The insider’s guide to eating out in Paris: 3 open kitchen restaurants not to miss

Eating out in Paris 8

When it comes to drinking and eating out in Paris we love to be in-the-know! And, when it comes to food and wine, we can never go past a recommendation from our partner, Wendy Lyn: the insider’s insider.

Come with us as we go to three of the best open kitchen restaurants on the right bank of Paris: where you’ll be sure to find those in the know about food, any night of the week. Leave space on your Paris to-do list for Les Déserteurs, Restaurant Pierre Sang on Gambey and Yard.

Bon appetit !

Les Déserteurs

“Chef Daniel Baratier & Sommelier Alexandre Ceret are the deserters who left their posts at Sergent Recruteur to open a new upscale neo-bistro in Paris’ hottest restaurant neighborhood, the 11th. With 28€ lunch menus, professional & friendly service and natural wines – it is already a local favorite & yet another tough table to get.” Read more here.

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The Scene: Lively, Good Vibes
The Look: Modern bistro
Who Goes: Locals, Other Paris Restaurateurs, Sommeliers, Wine Geeks
Social Media: Facebook
Reservation Policy: Book in early
The Soundtrack: Jazz, blues

Lunch Wed – Sat: 12:15pm – 2pm. Dinner Tues – Sat 7:30pm – 10pm.
01 48 06 95 85
46, rue Trousseau, right bank, 11th arr
Metro: Ledru-Rollin (8)

Restaurant 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
Social Media: Facebook
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
No Telephone
6, rue Gambey, 11th arr, Right Bank
Metro: M3 M5 Parmentier (3), Oberkampf (5),


“Jane Drotter’s YARD is a fantastic corner family-style canteen thanks to Chef Shaun Kelly’s market menu cooking (former Au Passage) and Jane’s cellar filled with bottles of natural wine.” 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
Social Media: Facebook
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)

This series

Open Kitchen restaurants  
1 – L’avant Comptoir Hors d’Oeuvres  // Chez L’Ami Jean // La Pointe du Groin
2 – Les Déserteurs // Restaurant Pierre Sang on Gambey // Yard


Other series

Celebrity chefs in Paris  – 10 chefs & 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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