French restaurant basics

Basic information about eating in French cafes, bistros, brasseries and restaurants, including ordering, paying the bill, tipping.

Our Restaurant Review Policy

Whether you’re a foodie or just a hungry traveler, a gastronome on a mission or a hearty eater on a moderate budget, eating out...

The Perfect Paris Diet

If being sedentary, overeating fatty foods, overdoing sugar-heavy drinks, and endless snacking are among the surest ways to gain fat, you needn’t worry about...

Restaurant Reservations

you're not a planner (I’m certainly not), don’t force yourself. You can always find something worthwhile by taking a stroll or by asking at...

Service in Paris

Back home we demand friendly service with a wide smile, we promise tips, and we want to be treated as though we, as customers,...

The Menu

Unless otherwise indicated, the prices mentioned on this site are for 3-course meals, excluding drinks. Your choice of drinks and wine will naturally greatly...

Stages of the Meal

You needn’t order something from every page of the menu, of course, but if you were to do so in the name of luxury...

Carnivorous Confusion

Meat is customarily served rarer in France than in the United States, so it’s important to know how to answer when the waiter asks...

Everyone’s a Critic

Returning home from France without good food stories shows a lack of appetite, curiosity, and interesting company. You may not rave about everywhere and...

Getting the Bill

Sometimes the most difficult task in a restaurant is getting the waiter to give you the bill. Relax. This is often a good sign;...

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