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Do I need reservations for these rest in Paris?

My wife & I are heading to Paris next week and are interested in the flowing places. We are not looking for fine dining Mich stars, just good quality food for reasonable prices. Can I make reservations on short notice or is more lead time needed? Are there any on this list that I can just show up for dinner? Can I reserve by email or is calling preferred?

I know most of these are the ones that keep coming up on CH, but if there are any less traveled places that are still excellent, please let me know. We will be staying in the 6th. Thanks.

L'Ami Jean
Spring
Frenchie
JCDummonet
Saturne
Chateaubriand (It is my understanding we can stand in line for the late sitting)
La Regalade
Moustache
MiniPalais
Pre Verre

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  1. "L'Ami Jean
    Spring
    Frenchie
    JCDummonet
    Saturne
    Chateaubriand (It is my understanding we can stand in line for the late sitting)
    La Regalade
    Moustache
    MiniPalais
    Pre Verre"

    They all need reservation.
    L'Ami Jean, JCDummonet, 1 week to 10 days in advance.
    Spring, Frenchie, one month.
    Chateaubriand. at least one month.
    The others, a few days in advance.

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    1. re: Parigi

      Some friends and I recently decided to take a stab at showing up for Spring's basement buvette. It was fairly empty, so we got seats and we were offered the "upstairs" menu. I'm sure it's better to reserve (we tried but never managed to get a person on the phone) but it is apparently possible to get lucky there.

      On Twitter recently Spring posted that "no reservations is the future!". So their policy might be changing.

      But overall, OP, it is quite true that you need reservations almost everywhere, especially this time of year. I have always called to make them.

      1. re: Parigi

        Isn't Chateaubriand's reservation policy two weeks in advance maximum ?

      2. Quality food, yes, but be aware of the prices. The restaurants will be reasonable by French standards, given that high end dining in Paris means 200 euros + per person.

        For most of the restaurants on your list you're still looking at 100+ euros for a meal for two, inclusive of alcohol.

        I only mention this as since you seemed a bit clueless about the need to reserve ahead of time, you may also be a bit clueless about prices. None of these restuarants are truly "reasonably' priced, at least by American standards, but they are well priced for what you will receive.

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        1. re: Roland Parker

          i guess things are relative. We live in NYC so $100+ seems about normal to us for a decent dinner.

          1. re: dynastar

            but remember that 100 Euros is currently running almost $150.

        2. This week turns out to be perfect for resto reservation. The entire Paris is in shock. The TV channels show no news, except, oh, for one story. No strike, no accident, no robbery, no weather, no Cannes. Judging from the way all my friends are so désemparés, I doubt anyone is in the mood of going out to restaurants tonight.

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          1. re: Parigi

            Okay...I'll bite. What is the dishearting news? I assume it isn't about the massive flooding along the Mississippi river.

              1. re: sunshine842

                We were able to get a table for 8 at the last minute, Monday night. Am tellin ya.

              2. re: Parigi

                Interesting. Except for something like 911 or November 1963, I can't imagine restaurant goers in SF staying home because of political shock.

                At the same time, I have long been impressed with the cultural and political awareness and caring of the French people compared to Americans.

                1. re: mangeur

                  I was out and around yesterday, and it was amazing -- usually the Metro and the sidewalks are a quiet buzz of conversation, as Parisians speak just loud enough to be heard by those whom they want to hear them.

                  Yesterday there was a dull roar of conversation everywhere (enough that it caught my attention how many conversations I could hear) -- and they were all about just one topic.

                  1. re: mangeur

                    I can think of one more event: when the big earthquake hit in 1989, people stop going to restaurant in SF. Otherwise I am with you.

                  2. re: Parigi

                    I would actually think the contrary would be true... since this is not a natural disaster and didn't involve the death of anybody, I would think people would me more eager to go with friends to the restaurant to discuss (and gossip ?) on the news.

                    1. re: Parigi

                      Parigi, does no one else see your tongue stuck firmly in your cheek? Maybe it's the angle I'm sitting at....