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Booths and tables in bar area of Lapérouse
The elegant, yet comfortable bar at Lapérouse. Photo by Landen Kerr.


One of the Oldest & Most Romantic Restaurants in Paris

51 Quai des Grands Augustins, 75006 Paris

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Lapérouse is known not only for being one of the oldest restaurants in Paris but also for its incredibly romantic allure.

First opened in 1766, it has since been a popular hangout for everyone from Victor Hugo to François Mitterand and Kate Moss among others. It’s where Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin supposedly met, and there’s rumored to be a secret tunnel connecting it to the French Senate. Lapérouse is truly a place where we wish walls could talk.

Recently renovated in a way that maintains and honors its authentic “old Paris” elegance, the restaurant’s original features were restored and only replaced if absolutely necessary.

Booths and tables in bar area of Lapérouse
The elegant, yet comfortable bar at Lapérouse. Photo by Landen Kerr.

Mirrors are scratched which may feel out of place without knowing the backstory—allegedly, mistresses tested the authenticity of their gifted diamonds by etching them across the mirrors. It’s stories like these coupled with the atmosphere, food, and service that make Lapérouse such a mythical place. 

This special occasion spot is the perfect place to celebrate just about anything. Make a reservation in the main dining room or in one of the legendary private salons for an especially intimate meal. We recommend arriving early to enjoy a cocktail in the fabulously chic and comfortable bar area. When you go upstairs, you’ll discover the timeless Parisian table décor by Cordelia de Castellane, the creative director of Dior Maison. 

Table with red table cloth and glasses at gastronomic restaurant in Paris
The luxurious table settings at Lapérouse. Photo by Landen Kerr.

Food favorites from chef Jean-Pierre Vigato include the butter that comes with the warm bread (trust us), the Foie Gras and Potato Charlotte with Lapérouse Caviar to start, and the Ris de Veau for a main dish. We highly recommend finishing with pastry chef Christophe Michalak’s decadent Profiterole for dessert. 

Close up of plate of foie gras at Lapérouse restaurant
The foie gras at Lapérouse. Photo by Landen Kerr.

Closed on Sundays, Lapérouse is open Tuesday to Friday for lunch and dinner, and for dinner only Saturdays and Mondays. We recommend reserving in advance, especially for a private salon. Reservations can be made online on their official website

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Saint Germain
Métro Ⓜ
Saint-Michel Notre-Dame, Pont-Neuf
51 Quai des Grands Augustins, 75006 Paris
Opening Hours
Mon-Sat: 20:00-01:00; Closed Sun