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Hi all,

My husband and I are heading to Paris for four nights at the end of July. Can't wait :lol:

I was wondering if anybody could give us some recommendations (for dinner, lunch, anything really - nothing ~too~ outrageous in terms of price) based on recent experiences?

We'll be staying in the Marais but will go anywhere for good food! I did contact Daniel Rose at Spring, but am wondering if it's too late to get in there. A friend recommended Le Procope, but the reviews that I have read were pretty bad.

Thanks in advance!

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My mom and dad are celebrating their 40th (!) wedding anniversary in Paris this fall (basically, the month of September -- gotta love it!) and have asked for our help in selecting the restaurant for THE dinner. The four that she's thinking of are

Jacques Cagna

Violon d'Ingres

Georges (top of Pompidou)

Le Jules Verne

She expressed it better than I could when she said:

"We would like to go some place nice, like Restaurant Eve, some place with good food, nice ambiance, and frequented by French people, as well as the ubiquitous tourist."

So...any thoughts?

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My mom and dad are celebrating their 40th (!) wedding anniversary in Paris this fall (basically, the month of September -- gotta love it!) and have asked for our help in selecting the restaurant for THE dinner. The four that she's thinking of are

Jacques Cagna

Violon d'Ingres

Georges (top of Pompidou)

Le Jules Verne

She expressed it better than I could when she said:

"We would like to go some place nice, like Restaurant Eve, some place with good food, nice ambiance, and frequented by French people, as well as the ubiquitous tourist."

So...any thoughts?

Violon d'Ingres. By far, one of the best meals I had while living there. And not as touristy as the others on your list.

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I'm looking for recommendations for restaurants in Paris serving Christmas Eve dinner and/or Christmas day dinner. Fancy schmancy is not required, good food (great ingredients, fresh, seasonal, either modern and creative or traditional and homey, cooked perfectly) is required. Location is not terribly important. We're aiming to stay in the 4th, 6th or 7th, most likely. Any other suggestions for things to do/see during Christmas week would also be appreciated. Thanks.

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Violon d'Ingres. By far, one of the best meals I had while living there. And not as touristy as the others on your list.
(Just a side note -- this is the restaurant my parents chose :lol: Thanks for the suggestion!)

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Violon d'Ingres.
:lol: For a second there I thought that you had written Violin Dingue.

:)

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(Just a side note -- this is the restaurant my parents chose :lol: Thanks for the suggestion!)

Great! Hope they enjoyed it.

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I'm looking for recommendations for restaurants in Paris serving Christmas Eve dinner and/or Christmas day dinner. Fancy schmancy is not required, good food (great ingredients, fresh, seasonal, either modern and creative or traditional and homey, cooked perfectly) is required. Location is not terribly important. We're aiming to stay in the 4th, 6th or 7th, most likely. Any other suggestions for things to do/see during Christmas week would also be appreciated. Thanks.

You and me both - I just decided to go meet a girlfriend for a significant birthday she's having on the 26th. We'll be flying in on the 25th and leaving NY's eve morning.

Anything that anyone could add to the above thread would be greatly appreciated. We're both foodies, and we'll likely splurge on one blowout - but we'll be looking for not quite so high-end places for the rest of the trip I'm sure. I haven't been to Paris since my student days, so I remember pretty much nothing that will be useful to me.

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I am planning a foodie vacation in Paris in January. I have never been...I would appreciate recommendations! :P

found the tinyest coolest italian place near metro saint paul. some famous italian actress was there (can't remember her name). reservations are a must, there are only 10 tables. there's no sign, it's just a door and windows at 10 rue sevigne.

the chef is a hot young italian who announces when he's firing the risotto if you want some. comes out and helps out, very friendly. service is...Typical paris. food unbelieveable. menu handwritten. recommendations: tagliatelle with calamar, papardelle with unbelievably fresh crab. and on top of it all, pretty cheap! entrees and mains for 4 people, with 2 bottles of wine and dessert (we were comped for an amawing tiramisu when the waiter fell in the weeds) came to 150 euros. oh, if you order anything with truffle ( there's a lot on the menu) it'll cost triple, but likely worth it!!

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You and me both - I just decided to go meet a girlfriend for a significant birthday she's having on the 26th. We'll be flying in on the 25th and leaving NY's eve morning.

Anything that anyone could add to the above thread would be greatly appreciated. We're both foodies, and we'll likely splurge on one blowout - but we'll be looking for not quite so high-end places for the rest of the trip I'm sure. I haven't been to Paris since my student days, so I remember pretty much nothing that will be useful to me.

This may be a little late in the game, but I love Willy's Wine Bar. http://www.williswinebar.com/

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Cafe Constant in the 7th is marvelous, and very reasonable (I think we got out for under 120 euros with wine), but the opening hours/days seem to be a little random. We had to try a couple of times before we caught them open, and I noticed upthread that someone else had tried to go on a night they were supposed to be open and found them closed. It's totally worth the effort, though, and literally a stone's throw from the Eiffel Tower if you want to go see the lights after dinner.

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found the tinyest coolest italian place near metro saint paul. some famous italian actress was there (can't remember her name). reservations are a must, there are only 10 tables. there's no sign, it's just a door and windows at 10 rue sevigne.
L'Osteria

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I've been hearing good things about Le Christine -- anyone here know anything?

TIA!

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A few restaurants I visited last week with my Dad. Prices are for two people.

Dinner one night: Restaurant Perraudin, near the Pantheon: 3-course prix fixe. 60E plus tip. I am dreaming about the Saucisson de Lyon avec la moutarde. Mit de Kartoffeln of course (ok, the menu wasn't in German). No wine for this meal.

Lunch: A resto not too far from Carrefour de l'Odeon, Seraphin Tea Room? (will have to look at map). Roughly 40E plus tip. No wine for this meal.

Dinner another night: Le Petit Pontoise on the left bank not far from Notre Dame. 115E plus tip. A la carte. Kir Royales to start, then three courses, then espresso. URF.

Gerard Mulot Patisserie, as we were wandering. Not far from St. Sulpice church. Heavenly chocolate, pastries, macarons...

Dinner one night: Le Petit Prince de Paris for 29E plus tip. Dad was full from an earlier crepe so he had just a salad. I had an entree and plat and we had a carafe of Bordeaux, all for 29E.

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Based on a recommendation from Mr. Slater, my wife and I went to L'Ebauchoir during our time in Paris. We were served by Citronelle alum Thierry Bruneau, who spoke great English and was very gracious, seating us at a table that he pulled aside during the rush so we could sit outside. I had a lot of good foie gras in Paris, but L'Ebauchoir's version was the best, a seared piece of rich duck liver resting in a sweet (but not cloying) melon sauce that balanced out the fatty richness of the foie. I followed that up with the best piece of veal steak I have had since Citronelle's version a few years back. It rested in a light reduction of veal jus that had a faint taste of garlic and morels. My wife never eats veal, but she made me trade her for her almost-as-good filet, as she was obsessed with the sauce. For dessert, we shared a plate of salted caramel ice cream sitting on top of a caramel macaroon, which was just about the best expression of the salty-sweet dessert I've had. The ice cream had large salt crystals mixed into it, which was probably too much saltiness for some people but it really hit the spot with us.

We also went to L'Osteria and found it to be great if a little stuffy from the blistering heat a couple weeks back. The Langoustine pasta dish we had was just outstanding, as was entertainment provided by the incredibly odd owner/server. He spoke in half Italian/half French, making it even harder for us to understand him, and ran around the restaurant in a huff the whole time we were there, asking everyone who walked in the door if they had reservations despite the fact that the place was 3/4 empty the whole 2 hours we were there. He also talked to himself in Franco/Italian the whole time he sliced the charcuterie in the back of the restauarant, which both scared/amused my wife. Highly recommended for a fun night and some great Italian in Paris.

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Going to paris in two weeks

Lots of good suggestions, but we can use more. We are looking for hot little bistros and strong romance.

LEbauchoir

Louis Vins

L'Osteria

Le Gaigne (we have reservations)

Chez Michel

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If the weather is nice I'm a stronge believer in picnicking in Paris -- hit a traiteur (deli) a fromageries, a bakery and a wine ship and camp on the banks of the Seine of the Luxembourg Gardens...Ain't nothing more romantic than that.

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Going to paris in two weeks

Lots of good suggestions, but we can use more. We are looking for hot little bistros and strong romance.

LEbauchoir

Louis Vins

L'Osteria

Le Gaigne (we have reservations)

Chez Michel

Le Catherine in the 6th, across the street from Jacques Cagna's Rotisserie d'en Face

Mon Vieil Ami

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Le Catherine in the 6th, across the street from Jacques Cagna's Rotisserie d'en Face

Mon Vieil Ami

Agree with these two recs. Both are nice. Mon Vieil Ami is particularly good and probably my favorite place in Paris. Some friends were there a few weeks ago and were raving how good it was. Plus Ile Saint-Louis is rather romantic.

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Plus Ile Saint-Louis is rather romantic.

Oh, strolling around Ile Saint-Louis after a phenomenal meal at Mon Vieil Ami -- yep, pretty much perfect!

We took our honeymoon -- on a slight delay from our wedding -- in Paris, and had dinner at Le Catherine with dear friends also on their honeymoon (which they had spent in Tuscany, but came through Paris for two days on their way home). I still remember the duck and the rabbit we had there.

We also loved Au C'Amelot on the rue d'Amelot in the 11th, but sleuthing tells me it's closed. I hope the young, talented chef has landed somewhere; he crafted one of the most singularly spectacular meals of my life.

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