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Jun 9, 2009 05:44 AM

Ambiance question, merci

Unfortunately, Fontaine de Mars was on my short list before the Obamas ate there. I currently have a reservation on the main floor for a Saturday night in early July at 9:15. I could change it to a Tues or Wed. Would the experience be "better" during the week? We like bistros but also want to have good service and not a totally crazed atmosphere.

We also have a reservation at Le Reminet which I know is quieter. Could anyone tell me if Josephine Chez Dumonet, Fish, and Le Ferrrandaise are closer in atmosphere to Reminet or something like Allard. Thank you.

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  1. I wouldn't expect "Fontaine" to be any different from day to day, it has always been very busy and usually fully booked. The Obama visit will just make it more tricky to score a table.

    I can comment on a couple of others. Dumonet is an old school bistro, lots of dark wood and history, lots of space between tables and fairly classic old world service (you generally get the table for the evening), it isn't stuffy, but it is quite a serious restaurant.

    Fish is a wine bar, it is cramped and busy with people standing at the bar, it has a great buzz and feels exactly like a good solid wine bar should. It is an international crowd often with kids during the first sitting. They turn the tables, a couple of times a night, but only take bookings until 8:30 so as not to push people out.