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Lunch when visiting Versailles

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lacontessa Nov 23, 2009 06:00 AM

We are going by ourselves to Versailles on Christmas eve and are wondering what to do about lunch. Very little posted here about where to eat. Other posters have recommended the expensive Gordon Ramsay restaurants (cheapest main at La Veranda is $39 US, cheapest main at Trianon is $82 US), and say that the restaurant at Versailles is lousy. We think it will be chilly for a picnic outside. Any more affordable suggestions?

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  1. souphie RE: lacontessa Nov 23, 2009 10:15 AM

    Vié's Le Potager du Roy. But chosing Christmas' Eve makes things even more difficult. Almost all good little bistrots will be closed (I don't know whether this one will).

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      lacontessa RE: souphie Nov 26, 2009 09:00 AM

      Thanks Souphie. I called and in my horrible French determined that they are indeed closed on December 24. Any other suggestions?

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        souphie RE: lacontessa Nov 26, 2009 09:57 PM

        Grab a good sanwidch, salads and baked goods from Julien's. Stop in a café to eat them if the weather is not nice.

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          John Talbott RE: lacontessa Nov 27, 2009 05:57 AM

          It may sound counter-intuitive, but coming back on the train towards St Lazare (10-15 minutes) are two restos in the upscale Hotel Les Etangs de Corot in the Ville d'Avray where Benoit Bordier (ex-Chez Jean) runs Le Corot (fancy). We enjoyed our meal there and plan to go back to the second place, Le Cafe des Artistes (less fancy) ASAP.
          Because it's a Châteaux et Hôtels de France I suspect one or both places may well be open Christmas eve day.

          John Talbott
          http://johntalbottsparis.typepad.com/...

          John Talbott

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          ayeletw RE: souphie Dec 24, 2009 01:32 PM

          Souphie, do you have a link for this resto? I want to make a reservation for lunch when we're at Versailles...but I can't find it.

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            souphie RE: ayeletw Dec 24, 2009 10:28 PM

            1, rue Maréchal-Joffre
            Versailles (78000), France
            Tél : 01.39.50.35.34
            Fax : 01.30.21.69.30

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