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Apr 10, 2007 02:50 PM

Reservation for single traveller in Paris

I am planning my trip to Paris this summer, and heard that it is quite hard to get a reservation if you are a single traveller.

Dinner list:
Pierre Gagnaire
Bistrot du Sommelier

Lunch list:
la Petite Zinc
La Bastide-Odeon

How hard is it to get into Pierre Gagnair (and the others)? I doubt they that researvation this early in advance (PG already said that only do it 1 month in advance). And will they bias against single travellers? I plan to pick a weekday to go to these resaurants anyways.


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  1. Not true, I have eaten at all levels of restaurants in Paris by myself and have never had a problem either securing reservations or getting poor service for being alone.

    1. I had a wonderful dinner alone at Le Cinq a few years ago. Le Cinq is at the Four Seasons. I was seated at a wonderful table, service was very attentive, and the food was delicious!

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      1. re: ellenost

        It's been a few years since I've been to Paris (not since right before 9/11), but you can't get into any of Paris' top restaurants (2-3 Michelin star) on a last minute reservation. You need to call a few weeks in advance--maybe even a month. I've seen restaurants in Paris that were empty that would refuse to seat "walk-ins"; I think the restaurants believe such behavior is rude.

      2. I was there two weeks ago and had a bit of trouble getting last minute reservations, though I doubt it had anything to do with being single, my suggestion would be to call now and see what you can get.

        1. I agree with an above post regarding to discrimination against single diners. I've dine frequently alone in Paris, including Pierre Gagnaire, Le Grand Vefour, Taillevent and L'Ambrosie and never had less than great service. Frequently, I've received extra complimentary courses. Dinner reservations for most top restaurants can be difficult to obtain on short notice because generally, they are very small and have only one seating. It is true that Pierre Gagnaire only takes reservation for 1 month ahead. L'Ambrosie probably is the most difficult dinner reservation to obtain in Paris. Lunch is much easier, sometimes available for same week. For most bistros, one can obtain a reservation 2 or 3 days ahead.

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          1. re: PBSF

            In my foreign naiveite I walked into l'Ambrosie hoping to be seated, I was quickly shooed away.