Comparison of 8 of the Best Dinner Cruises on the Seine River in Paris

Having dinner while going up the Seine is the perfect way to visit Paris without ruining the sole of your shoes. An incredible experience you’re definitely going to love. And since such a service can be qualified as exceptional and unique, many companies have decided to offer you their own version of a dinner cruise along the Seine. As such, here are the 8 best dinner cruises, now, the choice is yours to make.

For all those who don’t have much time and want to know which cruise corresponds to your current mood (yes, I’m talking about you, right there), we’ve selected the best cruises for each category. In other words…

Best Atmosphere for a Couple

Bateaux-Mouche: As you can reserve a perfect spot for an intimate moment with your partner, this restaurant just  had to be mentioned.

Yachts de Paris: With no more than 20 tables and a service which more than rivals starred restaurants, this cruise is made for intimate dates

 

Best Family Meals

Pizza-sur-Seine: “Pizza”. This single word describes it all. As it is a dish which kids will adore and made in a quality their parents will love… these pizzas are the perfect definition of a family meal.

 

Cheapest Dinners

Pizza-sur-Seine: While the concept of “cheap” is rather subjective, when we compared this to the other restaurants whose meals cost between 60€ and a few hundred euros… we can objectively declare that the Pizza-sur-Seine’s 35€ meal is relatively “cheap”.

 

Best Cruise to Celebrate an Event

Bateaux-Mouche: Obviously, the intimate atmosphere is ideal for any intimate event -especially those including the word “yes”. But the main reason we put this here is because they also offer a set including a dinner and a seat for the Parisian cabaret: the Crazy Horse. Two different atmospheres which bring about two different kinds of celebrations.

 

Best Summer Cruise

Croisière-sur-Seine: What’s the best way to enjoy Summer? A patio of course! And the Croisière-sur-Seine has a beautiful one from which you can admire the City of Light.

Vedettes du Pont Neuf: This boat as well has a simple -yet beautiful- patio which allows you to enjoy the warmth and light the season has to offer.

 

Overall best restaurants

Yachts de Paris: No matter if we have to describe the atmosphere, the cuisine, the service or the comfort, this is simply perfect. The classiest of the classiest, the top of the top, the best of the best… what more is there to say? Nothing can compare to this starred floating restaurant.

Calife: As unexpected as this may seem, a second boat finds its place in this category. Through its good food, good atmosphere and nice vintage decorations, this restaurant fought for its place thanks to its great ambience and its lack of faults.

 

Here is a list including the 8 best dinner cruises in Paris.

 

Bateaux-Mouches

Bateau Mouche
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The Bateaux-mouche is a 60 year-old company which initially designated boats bringing merchandise up and down the Seine. During the 1867 World Fair some of them started welcoming passengers on board. 

Through its enormous windows, the Paris and its monuments are yours to admire. Whether it’s the Eiffel Tower, the Notre-Dame Cathedral or even the Arc de Triomphe, nothing will prevent you from living a romantic moment.

Price: 79€ to 130€ according to the schedule and the menu; the dinner + cabaret set costs 192€ and the VIP dinner costs 325€.

We love:

  • the big windows
  • the 37€ kids’ meal
  • the music
  • the 8:30 pm 2h15 tour
  • the sophisticated ambiance
  • the French cuisine

We don’t quite love

  • the short 6 pm 1h15 trip

>> Check out and reserve a meal at the Bateaux Mouches <<

 

Bateaux Parisiens

Bateau Parisien
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You can board the Bateaux Parisiens next to the Eiffel Tower or Notre-Dame. Their main point is their enormous glass panes offering a panoramic view of Paris.

Whether you’re on the Onyx, the Diamant II, or any other of their boats, the Bateaux Parisiens will serve you the most famous monuments in Paris such as the Eiffel Tower, the Invalides, the Louvre and many more on a silver platter.

Price: 80€ to 200€ depending on the schedule and the seating.

We love

  • the fully glass-paneled boats
  • the French cuisine
  • the relaxed atmosphere
  • the 35€ kids’ meal

We don’t quite love

  • the early and short 1h15 cruise at 6:15 pm

>> Check out and reserve on the Bateaux Parisiens <<

 

Marina de Paris

Marina de Paris

All 3 of the Marina’s boats will seduce you with their beautiful decorations. You’ll be able to taste delicious food while admiring Paris’ monuments.

Price: 61€ to 133€ depending on the schedule and menu

We love:

  • the 9:15 pm trip allowing us to see the Eiffel Tower’s lights
  • the French cuisine
  • the 35€ kids’ meal
  • the vegetarian menu
  • the variety in the menu
  • the many extra options

We don’t quite love:

  • the price of the extra options
  • the drinks aren’t included in the menu

>> Check out and reserve at the Marina de Paris <<

 

Calife

the Calife on the Seine

The Calife, whose personnel clearly seems to treat you as a pasha combines two opposite aspects: a both sumptuous and friendly atmosphere.

Whether it is the music, the decor and, obviously, the Parisian monuments to admire, you will definitely not be in want.

Price: 67€  à 108€ according to the menu

We love:

  • the music on the 1879 piano
  • the middle-eastern cuisine
  • the glass panels
  • the 1789 stained glass ceiling
  • a nice 2h00 ride
  • the friendly atmosphere

We don’t quite love:

  • the drinks aren’t included in the menu

>> Check out and reserve at the Calife <<

 

Croisière-sur-Seine

diamant bleu on the seine

Get on board the Diamant Bleu II and take in the beauty of the greatest Parisian monuments such as the Eiffel Tower while enjoying your meal on this luxurious boat accompanied by the lights of the Seine’s banks.

The large glass panels will let you admire these sublime monuments.

Price: 69€ to 79€

We love:

  • the possibility to eat on the patio
  • the 34 glass panels
  • the 2h15 cruise
  • the French cuisine
  • the 39€ kids’ meal
  • the music

>> Check out and reserve at the Croisière-sur-Seine <<

 

Pizza-sur-Seine

daniels floating on the seine

Get on board the Daniel’s, the first moving and floating pizzeria in Paris. During your 1h45 trip, you’ll be able to taste delicious pizzas cooked by a real Italian chef while admiring Paris’ historical foundations such as Notre-Dame, the Eiffel Tower, the Invalides… and much more.

Taking advantage of its excessively low draft, the Daniel’s will show you all the sights of Paris, regardless of the Seine’s water level.

Price: 35€

We love:

  • the Italian cuisine
  • the patio
  • the 29€ kids’ meal
  • the very low draft
  • the casual and fun atmosphere
  • the menu with a large pizza selection

On aime moins:

  • the drinks aren’t included in the menu

>> See and book a diner cuise with Pizza sur Seine <<

 

Vedettes du Pont Neuf

vedettes du pont neuf on the seine
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Initially founded in 1959 with no less than four boats, the Vedettes du Pont Neuf have been welcoming travelers who want to visit Paris in a tasteful atmosphere.

As such, under the lights of the Eiffel Tower and other famous monuments, you will be able to enjoy a meal worthy of French gastronomy

Price: 72€ for the menu without champagne and 105€ for the menu with champagne

We love:

  • the patio
  • the nice 2h00 trip
  • the 35€ kids’ meal 
  • the French cuisine

We don’t quite love:

  • the drinks aren’t included in the menu

>> See and book your diner-cruise with Les Vedettes du Pont Neuf <<

 

Yachts de Paris

Debilly port, 75016 Paris

Since 1991, Yachts de Paris allow you to discover the monuments of Paris in luxury.

They’re aiming for excellence.

The 7 yachts, all more splendid than the next, will welcome you in an elegant atmosphere but it is on the Don Juan II that you can have your dinner.

The cuisine, imagined by the starred-chef Frédéric Anton, is equivalent to a 3-star restaurant cuisine.

You can board from 7:45pm.

Price : 220€ (drinks not included)

We love : 

  • the 2h30 sumptuous trip
  • the high-class atmosphere
  • the intimate setting
  • the discreet background music
  • the veggie menu
  • the top of the crop comfort

We don’t quite love : 

  • the price
  • the drinks aren’t included in the menu

>> Check and book your dinner cruise on the Don Juan II <<

 

 

Comparison table of the 8 dinner cruises offers:

Departure Length Cuisine Menu Kids’meal Price
Bateaux-Mouches 6 pm 1h15 French appetizer + main course + dessert + drink 37€ 79€
8:30 pm 2h15 menu prestige: appetizer + main course + cheese+ dessert + drinks 99€
menu excellence: appetizer + main course + dessert + cheese + drink no 130€
Bateaux Parisiens 6:15 pm 1h15 French appetizer + main course + dessert + drink 34€ 69€
89€ (window seat)
8:30 pm 2h15 appetizer + main course + dessert + drink no 99€-205€ (depending on the area and options)
Marina de Paris 6:45 pm 1h15 French appetizer + main course + dessert (no drinks) 35€ 61€ + options
9:15 pm 2h00 appetizer + main course + dessert (no drinks) 64€ + options
Le Calife 8:30 pm 2h00 Middle-Eastern menu Saint-Pères: appetizer + main course + dessert (no drinks) no 67€
menu Grand Palais: appetizer + main course + dessert (no drinks) 108€
Croisière-sur-Seine 9:00 pm 2h30 French appetizer + main course + dessert + drink 39€ 69€
Pizza-sur-Seine 9 pm 1h45 Italian appetizer + main course + dessert (no drinks) 29€ 35€
Vedettes du Pont Neuf 8:45 pm 2h00 French appetizer + main course + dessert (no drinks) 35€ 64€ + champagne
Yachts de Paris 8:30 pm 2h30 French appetizer + main course + dessert (no drinks) no 220€ + options + drinks