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Apr 6, 2010 11:48 AM

Sunday Dinner in Paris


I'm going to Paris for a wedding in mid-May and unfortunately only have one evening to eat at a fabulous restaurant. Most unfortunately that night is a Sunday. After researching these boards I've come up empty at both Gagnaire and L'Astrance and several other highly recommended places for dinner.

The folks at amex who were helping me have recommended some of the following:

Le Cafe de La Paix
Le Bristol
Le Jules Verne
Marius et Janette

I wanted to get some feed back on those choices and see if anybody had any other great recommendations for a no-holds barred dinner (my uncle has graciously agreed to foot the bill)

We're staying in Saint Germain but are not restricted to that neighborhood. We are having lunch at Le Cinq so would like to preferably go somewhere different in feel.

Thank you very much in advance.

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  1. I'd go to Senderens.


    1. If you are already eating lunch at Le Cinq on Sunday why the need for another big meal in a fabulous restaurant? Le Cinq is in itself fabulous. I would look for a contrast in terms of both ambiance and style of food, the ones on your list are quite similar.

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      1. re: PhilD

        Lunch is on Saturday. Sunday is our only free day in Paris...was hoping to cap it off with a great dinner.

        1. re: cjthekid

          PhilD is quite right, after Le Cinq, the other starred places open on Sunday (over a dozen) may not provide much of a contrast. Except perhaps for Il Vino (one star), where the emphasis is on wine.

      2. Le Bristol hands-down

        John Talbott's Paris

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        1. re: John Talbott

          Yep. Or La Grande Cascade.

          What's wrong with Pierre Gagnaire? He's the star of sundays nights and a contrast to Le Cinq.

          1. re: souphie

            Soup has a good point if price and size of your stomach are not at issue.

            1. re: souphie

              <<What's wrong with Pierre Gagnaire? >> Only that deliciousness is not guaranteed.

              However, since it's not a choice between Le Cinq and Gagnaire, that Gagnaire's in addition to, it fits the"no-holds barred" criteria and if nothing else will be an interesting 3* dining experience.

              1. re: shortstop

                The major problem, and I forgot to clearly articulate this...everything is CLOSED on Sundays. I would have loved to have gone to Gagnaire but they don't seem to like to feed people on Sundays. So I'm looking for the best meal I can get in Paris on Sunday.

                1. re: cjthekid

                  Umm.... according to his website, Gagnaire is open Sunday evenings for dinner. The restaurant is closed all day Saturday and lunch on Sundays.

                  1. re: Weather

                    That's right, Gagnaire was closed for vacation. The others are closed on sundays.

                  2. re: cjthekid

                    I think we clearly got that sundat was the main issue, which is why we recommended places that are open on sunday nights: Le Cinq, le Bristol, La Grande Cascade, Pierre Gagnaire... As Dr. T suggests, Le Cinq or Gagnaire are hardly compatible with another meal the same day.

                    As for deliciousness, it is alas never guaranteed. But I can guarantee that Gagnaire will be suprising and overwhelming one way or the other.

                    1. re: souphie

                      Thanks. I think with Le Cinq for lunch on Saturday, we may do Il Vino for Dinner Sunday. It looks modern and different.

                      1. re: cjthekid

                        Humm, OK.
                        But as Soup says "....Pierre Gagnaire? He's the star of sundays nights....."

                        1. re: John Talbott

                          That was my first choice. Sadly, they are closed for a staff holiday. Thanks for all the advice. I really appreciate it.