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Looking for restaurants near the Palais Garnier

jrabbit2727 Feb 18, 2008 03:20 PM

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.

Any suggestions?


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  1. souphie RE: jrabbit2727 Feb 18, 2008 06:02 PM

    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.

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      Cher Martin RE: souphie Feb 19, 2008 05:34 PM

      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.

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        sarah galvin RE: souphie Nov 23, 2008 11:22 AM

        Can one eat at Senderens prior to an 8:30 symphony at Palais Garnier?

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          souphie RE: sarah galvin Nov 23, 2008 08:41 PM

          Nope. They won't serve before 7.30 at the earliest. The bar might work, butin practice, I never found them fast enough.

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          pscurfield RE: souphie Sep 16, 2009 10:12 AM

          what does a cocktail at the hemmingway bar cost?

          1. re: pscurfield
            souphie RE: pscurfield Sep 16, 2009 12:44 PM

            You don't want to know. Some ridiculous price, though most of the time only with two digits.

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              PBSF RE: pscurfield Sep 16, 2009 04:01 PM

              Around 30E but comes with a few olives, nuts, chips and a cloth napkin.

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                souphie RE: PBSF Sep 16, 2009 10:53 PM


          2. Laidback RE: jrabbit2727 Nov 24, 2008 12:35 PM

            You have 3 beautiful places very close by: La Fontaine Gaillon and Drouant both on Place Gaillon and Café de la Paix adjacent to the Garnier.

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              porkpa RE: Laidback Dec 3, 2008 11:52 AM

              Willi's Wine Bar is maybe a ten minute walk away. Good bistro food in a fun atmosphere. Good wine list. Excellent value.

            2. John Talbott RE: jrabbit2727 Sep 17, 2009 05:36 AM

              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.

              John Talbott

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                souphie RE: John Talbott Sep 17, 2009 06:25 AM

                Actually, in recent years, and for some mysterious reason, I always ate better at le Passage than downstairs at Senderens.

              2. Parigi RE: jrabbit2727 Sep 17, 2009 09:43 AM

                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.

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                  souphie RE: Parigi Sep 17, 2009 01:56 PM

                  Really? Did you get the rillons? The cote de veau? The chicken? The feuilleté aux morilles?

                  Conversely, I wasn't impressed by l'Absinthe, except for how exquisite the hostess is.

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                    John Talbott RE: souphie Sep 17, 2009 02:06 PM

                    Correct. And she ran a better show by far at the Bistro Cote Mer; a real loss to the city.

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                      souphie RE: John Talbott Sep 17, 2009 02:09 PM


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