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30th Anniv dining advice...5th, 6th or 13th arr...

jacqueline_malibu Mar 18, 2013 03:33 PM

Staying near Av des Gobelins & Bd Saint-Marcel...cost (or location) is not a major factor, but spectacular food/ambiance is!

We've been told if you can see the Eiffel Tower, the food will likely suffer!...

No food allergies - he loves meat/she enjoys fish...any and all suggestions are deeply appreciated!


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  1. Parnassien RE: jacqueline_malibu Mar 18, 2013 03:58 PM

    For any landmark celebration, I have a very short short-list: La Grande Cascade in the Bois de Boulogne and Le Grand Véfour in the Palais Royal. You can certainly get "more spectacular" food elsewhere but I don't find that the vibe at any of the eateries in the highest levels of the gastronomique stratosphere to be very celebratory... In fact, quite dulling.

    Ambiance tends to be be far more important when there's something to celebrate.

    1. mangeur RE: jacqueline_malibu Mar 18, 2013 04:18 PM

      Follow Parnassien's advice for the big night, but while you're in the neighborhood, do book another dinner at L'Ourcine, a tiny Parisian bistrot with excellent hearty fare. I always go for the pigeon, one of the best in Paris, I think.

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        jacqueline_malibu RE: jacqueline_malibu Mar 19, 2013 06:42 PM

        Thank you both very much! Confirmed for Le Grand Vefour...can't wait!

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          Parnassien RE: jacqueline_malibu Mar 20, 2013 02:39 AM

          Well done ! And to complete the evening, ask Le Grand Véfour's maître d' to summon a taxi for you and instruct the driver to take you to the Piano Bar at la Closerie des Lilas on the boulevard Montparnasse ...the perfect punctuation for an anniversary night.

        2. Laidback RE: jacqueline_malibu Mar 20, 2013 06:36 AM

          I have rented on 2 different occasions for a 2 month total at the intersection you mention and there is a very good restaurant a couple of blocks west of you on Rue de la Santé,"Auberge du 15", but for years I have done just what Parn. suggested. La Grande Cascade hits all my right notes for a celebration.

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            John Talbott RE: Laidback Mar 20, 2013 09:26 AM

            When celebration is over do go to Laidback's Auberge du 15 - very good.

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              Leely2 RE: Laidback Mar 21, 2013 06:34 PM

              I also endorse L'Auberge du 15. Perhaps we lucked out that evening, but everything was lick-the-plate good. (No, we did not lick the plates. Just really, really wanted to.)

            2. John Talbott RE: jacqueline_malibu Mar 23, 2013 01:49 PM

              So, I forgot to congratulate you: 30 years? No French folk are married any more; none (except for gays) want to be; and it's nice to see someone married 22 years before we were.
              I agree with Parnassien's recs, but also counter-intuitively, if you want to see the Eiffel Tower, without seeing that monstrosity, the Tour Montparnasse, you eat at the resto at its top, Le Ciel de Paris, rotating, but you won't get dizzy - which after its redo in Sep 7, 2012, I gave a 5/10 (food) 7/10 (view, prices and service).
              Will this be where we celebrate our 55? I dunno. I only deal with foreign policy and taking out the garbage.

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