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Where to have dinner on Christmas Eve 2023 in Paris

Between dinner cruises, gourmet restaurants, cabarets and classic brasseries, there is a wide selection of outstanding places to dine this Christmas 2023! 

Paris is full of exceptional, original, gastronomic, luxurious, traditional, or audacious places to celebrate Christmas Eve in style.

Dinner on the Seine in Paris

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Celebrate Christmas on the River Seine – considered one of Paris' finest avenues – and enjoy an unforgettable Christmas. Take in a breathtaking panoramic view over the City of Lights, its iconic monuments and its magnificent illuminations as you cruise along its famous river, sampling a selection of delicious festive menus.

The Bateaux-Parisiens have designed a very special evening to celebrate Christmas. Included is a refined dinner prepared on board by the chef, and the best views of the most beautiful monuments in Paris by night on this all-round glass-windowed boat. A dinner cruise that will leave you with lasting memories.

Below the Musée d’Orsay, Paris Seine - La Marina also has a special festive dinner cruise. A vegetarian menu is available on request. The company is also offering a Christmas lunch cruise lasting 1hr30, on 24 and 25 December.

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On the Île aux Cygnes with its famous Statue of Liberty, in the 15th arrondissement, guests embark on the ****Capitaine Fracasse. This chic and elegant boat, made from solid wood - sets off at 8:45 PM on Christmas Eve for a cruise of two hours or so, with a special menu accompanied by champagne and wine.

Moored opposite the Eiffel Tower, at the discrete Port Debilly, is Ducasse-sur-Seine - one of the most popular boats in the capital. On this 100% electric barge, the magic of Christmas is expressed in a menu with food and wine pairing, with exceptional seasonal products and imagined by the famous chef Alain Ducasse.

The Bateaux Mouches, meanwhile, aren't organising any Christmas Eve dinners, but instead are offering revellers an unforgettable lunch on 25 December with champagne, foie gras, poultry and chocolate Yule log, all while they enjoy fantastic views of the city!

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The elegant barges run by Eiffel Croisières will be decked out in their finest for their Christmas cruises. The chef will be offering a selection of vegetarian and children's menus, as well as à la carte dishes to delight guests. Several departure times and locations (Eiffel Tower or Alexandre III bridge) are available.

Dinner at a cabaret in Paris

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For a typically Parisian and festive Christmas Eve celebration, head to the capital’s mythical cabarets!

The famous Crazy Horse Paris promises a glamorous Christmas Eve night, with its show Totally Crazy. This 90-minute sophisticated and entertaining show unveils 65 years of artistic creation in a totally magical atmosphere, with champagne, appetizers and dishes for a Crazy Christmas.

Just a few steps from the Panthéon, at the Paradis Latin cabaret club, the Christmas Eve dinner is the ideal opportunity to enjoy – while tucking into an excellent meal designed by Guy Savoy and Pierre Hermé – a review directed and choreographed by Kamel Ouali.

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Another famous cabaret, the Moulin Rouge is offering a special festive dinner show from 19 December 2023 to 3 January 2024. Revellers will have their breath taken away by an outstanding dinner with champagne, as they succumb to the charm of the Féérie review starring the famous Doriss Girls.

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Still in Montmartre, at the famous Cabaret Michou in the Rue des Martyrs the atmosphere is quite different but equally magical and entertaining. After a wonderful festive dinner, starting with an aperitif and ending with a dessert, there is a show in with transformists playfully portray stars of the past and the present including Dalida, Lady Gaga, Patricia Kass, Maria Callas, and Celine Dion. Emotion and laughter guaranteed!

For an original Christmas Eve dinner, head to the Bel Canto. As diners enjoy a special Christmas gourmet menu, they will have the surprise and pleasure of watching opera singers stroll around the dining room performing operatic arias!

Dinner in a palace in Paris

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For Christmas, the restaurants of Parisian palaces offer festive dinners, with a focus on luxury, high gastronomy, and elegance.

The famous palace on the Place de la Concorde, the Crillon, a Rosewood Hotel welcomes you for the holidays in its restaurant l'Ecrin. The gastronomic restaurant with its intimate and timeless atmosphere has been awarded a Michelin star.

At Le Meurice, the oldest palace in the capital, a double starred experience awaits the gourmets with the exceptional festive menu concocted by the most starred French chef in the world: Alain Ducasse. The other restaurant of the palace, the Dalí - with its decor signed by Philippe Starck - stands out for its resolutely creative culinary spirit.

Very close to the Arc de Triomphe, the largest of the Parisian palaces, The Peninsula, Paris, renowned for its unique culinary scores, is planning festive menus for the evening. At the Lili, the chefs excel at fusing Chinese and French dishes. At the Oiseau Blanc, diners will be won over by the restaurant's unique and unforgettable dishes on one of the capital’s finest terraces. At the Lobby, the chefs invite the guests to taste the dishes that they create for Christmas against the exceptional decor of this restaurant in one of Paris' listed buildings.

The Westin Paris-Vendôme - ideally located between Jardin des Tuileries and Place Vendôme - and its restaurant Le First await gourmets for a special Christmas Eve dinner.

The Mandarin Oriental, also close to Place Vendôme, welcomes guests to its Camélia restaurant for a discovery of flavours orchestrated by the renowned chef Thierry Marx. A six-dish dinner has been created for Christmas Eve, and a festive brunch awaits you on 25 December.

Finally, La Bauhinia, the magnificent restaurant of the Shangri-La, and Le Cinq, the renowned three-star Michelin restaurant of the Four Seasons Hôtel George, are also offering exceptional Christmas Eve menus with their signature Yule logs for dessert. There will also be some wonderful surprises at the Ritz and Réserverestaurants.

Dinner in a brasserie in Paris

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With their reputation for non-stop service and low prices, the great Parisian brasseries are part of the capital's history, and give Christmas Eve a special, magical character …

Situated on the Champs-Élysées, Fouquet’s is without doubt the most upscale Parisian brasserie. Its six-dish Christmas Eve menu has been designed by chef Pierre Gagnaire.

In the Saint-Germain-des-Prés district, Brasserie Lipp, recognizable by its varnished mahogany façade, serves traditional French cuisine. The food is always of a high quality; you can for example enjoy Osciètre Petrossian caviar or Perles de l’Impératrice oysters from Cap-Ferret. Paris has two Bouillon Chartier, one an historic address on the grands boulevards and another more recent one in Montparnasse. The traditional menu at moderate prices also remains attractive for a Christmas Eve celebration with family or friends.

On the lively Place de Clichy, the brasserie Le Wepler is reputed for its oysters. And in the Opéra district, the Grand Café des Capucines offers a huge array of seafood platters, as do the Café de la Paix, La Coupole and ****La Closerie des Lilas, in Montparnasse.

The Hard Rock Café, a stone’s throw from Musée Grévin, welcomes you in its unique setting. Disneyland Park® Paris is celebrating the Christmas season with its Enchanted Christmas, and the park’s restaurants (La Cantina, the Yacht club, Cape Cod, Annette’s diner, Manhattan Restaurant…) as is the Asterix theme park.

If it's a historic Christmas that you are after, then feel free to try some of the city's legendary brasseries, such as Le Procope, Aux Pieds de Cochon or the Éditeurs, all of which will delight you.

More bucolic, as it is located on the edge of the Bois de Vincennes, the Chalet du Lac is offering a Christmas menu for Christmas Eve, on 24 December 2023, including access to the club to continue celebrating after dinner. The Christmas brunch - on 24 and 25 December 2023 from 11am - is another option, at an affordable price.

Dinner in a gastronomic restaurant in Paris

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Paris is full of outstanding restaurants whose decorations and menus are both beautiful and refined.

Top place for gastronomic French cuisine, the Tour d’Argent and its little sister the Rôtisserie de la Tour d’Argent will also ensure you enjoy an exceptional Christmas. And the Michelin-starred bistro Restaurant Benoît has a selection of exceptional wines at reasonable prices for amateurs and connoisseurs alike to enjoy.

Near the Palais Garnier, the restaurant Drouant - the emblematic venue for the Goncourt and Renaudot literary awards - offers a four-stage Christmas menu including a glass of champagne, the famous fois gras, and ending with a tasty Yule log.

A few steps from the Palace of Versailles, chef Gordon Ramsay oversees the restaurant of the Hotel Waldorf Astoria Versailles - Trianon Palace. Christmas Eve dinner menu to come !