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wonderwheel Sep 17, 2013 02:22 PM

Looking for a delicious, but not crazy expensive or trendy restaurant, preferably with a private room for a celebratory dinner. Any and all suggestions appreciated!!

  1. John Talbott Sep 21, 2013 01:11 PM

    Ok while you've excluded the Grand Cascade and presumably also the Pre Catalan because they're not center city, which exclusion I'd urge you to reconsider, three other places as yet unmentioned are Mediterranee, the Maison des Polytechniciens (don't scoff, one sees all the politicians in full plumage), and the Maison de l'Amerique Latine.
    Ohhhh, I can't wait for your decision.
    John

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      wellworld Sep 21, 2013 11:46 AM

      I recommended La Saotico to friends for their wedding rehearsal dinner, and they took over the upstairs. I think that it may hold 40, but you need to check with Anne or Hugues at the restaurant.
      Le Saotico, located at 96 Rue Richelieu, in the 2nd arrondissement. Their phone is 01 42 96 03 20. Their website is http://ww92w.saotico.com/accueil.asp.

      This charming, intimate bistro and restaurant is run by Hugues Gournay and Ann Surcouf, a lovely and hardworking husband and wife team from the French province of Normandy, and the menu and the décor reflect their heritage.
      The name “Le Sâotico” recalls the tiny gray shrimp found in the waters off the coast of their native Normandy.

      1. mangeur Sep 20, 2013 01:26 PM

        I have the feeling that you are working under quite tight time constraints, but have you thought of the downstairs at Spring?

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        1. re: mangeur
          John Talbott Sep 21, 2013 06:56 AM

          40 would be a stretch but ask.

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          wonderwheel Sep 20, 2013 07:16 AM

          Ugh- Maceo is also booked for that night (but the dinner looked delicious). Any other Central- reasonable ideas? Many Thanks!

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          1. re: wonderwheel
            Parnassien Sep 20, 2013 01:01 PM

            Not "central" but easy enough to get to... great settings but food is not exactly foodie quality which, for a group of 40 is probably inevitable:
            Pavillon Montsouris in the 14th/ 10 minutes from, say, St Michel-Notre Dame by RER to Cité Universitaire and then 5-min walk;
            Café du Commerce in the 15th/ métro Ave Emile Zola and then 2-min walk

            More central but not sure if they can do 40:
            Ambassade d'Auvergne in the Marais

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            wonderwheel Sep 19, 2013 12:20 PM

            Maceo looks good (and very appropriate as we are all music people) but they have not replied yet to my query. Fingers crossed.... but i feel i need to keep pushing forward.

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              wonderwheel Sep 19, 2013 10:51 AM

              Le Dome du Marais looked amazing! But they are already booked for that night :(
              Please let me know if you think of anything else!

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              1. re: wonderwheel
                ChefJune Sep 19, 2013 10:57 AM

                We suggested Maceo. Did you not like their offerings?

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                lemarais Sep 18, 2013 08:28 AM

                An absolutely sublime gorgeous setting can be found at Le Dome du Marais. An historic building with the room situated under a glorious dome.

                Click on "privatization"

                http://www.ledomedumarais.fr/ukindex....

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                1. re: lemarais
                  John Talbott Sep 18, 2013 08:31 AM

                  I'm not so hot on its food after the change in chefs last May.

                2. PhilD Sep 17, 2013 03:58 PM

                  "Maceo" is central has a good private room upstairs and is not too expensive.

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                  1. re: PhilD
                    ChefJune Sep 18, 2013 07:49 AM

                    ditto. clicked on this thread to say Maceo!

                  2. Parnassien Sep 17, 2013 03:40 PM

                    Try La Grande Cascade. Expensive but not crazily so (at least by Paris standards). Logistically a little difficult because it's in the Bois de Boulogne... you might need to hire a coach to get everybody there. And sometimes very difficult to book for groups... i.e. October = Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe weekend at Longchamp, motor show, other trade shows/ exhibitions. But fab setting, perfect for celebrations.

                    Can you give us a budget max per person ?

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                    1. re: Parnassien
                      John Talbott Sep 17, 2013 04:57 PM

                      "La Grande Cascade"
                      Absolutely; we've done two "events" there, not ruinous.
                      Also one at the Jules Verne
                      There are threads elsewhere I'm not allowed to refer you to that discuss options and the Michelin has Private Rooms listed.
                      But P. is right, the GC is wonderful; lights in the garden, food on the table, heaven in a glass.

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