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Paris on Easter Sunday?

kristainlondon Mar 13, 2009 01:56 PM

Hi everyone

My father and I will be in Paris Easter weekend. We're in the market for a nice Easter lunch somewhere. Do you have a sense of what will be open?

Here are our requirements for Easter Sunday lunch, probably around 1:30ish.
Less than 40 euros each, with wine
Someplace we can go in "smart casual" attire
French, of course
Relatively central, someplace where we can take a nice walk after lunch. We really don't have anywhere to be.
Open on Easter Sunday :)

I've been trolling your boards for ages and have picked up a few places that look interesting, but with Easter Sunday being our main constraint, I really need some more specific advice.

And of course, I promise to post a round-up when I'm back!

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    SueB402 Mar 14, 2009 05:54 AM

    My husband and I will be in Paris on Easter also and I have been wondering the same thing.

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      Oakglen Mar 14, 2009 01:38 PM

      Think Brasserie, hotel restaurant and upscale cafe. Your budget will not work on a major holiday; and you must reserve. Your plan does not reflect reality; try again.

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      1. re: Oakglen
        kristainlondon Mar 18, 2009 12:00 PM

        A bit concerning that you don't think 80 euros for the two of us will work out on an Easter Sunday! In 2006/07, I was in Paris for work every six weeks and was normally able to do two courses and a small carafe for 30ish.

        Let me restate, money is not a "problem." I just don't feel like spending 100 euros plus for me and my elderly dad (his appetite is not what it once was) to have Easter Sunday lunch in Paris. We're heading back to London on the Eurostar Sunday night and we're in Business so we've already got one three course meal to look forward to. (Albeit a late one.)

        So any recommendations would be most welcome.

      2. souphie Mar 14, 2009 04:48 PM

        Easter sunday is like any other sunday -- not much open but what usually is open on sundays will be open that day. Oakglen is right that your budget (and schedule) is unrealistic, though Francoise could come close.

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        1. re: souphie
          kristainlondon Mar 18, 2009 12:04 PM

          Thanks for the recommendation of Francoise. Is this the one you mean? http://chezfrancoise.com/

          1. re: kristainlondon
            souphie Mar 19, 2009 12:38 AM

            Yep. When we talk about the price of a meal, we always mean starter, main, dessert plus beverage (wine, water, coffe) -- sometimes more in more fancy restaurants. Of course you can eat for less than 40eur pp. But there are few hole-in-the-wall places in Paris, especially on sundays.

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          zbjhnstn Mar 22, 2009 01:10 PM

          Sue... I live in the 15th. There is a GREAT brasserie that has been there since the early 1900's "Le Commerce" that fits your bill. The food is consistent, old fashioned (onion soup, oysters on the 1/2 shell, moules, steak bearnaise, salmon, house made patés, floating islands, Rhum baba's - and they bring a bottle of rum to the table for you to pour) the waiters have the long aprons, the wine is good and the café excellent though 'rich' you won't be hungry later! Go there.

          Cafe Commerce takes reservations and are open 365 days of the year. you won't be sorry. Metro Commerce or Emile Zola. http://www.lecafeducommerce.com/
          Chow hound has a review of the place as well: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/264427

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            cwiese Mar 30, 2009 04:51 PM

            Krista/Sue,
            Drouant (2er) is open on Sunday and there is a 32EURO brunch menu - I can't take credit or blame for this rec, as I swiped it off an old post (but the price of the brunch is current). I think you can go their website and make a reservation online - www.drouant.com. Hopefully this will fit the bill!

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            Drouant Sa
            18 Rue Gaillon, Paris, Île-de-France 75002, FR

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