This Michelin-starred eatery in the 6th arrondissement has been open since 1961 and is frequented every day by an impressive clientele of regulars. Chef Manuel Martinez began working here in 1980, achieving a second star for the place in 1985. The following year, he was named Meilleur Ouvrier de France. Manuel then spent nine magical years at La Tour d’Argent, but in 1996 he returned to Relais Louis XIII, of which he had grown so fond, and bought it, with the ambition of restoring its former reputation. Five years later, in 2001, the restaurant was once again given 2 stars in the Michelin Guide, which it kept for a time.
Chef: Manuel Martinez
Sommelier: Mathieu Speisser
Great features: it feels like time has stood still – the half-timbered walls, old apparent stone, wood features, stained glass and upholstery offer a real break from the ordinary while reminding us that this was the site of the former Grands Augustins monastery where Louis XIII was named proclaimed King of France.
We especially love…: the beautifully classical style of cuisine, which is nonetheless vibrant and up-to-date; the level of service.
Recognition: Guide Michelin, Gault & Millau
Relais Louis XIII
8, rue des Grands Augustins, 75006 Paris
+33 (0)1 43 26 75 96