The "Maîtres Restaurateurs"

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  • Chef Xavier Isabal at his restaurant, Ithurria, in Aïnhoa

    Chef Xavier Isabal at his restaurant, Ithurria, in Aïnhoa

    © Laurent Teisseire

  • Josy and Valérie Bandecchi at Restaurant Josy-Jo in Cagnes-sur-Mer

    Josy and Valérie Bandecchi at Restaurant Josy-Jo in Cagnes-sur-Mer

    © Laurent Teisseire

The "Maîtres Restaurateurs" 75000 Paris fr

Who are the "Maîtres Restaurateurs"?

Established in 2007, the title of "Maître Restaurateur" is a recognition given to the top professionals in traditional restaurants, highlighting both their expertise and their commitment to the highest of standards. It is a real label of quality, the only one issued by the French government in the restaurant industry.

The "Maître Restaurateur" label guarantees high-quality cuisine, made to order with pure, mostly local ingredients and well-executed by a team of culinary professionals. To date, 2,500 restaurants across France have achieved this honor.

What does the label mean?

Dishes offered must be diverse and at least one starter, main dish or dessert has to be offered daily. To obtain the title of Maître-Restaurateur, the food must be prepared on the premises (no pre-packaged meals) by a properly accredited chef, using fresh products. The décor and service in the restaurant must meet certain standards, as well, of course, as the safety and hygiene protocols. 

How to find a Maître-Restaurateur?

Maître-Restaurateurs may be identified by the official plaque on their entryway or by using the label in the official communications. There is at least one Maître-Restaurateur in every départment in metropolitan France, and you can search online for restaurants near your destination.

Things to see


  • René Magritte: The treachery of images at the Centre Pompidou in Paris

    © Centre Pompidou, mnam-cci /Dist. RMN-GP, Photo : G. Meguerditchian © Adagp, Paris 2015

    From September 21, 2016 to January 23, 2017
    Paris’s Centre Pompidou unveils an exhibition dedicated to René Magritte’s surrealist work, and his idea that words can be shown in images   
  • FIAC - International Contemporary Art Fair

    © FIAC/Marc Domage

    From October 20, 2016 to October 23, 2016
    Every autumn, enthusiasts and collectors flock to the French capital for the International Contemporary Art Fair, one of the major events on the contemporary art scene.
  • REMBRANDT at the Musée Jacquemart-André in Paris

    © Paris, Musée Jacquemart-André – Institut de France/Culturespaces-Musée Jacquemart-André

    From September 16, 2016 to January 23, 2017
    Based around 3 Rembrandt masterpieces held at the Musée Jacquemart-André, this exhibition retraces the pivotal moments through this major Dutch artist’s career.  

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