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Apr 19, 2013 04:12 PM

Solo female diner - right bank, moderately priced

I have one night alone in Paris. I'll be staying in the 8th Arr., near Madeleine, and do not want to go that far from that area - but a restaurant in the 1st, 2nd, 9th, or even 3rd would be ok. Ideally I'd like to keep the dinner tab to about $125 (100 Euros), including 1 glass of wine. Not looking for "fine dining" but a solid bistro with good French food. Recommendations?

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  1. Solid fancy bistros include Volnay, Les Jalles, Marloe and Crom'Exquis; solid (that is plain) bistots in the 8th are an oxymoron. Neva is a solid resto but not a bistro by my definition.

    1. If on a weekday evening, Chez Denise in the 1st is great and a short ride on the 14 metro from you.

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      1. re: Delucacheesemonger

        Could you clarify "weeknight" please? I'll be there on a Friday.

        Also I know from reading this board that reservations are strongly recommended, even for single diners. Do all of the suggested restaurants take reservations? How far out should I make them -- a few days, a week or more? If I waited until I arrived in Paris and called at about 5 pm the same day, would that be too late?

        1. re: masha

          friday night is start of wkend
          1 wk

          1. re: masha

            Chez Denise is open on Fridays but a crowded night. They have no website but do take reservations by phone. It might work last minute or they might be full. They are open for dinner from 20:30 through the night.
            Phone from the states 33(0)1 42 36 21 82

            1. re: masha

              "If I waited until I arrived in Paris and called at about 5 pm the same day, would that be too late?" Yes, far too late, it's Friday night any good place will be busy. Book at least a week in advance, far earlier for the most popular.

          2. Thank you both. Does not have to be a true bistro but I want a place that serves traditional French dishes. I realize that the 8th is not the locale for a charming, neighborhood joint but it fits well with my itinerary, since I will be arriving late afternoon at the Gare St Lazarre and flying out of CDG the next morning, so I was not interested in traipsing across Paris for a hotel on such a short visit.