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Feb 16, 2013 04:28 PM

Paris: Best very inexpensive (cheap?) Bistros & Brasseries

Here for another few days and have discovered a few places on my own by trial and error, but the better known places are rapidly eating into my budget.

Have two dinners left and would like to discover above-average places with main courses in the 15-20E range.

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  1. So, you want us to give a recommendation, but you won't share your experiences?

    I was surprised by the low prices at Domaine de Lintilllac. Cassoulet, definitely. Also the duck confit with pommes salardaises.

    But you have to report back if you go! Link to menu with prices:


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    1. re: Steve

      Thanks, Steve.
      I've not many to share...
      We had an overpriced and underwhelming meal at the well-know Brasserie Lipp on St. Germain, about which I'd not been optimistic about going in.
      And have very much enjoyed a place called Chez Fernand, which was mostly pretty terrific except I'd love to see if there are comparable places for less money!
      Domaine de Lintilllac appears to be a good recco.


      1. re: rdunn

        My recent lunch at Le Domaine de Lintillac was so-so. That was also the experience of another friend who went another time. Let's hope it was just off both times only.
        Similar standard to Chez Fernand but cheaper price is not easy to find. Au Pied de Fouet on rue Bonaparte comes to mind.

        1. re: Parigi

          I've only been to D. de Lintillac once. The cassoulet was much better than what I've had here in the States - even at otherwise v. good restaurants.

          1. re: Parigi

            Parigi, is it true that Domaine de Lintillac on Rue Blanche closed?

            1. re: Laidback

              I never knew the one on rue Blanche. Have always gone to the one near the Bourse.

      2. Rdunn, I'm not very experienced with Paris (just moved here from Belgium), but I have to say I have been really pleased with Au Dernier Metro. My husband and I usually get out of there for around 60 Euros (and that includes 4 pints of beer and two mains). We have been there 5 or 6 times now and have yet to have a bad meal.

        The menu is basque-centric and rustic. Here is their website: http://www.auderniermetro.com/

        Here is John Talbott's review of it, which is actually why we went:

        We never have reservations, though we frequently arrive before the late french dinner hour.

        I hope you enjoy your visit to Paris!

        1. Just had a great lunch at Abri. The 4-course (not copious at all) menu was 22 euro. Reserve about 10 days in advance though.
          You probably have come across in your research that a week ago Ptipois and I had a wonderful lunch at Dans Les Landes for 20 euro, no wine. There are many other such gems that I am sure you have already found in your research but did not fit into your plans, but I wonder who among us in his right mind recommended Chez Lipp to you…

          1. Good to hear Chez Fernand is still good. We stumbled upon there in 2004 as it was around the corner from our hotel (Le Clement). It's on our list for our trip upcoming in May.

            1. Last friday, I had a very good and reasonably priced lunch at the Bistro Urbain on the rue du Faubourg St Denis. 19 euros for three courses - A pisaladiere kind of tart, hampe of beef, then financiere with mint chantilly. I think it's more pricy in the evenings.