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Help - How to make Septime reservations

I'm visiting Paris this Fri Sept 30 - Oct 4 and would like to make a lunch reservation at Septime if not too late - I called 01 43 67 38 29 and couldn't make out the French. It was asking me to call back, I heard that, but can anyone tell me when to call? Many thanks!

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  1. The surest time to call is about half an hour before meal service.
    Septîme reservations should be made about 3 weeks in advance, which makes it quite late. But always try, in case of laste-mnute cancellations.

    1. Made two reservations in person this AM, walked over. Plenty openings this Thursday and Friday for lunch. Your phone number is correct. l called this morning to change mine, no trouble getting through. Called at 11:30 AM, East US time of 5:30 AM. They do take a break after lunch service so call 5 PM France time, or 11 AM east coast as Parigi said. They speak English and are very helpful and friendly.

      1. I called around 5 as DCM is suggesting for a res about three weeks out and got a later seating. Staff is ridiculously friendly and forgiving of my second grade level French. You'll love the place.

        1. Thanks very much to both of you! The message on their answering machine asks you to call at a specific time, but I wasn't sure I understood - it sounded to me like "dix heures a treize heures" so I will try calling tomorrow morning - I just called now and it's 5pm there. I also emailed them. I'm only calling from London so won't have to wake up ridiculously early. Thanks again!

          1. Thanks again to you all. I got through and made reservations just now (it's 11am there) for lunch Tues, Oct 4, at 12:30. If any chowhounders would like to join, you are welcome. I sometimes go to London chowdowns (I'm a transplanted New Yorker) and it's great to try everything on the menu. Can't wait!

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              1. re: Foodie94

                Might be able to, what name is res under?

              2. That would be great. Reservation is under Fran and it's for 2 people (so far) at 12:30 on Tues, Oct 4. I also just booked Au Passage for Saturday night. Considering L'Ami Jean but not sure - do you know of a more low-key Basque place? Pottoka looks a bit uneven. Thanks and hope to meet you in Paris.

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                1. re: Foodie94

                  Why do people keep saying CLJ is Basque? It's in an old Basque rugby pub still with the old decor but isn't Jego cooking modern bistronomique rather than regional?

                  For good Basque how about "La Cantine du Troquet" Which is Christian Etchebest' place and is very Basque and low key and not much reviewed on the board but I suspect that is because it isn't one of the usual suspects or brand new.

                  Note: he has now sold the original Le Troquet which used to be an old favorite so don't get mixed up.

                  1. re: PhilD

                    Even though Le Troquet's been sold, the servers and the back of house remains largely intact. I know that coz I live on the same street and see the same people around everyday.Food's still very good too, and if you do go, do not miss the charcuterie basket.


                    1. re: xigua

                      Good to hear it was a very good restaurant - also used to like the bar on the corner on the way down from the metro, good for a grungy pre-dinner drink.

                  2. re: Foodie94

                    Added me to your reservation, had fab porc, just fabulous

                    1. re: Delucacheesemonger

                      That's great, Delucacheesemonger, see you on Tues. Just got there this morning and visited the Monge market and had lunch at Le Pre Verre - no great shakes, although the yellow pepper clafoutis with raspberry was fun. Au Passage tomorrow, Hidden Kitchen Sunday, Saturne Mon..
                      And thanks, PhilD, for the Basque rec.

                      1. re: Foodie94

                        If you want Etchebest, the problem with Cantine du Trochet is no reservations, consider Le Grand Pan, res ok. At Saturne prepare to drink a lot of wine, as interesting a list as ever seen in France.