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In Paris on Easter Sunday and Easter Monday 2014. Where should I eat?

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lalaland Feb 9, 2014 02:41 PM

I'm going to be in Paris from April 18th to April 23rd with a group of food lovers from San Francisco (through good Friday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday).

I have heard that not much is open on Easter Sunday and Easter Monday, so I'm wondering if there's any good restaurants that are open to help us fill the gap on those days?

For the other days, we are planning to go to:
Le Cinq
Agape Substance
Le Cornichon
Frenchie
Bistrot Paul Bert

Any recommendations and thoughts for Easter Sunday/Easter Monday are sooo appreciated. Thank you!

Christina

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  1. Parnassien RE: lalaland Feb 9, 2014 03:08 PM

    Sorry, Christina. What's open and what's not on holidays is a mystery that drives us Parisiens crazy too. So all I can suggest is try what we locals have to do: try to make a rezzie at restos normally open on Sunday and/or Monday to find out if they're closed. Occasionally, exceptional closures will be announced on the resto's websites but sometimes not. And many restos never bother with a website or updating it if they do have one. Irritating, I know, but a reality.

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      mangeur RE: Parnassien Feb 9, 2014 03:30 PM

      Another caveat: Reserve for these days AND be sure to reconfirm a day or so before. Not infrequently reservations are blithely made with little attention that the Sunday or Monday involved is Easter.

      ALWAYS reconfirm. (Learn by others' mishaps.)

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        mr_gimlet RE: mangeur Feb 9, 2014 04:26 PM

        Are the Friday and Saturday issues as well?

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          John Talbott RE: mr_gimlet Feb 9, 2014 06:39 PM

          "What's open and what's not on holidays is a mystery that drives us Parisiens crazy too. So all I can suggest is try what we locals have to do: try to make a rezzie at restos normally open on Sunday and/or Monday to find out if they're closed."
          But a general rule is that places hold to their schedules - Unless -
          1. they have kids on holiday
          2. they are small
          3. they decide - hey it's France.
          Like Parnassien I call, before and the day of, because I've been dumped, duped, disinformed.

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            John Talbott RE: mr_gimlet Feb 9, 2014 06:41 PM

            "Are the Friday and Saturday issues as well?"
            Friday and Saturday probably not,
            But call, early and often.

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            lalaland RE: mangeur Feb 10, 2014 07:25 PM

            Thanks for the great tip, I will definitely call and confirm!

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          Nancy S. RE: lalaland Feb 9, 2014 06:33 PM

          Switch Gape Substance to David Toutain, at least.

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            John Talbott RE: Nancy S. Feb 9, 2014 06:46 PM

            lalaland: Nancy's rec is assuredly because David T has moved to his new resto since the New York Times touted him at Agape Substance.
            John

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              lalaland RE: John Talbott Feb 10, 2014 07:23 PM

              Hi John and Nancy, Thanks for the tip on Agape Substance. I had an amazing meal there last May and is hoping for a repeat. When did he move to the new restaurant? Really appreciate your help.

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                John Talbott RE: lalaland Feb 11, 2014 04:58 AM

                I cannot recall when he left Agape Substance but he was installed in his new place by Christmas week 2013.

          2. Laidback RE: lalaland Feb 10, 2014 07:03 AM

            We have had Easter lunch at Drouant 3 times and you have the option of reserving on-line if you wish.

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              lalaland RE: Laidback Feb 10, 2014 07:25 PM

              Thank you! I have been reading on chowhound that Drouant is open on Easter Sundays. How was your experience there?

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                kerriar RE: lalaland Feb 11, 2014 02:20 AM

                At weekends Drounat offers a brunch menu at lunch time - this may not be what you want.

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                  Laidback RE: lalaland Feb 11, 2014 07:10 AM

                  We have always had a nice experience there; lovely setting, attractive decor, improved service since the initial takeover and a special menu for Easter. We will probably be there again this year after a hiatus of a couple of years.

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