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Apr 5, 2005 08:13 PM

Paris -- Great food AND nice atmosphere??

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Hi there,

I've been doing research for months and have enjoyed reading about all the great food in Paris! However, it seems like the "best value" places are all in fairly nondescript bistros. Are there any of these places that are also lovely to look at? I'd like to find at least a couple of places that combine a nice atmosphere with good food at a good price. Any suggestions?


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  1. Try Bouquinistes or Ze Kitchen Gallerie. Both have delicious food. Bouquinistes has modern bistro food and ZKG has fusion cuisine. Both are quite attractive. However, there are lots of very delicious, good value bistros in Paris and I can't think of any that are non-descript. Check this forum for other suggestions.

    1. The perfect restaurant that fits your requirements is la Mediterranee on the Place de Odeon. The original owners were friends of Jean Cocteau and a number of his original works hang in the dining room. Some of the dining room walls are covered with beautiful murals painted by an artsit whose name I forget. The food is very reasonable, mostly fish, they have a 29e fixed price dinner menu. Also, it is open every day of the week. Quite a good value. I have included a link to their website.

      Another that fits your requirements is Train Bleu in the Gare de Lyon. They have a website too but I do not have the URL handy.


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      1. re: David

        Excellent tip on La Mediterranée.

        Le Train Bleu's website is:

        And you can see menus from here:

        I heard about Le Train Bleu from my friend, Mimi (aka Cigalechanta on other boards), whom I believe is a contributor to this board.


      2. Nina, I second the vote for Train Bleu. The decor and atmosphere are old world elegance while their prices are quite reasonable. As you look out the 30' windows onto the streets below, the only thought that comes to mind is: "Let them eat cake".

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        1. re: Leper

          All of what you say is true, but the food is inedible.

          1. re: pieeater

            I must strongly disagree.
            I have had a number of enjoyable meals there.
            Quennelle, saucisson lyonnais, daube de boeuf were quite good. Leg of lamb was mediocre.

            1. re: pieeater

              P.E. I will admit Train Bleu was not my best meal in Paris. (Although certainly better than 90% of the French restaurants I've tried in the states.) Train Bleu is perfect for a young lady to experience old world elegance and not break the bank. You can experience an even better atmosphere and amazing food at Les Ambassadors (which I did), but it will cost you hundreds more and may be intimidating to first time visitors to the City of Lights.

          2. I was in Paris November 2003, and had dinner at a small place called "le petit prince de paris". It had a great atmosphere, wonderful food and very reasonably priced. It was hard to find, even for our cab driver but here is the address:

            5th arrondissement
            12, rue de Lanneau
            Paris, France 75005
            01 43 54 77 26

            Another place that was REALLY fun, great food and reasonable was called 404, great couscous!

            69, rue des Gravilliers
            Paris, France
            01 42 74 57 81

            1. Paris is a wonderful city! So much to see and eat!
              Many times when traveling we begin to crave Cheeseburgers
              In Paris we found a wonderful place L'Imperial 240 rue de Rivoli
              (they had wonderful French basics, Onion Soup too..)
              We sat at the tiny table in the front of the restaurant and when we looked out the window we had a perfect view of the Eiffel Tower through the trees of the Jardin des Tuileries.
              It was a PERFECT meal!