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We like good, traditional French food, served by not unfriendly
waiters. Hot food should be hot and cold, cold. For everyday
dining we don't mind a busy place where we sit almost on top of
someone else, but for a more special evening out we prefer a quieter
atmosphere with the privacy of a table removed from others. In
either case the price for the meal and wine must be reasonable.
Restaurants are listed in random order. Note the last two digits of the zip code in the address. Paris is divided into 20 arrondissements, like boroughs. The two digits are the number of the arrondissement.
Remember also that restaurants serving lunch open at noon and dinner at 7 p.m. although most regulars show up about 7:45 or 8.
ALL THESE RESTAURANTS WERE OPEN FOR BUSINESS ON September 8, 2010.
À la Ville de Morlaix
19, rue du Départ, 75014
The perfect restaurant...not too large, well and comfortably decorated...fine service...no rush...very good French food served grandly...varied menu...reasonable price...nice people. We must have had dinner there a half-dozen times and each was a pleasure. Highly recommended.
150, rue Saint-Honoré, 75001
We stopped by looking for a lunch and found a wonderful regular French restaurant peopled by the French. When we arrived, at about 1 p.m., it wasn't too crowded and we were seated, I believe on the second floor which is quite comfortable. (The second floor of the restaurants we've frequented is always better than the first.) Our meal we had was typically French and delicious. If the restaurant were near our apartment, we would eat there frequently.
La Petite Hostellerie
35, rue de la Harpe, 75005
While we lived in Paris, we ate at this restaurant at least once every month or so. Reasonably priced simple but delicious dishes. We always ate upstairs. The service is remarkable. On this visit to Paris, nothing had changed. An excellent restaurant. We ate there twice.
Polidor - Latin Quarter
reasonable & good
41, rue Monsieur-le Prince, 75006
We ate here because it was recommended by Gourmet Magazine. We found it noisy and filled with too many Americans. The food was not particularly memorable. No return for us.
Bistro de la Gare
59, bd. du Montparnasse, 75006
The painted glass ceiling looked great but the food was merely passable. No return
Chartier - Montmartre
7, rue Faubourg, Montmartre, 09
We were led to believe that this restaurant and the one below were owned by the same family. We think that might have been true when we first arrived in Paris late in 1987, but the one below changed somewhat with an orientation to seafood. The Chartier is a typical French restaurant with the hustle and bustle of a a very busy place...good food, traditional menu, rapid service...all at reasonable price. It's still quite good.
51, rue du Commerce, 75015
Le Commerce, listed above, is a quieter place than Chartier, particularly on the second floor. Both we recommend.
96, rue Oberkampf
We didn't eat at Chez Justine while on our recent trip but we did frequent it often when we lived aboard. Run by a talented couple who provided good food and free red wine.
Le Train Bleu
Gare de Lyon
20, bd, Diderot, 75012
250F to 400 F (1991)
A fancy good restaurant but expensive. Worth the experience of eating though.
Restaurant Sud Oest-Lescarmouche
Rue de Montaigne de Ste-Geneviève
We both enjoyed eating and being in this restaurant. It would have been better if there had not been a tourist group occupying the lower and more interesting floor. Marcia felt that her rabbit dish contributed to an upset stomach the next day. I felt fine. Would go again but sit downstairs. Note: This restaurant may no longer be open.
102, boulevard du Montparnasse, 14th
One of the famous restuarants in Paris. We ate here on my birthday. Recommend it. See May 5th in Ninety Days in Paris.
13, rue de l'Ancienne-Comédie, 6th
We enjoyed this restaurant although it cost a bit more than we ordinarily spend but the food, service, and ambiance were fine. We'd go again.
on avenue de Suffren
We stopped here for an evening meal. It was good and if it were located near our apartment, we'd go again.
on rue Daval near place de la Bastille
This used to be one of our favorite restaurants and after two meals on this trip, it still is. Typical, traditional good food served hot at reasonable prices. It's a busy place, particularly at lunch.