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Mar 31, 2007 06:21 AM


Sunday night is always a hard night for dining in Paris. As it will be our first night going out, I would like to have a great meal. We arrive on Saturday night late, so I am looking forward to enjoying a great meal on Sunday. Does anyone have a suggestion for a Sunday night restuarant? We are staying in the 7th, but are willing to travel for great food. The other restaurants we are thinking of are:
Taillevant for lunch, we reserved already
Le Petit Troquet been there twice it.
Au Bon Acceuil also been twice and loved it
Chez Denise or Clovis
Le Timbre
Le Petit Pontoise
Would going for a big lunch be a better option on Sunday?
Any suggestions or comments welcomed!! Thanks Chowhounds.

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  1. This may help:

    Go to the Fooding web site

    Click "Le Guide" (it is in yellow under the heading)

    Check the "manger" button (usually pre checked).

    Ignore the first box that says "nom, ville ou code postal"

    In the next box select "75 Paris" in the drop down menu that has "OK" next to it - don't press it yet.

    In the next box select "Bistrots et neo bistrots"

    Leave the next box at "tous les prix" unless you do want to select a price point.

    In the bottom drop down box select "Ouvert le Dimanche"

    Now click the red "OK" button.

    You then have a list of Bistro's open on Sunday. If you want more up-market choose "Trop Bon" instead of BIstro et neo Bistro, if you want wine bars choose "vin sur vin" and the best if you want trendy choose "voir et se faire voir" (to see and be seen).

    Click on the name of the restaurant and it brings up the details and the opening times. OK it is in French but it is accurate and pretty easy to understand. So for example Mon Viel Ami is open from noon (midi) to 2:00pm and from 7:00 pm to 10:00pm and is closed all day Monday and Tuesday. Or "La Table de Lancaster" which is open every day from 12:30am to 1:45pm (except Saturday and Sunday) and 7:30pm to 9:45pm (every day).

    The "Fooding" site is a well respected foodie site in France it tends to be quite selective in what they have on the site so can be relied upon to have good recommendations and is useful to check details.

    Happy clicking.

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    1. re: PhilD

      Hi PhilD,

      I stumbled upon while searching for various restaurants in Paris in and I've enjoyed your advice and suggestions.

      My husband and I have decided to try the Parisienne life for 3 months and we have been living in 7eme for a month now. Philip (my husband) is also a foodie so we try to go to different places every time in the area and others. We enjoyed Le Bistrot du 7eme and au Dernier Metro (15eme). We like Carre des Feuillants and Guy Savoy but we also love exploring small brasseries or cafes with lunch menu as reasonable as E12-E15 but with quality food and lots of locals.

      Looking forward to more guidance from you. Cheers.

    2. Two come to mind-Le Partage, which I found to be a delightful spot with inventive cuisine:
      Senderens-with it's spectacular space and setting on Place de la Madeleine and perfectly executed food:

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      1. re: David W

        I second Senderens... he's amazing.

      2. Had the same problem with Sunday lunch and dinner when we were in Paris 6 weeks ago. In the seventh, Le Fontaine de Mars, a Constant fish brasserie which wasn't open as it was being remodeled but is open now and highly recommended for fish and Cafe de l'espanade in the 7th near Invalides, a Costas brasserie but better than most. Had pleasant lunch there. Neither restaurant will be up to the standards of Taillevant but are pleasant places on a Sunday.

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        1. re: An American Living in London

          Sorry must correct you. "La Fontaine de Mars" (129 rue St-Dominique) is not the Christian Constant Fish restaurant. Christian's restaurant is "Les Fables de la Fontaine" (131 rue St-Dominique).

          Le Fontaine has been closed for renovation and is a popular bistro with english speakers. It is quite a good safe option for classic French bistro cooking and has an English menu and fluent English speaking staff. As a consequence not so full of locals.

          Les Fables (just across the square) is a innovative fish restaurant that recently gained it's first Michelin star. Two sittings a night and often booked out a few weeks in advance. Usually more locals than anglos, and the tables are very close.

          Le Fontaine is open every day including Sunday (if the renovations are complete) and Les Fables is only open Tuesday to Saturday.

          1. re: PhilD

            I have eaten at Le Fontaine du Mars a couple of times, and they are my usual Sunday night restaurant as they are literally around the corner from my hotel. I thought they they were under renovations, and wouldn't be open for a couple of months. Anyone know when they would be reopening?

        2. I was just there in the beginning of March and we went to Le Comptoir for dinner. They don't take reservations on Sunday and if you go for either a late lunch or early dinner it should be easy to get into. We were seated promptly when we arrived at about 6.

          1. Pierre Gagnaire (3*) is open Sunday evening and it's renowned for its leading edge cuisine.