Looking for restaurants near the Palais Garnier
I will be going to Paris in late April and am looking for a restaurant near the old opera house. We have an 8 pm performance for a one act opera and most likley will want to eat after somewhere close by.
One of us is a vegetarian that doesn't eat meat, dairy or eggs but does eat fish and seafood.
There really is no shortage of ideas by there. Senderens is nearby (place de la madeleine). Le Café de la Paix, just on the square, is now a very good 24/7 restaurant, by far the best of them (the new chef is a MOF -- meilleur ouvrier de France, best craftman in France). There's one of the good indians of Paris called New Balal. Le Petit Riche is not far away, a typical after theater dinner place, very Parisian, very decent food. And the rue Sainte-Anne, home of genuine Japanese restaurants is also nearby.
Nothing to do with what you're requesting but the tiny Hemingway bar in the Ritz hotel is the most amazing place, including the best cocktails in town (at palace prices)?
All those places can accomodate your dietary restrictions and serve you late.
I have to dissent from souphie's recommendation of Le Petit Riche. My friends and I ate there after a performance at the Garnier, and had a terrible experience. At best it is "wildly inconsistent" and, IMO, not worth risking your enjoyment or spending your decpreciating dollars there.
How about this:
Before the opera, get some oysters at Depardieu's joint l'Ecaille de la Fontaine at 15, rue Gaillon (facing Drouant,)
Then the opera,
Then meal at Drouant, 18 pl Gaillon.
PS I like Senderens second floor bar "Le Passage" more than Soup does and the Cafe de la Paix works well enough.
Nearby, one bistro I have always liked is l'Absinthe, on the lovely place St Honoré.
Racines in the passage Panorama is also a nice spot, the Racines guy's attitude notwithstanding.
I never had luck at the Petit Riche either. Unfortunately one client with a nearby office likes to take me there. The last time I finally decided to eat before going.