The insider’s guide to eating out in Paris: 4 celebrity chef restaurants not to miss

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When it comes to eating out in Paris we love to be in-the-know! When it comes to food and wine, we like to listen to and take advice from our partner, Wendy Lyn: the insider’s insider.

Come with us as we go to four of the best restaurants in the 11th arrondissement of Paris. All four have celebrity chefs: Yard, Pierre Sang on Gambey, Le Servan and Clamato. 

Bon appetit !


“It is a good thing that I am a fan of Nye Smith’s cooking (former St John/Moro London), because his new post at Jane Drotter’s restaurant is literally my front yard. It isn’t fancy cuisine, but it is satisfying home cooking which makes it a fantastic and reliable corner canteen.” Read more here.

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The Dish to Get: Roasted lamb & green pea bouillon
The Scene: Lively, Local, Friendly
The Look: New England bistro with an open kitchen & fireplace
Who Goes: Chefs, restaurateurs, winemakers, local artist residents
Reservation Policy: Lunch No Reservations, Dinner Reservations Necessary
The Soundtrack: Ella Fitzgerald, James Brown, Nina Simone
If You Cannot Get In, Try: Le 6 Paul Bert, Pulperia

Lunch, Mon-Fri first-come first-serve (18€), Tues-Fri dinner reservations only (a la carte menu) average 25€ total bill without wine
01 40 09 70 30
6 rue de Mont Louis, 11th arr, right bank
Metro: Voltaire (9), Charonne (9), Philippe Auguste (2)

Pierre Sang on Gambey

“Korean-French Chef Pierre Sang’s fun new restaurant serving modern and soulful tasting menus in an urban wine shop setting…” Read more here.

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The Dish to Get: Kimchi Noodles
The Scene: Lively, Good Vibes
The Look: Former printing shop with exposed brick and metal
Who Goes: Foodies, Paris Chefs, 20 somethings to 60 somethings
Reservation Policy: No Reservations
The Soundtrack: Custom iTunes Playlist, Funk, Rock & Soul
Insider Tip: Oberkamp metro is closed for renovations until end of Sept. For private groups/parties, book the table upstairs if possible
If You Cannot Get In, Try: Frenchie Wine Bar

Dinner 7pm – 11:30pm Tuesday – Saturday
6, rue Gambey, 11th arr, Right Bank
Metro: Parmentier (3), Oberkampf (5)

Le Servan

“Sisters Tatiana (L’Arpege & L’Astrance) and Katia Levha have transformed a gritty 11th arr coffee bar into a pretty new bistro, bustling with cheerful food industry folks who are crossing town for Tatiana’s Philippine infused menus & Katia’s natural wine list.” Read more here.

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The Dish to Get: Harissa-Butter Lieu Fish
The Scene: Buzzing with people who all know each other, Lively
The Look: Minimalist Art Deco
Who Goes: Wine Growers, Locals, Food & Wine Journalists, Natural Wine Geeks, Food Industry
Reservation Policy: Call for a reservation
The Soundtrack: You can’t hear the music, there are so many people talking & laughing under high ceilings
Insider Tip: Solo diners can request the bar. There are both tables and banquettes for groups of 4, if you prefer one over another

Lunch & Dinner Tuesday – Saturday
01 55 28 51 82
32 rue Chemin Vert, 11th arr, right bank
Metro: Voltaire (2), Pere Lachaise (9)


“Chef Bertrand Grébaut and Théo Pourriat’s modern seafood tapas bar next door to their much hyped Septime restaurant offers daily-changing plates in an ultra-relaxed vibe… rare for Paris it is actually open all day Saturday & Sunday.” Read more here.

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The Dish to Get: Razor clams dressed up in crushed peanuts and herb butter
The Scene: Relaxed, Cool
The Look: Clean, polished & modern
Who Goes: Food Industry, Locals, Visiting Foodies, Celebrity Chefs
Reservation Policy: No reservations, first come first served
The Soundtrack: Jazz, Aretha Franklin
Insider Tip: Booking a table isn’t an option, so the secret on this spot is getting there early or late
If You Cannot Get In, Try: Le 6 Paul Bert in the same neighborhood

Open for dinner Wed – Sun, Open all day Saturday & Sunday
80, rue de Charonne, Right Bank
Metro: Ledru Rollin (8), Charonne (11)

This series

Celebrity chefs in Paris restaurants  
Article one: Clown Bar // Restaurant Frenchie // La Pointe du Groin
Article two: L’avant Comptoir Hors d’Oeuvres // Restaurant AT // Chez L’Ami Jean
This article: Yard // Pierre Sang on Gambey // Le Servan // Clamato


Other series

Open Kitchen restaurants
Industry hangouts in Paris – ‘must know’ restaurants
Le buzz for foodies in Paris – occasional snippets

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All Images © Wendy Lyn.

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Judy MacMahon

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