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Paris Eats: Reservations Required?

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Hey all,

I am traveling with my girlfriend and another couple to Paris from March 15-23. I've been entrusted by the group to do the research on where we should eat throughout the trip. So naturally, I want to get this right. For eating out on weekdays/weeknights are reservations always necessary? Or does this vary by restaurant? From what I've read it seems like its near to impossible to eat somewhere decent on a weekend without a res, so I was curious if this applied to the weekdays as well? I hesitate to ask the question "what are the best places to eat?" because I see alot of those posts already. So, I will just look through those for restaurant recommendations. Thanks for the help! It is greatly appreciated!

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  1. "For eating out on weekdays/weeknights are reservations always necessary? Or does this vary by restaurant?"
    No. Yes.
    "From what I've read it seems like its near to impossible to eat somewhere decent on a weekend without a res, so I was curious if this applied to the weekdays as well?"
    I would still reserve for the good restaurants, but knowing that I only have to reserve 2, 3 days in advance (weekdays), for a place like Dans Les Landes for example.
    On the lesser restaurants, you can waltz in. And there are many such empty restaurants in Paris where one can waltz in. But why come to Paris or consult this board just to end up eating shabbily?

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    1. re: Parigi

      Thanks. I definitely don't want to eat shabbily. I guess my question should have been "For the good restaurants is it advisable to make reservations on weekdays?" Which, the answer is yes.

      1. re: cjm2151

        Yes. Yes.
        And I feel for you. Not only you have to do resto research, but you also have to make reservation? No way. Divide the duty. Make your traveling companions help you, at least in the reservation.
        And don't be intimidated over the phone. No one bites. :-)
        In a country where I don't speak the language, when making a reservation, I learn to say in the native language: "Excuse me, do you speak English" Most of the time the staff says yes and I could continue in English.
        Bon séjour.