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Cafe de l'empire

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17 rue du Bac, 75007 Paris, France
+33 1 40 15 91 18
11:30 - 14:30
19:00 - 22:30
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Mon - Sat 11:30 - 14:30
19:00 - 22:30
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Good fast and very affordable prices for basic French food near musée d'Orsay. You can order entrecôte, tartare, but confit de canard is the best choice. Salades are good as well. Main dish or big salade 11 EUR, same for 0,5l of wine and 5,5 for desert

Thank Georgy C
Eden Prairie, Minnesota
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

Wonderful food exceptionally well priced. Stellar house wines, steak frites, tartines, roast chicken and divine savory mashed potatoes. Friendly service with option for English menu and bilingual staff. Atmosphere is pure Parisian...stylish restaurant was full of locals. Highly recommend if you are looking for post-d'orsay meal.

Thank thysjulien
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017

If the lunchtime options at the Musee d'Orsay are too pricey for you, try this cosy street-corner café which is popular with locals. Despite the crush our efficient waitress found us a table and served acceptable steak and salads with good humour and banter. pemblin advises going for the atmosphere rather than something special by way of food - as... More 

Thank B595OWwilliamb
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

Dine like a Parisian! Amazingly friendly staff and excellent food - large portions, well prepared, and really well priced. Cozy and busy with locals. Close to Louvre and out of the zaniness of the main drag. Highly recommended!

Thank Roslyn M
Ghent, Belgium
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016

Altough service wa rather friendly at Cafe de l'Empire we had the worst meal in probably 25 years. We both had a steak with blue cheese, frites and green salad. The skin of mine was really burned and tasted and smelled like it. My friend's steak was very dry, tough and really looked like someone had tried it before. We... More 

Thank JanVDM
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32 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016 via mobile

Yesterday's bread, a long time ago cooked meat and fish. No 'le menu', just 'la carte'. Indifferent waiter. WORST RESTARAUNT EVER.

Thank galaktiker
Edmonton, Canada
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24 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016

We stopped for lunch after picking up our Paris Passes. We order the daily special and a Salade Nicoise. The food was good and came pretty fast. We had a beer and a glass of white wine, which drove the bill into the very expensive category. Experienced slight shock at the 34 Euro tab for such a simple meal. Service... More 

Thank JudyandIan
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22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016

We stopped at this wonderful Café and had a delicious meal at a wonderful price. My daughter had steak and potatoes, that was a generous portion, my mom had a chicken dish with mashed potatoes and I had a delicious salad with fresh mozzarella that was grilled and was fantastic. I also ordered a side of French fries and was... More 

Thank Kmmo
Los Angeles, California
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016

We first chose Cafe de L'Empire because it was on a side street with less traffic and thus quieter. It also had a menu in French only with no burgers thus feeling less tourist and more Parisian. The place is quite small and not fancy but prices are significantly less for typical French fare such as tartines and pouched eggs... More 

Thank GingerEB
Jerusalem, Israel
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45 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016

We were here, was very buisy. We got cheap and instead of going to les anticuaries, i think its called, the nice restaurant coming from the seine river. If you add 5 euro more per person you get a better meal at the restaurant next door les anticuaries

Thank satamar

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
French, Cafe, European
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:30 - 14:30
19:00 - 22:30
11:30 - 14:30
19:00 - 22:30
11:30 - 14:30
19:00 - 22:30
11:30 - 14:30
19:00 - 22:30
11:30 - 14:30
19:00 - 22:30
11:30 - 14:30
19:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 17 rue du Bac, 75007 Paris, France
  • Location: Europe  >  France  >  Ile-de-France  >  Paris>  > Saint-Germain-des-Pres
  • Neighbourhood: Saint-Germain-des-Pres
  • Phone Number: +33 1 40 15 91 18

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Saint-Germain-des-Pres

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In Saint-Germain-des-Prés, life is effortlessly chic and all things are beautiful. The main boulevard is dotted with famed terraced cafés, haut-couture shops, ivy-covered railings and fine-dining restaurants. Antique dealers and art galleries surround the fine art school and small museums hide in unassuming squares. The neighbourhood’s namesake church is the oldest in Paris and is the backdrop for talented musicians every weekend. The Luxembourg Gardens house the national senate, splendid lawns and flourishing flower beds. Famous faces and bourgeois Parisians frequent Saint Germain accompanied by the students of Rue Saint Guillaume and Rue des Saints-Pères. This is a neighbourhood where afternoon people-watching from a café or playing cards in a brasserie are a key part of the daily fabric.
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