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Nov 19, 2012 07:28 AM

Restaurant near Sainte-Chapelle


My husband & I will be attending a concert at Sainte-Chapelle December 23 at 6pm. We would like to eat at a casual restaurant in that area afterwards. Would appreciate suggestions.

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  1. Casual - Quai Quai or Reminet
    Great - Ze Kitchen Galerie

    1. I'd head for the very cutesy place Dauphine on the Pont-Neuf end of the Ile de la Cité and just a 5-min stroll from Sainte Chapelle. First choice there: la Rose de France.. it's tiny but decent cooking and agreeable service... and it has a maître restauranteur designation so you can be sure that the everything is fresh and home-made.

      Chez Fernand on the rue Christine in the 6th... 10-min walk... maybe a wee bit pricey (near the 50 € mark) for casual dining but otherwise a very relaxed place with decent nosh and a very parisien ambiance

      If all else fails (and because it's the Sunday before Christmas, lots of unexpected closings), Le Zimmer on the place Chatelet... very popular pre- and post-théâtre pitstop... not the best cooking but the vibe is usually quite enjoyable.

      6 Replies
      1. re: Parnassien

        Yes! for la Rose de France. Place Dauphine is adorable. Even mediocre food tastes okay in that setting.

        1. re: mangeur

          Was at La Rose last February and really enjoyed it. The ecargot were terrific, and when the gals next to us snagged the last plat du jour the waitress winked at me and later said I should have the veal roti with risotto ("c'est mieux" said she with a second wink). Can't speak for whatever the special was that day, but my plat was really tasty, and I was a bit forlorn when the plate was practically licked clean.... Cafe Zimmer - wow - haven't been there in years , but it certainly does always look lively.

        2. re: Parnassien

          FWIW, I just read that LRdF appeared to be closed for remodeling (November 2012), so do call before making the trek.

          1. re: mangeur

            OK, the American I need to reserve??? I would love to be able to wander around & eat when I want. Is this possible?

            thanks for the suggestions

            1. re: topeater

              Sometimes it is. But I see that December 23 is a Sunday, when fewer restaurants are open. Fortunately, La Rose de France is. Your concert should end roughly at the peak of the dinner hour. Whether or not the peace of mind in having a table waiting for you is worth the loss in flexibility is up to you.

              Realize that calling ahead, even only minutes beforehand, is part of French custom: you tell your host that you care enough to commit to a time and space. In return, you become a welcome and expected guest.

              1. re: mangeur

                Thanks for the info manger. It's so helpful to learn French customs.