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Nov 4, 2007 08:29 AM

First Time in Paris--Looking for an Unforgettable Lunch


My boyfriend and I are taking a trip to Paris over Thanksgiving and are looking for recommendations on an extraordinary lunch for Thanksgiving day. We will be frugal for the rest of our trip but want to have one incredible lunch. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Many thanks,

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  1. Any idea about your budget and type of food you'd like to have? That would help a lot!
    You can have a wonderful lunch for 30-50€/pp in a small neighbourhood bistrot, but also for 100€/pp and a lot more, especially at the starred restos.

    BTW, Thanksgiving is no issue here. I don't even know the exact date...

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    1. re: Dodo

      Hi Dodo, thanks for the response--sorry I wasn't more specific. We are both quite adventurous eaters so the type of cuisine doesn't matter, although we tend to prefer beef & seafood over poultry. As far as budget, we want to stay around $500 total. We are hoping this would allow us to dine at a starred restaurant? Also, how hard is it to get a reservation this close--we are shooting for the 22nd.

      1. re: BrookieStyles

        Brooke, first thing, I recommend you read this ongoing discussion to get an idea about the starred places:

        And yes, you should definitely start making calls, depending on where exactly you will decide to go.
        Personally, I do love Les Ambassadeurs (Hotel Crillon) for its food, but also for the suberb room overlooking Place de la Concorde.
        Lunch menu is some 80€. Allow at least 2,5 - 3 hours.

        1. re: Dodo

          Thanks for the recomendation! What are your feelings on Pierre Gagnaire? My friend told me that I must have a meal there while in Paris.

          1. re: BrookieStyles

            Last monday we tried to get reservations for lunch at Gagniere between the 13th and 19th of November and they replied that they were booked solid until the 27th of November for Lunch.

            The concierge at our Hotel was able to get us a reservation for the 15th for Lunch however 2 days later.

            So maybe try through a concierge and you'll have better luck than directly.

    2. Carre des Feuillants is a somewhat lesser known name that seems to be under the tourist radar (I didn't see any other Americans there) but Alain Dutournier is a major chef and has 2 Michelin stars. The prix fixe lunch is 65 euros and the food and service are flawless. Atmosphere is modern, elegant and comfortable.


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        1. re: shortstop

          Thanks for all of the help! We have booked a reservation at Senderens--I am looking forward to it and will let you all know the details.

          1. re: BrookieStyles

            I had dinner at Senderens the same day I had lunch at Carre des Feuillants. Senderens was something of a disappointment. The preparations and presentation were just not as interesting, Also, Senderens does not have a prix fixe, so for lunch it is more expensive. I had to spend a lot more at Senderens to get a decent wine, too.

            1. re: rrems

              I would drink his Champagne! We get it over here in New York, and it is delicious.