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Apr 27, 2008 09:11 AM

Can a vegetarian eat at Michelin rated restaurant?


My boyfriend and I will be spending next weekend in Paris and he is pushing to have a meal at L'Arpege, L'Astrance, or another Michelin starred place. I happen to be a vegetarian, though, and perusing the websites of these restaurants it doesn't appear that they have any options for me.

Is anyone aware of a Michelin restaurant that has a vegetarian prix fixe?

Thanks so much!

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  1. No problemo, especially at l'Arpège, known for its exceptional vegetables. Just warn them in advance and they will do it for you. It is a bit more difficult if you don't eat eggs and dairy, but they can do it anyway.

    But you have a bigger problem: both l'Arpège and l'Astrance are closed during weekends, and it will be difficult to get a table a three star restaurant for a weekend on such short notice. All of them will prepare a vegetarian meal when warned in advance (be specific as to whether you eat eggs and dairy), but few are open on weekends. Restaurants open during the whole weekend include Senderens (don't miss the asparagus!), Robuchon (l'Atelier or la Table, le Cinq, le Bristol, la Grande Cascade). Pierre Gagnaire is open sun night. Open sat nights has a larger range: l'Ambroisie, Guy Savoy, Lasserre, Michel Rostang. L'Ambroisie is open sat lunch.

    Good vegetarian options for bistrots include most notably Maceo and Le Gourmand, rue Molière.

    2 Replies
    1. re: souphie

      Thank you so much for the information! I have to admit I was almost hoping that there wouldn't be any options so I wouldn't have to spend so much money :)

      Maceo is already reserved and hopefully Amex will be able to get us a spot at one of your other suggestions.
      Thanks again!

      1. re: rosalita

        Sorry I interfered with your plans for not having to take a second motrtgage. ;-)

    2. Here's a listing of veg-friendly places in Paris.