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Aug 3, 2011 10:27 AM

Restaurant Help in Paris

We are two couples who will be in Paris for 5 days in late September. We are celebrating a big birthday and have decided we will have lunch at Le Cinq to celebrate. That is the only definite decision we have made.

We are staying on the border of the 6th and 7th arr near Bon Marche. We cannot eat at many of the highly regarded restaurants on this board such as Spring or Papilles as one of us does not eat meat, and the set menus include meat dishes.

I have tried to come up with a list of choices for four dinners (we will skip dinner on the day we eat lunch at Le Cinq)..

La Regalade (either one as they are equidistant from our hotel)
L'Ami Jean
Chez Josephine
L'Epi Dupin
Le Timbre
Au Bon Accueil
Maison du Jardin

Any feedback that would help me narrow my choices would be appreciated. I am thinking those on my list are similar and would love some other choices.


L'Epi Dupin
11 Rue Dupin, Paris, Île-de-France 75006, FR

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  1. All good except
    1. I don't know Maison du Jardin.
    2. Don't, I repeat don't, do l'epi Dupin.
    Bon séjour.

    7 Replies
    1. re: Parigi

      I will take that one off my list.
      But, do you think the others are too similar....aren't they all classic bistros?

      1. re: glsebs

        Chez L'Ami Jean is not that classic. it has a modern take.
        Seeing your list, I assume you like bistro-y bistros. Isn't that what you want?

        1. re: Parigi

          OK Great. We will definitely reserve Chez L'Ami Jean.

          No, it does not have to be bistros. Any other suggestions would be welcome.

          1. re: glsebs

            You could try to intersperse two bistro-y bistros with a modern eatery like Saturne.
            O no you are burdened with a vegetarian. That means 3 of you have to accommodate that person, not the other way around.
            Saturne, like all the market-driven good bistros, has a very short menu. I can't guarantee that it has a vegetarian option.
            I noticed that Café des Musées (very bistro-y bistro) has vegetarian options in first course and main.

            1. re: Parigi

              Maceo has a very nice vegetarian option but is not a vegetarian restaurant. the prices there are very reasonable and the food is excellent. You might like to consider that. It is more "fine dining at reasonable prices" than bistro-y.

              1. re: ChefJune

                Au Bon Accueil is no longer the excellent place it once was. The chef changed a couple of years ago and reports have not been good. Not terrible but not the lovely, excellently prepared high quality food it once was.

                1. re: plafield

                  I will reconsider Au Bon Accueil and look into Maceo.

                  Also, perhaps we should do a seafood restaurant since we all like fish. Our last trip we had a wonderful dinner at Les Fables de Fontiaine.....any suggestions along these lines?