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La Bourse et La Vie

#1,837 of 14,093 Restaurants in Paris
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Opera / Bourse
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12 rue Vivienne, 75002 Paris, France
+33 1 42 60 08 83
12:00 - 14:00
19:00 - 22:00
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Mon - Fri 12:00 - 14:00
19:00 - 22:00
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Neuilly-sur-Seine, France
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35 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a 7pm dinner reservation with friends. Needless to say we were late, not taking into account Friday night traffic. I had read on the website that they only keep reservations for a quarter of an hour so had our friends phone ahead to request that they please hold our reservation, which they did but we were told to... More 

Thank MarionVT
Paris, France
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32 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We visited after a long time of anticipation, based on the glowing reviews of local food bloggers. Don't get me wrong, it is a nice place with good service. The food is good and the menu limited to seasonable specialties. All said, I was not blown away and don't think it belongs on any top 10 lists in Paris. However,... More 

Thank ParisSooner
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11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

Friendly staff, great food and wine! Their oysters as starter are simply fabulous. After the main course, you have to order the cream caramel which is something special! Amazing experience in Paris!

Thank Labrador92
San Francisco, California
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175 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017

I am a huge fan of Chef Daniel Rose and had the most amazing meal at Spring two years ago. I'd been dying to eat at La Bourse et la Vie and saved it for my last night in Paris assuming it would be the best meal of my trip. Sadly, I was extremely disappointed with pretty much everything. The... More 

Thank Emily C
Las Vegas, Nevada
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017

We ended up at La Bourse et La Vie by accident: we had reservations at the sister restaurant, Spring, but when we arrived, it was unexpectedly closed. The note on the door said to try a couple related restaurants in the area, and so we called La Bourse et La Vie and explained our predicament, and they were happy to... More 

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New York City, New York
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318 reviews
143 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017

Fantastic food and service. Get yourself a reservation as it gets busy. We ate on the early side so it seemed to be mostly American Tourists. The staff were lovely. Curiously the menu is exclusively in French (I get it, we're in France) but being that the chef is American and it does a swift tourist business.... Regardless, the food... More 

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washington, dc
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32 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

The restaurant has the comforting look of being around for decades—a good setting for food with links to the past, but clearly made for today. I had the leeks vinaigrette with hazelnuts as the perfect lead-in to the veal croustillant-pot au feu. The broth for the veal was smartly and slightly acidified with a bit of lime. Service was engaged—the... More 

Thank bdld
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

In my opinion, not the easiest place to get to. The restaurant has a few tables and can get crowded. Despite this, it is an excellent brasserie that I will no doubt go back to. We were a tad early for our reservation but the staff was very welcoming and let us in even if they were still setting up... More 

Thank vlad w
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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72 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

I had booked several weeks before we went to Paris. The restaurant is very small with maybe 10 tables, so book far ahead. Service very nice, bistro food, but very luscious and delicious. oysters with Normandy cream, salad with best dressing ever, steak frites, crème caramel that was to die for. i'm still dreaming about it. Highly recommend for a... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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32 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016

Exquisite dining in a petite restaurant. Top-notch service, excellent cuisine and most interesting desserts — in particular the Mousse au chocolat. A standout was one of the best oysters dishes I have ever tried, Trois huîtres "Gillardeau" gratinées, crème fraîche normande. We tried the duck and the fish of the day, both excellently paired with a Pinot Noir and a... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$37 - US$53
French, European
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Open Hours
12:00 - 14:00
19:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 14:00
19:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 14:00
19:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 14:00
19:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 14:00
19:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 12 rue Vivienne, 75002 Paris, France
  • Location: Europe  >  France  >  Ile-de-France  >  Paris>  > Opera / Bourse
  • Neighbourhood: Opera / Bourse
  • Phone Number: +33 1 42 60 08 83
La Bourse et La Vie is a traditional "Bistrot du Quartier" conveniently located between the Palais Royal and the Bourse de Paris in Paris' 2e arrondissement. The restaurant offers guests the epitome of French gourmandise - the highest quality ingredients, excellence in the kitchen, abundance, generosity, and of course, a respect for tradition.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Opera / Bourse
The neighbourhood around Opéra and Bourse is a belle époque paradise of grand boulevards, refined arcades, and mass-market art-nouveau entertainment. Here, modern day workers continue to take advantage of the legacy that nobility and finance left in the 19th century. Brightly-lit brasseries, theatres, and cinemas sit side by side with French bistros predominating in one area and Japanese restaurants in another. The area is most famous for the Palais Garnier opera house and glamorous department stores.
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