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#411 of 15,633 Restaurants in Paris
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US$105 - US$141
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French, European
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Vegetarian Friendly
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Saint-Germain-des-Pres
0.5 km from Louvre Museum
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Reviewed July 6, 2019 via mobile

amazing lunch menu at a reasonable price, one of the best desserts I had in a while. very nice ambiance and location, great service.

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed June 19, 2019 via mobile

Le Restaurant is one of these confidential addresses you only share with good friends. Located inside L’Hôtel, made famous by Oscar Wilde, who had the excellent idea of dying there, this one star Michelin restaurant is absolutely delightful. On a hot day like today, having...lunch in the quiet and shady patio, with the whispering fountain nearby, is a rare privilege. And of course the cuisine is simply perfect, whether you choose the lunch menu, one of the tasting menus or à la carte. We started with fresh salmon amuse-bouche and exquisitely light crispy broccolis with poutargue, followed by bass tartar in a delicious lemon and cucumber sauce. Then we had black sea bream elegantly served with zucchini flowers stuffed with eggplant, the combination of which was truly perfect. Both our desserts were excellent too, whether the fresh melon and verbena or the light vanilla mousse with salted butter caramel. The service was friendly yet professional and we really had a very relaxing time far from the hustle and bustle of St Germain-des-Prés. I cannot thank Stéphane .... enough for this wonderful treat.More

Date of visit: June 2019
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Reviewed June 1, 2019

My husband and I spent two days in Paris on the way back from Morocco to the US. Le Restaurant was a highlight. We got a little 'google maps' lost on our walk there, and the reception could not have been nicer in guiding us...to the door & continuing to make the reservation later to accommodate. Upon arrival, you are really impressed with the charm and coziness of the hotel - and then just swept up in the atmosphere of the room. I LOVE when you are seated in living room furniture to eat a sumptuous meal. Just elegant. The service was impeccable, friendly and professional. No hovering, just always there when you need them. The octopus starter was out of this world - the crab and asparagus starter was just okay (not Michelin level). We both had the sole with artichokes - magnificent. My chocolate composition for dessert was perfect. Just the right amount, with a blend of colors and textures. This is an expensive restaurant but worth it.More

Date of visit: May 2019
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Reviewed March 31, 2019

This small, refined restaurant is the perfect spot for a special occasion dinner or splurge. We celebrated my aunt's birthday here and loved every morsel and every minute. Get the wine pairings for a truly inspired and memorable dinner.

Date of visit: April 2018
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Reviewed March 31, 2019

A rare gem hidden inside one of the Left Bank's most charming boutique hotels. We had an amazing lunch on the quiet and very private patio at the rear of the restaurant and it was heaven. The food (they have a new star chef that...we were dying to try) is absolutely delicious and when you order their special lunch menu, it's some of the best value at any restaurant in Paris. The service was impeccable and friendly, we will definitely be going back soon. One of Paris's best kept foodie secrets for sure.More

Date of visit: March 2019
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Reviewed March 25, 2019

As we were staying in L'Hotel I decided to dine here to mark my girlfriends 30th birthday. It's a beautiful room, the staff are very friendly and helpful. The food is excellent as you would expect for a Michelin starred establishment... yet I still felt...strangely underwhelmed. Compared to other places of this standard I felt the value for money was poor. Tiny portions (don't expect massive plates of food in fine dining experience but it would be nice to feel full at the end of the meal) and particularly poor value when it comes to wine. €45 for three glasses with the four course discovery menu were four of the smallest glasses I'd ever had, more like shots of wine! €9 for a bottle of Evian that you get for free in your room with no option of tap water. I felt they were desperate for us to further extend our spend on aperitif's and dessert wines. If they had been more generous with the other glasses I'd have been more inclined to say yes but as they were so stingy I felt extremely reluctant to spend any more money. Still a lovely experience but a more generous approach would make me finish my meal with a warmer, happier feeling.More

Date of visit: March 2019
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Reviewed February 18, 2019 via mobile

Lovely place. Like a moment of true perfection. From the deep chairs to the fab service to the super tasteful menu. Higher end but value for money!

Date of visit: February 2019
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Reviewed February 12, 2019

We loved the lunch in this gorgeous setting. The portions are small but even that doesn't take away it's excellent value, better than in a standard brasserie!

Date of visit: February 2019
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Reviewed January 23, 2019

Without a doubt this has been one of my top 3 restaurant dinning experiences. On par with any around the world, this small but very romantic place offers great service and excellent food. Make a reservation in advance and go for the prix fixe menu...for sure! I didn't order the menu that included wine since my wife is not a big wine drinker, but you can order a glass or two on the side as needed. You will be amazed of how much food and deserts you will get at the end of the night. French take their fine dinning very seriously so make time to spend 1.5-2+ hours to savoir the full experience. Dress up if you can (but nor required) and enjoy! We had one server for each person (party of 2) and they coordinated when presenting each plate to us, very nice touch!. Expect to get contemporary cuisine with in-season ingredients. The best! You will spend about US$250-300 for 2 people, but so worth it! Bon appetit!More

Date of visit: July 2018
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JulienRevah, Directeur général at Le Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded January 30, 2019

Dear Fermin, We thank you you for your nice words and are delighted to read that you had at Le Restauraut one of your best dinning experiences around the world. We are looking forward to welcoming you another time soon. Kind regards

Reviewed January 21, 2019

We have just read other reviews of this restaurant on the Trip Advisor site. A theme is the arrogant and unbending attitude of the manager who I found to be unforgivingly haughty and rude. I dined with my wife and son for my birthday. After...ringing from Australia months before, our reservation was reportedly lost. After my wife had rearranged things including a birthday dessert at the the front desk, we were confronted at breakfast by the "food and beverage manager" to ostensibly exert his power. We clearly had to be told we were at his mercy. A dinner was eventually possible but overall not a wonderful experience. The cost was 330 odd Euro with only two glasses of wine. The fois gras was not tasty but the vegetables quite nice and interestingly small consistent with the description from you-know-who, Mr Manager. When he came to serve the main course to my son, he had left his napkin on the table in the place setting. Mr Rude could only loudly state "YOUR NAPKIN" to my son, rather than an "excuse me sir, could you remove your napkin for me". My son tried to explain he was vegetarian and was familiar with a French term vegitalian used locally as he has lived in France for some months. Mr Manager refused to entertain any difference between the various terms. He also insisted on loudly telling us that the souffle took "THIRTY MINUTES" when it arrived in 15. The souffle was beautiful and greatly impressed my son. The deer I had for a main course was well cooked and my wife's main, sole, was also very nice. We are experienced diners having spent money on expensive meals in many cities and at "name" restaurants. The rudeness of this man should not go unmentioned and the food although good was not outstanding and certainly not worth the money. The female waiting staff were good including the nice young female sommelier. Service is very important and it failed badly here due to one man. Expect a firm retort from our friend.More

Date of visit: January 2019
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JulienRevah, Directeur général at Le Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded January 30, 2019

Dear Junde01, We thank you for your time reviewing your experience in our restaurant. We are sorry to read that you did not enjoy your dinner and we do apologies as what you describe is not the service you do usually provide in our restaurant....More

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Carlos V
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Response from dmmajetic | Reviewed this property |
We had private correspondence with the restaurant staff regarding our dessert desires and allergies, so I'm sure you could do the same regarding gluten free.
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Response from Alan B | Reviewed this property |
Not any formal one. I wore smart dark jeans and a button shirt and no one seemed to object. I asked the same question directly to the Hotel ando they said that the dress code was 'casual chic'and my jeans/shirt combo sended... More
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5