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May 12, 2009 08:21 AM

Steak Frites in Paris

My husband is requesting a steak frited dinner for one of our four nights in Paris next month. We need a restaurant that has great steak frites for him and other selections for me. So none of the steak frites only restaurants would work.

We are staying in the 6th.

Thanks for any suggestions.

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  1. If you want something nearby, Brasserie Balzar (rue des Ecoles) would be my pick; if you are willing to metro/taxi, this subject has been extensively covered on this board. Most of those selections would be superior, except for the frites, which are excellent at Balzar.

    1. La Rotonde, Joséphine Chez Dumonnet (OK, not real fries), Le Sévero and bis du Sévero, L'Entrecôte relais de Venise/relais de l'entrecôte, le gourmet des Ternes (pièce de boeuf), La Table de Joël Robuchon.

      Your husband should be aware that French beef just has nothing to do with American beef. So it's likely to not feel familiar anyway -- meat is less tender, more tasty (in best cases).

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      1. re: souphie

        Hi Souphie,

        Thank you for your recommendations before, we had a great time during our 2 days in paris at robuchon & gagnaire...

        we're returning next weekend to paris before we fly back to Canada. any steak frites suggestions for a Sunday night that doesn't require reservations? we're in the 6th also.

        thank you,


        1. re: mattmark

          La Rotonde. Secondary, l'Auberge Bressane. L'Ami Louis if you don't mind spending the appropriate price for tons of excellent food (their cote de boeuf and fries are just tip top) and if they haven't closed for their holiday yet. And there's always l'Entrecôte, not expensive and not bad at all. (there's one on Montparnasse next to La Rotonde and Le Select).

      2. At a good bistro in Paris, look for "entrecote" or "onglet" and they should do up a nice dish, the frites are usually hand cut and homemade and served in a cone. Be aware, if it's your first time, that steack in France is not cooked the way Americans are accustomed. They are pan fried in butter, usually. But it does taste great! And the rarer you order it, the more respect you will garner from the staff!

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        1. re: menton1

          A Bourseou la vie (12 rue Viviene); also the veal kidneys. And the frites! Yum.