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Eating at Several Great Spots in Paris and Burgundy

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So I have reservations at Troisgros, L'Esperance, L'Arpege, and L'Astrance. I'm planning to get to Le Chateaubriand but am hesitant to make a reservation because the only day I can go is the day I land in Paris, and that isn't until 5:55 pm local time. With Chateaubriand the plan is to show up and hope to get a table for the second seating (realistic?). Anyway, at each of the places I plan to do the tasting menu and will either do the wine pairing or 1 nice bottle. Any advce out there on what to expect to pay per visit? Also, does anyone know if these restaurants take American Express and USA VISA debit cards? Thanks in advance for any other insight you all may have!

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  1. "With Chateaubriand the plan is to show up and hope to get a table for the second seating (realistic?)."

    Do you have a backup restaurant in mind in case you are refused at the door of Ch√Ęteaubriand so late in the evening? I would not chance going dinner-less all night.

    All the restos you cited accept Visa card. I don't know about American Express because I don't have one. I don't have one because it is not widely used in France. :-)
    I would think the starred places would accept AA, but Visa is always more sure.

    The price information for the restos is very easily found on line and will be more uptodate and more accurate than our memory.
    Example:
    http://www.google.com/search?source=i...

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    1. re: Parigi

      I hope to get there by 8:30/9:00 at the latest. Is that too late in your opinion?

      1. re: Bobby C

        " 8:30/9:00"
        That's rush hour, not late hour!
        Second seating is more toward 10pm. That is why I advise you have some backup plan instead of wandering around the 'hood at that hour looking for what looks good to you instinctively.

        1. re: Bobby C

          In Paris, 8:30pm is early for dinner. In my experience, dining rooms are either empty or populated with tourists before 9:00pm.

          1. re: Nancy S.

            True. But in restaurants that offer two seatings, it is not possible to reserve a table for 9pm which is between the two seatings.