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Seafood or fish restaurants in Paris

mkalerta Nov 30, 2007 10:30 AM

Hello all,
I want to ask more knowledgeable or more experienced -- can you recommend good (or better very good) Seafood / Fish restaurants in paris? Not food chains, please and if possible, no dress code.

As far I found:
- Dessirier
- Le Divellec
- Vin & Marée
- Gaya Rive Gauche
- Goumard

bur with just a few or no comments on these... Maybe i complete missing something well known or some seafood important restaurant. Thank you for recommendations, comments or experience with anything interesting.

Thanks a lot!

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  1. ChefJune RE: mkalerta Nov 30, 2007 10:49 AM

    you must be new around here, or you would also be aware of La Cagouille in the 14me that quite a few of us have waxed poetic about! There are also quite a number of oyster bars around town that serve great plateaux at reasonable prices.

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      f2dat06 RE: mkalerta Nov 30, 2007 11:57 AM

      Not sure about about your no dress code requirement, Divellic, Gaya and Goumard are all one stars, not the kind of places you want to go to with a t shirt / flip flops.

      le Dome on Blvd Montparnasse may be the best known fish restaurant in Paris. It is, however, priced like a 3 star.

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        Dodo RE: f2dat06 Nov 30, 2007 12:02 PM

        There is always Le Bistrot du Dôme right next door (well on Rue Delambre) which is considerably cheaper, but still fine.

        You can always go to Le Dôme (the terrace) for the aperitif or a night cap.

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          rjkaneda RE: Dodo Dec 3, 2007 03:29 AM

          There's also a "petit Dôme" (as my wife calls it) in Bastille, not far from Bofinger. The Bistrots du Dôme are quite nice, very low-key, and the fish is of the same quality as it is at the big Dôme, without all the elaboration. There are like 10 selections of wine, all at the same price.

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          Jerrysfriend RE: f2dat06 Dec 2, 2007 12:55 PM

          I just ate there and it was not particually expensive for Paris; it is certainly no Le Divellec in price. I still have the bill; prices-a Sancerre 36 Euros; Soupe de Poisson-12.50 Euros; Trocon De Turbot-46 Euros; St. Pierre-36.50 Euros; Cote de Veau-38 Euros; Glace et Sorbet mixte-9.5 Euros; Nougat glace-11 Euros; Mille Feuilles-11 Euros; cafe-2.80 Euros; the only problem was that neither the Trocon De Turbot nor the St. Pierre were particually good.

        3. souphie RE: mkalerta Nov 30, 2007 12:51 PM

          All very good adresses, with prices like they say in the Michelin. Le Divellec is particularly fancy and expensive, also has some of the best fish in town. But your list lacks ny favourite: Le Duc. Hyper fresh high quality fish prepared in the most simple way, prices are reasonable given the quality and the Paris market.

          1. zuriga1 RE: mkalerta Dec 2, 2007 08:38 AM

            I haven't eaten there in many years, but does anyone still go to La Mediteranee? Is it good, mediocre, bad?

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              PBSF RE: zuriga1 Dec 2, 2007 08:52 AM

              If you're referring to La Mediterranee on Place L'Odeon, I ate there couple years ago. It was decent but a little over priced. Entrees around 15E, 30E for plats and 10E for desserts. Much of the preparations are fairly complicated. The plus is that it is open Sunday nights.

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                radiogrl1 RE: PBSF Dec 4, 2007 08:44 AM

                Fish e Boissonerie, in the 6th. Madly fresh, a wine list that changes every 10 days and bartenders from Australia. All (except for the bartenders) at perfectly reasonable prices. It has become our default kitchen whenever we go to Paris.

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                  PhilD RE: radiogrl1 Dec 4, 2007 09:35 AM

                  It may be called Fish but it isn't a fish restaurant. It is fish as in "drink like a fish". It does always have a couple of fish dishes on the menu - like a lot of places.

                  Agree the food is good and the wine is great - although last time I was there they were Kiwis behind the bar not Aussies.

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                    LulusMom RE: PhilD Dec 28, 2007 12:44 PM

                    I had a wonderful meal at Fish a few months back. The menu was short, but if I remember correctly everything was seafood (but the wine may have something to do with this). I liked it a lot and would definitely go back. And yeah, they're Kiwis, not Aussies.

                    Also had a very good meal at Fables de la Fontaine (see below), which had the best bread of my trip. Make sure to reserve in advance if you want to go there.

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              meg944 RE: mkalerta Dec 4, 2007 10:35 AM

              We had an enjoyable dinner at Les Fables de la Fontaine on St. Dominique, not far from the Eiffel Tower, last week. It’s a tiny all-fish/seafood restaurant. We went with the 70 Euro chef’s choice degustation and had all sorts of clever (and more importantly, tasty) dishes. They also have a la carte, but I can’t remember if there is any more reasonably priced formule – I suspect not. My husband is still writing up our Paris experiences but when he gets the review done I’ll try to remember to post it here.

              Certainly a jacket and tie would not be required here – we wore slacks and a sweater or button-down shirt, but one might well be comfortable in jeans and a decent shirt. I’m trying to remember the crowd and can’t with any certainty, but we certainly did not feel over or under-dressed.

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                nutnut RE: meg944 Dec 4, 2007 12:53 PM

                We have been to Les Fables de La Fontaine five times ... and I can't wait to go back there. Everyone we've introduced to the restaurant has loved it! This is our reigning repeat restaurant. It’s got fabulous food, reasonable prices, wonderful service and a nice buzz in the resto. Amazing, creative, delicious fish dishes and fabulous desserts. Immediate start with an amuse bouche and that sets the tone for the evening. Entrees we've had included sautéed scallops in a crème de carotte puree, fried shrimp with guacomole, langoustine feuillete, tuna tartare, and shrimp terrine. Plats – all filets of fish – were all tasty. Desserts include gateaux Basque with a pistachio sauce, crème de mascarpone, and a ganache aux chocolat with crème de marron.

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                  christy319 RE: nutnut Jan 2, 2008 12:22 PM

                  Ditto. One of my favorites in Paris. I wouldn't wear jeans, though--dressing nicely is a sign of respect, and Americans often don't get that. But nice pants and a sweater/nice shirt will do fine.

                  I haven't been in a year--nutnut, how far in advance do you reserve these days (we have an upcoming trip)?

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                    nutnut RE: christy319 Feb 15, 2008 10:16 AM

                    We've called two or three weeks ahead. Have fun and don't forget to order the gateau basque.

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                  Mr Conlin RE: meg944 Mar 10, 2008 04:26 PM

                  Does Les Fables de la Fontaine offer lunch as well? Or is it only dinner? I can't seem to find a web site...

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                    PhilD RE: Mr Conlin Mar 10, 2008 11:52 PM

                    Here is the link to their site - and yes they do,


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                  StevetheWeave RE: mkalerta Dec 27, 2007 08:21 AM

                  For a very good seafood meal, try L'Huitrier in the 16th. Not very far from the Arc, but located on a quiet street in a residential neighborhood.

                  The oyster shucker there just recently won a contest for Best Shucker in Paris!

                  Reservations are a must because the place is so small.

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                    souphie RE: StevetheWeave Dec 27, 2007 02:21 PM

                    Isn't it in the 17th rather, by the marché Bayen?

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                      StevetheWeave RE: souphie Dec 30, 2007 08:46 PM

                      I stand corrected -- it is in the 17th,

                      Lovely little place, tho.

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                    lmahaney RE: mkalerta Dec 31, 2007 06:34 AM

                    In regard to Goumard, do they have a prix fix lunch? How munch? Do I need to book in advance?

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                      Oakglen RE: lmahaney Dec 31, 2007 07:07 AM

                      Goumard does have a prix-fixe lunch, but as I recall, there were no choices. For 60E you get wine included. Really good deal, tho it won't include the best, and more expensive, fish dishes. Our favorites were a crab soup, smoked salmon and Dover sole.

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                        taboo RE: Oakglen Feb 18, 2008 06:03 AM

                        I am looking for an elegant fish restaurant for a b-day dinner. Would you suggest Goumard or Le Dome for ambiance, food and wine combined?

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                          Oakglen RE: taboo Feb 18, 2008 07:15 AM

                          Goumard is more elegant by far. Tables are widely spaced and service attentive but not pushy. And it is open on Sundays.

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                            taboo RE: Oakglen Feb 18, 2008 10:54 AM

                            Also.....we do not want heavy sauces as the French usually do, so would you say that Goumard would have a menu of fish that is prepared grilled or a bit lighter as they do in the US?

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                              Oakglen RE: taboo Feb 19, 2008 06:50 AM

                              Whenever I see the term "heavy sauce" I think of Cambell's Cream of Mushroom soup, the esential ingredient of most sauces from my part of the American midwest. Fear not, we are not talking about Red Lobster or fish & Chips made with frozen mystery fish. These restaurants are at a very different level.

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                                taboo RE: Oakglen Feb 19, 2008 07:28 AM

                                I know the level as I have been to Le Cinq, and other Michelin star restaurants, etc in Paris. Some places turn more to grilling but some use a lot of butter which masks the flavor of the fish.

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                                  afrocuban RE: taboo Mar 12, 2008 02:10 PM

                                  La Cagouille is my favourite, no heavy sauces there for sure!

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                      happytoo RE: mkalerta Mar 19, 2008 07:07 AM

                      The famous Paul Bert restaurant in the 11th has a sister restaurant that serves only seafood. In my opinion it is in the same league as La Cagouille. The others are touristy places.

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                        toitoi RE: happytoo Mar 19, 2008 02:09 PM

                        I've been to Paul Bert - great steak and Paris-Brest.

                        What's the name of its seafood sister?

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                          tupac17616 RE: toitoi Mar 19, 2008 05:12 PM

                          L’Ecailler du Bistrot

                      2. Jolyon Helterman RE: mkalerta Aug 17, 2010 10:35 AM

                        Just resurrecting this post, in anticipation of a trip to the city in October. Bringing my sister for the first time, who loves food (especially seafood) but isn't particularly adventurous.

                        Already planning Le Dôme (a fave of mine) and the vegetable tasting at L'Arpège. But the more classic, pristine seafood the better!

                        Any shout-outs to current seafood havens that are still on top of their game?


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                          Nancy S. RE: Jolyon Helterman Aug 17, 2010 12:50 PM

                          Passage 53 has a mainly vegetable and fish/seafood tasting menu. I think it's stellar.

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                            John Talbott RE: Jolyon Helterman Aug 17, 2010 12:52 PM

                            Colette and I still think the new Rech is very good.

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                              souphie RE: Jolyon Helterman Aug 17, 2010 10:40 PM

                              I don't think anyone beats Le Divellec and Le Duc to the Pristine seafood game. And l'Arpège beats them at the expensive food game.

                              1. re: souphie
                                Oakglen RE: souphie Aug 18, 2010 07:22 AM

                                And they both have prix-fixe menus at lunch; tho I find it hard to think of the Divellec menu at 70 Euros as reasonable. Well, it is if you consider the Carte prices. The Divellec clientele is mostly "suits" on expense account . Le Duc is much more casual, and somewhat less expensive. As souphie says, both are outstanding.

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                              misochi RE: mkalerta Sep 15, 2011 12:21 AM

                              Hi - am just bumping this up because I am looking for a great seafood meal in paris. Any thoughts?

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                                allende RE: misochi Sep 15, 2011 03:32 AM

                                A thought to keep you out of harm's way. Here is Le Duc a few years ago:

                                "Went to Le Duc for dinner a few weeks ago. This is among the best fish restaurants in Paris? We were expecting the freshest fish, simply prepared. That’s what we were told Le Duc served and that’s what we wanted. Couldn't even get that.

                                In a nutshell: mediocre menu which quite clearly rarely or ever changes even if the fish listed aren't available. A wine list that could charitably be described as mediocre. Have they never heard of Rhone Valley reds? Isn't there anything decent from Provence or The Languedoc to be put on a wine list... you bet there is. In whites, if you're going to concentrate on Burgundy at least have a decent selection (no off years, no long over the hill oxidized wines).

                                The service was inept. Is it possible to get a bottle of water in under 20 minutes, even if the restaurant is only a quarter filled at 8:30? How many times does one have to ask for a bottle of water before it comes; two, three, four times? Is it possible for the sommelier (at least he pretended to be one) to pour the bottle of red wine into the empty wine glass that he set out for the red, rather than into the half filled glass of white wine? Is it possible for the sommelier to pour the wine into the glass rather than on the table cloth? The service was without any smile whatsoever; nothing, blank! Just going through the motions.

                                The soupe de poisson looked like dirty water and tasted not much better. Once again, even with this dish, inept service; here's why. The waiter comes and laddles half the tureen into my bowl. Beside the bowl, he sets down the croutons (actually small tasteless pieces of bread) and something that looked like some form of rouille, but didn't resemble any that I'd ever had before. The tureen was then removed. After finishing the bowl, I didn't want any more soupe, but even if I had wanted it, no one was going to offer it because the tureen simply disappeared after ten minutes and the other half was never offered. First time that's ever happened.

                                The turbotin was tasteless. The vegetables were a mass of brown rice and a puree of parsnips, neither having much flavor. The bread is a disgrace (the butter was good). The oysters were wonderful. Didn't stay for dessert. Four of us: four first courses (two of oysters) four second courses, two mediocre bottles of wine and two bottles of water. Check, close to 475 Euros.
                                What a ripoff. Go at your own risk."

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                                  misochi RE: allende Sep 15, 2011 04:44 AM

                                  Thanks for that!!

                                  1. re: misochi
                                    Simon RE: misochi Sep 15, 2011 12:13 PM

                                    Huitrerie Regis is one of the my restaurants in the world, and if you love oysters, a must-visit imo...

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                                      toitoi RE: Simon Sep 15, 2011 12:41 PM

                                      I will second that. I sat there one lunch and ate 2 dozen, and I'd do it again!!!

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                                        misochi RE: toitoi Sep 16, 2011 02:43 AM

                                        Thanks guys! That is already one my must-go list! I was wondering for those seafood platters, where should I go. Understand that Regis only serves up oysters.

                                        1. re: misochi
                                          Delucacheesemonger RE: misochi Sep 16, 2011 03:33 AM

                                          La Coupole or Le Dome for plateau. Yes, Le Duc was very mediocre, but best butter l have ever encountered.

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                                            dlgc RE: Delucacheesemonger Sep 16, 2011 06:11 AM

                                            We had dinner at Fables de la Fountaine last month and I would never go back after enjoying it the past few years. Their attitude was terrible,the food was no where near what it used to be, over cooked fish, raw under cooked cake.........never again. There were losts of empty tables that night which tells me I'm not the only one that feels this way.

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                                              toitoi RE: Delucacheesemonger Sep 16, 2011 06:26 AM

                                              I'll second La Coupole.

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                                                misochi RE: Delucacheesemonger Sep 26, 2011 12:40 AM

                                                Thanks! Will try La Coupole then. Cheers!

                                              2. re: misochi
                                                ChefJune RE: misochi Sep 16, 2011 11:17 AM

                                                Love L'Ecluse for oysters, and they do lovely plats as well.

                                                Why not La Cagouille?

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                                                  afrocuban RE: ChefJune Sep 16, 2011 12:16 PM

                                                  La Cagouille is great for simply cooked super fresh fish and seafood and not overpriced. Avoid the menu though and go a la carte - it's worth it!

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                                                    misochi RE: afrocuban Sep 26, 2011 12:40 AM

                                                    will check it out thanks!

                                              3. re: toitoi
                                                misochi RE: toitoi Sep 26, 2011 12:40 AM

                                                Do you know if Regis carries Tarbouriech oysters? Thanks!

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                                                  Delucacheesemonger RE: misochi Sep 26, 2011 01:48 AM

                                                  Nope, nor Guillardeau; just Fines de Claire, Pousses en Claire, and Belon

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                                                    misochi RE: Delucacheesemonger Sep 26, 2011 02:47 AM

                                                    Thanks! I tried both Tarbouriech and Belon 00 and found that i enjoyed Tarbouriech a lot more though it was cheaper than the Belon and so I am quite excited to see if I can find it in Paris (I am assuming that it is cheaper over there). I paid about 10 euros for a pair of Tarbouriech.

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