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Sep 3, 2009 11:47 AM

Friend needs suggestions for a group of 16 on a Sunday in Oct., 70-100 euros pp

A friend who visits Paris once-twice per year has been charged with arranging a dinner for 16 people, most of whom have never been to Paris before. As I mentioned, it's a Sunday and the budget is 70-100 euros per person (I assume that is including drinks!). Private room would be nice, but not necessary. Thanks!

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  1. - "Le Grand Colbert", the beautiful brasserie in the movie "Something's got to give".
    - "Le Train Bleu". Read the wonderful book "Not a Station But a Place" by M.F.K. Fisher before going to this opulent historical place.
    - "Lapérouse" equally historical and maybe more opulent, and has private salons. Rich men in the 19th century used to take their danseuses to supper in one of the private salons. The restaurant kept the mirrors all scratched up by the girls who were testing whether the newly offered diamond was real. No kidding.

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    1. re: Parigi

      Interesting suggestions, but more for their historical/architectural interest than the quality of the food. If the OP wants good food I wouldn't consider any of these.

      Sunday night is going to be very tricky with lots of good food places closed.

      1. re: PhilD

        Isn't Drouant open?

        There's always la Rotonde, less spectacular than the three Parigi mentioned, but very reliable food wise.

        L'Auberge Bressane is always an option, very exotic, not light, yum.

        La Fontaine de Mars would also work (I heard the American embassy takes reservations...)

        Astier, while it's not as good as it used to, since had good cheese, great wines, good value and a nice room upstairs.

        Maybe Fish can keep you the back of the restaurant, but it's not super French with the international staff and all. Wines are.

    2. eGullet is currently down for an upgrading but when they go back up, search the France Forum for
      It has good suggestions for 16.

      John Talbott

      1. Thanks for the responses. I passed all info along. I think that they may go to Les Ombres...they do want a view as well , it seems. I think, if it were up to me, that I might choose a brasserie like La Rotonde...