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Sep 22, 2006 11:15 AM

Chez Denise

I want to thank everyone who suggested this bistro.
I can't imagine how I missed this gem for soo many years.
My hubbie, was in heaven!
The energy and casual friendliness of customers and staff alike made for such an enjoyable evening.
Chatted with Danes, people from Luxenbourg, locals, etc.
Must admit that we ate there twice, which necessitated eliminating our two star choice.

The steak was perfect with marrow bones, and the calf liver was tender and juicy.
Portions are far too large.
I asked for a smaller steak (at same price) because of the size, and they sort of accomodated me by bring a thinner rib steak, that covered the entire plate.
I ordered it rare, and it came just right, and extremely tasty.
The place is definitely about good food, but also a real Paris experience.

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  1. We, too, have been going to Paris for many years and only on this last trip finally ate at Chez Denise. We, too enjoyed it immensely. I think I preferred it to L'Ami Louis, certainly did when you factor in price. For anyone who is interested in eating at Chez Denise but has a problem getting reservations, I recommend Chez Clovis on the corner about two buildings away from Chez Denise. We have walked in many times. It's our favorite traditional starting meal in Paris. Atmosphere is on a par with Denise and food can be just about as good as well. The menu is longer and more diverse. Their marrow bones are a show and their duck confit couldn't be more garlicky nor the fried potatoes more crispy and their tete de veau--don't get me started.

    1. Thanks Jm
      Another resto. I have not been to that Hubby would like.
      Duck Confrit with lots of garlic.
      He will be in heaven.
      Chez Clovis it is for our next Paris trip, along with Chez Denise of course.
      As I get older the fuss of the 3 stars appeal to me less, and these places just make youn feel "happy".
      This is the first time we did not eat at a 2 or 3 star, and it doesn't bother me a bit.

      1. I understand your feelings completely. After pursuing 3 star experiences I finally came around to my husband's point of view--the old fashioned bistros are the best. Fun beats frou frou food every time.

        1. Do you need a reservation for Chez Clovis? I'm in Paris right now, and husband and I talked about going to Chez Denise. To be honest, I'm not too keen on reserving - I never know what I want to do until the day I'm going to do it. (Just got here yesterday and feet are already killing me from all the walking!) On the other hand, without reservations, I realize we have to be prepared to not get into the places we might want.

          1. I don't know about Chez Clovis, but Chez Denise is open very late, possibly all night, and if you are flexible with time you should not have a problem.
            Our second visit, was very last minute (called about 5:00), and they could not give us 9:30 which we requested but said we could come at 8:30
            But hey, Chez Clovis sounds great as well.
            Happy chowing!

            2 Replies
            1. re: erly

              chez Denise is open 24 hrs Monday to Friday (I think it closes 6am Saturday. It is closed Saturday and Sunday.

              1. re: faijay

                If they're open 24 hours a day, why are people having such a hard time getting in? When we went to Chez Denise a few years back, we just sauntered in for lunch around 1:00 and didn't wait for a table. Is it busier at dinner time?