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Sep 11, 2013 12:52 PM

Late Saturday night dinner in Paris?

We are arriving in Paris on a Saturday afternoon for my husband's birthday/Jimmy Buffet concert (he's obsessed). I have booked L'Ami Jean for lunch on Saturday but am looking for a place to go post-show (around 10 or 10:30pm) for a delicious dinner. We are staying near the Champs-Élysées so looking for a place near there or near the venue (La Cigale in/near Montmartre) or even between the two that will be open at that hour. Concierge suggested Coq Rico or Welper. I thought about La Maison de L'Aubrac but we're thinking of Robert et Louise on Sunday for lunch so I worry that might be too much beef for my hubby. Ideas?

In the past we've loved Le Villaret, Viloin d'Ingres, Paul Bert, etc.

Thanks in advance!

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  1. Calling our young culinary GPS, P are you there?

    OK, I'll try; a place never mentioned here but is really good that caters to the theater bunch is Les Coulisses Vintages, 19 Rue Notre-Dame de Lorette in the 9th,, in the middle of theater row, call to be sure there's a late performance nearby in which case the genial chef and owner will be open after 10.
    But you know, after L'Ami Jean for lunch, I'd just want oysters and wine post-show, so Wepler is not a bad idea, I couldn't do beef at La Maison de L'Aubrac or the equally good (sorry Pti) Charbon Rouge, but then I'm doddering old grouch.

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    1. re: John Talbott

      Here, Maître JT. :)

      After lunch at l'Ami Jean, I can't eat for 24 hours.

      But maybe Jimmy Buffet energizes the senses. If so, my late night après-théâtre pitstop is often Mini-Palais in the Grand Palais because I can eat as much or as little as I like. A wee bit more chic than Margaritaville. Open until way after midnight. Close enough to the Champs Elysées.

      And yes, a plate of oysters or fruits de mer at Le Wepler is also a great option. The walk there from La Cigale can also be very, um, educational. If the OP does hanker after a full meal, La Bougnate on the rue Germain Pilon just off the bd de Clichy/ Pigalle is a great-value and cheerful bistro much liked by the chorus girls/ boys from, inter alia, le Moulin Rouge. I imagine Jimmy Buffet would like it too. I do.

      A step up in the post-théâtre style league, the Brasserie le Grand Colbert on the rue Vivienne/ Passage Colbert near the Palais Royal. Excellent oysters and great people-watching. But oysters only, ok? The rest of the menu is very hit and miss. And you'd need to take a taxi from La Cigale and then again to your hotel so maybe a bit inconvenient.

      1. re: John Talbott

        No need to be sorry, I rate Charbon Rouge as high if not higher than La Maison de l'Aubrac. It is the Publicis steak house that left me relatively cold.

        I, too, think that after lunch at L'Ami Jean you have eaten for at least 24 hours.