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Jul 30, 2008 05:22 PM

Restaurant help!

We are headed to Paris in October for 7 nights. We want to eat at the most delicious places....can anyone give me their thoughts on these places?

Atelier de Joel Robuchon

les Bouquinistes

Georges (probably for lunch)

Alcazar (someone suggested this, but the review I read wasn't good!)

Maison Blanche


Maitre Albert


Le Petit Pontoise


I know that is a long list, but any input will help! :)

Thanks in advance!

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  1. I dare say that all the places have been commented numerous times here.
    Did you already do a search? Very easy with the search function.

    Which Georges are you thinking about? Rue du Mail or on top of Pompidou Center?

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    1. re: Dodo

      I agree with Dodo - most of these restaurants have been discussed in depth on the board - some research will pay dividends and help you with more specific questions.

      The one exception is probably Alcazar. It was set up by the succesful London restauranter/designer Terrance Conran, and is still run by a UK based company he has an interest in - so a UK owned restaurant in Paris owned by a architect/designer.

      I have eaten there a few times and had a few drinks in the bar (although not within the last 18 months). Every visit was enjoyable and the food was fine - especially the fish and chips. However, it is the sort of restaurants that Parisians visit when the want to escape the the typical Parisian restaurant beloved so much by tourists. It is quite modern, sleek and funky with a good clubby bar on the mezzanine level for people watching.

    2. I'm actually looking for info on Maison Blanche, too -
      as well as Le Ciel de Paris (good venues for watching
      Bastille Day fireworks!). Dodo and PhilD or others, can
      you help? I tried searching as you suggested, but cannot
      find numerous posts, only this one and one other. What am
      I doing wrong? Would appreciate any comments on these
      two eateries. Thanks very much!

      1. LB has an "American" section; will that bother you? Food is quite good, if pricey for what you get. For only a little bit more (at lunch) why not opt for the Guy Savoy special prix-fixe?

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        1. re: Oakglen

          Thanks, Oakglen. I've eaten at Guy Savoy and had a wonderful meal, but am looking for a place with a great view of the Bastille Day fireworks that evening.

          1. re: travelluver

            You're unlikely to find that and les Bouquinistes won't provide it. The best place would be the Café de l'Homme in the musée de Chaillot, or the restaurants on top of the Montparnasse tower, the Concorde Lafayette hotel, the Sofitel rue de Sèvres. And some restaurants on top of Montmartre. A good place to see the firework is from the top of bd Pasteur but there's no restaurant there.

            Also, the firework is around midnight so none of these places will still be serving dinner at that time.

            1. re: souphie

              Thanks Souphie! I was hoping you would address this inquiry, I also wrote to you a few days ago via your blogsite. I secured a 10 pm reservation at Maison Blanche, and they promised a very good window table.