Romantic courtyard dining in the Royal Palace of Paris

Right in the chaotic heart of Paris is the arcaded courtyard of the 17th century Royal Palace, a quiet retreat of a gravelly park lined with regiments of box-clipped trees.

Tucked into one corner of the courtyard, with tables out on the terrace in warm weather, hides this romantic little restaurant serving a blend of French, Mediterranean, and Italian cusines.

Keep in mind that this is a classic French restaurant, so you are not rushed thorugh your meal. I note this becuse its location right by the Louvre might entice some to try and pop in for a quick lunch. This is not a "quick lunch" kind of place; it's a "linger over your meal" kind of place.

Book ahead to ensure you get an outdoor table.