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La Table de Joel Robuchon to close - Forever??? :(

I love Joel's Food. I've eaten at a few of his restaurants and really enjoyed the concept and the service at all of them. My wife and I are finally taking our birthday & baby-making trip to Paris (11/17-11/21) and they're closing La Table indefinitely on 11/15 per the gentleman I just spoke with on the phone. I was really looking forward to that 59 euro club menu with wine inclusive.

The gentleman said they would be opening a new restaurant closer to the Arc, but he wasn't aware if the new place would be open yet.

My plan for our food was to eat a two or three lunches/dinners in the 50 euro/pp range, one dinner around 150 euros/pp and bistros/brasseries/etc for other food.

We'd planned to do

Lunch:

La Table
Chez L'Ami Jean
Les Fables de la Fontaine
Les Cocottes

Dinner:

Le Chateaubriand (how does one make reservations here? I can never get anyone to answer the phone)
L'Atelier du Joel Robuchon

I know people constantly post up the "please review my list of restaurants in Paris" but if anyone has any input on these, and a comparable alternative to La Table, I would be eternally grateful. I've been doing as much ChowHound-Research as possible, but it's getting close to the point I'll need to have reservations complete for some of these spots for my trip.

Thank you guys from the bottom of my heart.

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  1. l would call CAJ at 3 PM their time, 9AM your time on any day but Monday. Phone is 011 331 47 05 86 89. Atelier you can reserve on their website without grief. Many of your other choices can have same day reservation by phone or walking in and asking them. Le Cinq has lunch for 78 euro/pp, Rostang 95 euro with all beverages, Savoy has a 100 euro with no beverages that must be asked for when calling. Hope this helps.

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    1. re: Delucacheesemonger

      Thanks DCM! Any idea if L'Atelier has a lunch prix fixe like La Table?

      Between Taillevent and Le Cinq which would you choose?

      Going to try to make reservations for Frenchie and Le Chateaubriand, is this going to be impossible?

      1. re: askdrtodd

        "Between Taillevent and Le Cinq which would you choose?"

        My vote goes to Le Cinq.

        "Going to try to make reservations for Frenchie and Le Chateaubriand, is this going to be impossible?"

        Mais non mais non. Keep trying.

        1. re: askdrtodd

          Just had dinner a couple of weeks ago at Taillevent and it was divine. Just my 2 cents.

      2. You just never know...when I was in Paris in May, I unexpectedly changed my flight to stay longer, so I suddenly had some available nights. I called Chateaubriand at 10am and no one answered, but when I called again at 12:30pm to ask if they had any availability that night, I happened to get the last table. Of course it was early at 7:30pm, but the food was still great! All that to say...if I could snag a table the day of, then surely you'll be able to get one within a couple weeks out. A lot of people say to call between 11:30am-12:30pm France time so you get them at the beginning of service before it's too busy.

        I'm no expert, but here's my opinion...CLAJ was my favorite, then Les Fables, then Chateaubriand, then Les Cocottes. CLAJ is fun to experience, no matter what. Although Les Fables may have had the best food in the bunch, L'Ami Jean had the whole experience...great food, great atmosphere, made friends w/ the table next to us, good times. But I had read tons about it, including all the bad reviews, so I went in with low expectations knowing it could be rushed & rude service, confusing, maybe I wouldn't like the food, who knows! So go in w/ low expectations and maybe you'll end up one of the lucky people like me who had a fantastic time! Get the chef's tasting menu, he knows what he's doing! And it's fun to be surprised. CLAJ & Les Fables will both be my first visits in March.

        Les Cocottes, my friend and I walked in Thursday night and got a table...it was packed and we had to wait a little while, but no big deal. Get the pied de cochon if they have it. Trust me when I say holy deliciousness batman.

        Chateaubriand, yes, also just to experience it and to have tried it. Everyone says they have glorious nights and they have so-so nights. I think I got them on a so-so night, but even then, the flavors were unique, the presentations were beautiful, it was an experience. I'll definitely go back there, and if I get them on a glorious night, all the better!

        If you're interested in more detail, I posted my experience at Les Fables, Les Cocottes, & Chateabriand here:

        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7136...

        and CLAJ here:

        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7133...

        Have so much fun!! Jealous you'll be there so soon!! :)

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        1. re: juliemarie8

          Julie-

          You are awesome. Thank you X 1,000,000.

          1. re: juliemarie8

            I called Frenchie, CAJ, and Le Chateaubriand again this morning (1pm in France?), still no luck getting a warm body on the other end, unfortunately my french is "faible" :(

            What are the chances if I keep trying but never get a hold of anyone that I could show up early for lunch or dinner, wait until they open, and they'd let us in without a reservation?

            1. re: askdrtodd

              Is Le Chateaubriand still open for lunch? If it isn't that explains why no one answered. Frenchie will be mid service at 1:00 so chances are the lone FOH waiter won't answer - try at 12:00, CAJ is a mystery as the person in the bar usually answers the phone.

              1. re: askdrtodd

                Yah I would keep trying. I think for all 3, if you just show up, chances are slim. And that will be frustrating trying to find a back-up plan when you're hungry. Except maybe CAJ lunch, depending on the day. And I think Phil's right, Chateaubriand stopped serving lunch. I don't know how I caught them at that time. When I was making reservations from the states, I called on my lunch break, around 6:30-7pm France time, right at the beginning of dinner service, so it was probably still slow enough that they could answer a phone. All the restaurants answered that I called. Maybe try that!

                1. re: juliemarie8

                  can someone help me out here? I keep trying CAJ, Frenchie, and Le Chateaubriand and I can never get anyone on the phone! My trip is less than a month away and I'm dying to check these places out, please please please help!!!

                  1. re: askdrtodd

                    I must ask the obvious question (it has been a problem before on the board), are you dialling the right numbers for France?

                    CAJ whose local number is: 01 47 05 86 89, translates into: 011 33 1 47 05 86 89 (i.e. you drop the 0 between the 33 and the 1) from the US.

                    1. re: PhilD

                      Exactly as l gave him in my post 10 days ago.

                      1. re: Delucacheesemonger

                        Very true - but if he is using numbers from the web he may not have dropped the zero - not an uncommon problem.

                        1. re: PhilD

                          If you skype, it is 0033147058689

                          1. re: J_A_A

                            I do use skype on my iphone, but I just use +33 then 01... it's worked for other numbers in france and I've been able to make reservations at other places, but they've been the more high-end or tourist friendly spots (Taillevent and L'Atelier), although I've canceled those reservations because I'd rather eat at places like CAJ and Chateaubriand...

                            When I call Chateaubriand I get a voicemail that may be saying that they are booked for a while, but I'm not certain because my french is weak :(

                            When I call CAJ I always get a busy signal.

                            1. re: askdrtodd

                              WOO HOO!!!! Got a res for CAJ and Les Fables! (happy dance!)

                              Still no luck with Chateaubriand though. Darnit, been trying for like a month now.

                              1. re: askdrtodd

                                At what time do you call? It usually takes me 3 minutes to speak to them. Called and booked yesterday again...

                                1. re: J_A_A

                                  I've tried calling around lunchtime paris time, I've tried around 8pm paris time, what number are you calling? is there something you have to hit after the machine picks up? helllllp!! :)

                                2. re: askdrtodd

                                  Yay!!!!! I was about to start calling for you, too!!

                                  1. re: juliemarie8

                                    Julie you = awesome. I just tried Chateaubriand again, it should be 8:30pm in Paris. Same message. calling 33.01.43.57.45.95. :(

                                    1. re: askdrtodd

                                      Calling from outside France? Just dial
                                      331 4357 4595.

                                      1. re: Parigi

                                        Yeah 33 01 is wrong
                                        And 8.30 is a bad time, call at 6.
                                        Try and never call during service,, they usually never pick up ( this works at every restaurant in Paris basically

                                        1. re: J_A_A

                                          Thanks, I'll try at 6pm paris time tomorrow. up to now I've been using 33.01... and it's gotten me through to all the other restaurants...

                                          1. re: askdrtodd

                                            That's weird but might depend from where you're calling I guess

                                            1. re: J_A_A

                                              This is getting annoying, I've called almost every day for the past 3 weeks at different times of day each time, every time it rings 4 times and i get the same voicemail message that hangs up at the end. I can't get a human being on the phone. :(

                                          2. re: J_A_A

                                            Good advice, calling during the height of service isn't sensible, the hour before is best. The "33 01" is definitely wrong - don't know why askdrtodd won't believe us.

                                            1. re: PhilD

                                              I believe you guys! I'm calling with Skype, if I try to call without the zero first it keeps telling me that I have an invalid #.

                                              1. re: askdrtodd

                                                I called them with Skype 2 days ago with 0033143574595 and I spoke to them, and I'm all booked for dinner on the 10th of November :) It was 1pm Paris time. Good luck

                                                1. re: J_A_A

                                                  Nice. Do you use the + first? I've been dialing +33 01 43 57 45 95 and get 4 rings and then a voicemail, but that method has worked for CAJ, Fables, the hotel, and all the other places we're going. huh. I'll try your method right now (1pm ish)

                                                  OK the 00 thing didn't work but it did the same thing when i did 33.1.43etc (left out the 0 before the 1)

                2. La Table is closed. The new Atelier in the Drugstore Publicis is open with their staff..

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                  1. re: adrian

                    And without the wonderful value lunch menu.