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Nov 14, 2009 06:26 AM

Paris Dinner, End of December, around 100Eur per person

looking for suggestions for a couple's special occasion dinner on Dec.30(3 days in Paris in total around that date). Open to trying anything but looking for more representative French restaurants(and Yes I realize representativeness is a questionable and open notion, I just mean more typically French than anything, if that helps). looking to order wine by the glass, and the 100euro per head should cover those glasses as well, just want to get out of the place not having spent more than 200-220 Euros total. preferably closer to hotel location near Odeon. Thank you in advance!

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  1. It depends on what you expect for a special occasion. My wife pushes for Le Pétrelle, which is where we would go for such an occasion and on such a budget. But that might well not be your cup of tea (see recent reports, and my pics at

    Joséphine would fit the bill nicely too, though they don't have many wines by the glass (but they have memorable Sauternes at excellent value) and it's not much of a date place.

    La Grande Cascade (see their website) has an 85€ special including drinks which is probably your best call. Though you'll need to add the cab to your budget (walking at night in the Bois in December is likely to be unappealing).

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    1. re: souphie

      Plus, taking the cab through the Bois after a LGC meal adds that indicible touch of weirdness to the night...

      1. re: souphie

        Thank you for your response. I am looking at Gerard Besson, the tasting menu is higher than my intended price but looks very appealing, as we both like game

        1. re: shekamoo

          Gérard Besson is indeed above your price range, especially at night. It is utterly traditional, but excellent. Their lunch deal on the other hand is very reasonable and should keep you in budget.

          1. re: souphie

            I have decided to throw caution into the wind and go for Gerard Besson for Dinner. would you suggest any lunch options around 30Euros? CAJ is in my sights, but what is the price range I wonder?

            1. re: shekamoo

              Lunch at CAJ is 34€ (+ drinks). It will most probably be closed during the holidays, like most little bistrots. The question is whether you mean three course by lunch (starter, main, dessert), in which case 30 € is low. Au Dernier Métro works then. So does Fish.

              By the way, here are some pics from Gérard Besson, see if they inspire you and confirm you in your choice: . And here's a blog post:

              1. re: souphie

                I am now completely set on Besson, Thank you! as for lunch, we can skip starters and desserts. What would you suggest in that case?

                1. re: shekamoo

                  Joséphine Chez Dumonet. La Fontaine de Mars. L'Auberge Bressane. And for 60€, lunch at La Table de Joel Robuchon, all included.

                  1. re: souphie

                    Thank you very much for all your suggestions, really appreciated. One more question if I may, will it not be out of season for game at Besson?

                      1. re: souphie

                        thanks again. could you please also give me a suggestion for a moderately priced dinner on new years eve? our party, sigh, will include a 2-year old..

                          1. re: souphie

                            my first preference, but not an option really...

                          2. re: shekamoo

                            With a 2 yo, I'd head for a chain resto with continuous service, which will allow you to eat early (7 PM or so).
                            Have a look at Chez Clément, there is one at Place Saint-André-des Arts, 6th arr. They are very used to see children, they have high-chairs and small kids menus. All, if not most restos will have special dinners i.e. more courses, more expensive on December 31. Chez Clement will most likely post their special menu on the web page very soon. Try to find out, if you can have anything else but the special menu.

                  2. re: souphie

                    Yes, to my disappointment, says that CAJ is closed from the 23rd of December to the 2nd of January

                    1. re: souphie

                      CAJ is closed 24th -27th. Hope to get there after then...

                      1. re: Gman

                        Gman, where did you hear that CAJ is only closed through the 27th?

                        1. re: okaygo

                          My bad. I hadn't heard back from CAJ when I wrote to them. It is La Coccotte that is closed from the 24th -27th, per Madame Constant in an email. Sorry for my confusion.

            2. Goumard, on rue Duphot, would seem to fit perfectly. The ambiance and service are elegant; while the price is eminently reasonable. Le Petrelle ia also quite good, as is Josephine, as souphie says.

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              1. re: Oakglen

                I am thinking of Goumard for Lunch. I am assuming that my impression is correct that we can have a wide choice of seafood there?

                1. re: shekamoo

                  Yes. It will be the upper range of your budget, though.

                  1. re: souphie

                    could you let me know of possible dress codes for dinners at Besson (Dec.30)and La Ferrandaise (Dec.31)? Thanks a lot!