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unattached woman of a certain age, dining alone in paris

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My friend will be returning to Paris in a few weeks by herself, a bit sad, haunted by past visits w/ ex-husbands. She's in her late 50's, speaks pretty good French, traveling on a moderate (not lavish, but not penny-pinching) budget, not a foodie (she'd never post or even lurk), but appreciates good food. Ideas of places for her to have dinner, where she'd a) have a lovely meal b)not feel self-conscious dining alone and c) might even meet someone nice.

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  1. Bowfinger in the Opera district may fill the need. It is an Alsatian bistro that has a very comfortable, warm, relaxed atmosphere. Odering their fresh seafood first course is both a visual and gastronomic feast. This would be a meal alone, and the price is great.

    1. Sounds like 80% of the clientelle of decent Parisian restos.

      1. petit fur a cheval in the marais
        great food laid back great price

        1. Atlier Joel Robuchon is perfect for a single diner. All seating is at a dining counter and the wait staff are talkative. Diners make friends easily with others. Food is superlative. Read the post a ways down about it.

          1. I noticed lots of single diners at L'Epi Dupin. The tables are close together and everyone was chatting. I enjoy atmosphere and congeniality while others do not.