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Jan 11, 2013 10:05 AM

Paris neophyte needs help with

We are planning a trip to France in August and will celebrate our anniversary during our stay in Paris. We would like to dine in a special occasion restaurant with a more formal decor. My dilemma concerns the menus. My husband loves dining out, but we are not quite as adventurous as some diners and would like to have adequate choices on the menu. The cost is not as much of a concern as knowing that we will find plat principals that we would enjoy. Thank you so much for any advice.

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  1. What restaurants on recent threads interest you? What price rrange? Michelin stars? New/old? City (Tour d'Argent) or country (Bois)?

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    1. re: John Talbott

      Hi John,
      I've noticed many top-notch restaurant choices. We have found that sometimes you can over pay for a meal, that you could have gotten elsewhere. Since this trip is to celebrate a special occasion, I want us to experience a special dinner in Paris. I was thinking perhaps Grande Cascade or Lasserre. I would also appreciate any suggestions on places for lunch and other dinners. We will be driving to Tours, the Cahors area, Millau (to see the Gorges du Tarn), then Annecy and Lyon. It's sort of a history trip! I did attend culinary school here in our state of Louisiana, but pastry was my area of expertise. I want to thank you for responding, and any help you can me on any of the other areas will be appreciated.

        1. re: John Talbott

          Thanks so much! I hope that all goes well. I do appreciate your input!!!

        2. re: lovtobake

          Although it's been a few years (4 or 5) since we've dined there, we loved le Clos des Sens in Annecy-le-Vieux. It's also a lovely place to stay, if you don't mind being a little bit away from the center of town.

          1. re: boredough

            Thanks so much. I'm going to add it to our restaurant list.
            Really appreciate the post

      1. I hope you already know that many restaurants throughout France are closed in August. That said, I am sure you will find lovely places to dine -- just perhaps not the ones you were thinking of.

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        1. re: ChefJune

          Since our travel dates are from Aug. 27th through mid- September I hope that we will be okay. Sounds like Sundays are the hardest to cover. Thanks for the tip.

          1. re: lovtobake

            With very few exceptions, you will be home free with these dates. The reopening seems to be coming earlier each year, with closures not usually lasting until the last day of August.

            1. re: mangeur

              Since we don't have real specific places chosen, I guess we
              will have a lot of options. Thanks for the post

          2. re: ChefJune

            Maybe ones in big cities like Paris, but in any tourist area (including the ones populated by the French fleeing the cities on their August holidays) the restaurants are all open and doing a roaring trade. So if out and about around France have no fear. And even Paris is getting back to normal around the 27th August.

            1. re: PhilD

              Thanks so much! I'm really looking forward to our trip