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La Closerie des Lilas

171 boulevard du Montparnasse, 75006 Paris, France
+33 1 40 51 34 50
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  • Excellent42%
  • Very good35%
  • Average12%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“oysters” (38 reviews)
“steak tartare” (17 reviews)
“profiteroles” (12 reviews)
Opens in 15 min
All hours
French, European, Vegetarian Friendly
171 boulevard du Montparnasse, 75006 Paris, France
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Old style restaurant, piano playing, beautiful room, big thick wine list, most of the classics on the menu, well presented and prepared food - but you’re almost not there for that. The foie gras excellent as it generally is, John Dory over cooked as it...More

Thank galliardo
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We dropped by this delightful bar to satisfy my husband’s interests in all things Hemingway. We sat where (the plaque says) he sat, and had Hemingway daiquiris (😀). The service was charming and understated, the bar snacks very nice. Beware the euro/sterling ratio at the...More

1  Thank Katie H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My friends like to go to this place. They often invite me there. There is on one side the brasserie on the other side the restaurant which is more elegant and need a reservation. You can choose a light grilled fish or a tartare or...More

Thank Saye40
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a must go place if you know the history of this restaurant! Famous people had tables assigned to them. Many intellectual writers and actors and actresses. You have a choose of the restaurant which is more upscale or the brasserie but the food...More

1  Thank Rezmataz
Reviewed 6 November 2017 via mobile

Extremely comfortable place to have a lunch or dinnet at Montparnasse. Magnificent food, extensive wine list, very attentive staff and on top - this is piano bar, so the food is accompanied by nice live music. Apart from dining La Closerie des Lilas is a...More

1  Thank Anton P
Reviewed 3 November 2017 via mobile

We were searching for Ernest Hemingway, and A Moveable Feast brought us to Lilas. Two soaking wet bedraggled tourists for cocktails. Cocktails we had and half dozen oysters. They were delicious. Despite our casual dress, we were welcomed, and the service swift and pleasant. So...More

1  Thank WisconsinTravelB
Reviewed 1 November 2017

Friendly manager and bar staff provide a wonderful cafe experience. Manager provided us with complimentary snacks that were very nice. Bartender, who my GF thought was good looking, was cool, attentive and pleasant. Cant recall his name. Looked a little like George Clooney. English is...More

2  Thank PopeBiff
Reviewed 31 October 2017 via mobile

My husband and I had dinner at this delightful restaurant on our last night in Paris. What a delightful experience it was. The restaurant is more high end and the decor is lovely. The staff are so friendly and helpful, the meals are exquisite and...More

1  Thank Joanne J
Reviewed 31 October 2017

A large group of us decided to get dinner here on the recommendation of some friends. The food was very good, as was the service, but considering the price, you'd expect them to be more, to be better. It was a pleasant experience, however.

Thank whatever1988
Reviewed 17 October 2017 via mobile

I chose this restaurant for dinner with local friends who had never been there before despite being Parisians. I had been a few years before. They were sceptical until we got there. This place is a treasure. The restaurant is old and beautiful with very...More

1  Thank TheVancouverites
The namesake tower of Montparnasse dominates over the
landscape but the fun part is the throbbing life that
goes on below it. Bright lights, busy cinemas,
brasseries and diners encompass hidden museums and
parks to entertain the masses. Long avenues lead away
from the tower to take you to unsuspecting places and
historical monuments and treasures. In between lie
adorable ivy-covered houses with beams and small
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Kathie N
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Response from very_weary_traveler3 | Reviewed this property |
I don't remember there being any vegetarian mains but you can always ask
20 July 2015|
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Response from Julie K | Reviewed this property |
The seating areas are distinctly different! The outdoor eating area has the typcial but very comfortable outdoor furniture style in lovely leafy surrounds. You won't be cramped in and you can also be seated in an undercover... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
7:00 PM - 11:30 PM
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12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
7:00 PM - 11:30 PM
12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
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7:00 PM - 11:30 PM
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7:00 PM - 11:30 PM
12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
7:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 171 boulevard du Montparnasse, 75006 Paris, France
  • Location: Europe  >  France  >  Ile-de-France  >  Paris>  > Montparnasse
  • Neighbourhood: Montparnasse
  • Phone Number: +33 1 40 51 34 50
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