SFP’s Favorite “no reservation” Restaurants in Paris
In this ever evolving city of light, food and dining out are experiences that the Parisians give high importance to, and we are totally in agreement with that! Of the thousands of restaurants located in Paris, many can be reserved in advance, but equally as many are “walk-ins” with no possibility to reserve. It can definitely be a pain having to queue up for restaurants, hoping to get in for the evening, and truth be told, sometimes you are turned away and have to try your luck another day. However, some of the best restaurants in Paris do not accept reservations, but we cannot let this stop us from tasting some of the best food that the city has to offer!
Allow us to share with you our favourite places to go sans réservation and the times we recommend you show up to secure a table.
107 Boulevard Richard Lenoir, 75011
Ober Mamma is now one of five restaurants belonging to the bigmammagroup in Paris, all of which are authentic Italian trattorias and serve 100% homemade Italian food. Styled by the same designer, Martin Brudnizki, the 2nd edition to the Mamma family reveals itself little by little: a long terrace on Boulevard Richard-Lenoir, a massive aperitivo each day in their beautiful cocktail bar, cured hams hung from the ceiling, and a very trattoria popolare backroom under the big glass roof centred around an indoor tree, with a view of the kitchens and the wood-fired oven. This is a great restaurant for groups and kids, and although reservations aren’t possible, the wait is well worth it! We recommend you arrive at 6pm to avoid long waits and to enjoy the aperitivo before moving into the restaurant section for a deliciously authentic Italian meal.
Mon – Wed : 12pm – 2:15pm, 7pm – 1am
Thurs & Fri : 12pm – 2:15pm, 6pm – 1am
Sat : 12pm – 3:30pm, 6pm – 1am
Sun : 12pm – 3:30pm, 7pm – 1am
80 Rue de Charonne, 75011
This casual eatery churns out some serious seafood chow. From the brains behind the famed Septime comes Clamato, a small-plate seafood haven located in the heart of the hipster 11th arrondissement. Decorated in all reclaimed wood, you will feel like you are below deck munching on expertly prepared clams, oysters, and whatever the fishermen caught that day. As the restaurant doesn’t take reservations, we recommend that you arrive early enough to secure a seating, but with enough waiting time to enjoy one of their delicious cocktails! Don’t leave without trying the incredible maple syrup tart, as well!
Mon & Tues : Closed
Weds – Fri : 7pm – 11pm
Sat & Sun : 12pm – 11pm
52 Faubourg Saint Denis
52 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis, 75010
The perfect completion to the trio of neo-bistro French restaurants is the 52 Faubourg Saint Denis. With a beautiful and elegant interior mixed with wood, marble, exposed brick walls, and high bar stools, this is the perfect trendy restaurant to meet with friends or enjoy with your date. This is another “sans reservations” restaurant, so be sure to get there early so you don’t wait in line too long. If you’re heading there for lunch try to arrive at midday, and for dinner be there before 7:30pm to nab that table!
Mon – Sun – 8am – Midnight
Trois Fois Plus de Piment
184 Rue Saint-Martin, 75003
The man behind the success of Deux Fois Plus de Piment, Monsieur Cheng, decided to open a second branch taking things just a step further. Welcome to Trois Fois Plus de Piment where the cooks season your bowls with spice on a scale from 0 (easily done)- 5 (mouth being on fire). The choice is all yours with how hot you decide to go, but we do recommend you take caution and go easy on your palette for your first time! This restaurant serves some of the best noodles and homemade dumplings in Paris, all prepared in a deliciously crafted Sichuan style sauce or soup, with a choice of beef or pork. The restaurant is fairly small but they manage to squeeze a good number of people in. Queues go down quickly, but to minimise your waiting time we recommend you get there for their opening time of 7pm, or show up for a Spanish style dining at 10pm when the queue will have disappeared.
Tues – Sun : 12-3pm, 7 – 11pm
Paname Brewing Company
41 bis Quai de la Loire, 75019
As summer is approaching, we couldn’t recommend a more perfect place to have a beer in the sun, be as close to the water as you possibly can (without actually being in it) and have an unbeatable view of the canal. As the name indicates, this place has a great selection of beers from local breweries and beers brewed on site, too! If you are into beer then this is definitely a place that you need to visit at least once. They offer a good selection of pizzas, salads, and burgers to help line your stomach, but do not take reservations. We recommend you go just after lunch to get a seat out on the terrace and stay put for the evening as you drink beer and watch day turn to night.
Mon – Sun : 11am – 2am
54 rue de Seine, 75006
Freddy’s is the place you go if you want delicious small plates in a trendy and cozy atmosphere. Unlike most restaurants in the neighborhood, Freddy’s still remains somewhat undiscovered by the vast majority of out-of-towners. It is the perfect refined local hot spot to grab a friend or two and pop in for a glass or a full meal. We would recommend you try it off peak hours as it does get crowded with bar-only seating. However, if you do find yourself waiting for a spot, they have a quality wine list that we urge you to try a glass from!
Mon – Sun : 12pm – Midnight
74 rue de Charonne, 75011
This little authentic Vietnamese restaurant has been a huge success with the French and foreigners alike. They serve up extremely affordable, delicious, and authentic Vietnamese plates such as the famous Bobun or the typical Pho soup. There can often be a small queue outside, but don’t let this put you off as it goes quickly and the welcoming staff do all they can do fit you in as quickly as possible. If you’re looking for a quick bite to eat with a friend, or just simply craving good quality Vietnamese food then this place is a winner.
Mon – Fri : 12:30pm – 2:30pm, 7:30pm – 10:30pm
Le Petit Cambodge
20 rue Alibert, 75010
This is a fun, packed, hipster-attracting spot which offers brilliant and authentic Cambodian cuisine. Crispy vegetables, crunchy spring rolls, shrimp chips, and some well selected Asian beers have been drawing in canal-goers for some time now. Le Petit Cambodge was one of the restaurants deeply impacted by the tragic Paris attacks, which means we have more reason now than ever to continue supporting this restaurant and maintain its well deserved reputation as one of the best Cambodian restaurants in Paris. Like most of the best restaurants in this city, you cannot reserve in advance. We recommend you arrive around 7pm, just before the dinner rush, but if you end up waiting then you have the canal itself and many little French bars just a few steps away to have a drink whilst you wait.
Mon – Sun : 12pm – 11pm
9 Rue Lucien Sampaix, 75010
If you ask people where the best place to have brunch in Paris is, we can almost guarantee that 99% of people will say Holybelly. Holybelly was designed for Sunday mornings. Whether you are just waking up, suffering from the night before, or looking for a hearty breakfast with friends or family, Holybelly is the place to be. They open at 10am on Sundays and unless you are a table of 2 be sure to arrive right at 10am on the dot to avoid an hour-long wait. Delicious coffee, food, and a cosy Sunday morning ambiance will heal all that ails you. If you can’t make brunch on Sunday, worry not, they are open throughout the week and serve delicious lunch and breakfast menus on a daily basis!
Mon – Fri : 9am – 5pm
Sat & Sun : 10am – 5pm
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