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Restaurant for a party of 18 near Gare Saint-Lazare, Paris

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maclock Aug 14, 2010 04:23 AM

Does anyone know of a good, yet moderately priced (by Paris standards), restaurant suitable for a party of 18 people within easy walking distance of Gare Saint-Lazare? The restaurant has to take reservations as this is for a conference dinner.

At present, I don't know whether this proposed meal would be at midday or at night. If you could mention the style of cooking, price per person, whether the restaurant is good for lunch and/or dinner, the atmosphere, etc., it would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you very much!

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  1. Parigi RE: maclock Aug 14, 2010 04:34 AM

    For a conference dinner near St Lazare, a good bet is the restaurant at InterContinental Paris-Le Grand Hôtel.

    "If you could mention the style of cooking, price per person, whether the restaurant is good for lunch and/or dinner, the atmosphere, etc"

    There is a lot of info on the hotel's own website and other sites. It is the same, comfortable, businss atmosphere, lunch or dinner.
    Btw, by conference dinner, do you mean that people attending the same conference will have this meal together? Or do you mean that one person will speak and 17 persons will eat? In the latter case, again your best bet are hotel restaurants with a private salon and conference materials in the ready.

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      maclock RE: Parigi Aug 14, 2010 04:42 AM

      Thank you very much for your reply! This is useful information.

      As these folks will be staying at the Concorde Saint-Lazare/Opera, I guess that they could just eat in that hotel's restaurant if they wanted to dine at a hotel. Might you be able to suggest a free-standing restaurant as well or will requiring a place that can handle a party of 18 seriously limit their options? Many of the premises in the area seemed to be rather small and poky the last time that I passed through there.

      I have asked for clarification whether this is for a straight-forward dinner or for a dinner and a presentation. As of right now, I am operating under the assumption that it is the former. Should this assumption be incorrect, then I will update this thread as necessary.

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        Parigi RE: maclock Aug 14, 2010 05:13 AM

        "... suggest a free-standing restaurant as well or will requiring a place that can handle a party of 18 seriously limit their options?"

        Aux Lyonnais is within walking distance from the hotel.
        There are many reviews on AL on this forum.

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          Oakglen RE: maclock Aug 14, 2010 08:24 AM

          I have only had drinks at Cafe Terminus; it's set up brasserie style and has a salon prive. Nice atmosphere, for a big hotel. Take the easy route, they know how to handle group meals etc. With a group of 18, someone is always late, someone has special needs etc etc. Whatever you do, it will be your fault, I know, having been there.

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        Ptipois RE: maclock Aug 14, 2010 11:12 AM

        The Brasserie Mollard, right across the Concorde-Saint-Lazare hotel, sounds perfect. Beautiful setting (impossible to see from the outside), vintage Art nouveau décor, correct seafood brasserie cuisine and the possibility to reserve for a large number of people (seminars, banquets, etc.). 115 rue Saint-Lazare, tel. +33 (0)1 43 87 55 62.

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          Oakglen RE: Ptipois Aug 14, 2010 02:55 PM

          I had a quite "upsetting" experience at Mollard; nuf said. Never went back.

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            Laidback RE: Ptipois Aug 14, 2010 03:12 PM

            The brasserie Garnier is right next door to Mollard and I think that it is superior in every thing except Mollard's exceptional interior.This said I have had many meals at Mollard, mainly for its' beautiful interior and if you don't stray too far from the seafood platters you will be fine.

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              Ptipois RE: Laidback Aug 15, 2010 05:26 AM

              Of course Garnier has a better reputation for food but I am not sure it is better suited for a party of 18. In Paris, accomodating a large number of people and having a great food experience are two terms of which you have to choose one. You can't have both, or with much difficulty. If someone finds that kind of rare bird, by all means, let's hear about it. Chartier maybe?

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                John Talbott RE: Laidback Aug 15, 2010 11:21 AM

                My post on Garnier got lost in cyberspace so I'll second Laidback's suggestion and despite Pt's caution I think 18 would be ok upstairs where a corner would work for 18.

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