfectly complement the rich flavour of the steak.


Where to get the best steak frites in Paris

The following restaurants aren’t just well rated but are known specifically for serving the best steak frites in Paris. Add them to your Paris bucket list and you won’t be disappointed!

Le Relais de l’Entrecôte

Steak frites at Le Relais de l’Entrecôte are some of the best in Paris
Steak frites at Le Relais de l’Entrecôte are some of the best in Paris. Image by Philippe Agnifili on Flickr

3 Locations (see below)
Steakhouse
Cost: €21-40

The Relais de l’Entrecôte owes its reputation to a unique formula: a green salad with walnuts, followed by an extra-tender beef tenderloin and its famous secret sauce accompanied by delicious homemade matchstick potatoes. Source: http://www.relaisentrecote.fr/

15 Rue Marbeuf (8th Arr.) +33 1 49 52 07 17
Hours: Monday – Friday 12 pm – 2:30 pm and 7 pm – 11:30 pm
Saturday – Sunday  12 pm – 2:45 pm and 7 pm – 11:30 pm
Wheelchair Accessible: No
How to get there: Metro Line 9 – Alma – Marceau, or Line 1 – George V

20 Rue Saint-Benoit (6th Arr.) +33 1 45 49 16 00
Hours: Monday – Friday 12 pm – 2:30 pm and 7 pm – 11:30 pm
Saturday – Sunday  12 pm – 2:45 pm and 7 pm – 11:30 pm
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
How to get there: Metro Line 4 – Saint-Germain-des-Pres

101 Bld du Montparnasse (6th Arr.) +33 1 46 33 82 82
Hours: Monday – Friday 12 pm – 2:30 pm and 7 pm – 11:30 pm
Saturday – Sunday  12 pm – 2:45 pm and 7 pm – 11:30 pm
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
How to get there: Metro Line 4 – Vavin

Le Bistrot Paul Bert

18, rue Paul Bert (11th Arr.)  +33 1 43 72 24 01
French Restaurant
Cost:  €21-40

Their menu is torn straight out of the classic bistro playbook, with options like steak frites, andouillette, soufflé and tarte Tatin. Compared to many other bistros, Paul Bert shines bright because of superb ingredient sourcing and careful cooking. Owner Bertrand Auboyneau is a real wine lover and supporter of vignerons, and his list is a joy to drink from. Source: parisbymouth.com/

Hours: Tuesday – Saturday  12 pm – 2 pm and 7:30 pm – 11 pm
Closed Sunday and Monday
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
How to get there: Metro Line 8 – Faidherbe-Chaligny, or Line 9 or 11 – Charonne

Au Bœuf Couronné

188, avenue Jean Jaures (19th Arr.) +33 1 42 39 44 44
French Restaurant
Cost: €21-40

Entirely renovated in 2016, Au Bœuf Couronné has been known since the beginning of the 1930s for the excellence of its meats and its vast array of sizes and cuts. Its fantastic location across from Parc de la Villette and the Zénith concert halls and the Music and Philharmonic Concert Centre of Paris, make it a must for fine dining. Source: www.boeuf-couronne.com/en

Hours: Daily  12 pm – 3 pm and 6:30 pm – 12 am
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
How to get there: Metro Line 5 – Porte de Pantin

La Bourse et la Vie

12, rue Vivienne (2nd Arr.) +33 1 42 60 08 83
French Restaurant
Cost: €35-53

This bistro run by an American chef is a runaway success. The recipe? Very French dishes, which the chef tweaks slightly, quality ingredients, and flavours that hit the bull’s eye. Source: www.viamichelin.com/

Hours: Monday – Friday 10 am – 3 pm and 7 pm – 10 pm
Closed Saturday and Sunday
Wheelchair Accessible: No
How to get there: Metro Line 3 – Bourse

Café du Commerce

51, rue du Commerce (15th Arr.) +33 1 45 75 03 27
French Restaurant
Cost: €21-40

Unique in Paris, the Café du Commerce welcomes you along its 3 floors decorated with plants and open to the sky of Paris. The Café du commerce serves excellent, traditional cuisine, with a selection of authentic recipes for you to discover including their poireau vinaigrette (leeks in vinaigrette), oeuf mayonnaise (eggs and mayonnaise) and of course, their exceptional beef from Limousin. Sources: www.lecafeducommerce.comen.parisinfo.com

Hours: Monday – Friday  12 pm – 2:30 pm and 7 pm – 12 am
Saturday – Sunday  12 pm – 3 pm and 7 pm – 12 am
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
How to get there: Metro Line 10 – Emile Zola, or Lines 6 or 8 – La Motte Piquet Grenelle or Commerce

La Maison de l’Aubrac

37, rue de Marbeuf (8th Arr.) +33 1 43 59 05 14.
Steakhouse
Cost: €21-40

Since 1997 Christian Valette, a beef cattle farmer in Laguiole, has run this showcase for Aubrac produce, just off the Champs-Élysées. His delicious cuts of beef, cooked in every way (carpaccio, tartare, burger), are served with aligot (Aubrac’s cheesy mashed potato specialty) and good wines from Languedoc or Roussillon. Source: www.viamichelin.com/

Hours: Sunday – Tuesday 12 pm – 1 am
Wednesday – Thursday  12 pm – 7 am
Friday – Saturday  12 pm – 8 am
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
How to get there: Metro Lines 1 or 9 – Franklin D. Roosevelt

Le Voltaire

27, quai Voltaire (7th Arr.) +33 1 42 61 17 49
French Restaurant
Cost: €21-40

With its perfect riverside setting, the Voltaire might be just another tourist-led Parisian bistro, but past the velvet curtains, after maître d’ Antoine has escorted you to one of the cozy tables, you realize that this is a genuinely chic spot whose regulars treat it like a private club – at lunch many of the ladies were greeted by a kiss on the hand. From a delicate nibble to a serious feed, Le Voltaire caters to everyone. Source: www.timeout.com/

Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm and 7:30 pm – 10 pm
Closed Sunday and Monday
Wheelchair Accessible: No
How to get there: Metro Line 12 – Rue du Bac
RER C – Musée d’Orsay

Robert et Louise

Robert et Louise is another great restaurant serving steak frites in Paris
Image by John Weiss on Flickr

64 rue Vieille du Temple (4th Arr.)  +33 1 42 78 55 89
Steakhouse
Cost: €21-40

This authentic tavern, with its open fireplace crackling merrily and bare rustic furniture, reconnects us with our carnivorous, hunting instincts and our taste buds go wild. Your hosts offer the tastiest grilled beef ribs, cooked on the fire (for 2/3 people), a hearty black pudding, delicious goose rillettes, and duck breasts are cooked to perfection, tender and delicately scented. Source: http://www.parismarais.com/

Hours: Tuesday – Friday  7 pm – 11 pm
Saturday  12 pm – 2:30 pm and 7pm – 11 pm
Sunday  12 pm – 11pm
Wheelchair Accessible: No
How to get there: Metro Line 8 – Saint Sébastien-Froissart or Lines 1, 9 or 11 – Hôtel de Ville

Sacrée Fleur

50 rue de Clignancourt (18th Arr.) +33 1 42 51 66 18
French Restaurant
Cost: €21-40

Sacrée fleur is a restaurant of traditional cuisine, located at the foot of Montmartre. The menu always focuses on fresh produce, quality meats, and gourmet desserts. Source: http://sacreefleur.e-monsite.com/

Hours: Monday – Friday  11:45 am – 2 pm and 7 pm – 10 pm
Saturday  7 pm – 10 pm
Closed Sunday
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
How to get there: Metro Line 4 – Château Rouge

L’Entrecôte de Paris

29 rue de Marignan (8th Arr.) +33 1 42 25 28 60
Steakhouse
Cost: €21-40

Armand Champvert, the founder of L’Entrecôte de Paris, invented this well-known sauce more than 30 years ago. Made up of 17 ingredients, his recipe remains a well-kept secret. Famous all over Paris, this delicious and tasty sauce with succulent meats is the delight of the gourmet. http://www.lentrecotedeparis.fr/

Hours: Daily  11:30 am – 12:30 am
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
How to get there: Metro Lines 1 or 9 – Franklin. D. Rosevelt

L’Aller Retour

5 rue Charles-François Dupuis (3rd Arr.) +33 1 42 78 01 21
French Restaurant
Cost: €21-40

Located a few steps from the Carreau du Temple, L’Aller Retour has for some time already proved its worth against lovers of good meat. Recognized for the quality of its barbac and its fine wine list, this intimate restaurant is a delight for gourmets who are fond of good drinks and avid for fresh and authentic products. Source: www.lebonbon.fr/

Hours: Monday – Friday  12 pm – 3:30 pm and 7:30 pm – 12:30 am
Saturday – Sunday  7:30 pm – 12:30 am
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
How to get there: Metro Lines 3, 5, 8, 9 or 11 – Republic

Santa Carne

3 Boulevard Richard Lenoir (11th Arr.) +33 1 42 72 03 07
Argentinian Restaurant
Cost: €29-50

Imagine the best meat in the world prepared in the purest Argentine tradition and accommodated with all the French culinary excellence. At the Santa Carne restaurant, the menu gives pride of place to the wines of Latin America. The meat comes from Argentina, is cooked with charcoal and prepared on a parrilla. Source: www.restaurantsantacarne.fr/

Hours: Sunday – Thursday 7:30 pm – 11 pm
Friday – Saturday 7:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
How to get there: Metro Line 5 – Bréguet – Sabin, or Lines 1, 5 or 8 – Bastille

Café des Musées

Café des Musées in Paris
Café des Musées is a famous restaurant in Paris which serves some fantastic steak frites. Image by Amélien Bayle on Flickr

49 Rue de Turenne (3rd Arr.) +33 1 42 72 96 17
French Restaurant
Cost: €21-40

Founded in 1924, the place has kept the heritage of the Parisian cafés of the 30s, with its mosaic, wood panelling, and open kitchen that offers a unique view of the work of chefs in the kitchen. The menu offers a traditional and homemade bistro cuisine, from fresh products directly imported from selected artisans.
Source: https://www.lecafedesmusees.fr/

Hours: Monday – Thursday  12 pm – 2:30 pm and 7 pm – 10:30 pm
Friday – Sunday  12 pm – 4 pm and 7 pm – 11 pm
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
How to get there: Metro Line 8 – Chemin Vert

Anahi

49 rue Volta (3rd Arr.) +33 1 83 81 38 00
Argentinian Restaurant
Cost: €35-60

Since it opened, this restaurant has been the place to eat in the Haut Marais area. The meats, grilled over hot coals and seasoned with an excellent herby marinade, are exceptional. In the 1920s the premises was a butcher’s, and the stunning Art Deco glass ceiling and period ceramic tiles hark back to that time. Source: www.viamichelin.com/

Hours: Friday – Sunday  7 pm – 11:30 pm
Sunday – Thursday  7 pm – 11 pm
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
How to get there: Metro Line 3 – Temple, or Lines 3, or 11 – Arts et Metiers

Atelier Vivanda

3 Locations (see below)
Steakhouse
Cost: €35-50

Owned by Two Michelin Star Chef Akrame Benallal, Atelier Vivanda is the perfect restaurant for meat lovers. Atelier Vivanda is a casual French restaurant with signature dishes like Presillé Black Angus and Sliced Smoked Beef Matured 50 days. Source: www.openrice.com/

18 rue Lauriston (16th Arr.) +33 1 40 67 10 00
Hours: Monday – Friday   12 pm- 3 pm and 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Closed Saturday and Sunday
Wheelchair Accessible: No
How to get there: Metro Line 6 – Kléber

20, rue du Cherche Midi (6th Arr.) +33 1 45 44 50 44
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday  12 pm – 3p m and 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Closed Sunday and Monday
Wheelchair Accessible: No
How to get there: Metro Lines 10 or 12 – Sevres – Babylone, or Line 4 – Saint-Sulpice

82 rue des Archives (3rd Arr.) +33 1 42 71 48 07
Hours: Wednesday – Sunday  12 pm – 2:30 pm and 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Closed Monday and Tuesday
Wheelchair Accessible: No
How to get there: Metro Line 3 – Temple, Line 3 or 11 – Arts des Metiers, or Line 8 – Filles du Calvaire)

Les Grillades de Buenos Aires

54 rue du Montparnasse (14th Arr.) +33 1 43 21 56 74
Argentinian Restaurant
Cost: €21-40

This establishment with refined decor makes your taste buds travel with the flavours of the country. It is the haunt of lovers of good red meats. To raise your steak, let yourself be tempted by the various crudités or fries with parsley. And why not take a herb sauce to accompany your meat? The service and the welcome are up to the flavours of the dishes. The wines are excellent. Source: www.thefork.com/

Hours: Monday  7:30 pm – 11 pm
Tuesday – Friday  12 pm – 2 pm and 7:30 pm – 11 pm
Saturday  12 pm – 3 pm and 7:30 pm – 11 pm
Closed Sunday
Wheelchair Accessible: Partial
How to get there: Metro Line 6 – Edgar Quinet

Le Petit Châtelet

Le Petit Châtelet in Paris
Le Petit Châtelet by Addie on Flickr

39 rue de la Bûcherie (5th Arr.) +33 1 46 33 53 40
French Restaurant
Cost: €21-40

Le Petit Chatelet is a relaxing place to enjoy rustic and gourmet cuisine. Inside, the room is charming and offers a unique visual treat. On a plate, you are overwhelmed with pleasure with the many lovingly concocted specialties such as crayfish salad with hazelnuts, pan-fried mushrooms with garlic or duck confit, fried potatoes. A delicious chocolate terrine comes to gently close your meal. Source: www.thefork.com/

Hours: Daily from 12 pm – 2:30 pm and 7 pm – 10:50 pm
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
How to get there: Metro Line 10 – Cluny – La Sorbonne or Line 4 – Saint-Michel
RER B or C – Saint-Michel – Notre-Dame


Additional Sources: https://www.tastingtable.com, https://www.telegraph.co.uk/, https://www.mychicagosteak.com/, https://behind-the-french-menu.blogspot.com/,



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