L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon, Paris

Address Rue de Montalembert, 75007 Paris, France Map, Tel +33 1 42 22 56 56 Call, Hours Mon 12n-3:30am, 11:30am-3:30am; Tue-Sat 11:30am-3:30am; Sun 11:30am-12am, Notes Reservations not accepted Website

Hire a sitter and leave the kids behind. Depending on whether you're the plan-ahead type or like to show up at the last minute & don't mind waiting in line, this restaurant's no-reservations policy is a curse or a blessing. The 37-seat restaurant, where every seat faces the kitchen, is well worth the wait on the curb. Try the tasting menu or order off the menu. Don't miss the mashed potatoes -- the creamiest and smoothest I've ever had, they'll give you something to aspire to next Thanksgiving.

Older kids with good restaurant manners may be able to join in the fun. Diners are seated, sushi bar style, at a bar that curves around the beautiful kitchen so that your kids can watch all the action.