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Good place for lunch near 2 Rue des Pyramides, 75001 Paris, France

Dapuma Jun 16, 2011 06:55 AM

Going on a tour and it doesnt leave until 2pm so i figured there is time for a nice lunch around noon someplace near there where we can go straight from the restaurant to the tour

Does anyone have a couple suggestions based on this geographical restriction, should be within 5-10 min walk of this address

Thanks so much

London t-minus 4 days Paris t-minus 9 days :)

would prefer for lunch for two and a bottle of wine to be under 100 euro so i would assume that leaves the options pretty open as far as price point

Going to versailles that day so would prefer not to have anything super heavy that will put us into a food comma

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    Oakglen Jun 16, 2011 08:04 AM

    Les Bistronomes and Les Cartes Postale both have lunch menus at around 25 Euros and should be an easy walk (4 to 5 blocks).

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    1. re: Oakglen
      Dapuma Jun 16, 2011 09:42 AM

      I have seen a lot of posts about La Regalade St-Honore on the forums - all the reviews seem to be excellent or horrible with not much inbetween

      how would the two you recommended compare?

      1. re: Dapuma
        Oakglen Jun 16, 2011 11:32 AM

        You can't eat lite at LRSH (your criteria, not mine), at least I can't.

        1. re: Oakglen
          Nancy S. Jun 16, 2011 11:50 AM

          LRSH is not my favorite, probably because I prefer a style of cooking that is less heavy. Although I have not been to Les Bistronomes, I have read several reviews on parisbymouth.com, and it seems like it would be a great place for your lunch.

          1. re: Nancy S.
            Dapuma Jun 16, 2011 01:35 PM

            gotcha - yeah i dont want to be in a food comatose before hiking around Versailles all day which is why i asked how they would compare - thank you for the clarification

            other couple places i read about close by were:

            L'Absinthe and Chez Denise

            Should i consider these at all?

            Do any of these places have a outdoor patio like area?

            1. re: Dapuma
              Delucacheesemonger Jun 16, 2011 01:37 PM

              Chez Denise, my first lunch off the plane, tends to be heavy rather than light. Very traditional with huge portions.

          2. re: Oakglen
            Dapuma Jun 16, 2011 02:02 PM

            I emailed Les Bistronomes - Do you know if I need to call or if they will accept a reservation by email? Not sure if this is even needed for lunch but would rather be sure

            thanks for the help everyone!

            1. re: Dapuma
              Oakglen Jun 16, 2011 06:14 PM


              1. re: Oakglen
                Dapuma Jun 17, 2011 06:46 AM

                they were able to make the reservation via email i had sent it yesterday and figured i would call this morning in case they didnt respond

                hopefully that helps someone else if they are coming from overseas :)

              2. re: Dapuma
                jock Jun 17, 2011 09:36 AM

                spent two week there in april and stayed in that neighborhood. bistronomes was the biggest disappointment of the trip. had read some good things but nothing i experienced warranted them. the best things on the table were mediocre at best,

                a few doors down rue richelieu is juveniles (the foie gras is among the best sin paris and dirt cheap relatively speaking). food better and less expensive. same for wine. willie's wine bar is just around the corner. better than bistronomes and about the same price. au bon crus is much improved under new ownership.

                rsh is very good but 15-20 walk. also tough to get a res this close.

                1. re: jock
                  Dapuma Jun 17, 2011 02:42 PM

                  heya jock

                  when we go to the Louvre i was thinking about doing willies wine bar if we wanted to take a break from the museum

                  Does anyone else think that juveniles or Willis is better for a good (but not heavy) lunch

                  1. re: Dapuma
                    PhilD Jun 18, 2011 03:04 AM

                    I don't really rate Juveniles it is much more wine orientated than food, and even then IMO not a great wine bar. Willi's is good and quite accessible in terms of food - you can probably do a light lunch.

                    If it were me I would find a simple cafe and have some quiche and salad or croque monsieur if visiting a museum or gallery and save the big meal for the evening. Most places (apart from obvious tourist traps) will be fine, even the simple sit down lunches in Paul are better than in many countries.

                    1. re: PhilD
                      Nancy S. Jun 18, 2011 04:46 AM

                      I second this idea. You have a lot of eating ahead of you. I know my husband can manage 2 restaurant meals a day, but I cannot, and especially many days in a row. This also may be the case for your wife.

                      1. re: Nancy S.
                        Dapuma Jun 18, 2011 06:21 AM

                        cool ty! I had planned to picnic at versallies but the tour is half day v full day so just want to have a nice light lunch before going

                        louvre day will stick with cafe in the louvre - we are going to le cinq that night so that will probably be best

                        would Willis or Les Bistronomes be better for a light lunch prior to walking a few miles at Versailles, Les Bistronomes menu is all in french and Willis menu doesnt come up on their website so i cant really make my decision based on their menu - both seem to have good reviews online

                        thanks everyone! 36 hours to go!

                        1. re: Dapuma
                          jock Jun 18, 2011 10:00 AM

                          food at willi's will be better than bistronomes.

                          phild is partly right about juves. it does not have the "atmosphere" or "service" of willi's or bistronomes but the food is much better than either. so are the prices. the menu is limited and changes often.

                          if you want to discuss call me on the backstreet number

                          1. re: Dapuma
                            PhilD Jun 18, 2011 04:45 PM

                            It takes a bit of time to get to Versailles from central Paris, I wouldn't attempt lunch in town before heading there. Simply find a cafe between the palace and station and have lunch there - it will be far less stressful.

                            1. re: PhilD
                              Dapuma Jun 19, 2011 09:35 AM

                              we are going on a small 8 person tour but it doesnt leave until 2 so we have time to kill before we leave

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