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traveller27 Nov 14, 2012 01:19 PM

Dear Chowhounds,
we have our dinner itinerary all set for the beginnning of January.
Now I wonder how far in advance can I reserve the following restaurants:
Les Papilles
Roseval
Le Galopin
Thank you!

  1. m
    manouche Nov 15, 2012 06:03 AM

    Yesterday would have been good... Really, the sooner the better, and bon appetit!

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    1. re: manouche
      John Talbott Nov 15, 2012 01:12 PM

      Who knows really? There are no published figures. On the one hand I tend to reserve the day of - unless it's Spring or Clandestino or Abri or you get the picture.
      Manouche is right though, what's wrong with now?; like showing up at the airport early, does it hurt to have some time between?

    2. t
      traveller27 Nov 19, 2012 09:42 PM

      Hi manouche and John,

      of course, nothing is wrong with reserving quite far in advance! But during the preparation for my previous trips to Paris I learned that many restaurants don´t accept reservations so far in advance. Some will tell you to call again a month, others 4 or 3 weeks before the desired date. So this involves a lot of phone calls and understanding the rapid French answers on the phone can be quite a task for a non native speaker. That was why I thought I could make life a bit easier for me by asking whether fellow chowhounds might have some experiece when to reserve. Apparently, nobody knows, so I have to go on calling. Well, at least good practice for my French!

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      1. re: traveller27
        sunshine842 Nov 19, 2012 10:27 PM

        It varies from restaurant to restaurant, from day to day, and it depends on who you talk to and what mood they're in.

        That's why nobody knows....

        1. re: traveller27
          mangeur Nov 20, 2012 07:21 AM

          You can reserve Les Papilles online: lespapilles@hotmail.com Except for Friday and Saturday nights, two weeks should be adequate.

          English is spoken at both Le Galopin and Roseval. Since you are looking for tables shortly after possible year end closures, I would probably book a month in advance.

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