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

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. 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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    1. re: Parnassien

      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.)

      1. re: mangeur

        Are the Friday and Saturday issues as well?

        1. re: mr_gimlet

          "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.

          1. re: mr_gimlet

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

          2. re: mangeur

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

        2. Switch Gape Substance to David Toutain, at least.

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          1. re: Nancy S.

            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

            1. re: John Talbott

              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.

              1. re: lalaland

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

          2. 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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            1. re: Laidback

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

              1. re: lalaland

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

                1. re: lalaland

                  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.