It is still possible to have a great meal in Paris , in a Bistro and for it to be affordable. Eating out in Paris can be very expensive, but with a little reading and some research on your part, you can find affordable, delicious meals in comfortable neighborhood bistros.Cafe Moderne in the neighborhood of the old Bourse. Clean and good service, more contemporary food than the classic bistro menu. It usually saves money to go with the Prix Fixe menu.

L’Os A Moelle , close to the Eiffel Tower in the 15th. Seating is comfortable, the service is excellent. Here you can get snails, foie gras seared perfectly or a black truffle omelet. Desserts are wonderful, or at least some thing that a chocolate mousse is wonderful . Priced around 38E for the prix fixe menu.

Le Bistro Lorette, 43 Rue Notre Dame de Lorette, close to St George Metro station.  Small bistro that seats a maximum of 26 people. Excellent atmosphere,very good service and excellent food. Ala carte card with starters around 7-8 Euro and main courses at 16-18 Euro.  A little gem of a bistro where you also can meet the friends of the owners and locals

La Regalade   Ave Jean-Moulin  The owners of La Regalade changed last year and some worried that the restaurant would be changed too. But their worries were unfounded, this bistro is still great. It is always crowded, many locals and Americans alike put up with rude waiters and long waits and still come back for the good food at good prices.

Aux Lyonnais rue St Marc
This is the bistro of the famous Alain Ducasse, whose partner owns another famous bistro, in the Marais-L’Ami Louis.he food is very good, winter stews and shrimp dishes, eggs in cream with mushrooms, for a 28 euro prix fixe you should be very happy. 

Les Bookinistes  Quai Des Grand Augustins Guy Savoys "baby bistro" on the Left Bank. Wonderful room, with large mirrors and windows to watch the people walk by, from your very comfortable chairs. The food is very good, with large portions served. Cream of chestnut soups, pork and seafood and cheese courses as well as wonderful desserts.  

L’Ardoise  Rue du Mont-Thabor Near the Louvre and the Place Vendome, L’Ardoise is a small bistro offering good prices for very good food. Bistro fare such as roast partridge and crab tart and good cheeses are served by cheerful waiters. A good choice for lunch and they are open Sundays. 

Chez Michel  Rue De Belzunce Lace curtains, beamed ceilings,  just what you expect from a French bistro and the food is just what you hoped for. Coquilles St Jacques, done perfectly, and choux pastry filled with chocolate cream , are just a couple of the dishes that will make you want to return to this always busy Paris bistro. 

L’Epi Dupin  rue Dupin  This bistro is always crowded and reservations are a must. The service is excellent and the food is always a treat. Tarts, fish, rabbit are the usual fare with lovely desserts and wines. Lunch or dinner, no trip to Paris is complete without a meal at L’Epi Dupin. 

Allard  rue Saint-Andre-des-Arts  Allard is a famous and favorite Bistro on the Left Bank. The waiters are busy but manage to be helpful with menu questions. The Roast chicken and seasonal dishes like sauteed cepes are wonderful and make you want to return again and again. 

Auberge D’Chez Eux  Avenue de Lowendal     This bistro is in the 7th, near the Invalides, in a residential area of Paris. The service is wonderful, the waiters are cheerful and happy to be of help and the food is plentiful and delicious. Try their frogs legs, escargot and roast chicken.Save room for the dessert tray that comes around , you will be glad you did. 

Benoit  rue Saint-Martin Near the Pompidou, Benoit is a lovely bistro , a little more expensive than some and a little more elegant. They serve a wonderful cassoulet and delicious Tarte Tatin or chocolate mousse.

Chez Paul rue de Charonne A favorite of locals and tourists alike, this shabby small bistro serves regularly good food for good prices. T

Chez L’Ami Louis  rue de Vertbois IT is almost impossible to get a reservation here but try, it is well worth the trouble and the price. This bistro serves the very best foie gras, roast chicken and duck in Paris. The decor has not changed since it opened, that is part of the charm. 

Le Buisson Ardent 25 rue de Jussieu, Paris 5e.    A cozy, elegant, bristo on the left bank which serve heart warming, unpretentious food (think crispy roast quails in cast iron pot with vegetable stew). Great service with friendly wait staff who patiently translate the menu and explain what is unique about each item on the menu. Clientiel appeared to be mostly academic types from the university across the road, with the odd tourist couple who had the good fortune to wander in. Entree 9€, mains18€ and dessert or cheese board 6€; or set menu for 31€. 

BRASSERIES

Alcazar rue Mazarine  A Terence Conran  brasserie, with upstairs bar and dining room downstairs. Beautiful decor, with good food.

Brasserie Lipp Blvd St Germain  An old-time favorite, the food is acceptable but the restaurant is beautiful. It is a good stop for coffee or wine when sightseeing. 

Polidor rue Monsieur le Prince  Very popular brasserie with a meat-heavy menu. The prices are reasonable but presentation is poor and quality hit and miss.  Service can also be off-hand.

Au Pied de Cochon rue Coquilliere  In Les Halles, this restaurant is for the meat lover. Trotters (pigs feet) in bearnaise is one of the specialities. The portions are large.