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Dinner for 2 in Paris @ $80 USD a night?

xsarinax Apr 8, 2008 02:17 PM

Ok so my husband and I do not drink...and we have a budget which I am determined to stick too! We love french cuisine... any ideas of wheren we can dine for dinner within my budget of $80 USD for 2, no drinks? We are staying at the Le Meridien Etoile.

  1. souphie Apr 9, 2008 01:54 AM

    Even without drinking, 25 eur per person for a good dinner is a challenge, esp in the 17th. There's la cave de l'Os a Moelle, fitting your budget. You can have a course at the nearby Gourmet des Ternes (it should be the pavé de boeuf). In your situation, I would head to Chinatown but that's a problem for French food. In some bistronomiques you can have one or two courses rather than 3 -- see La Régalade, Chez l'Ami Jean, Le Pré Verre (particularly affordable), le Baratin, Les cocottes de Christian Constant.

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    1. re: souphie
      souphie Apr 9, 2008 01:57 AM

      Le relais de Venise is near your hotel, it's good and in your budget, but you'll have to wait in line, NY style.

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      Oakglen Apr 9, 2008 09:01 AM

      There is one place where you can get three courses for under 25E. Le Bistrot du 7eme, across the street from the LaTour-Maubourg metro station. Perhaps not the quality of Souphie's choices; the dishes are traditional French comfort food. One of the reservation services has their menu listed, but I can't remember which one it is. Always packed, you need to reserve.

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        xsarinax Apr 9, 2008 10:10 AM

        these all sound great!! cant wait to try and will let you all know once i return!

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          joshlh Apr 10, 2008 05:04 AM

          If you could stretch it a few more Euro to 30 or 35 per person, it might open up your choices considerably. L'Entredgreu is at the top of a lot of bloggers' lists for affordable Paris bistros, and I think their 3 course menu is 32E. I went recently, and loved the food and the homeyness.

          1. whs Apr 10, 2008 05:35 AM

            Check this out: http://chezpim.typepad.com/blogs/2004...

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              Dodo Apr 10, 2008 06:45 AM

              Worth a check as well:

              Some reviews are a bit dated, but the bistrots are well described (with photos).

            2. souphie Apr 10, 2008 09:34 AM

              I forgot -- Chartier, rue du faubourg Montmartre. Totally within your budget, that former working class restaurant is more "Paris" than Paris. Also Perraudin in the 5th.

              1. GoT Apr 12, 2008 08:32 AM

                That's an interesting challenge .. how to combine quality, pleasure and your budget.
                If you can extend to 30-35€, i would without any doubt go for La Gazzetta in the 12th.

                Young and creative chef, modern dishes, great atmosphere, i've put some pictures and review on my blog (in french :o) : http://gastrosontour.wordpress.com/20...


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                  jock Apr 12, 2008 09:05 AM

                  Had lunch at a great new wine bar-bistro Quedubon. 22 rue du Plateau in the 19th metro Buttes Chaumont. tel 01-42-38-18-65. Wonderful lunch for two with 3 glasses of wine 40 euros. Dinner would easily fit your budget. Food excellent and very good inexpensivewines by the glass.

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