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Nov 17, 2010 11:52 AM

Christmas Week Closures in Paris

I will be arriving in Paris on Christmas Day and staying for five nights. In my attempts to make reservations I have come acroos a number of restaurants that will either be closed for the entire week, have yet to decide on closure or will be offering limited menus.

1) Le Chateaubriand - They have waffled back and forth a bit but as of last contact they confirmed that the would be closed the entire week between Christmas and New Year's. Can anyone confirm if this is indeed true?

2) Chez L'Ami Jean - They will be closed through January 3rd.

3) Le Baratin - They said to call back the week before arrival as they will be making a last minute decision on whether or not to stay open.

4) Le Comptoir - The willbe open non-stop form Noon to 11 PM. No reservations and serving a bistrot formule menu only.

Now to my questions. Can anyone recommend a good spot for Christmas dinner? Additionally, can anyone recommend spots that are sure to be open suring the week? More specifically, I am looking for places that are chef/market driven and that offer a more casual/convivial setting. I've got a long list of potential places and most are in the vain of the above mentioned but I know I am missing places that have been open for four years or so and as such not receiving as much publicity form the press.

Any suggestions for favorite wine bars that willbe open would be much appreciated as well.


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  1. Le Chateaubriand told me the same thing when I called...we will be there at the same time....Frenchie is closed as well.

    I hope you get a lot of responses because we are looking for exactly the same thing.

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    1. re: bbares81

      Via Michelin has been a decent resource for closures. Based on what I've seen on the boards it seems there are a lot of us in the same boat for the XMas holidays.

      Let's hope the heavy posters to the France board can help to focus our search.

      1. re: mariovoce

        Well, as a couple of us said on another thread, you can consult via Michelin or the guidebooks or websites but for me it comes down to a lot of phone calls.
        Christmas Eve lunch, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve lunch and New Year's day are always tough but I've yet to go hungry.

        1. re: John Talbott

          I was able to make a reservation at Passage 53 on the 29th. You can read about it on this board, but I think it is the sort of place that is in line with what you are looking for. Good luck!

          1. re: ira.seligman

            So far I can't get Passage 53 on the phone, but is it a set menu for Christmas or will they be serving their regular menu?

            What is the price point of this place normally?

            We are having a lot of trouble with CHristmas dinner....if a couple more dont work out, we may just switch to an ethnic place in paris.

            1. re: bbares81

              The "regular" menu at Passage 53 is a prix fixe multi-course meal, without choice. It is excellent.

              1. re: Nancy S.

                Thanks for the help thus far everyone. I was able to reserve for Christmas dinner at Le Gaigne. From what I've read on the boards experiences have been a bit mixed although it seems that John revisited them after receiving a few iffy reviews and had a wonderful meal.

                1. re: mariovoce

                  I had a good meal too not long ago. The atmosphere is somewhat intimate.

                  1. re: mariovoce

                    "John revisited them after receiving a few iffy reviews and had a wonderful meal."
                    But we all have our off-days (see my last meal at the Table d'Eugene.)

                    1. re: John Talbott

                      John. Would youmind sending the thread to the meal you referenced? Did youmean that you had an off-day orthe restaurant? I would assume you meant the latter.

                      1. re: mariovoce

                        Search "john talbott" "table d'eugene".

                        1. re: Parigi

                          Thanks Parigi, but I'm not sure if the OP was referring to Le Gaigne (where we ate well after iffy reviews) or La Table d'Eugene (where after a lot of great meals we had an iffy one and after which two of my respected friends disagreed.)

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