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Apr 23, 2013 08:43 AM

Paris Casual Dining on a Saturday - no reservations - suggestions?

We will be in Paris mid May and planning to do Versailles on a Saturday. We don't want to be tied to a reservation for that evening, depending on how tired we are. Looking for very casual dining suggestion not too far from Rue de Grenelles and Blvd. Raspail in 7th. Perhaps Pizza Chic? Leon de Bruxelles? Doesn't have to be fancy, but want good food. We are staying in an apartment, perhaps a good place to pick up some dinner would work as well. Thanks!

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  1. I often get into the Bistro du Dome (not the big Dome) calling at the last minute and it's classy food; also you've got all those creperies nr the Gare. Leon is not bad but it's like a Holiday Inn. Also there's the Relais de l'Entrecôte Montparnasse.

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    1. re: John Talbott

      Thanks John, DD is thinking maybe pizza. There is a Pizza Vesuvio on Blvd. St. Germain, about a 10 min walk and Pizza Chic, on Rue du Cherche-Midi, IIRC. .Any other suggestions? Thanks!

      1. re: Diane in Bexley

        Vesuvio is one of our "too tired to care much what we eat" favorites. It is actually just OFF St. Germain on rue Goslin. Sit at one of Teddy's tables, ground floor interior. The carpaccio is a nice plate of carefully trimmed raw beef, lots of parmesan shavings, capers and lemon. Hits the spot when you've been doing heavy duty dining for a few days.

    2. La Grande Epicerie in Bon Marche is open until 8 PM on Saturdays and you can get fine take away. It's a short walk or 1 Metro stop from Rue du Bac.

      1. Pizza Chic is one of the most popular pizzerias in Paris. And St Germain des Prés on a Saturday night is so crowded that even the mediocre places are full. So I think it's safer to look elsewhere for a no-rezzie place or a pizzeria.

        How about a complete change of pace? Bar food at the very civilized bar in the Hotel Lutetia at the corner of the boulevard Raspail and rue Sèvres... 5-min walk from your place. On the chic side, so dressing up a bit (which I always find uplifting when tired) is required. There is a limited selection of nibbles in the evening (but full menu at lunch) in the bar but I've always succeeded in persuading/ bribing the waiter to bring a shareable plate of something or other from the Lutetia's brasserie.

        At the other end of the spectrum and a very reluctant rec because it can be either ok or horrible depending on what you order, Le Basile on the rue Grenelle... an old haunt from my uni days and still has a very studenty feel to it.. before you order, look around to see what other people are eating... salads are usually quite good. They also do takeaway for munching back in your apartment.

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        1. re: Parnassien

          I have heard that seafood is supposed to be the thing to order at Lutetia? A plate of raw oysters might be appealing if we are too tired to eat a full meal.

        2. Cafe' Constant on the Rue Saint-Dominique is my choice for just such an evening. No reservations, good food, reasonable prices, and good people watching, too!

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          1. re: mofisch

            Thanks! I forgot about not taking reservations at Cafe Constant, but they are on my list.

          2. I hate to disagree with John Talbott, but Leon de Bruxelles is not good. As someone pointed out on these boards earlier (DCM?), Leon's mussels are precooked and reheated when ordered. When we were there several years ago, before I had read that previous post, the waiter just had to bring us a sample of Leon's famous frites, since we hadn't ordered any. Well, Leon's frites are nothing to write home about. Best avoided, unless the only alternative is McDonald's.

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