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Mar 20, 2014 10:32 AM

Dinner with kids in Paris

My wife and I will be in Paris this July with our 12 year old daughter and 10 year old son. While my wife and I would enjoy long elegant dinners in some of Paris' finest, we won't likely have that luxury with our children. We would however like to dine in some lovely spots that would welcome well-behaved children - preferably places that would accept reservations. Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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  1. "...lovely spots that would welcome well-behaved children - preferably places that would accept reservations."

    They all do. French restaurants are fine with kids, but they do expect them to be well behaved (as are most French kids who are socialised to eat out from an early age). Don't expect any obvious concessions though, few have kids menus although they may adapt some adult dishes if asked.

    So just choose restaurants you like the sound of from those recommended on the remember 7:30pm is early for dinner though, if planning to eat early for the kids and some places won't open earlier.

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    1. re: PhilD

      Thanks, Phil. I appreciate your feedback.

      1. re: PhilD

        The difference between the U.S.-entitled travelers and much of the Good Cooking world . . . our observation is that most American parents in better restaurants have too much money to have the brains to scoop up their precious not-to-be Albert Schweitzers cum Madame Curries cum Sue Graftons until the nonsense dies down and the dinner gets cold. For good old days: there was no-longer possible Parisian Golden Arches Happy Meal (or whatever combo) that we stumbled upon that allowed red wine as the beverage choice le hamburger and pommes frites . . . Guess which we chose while our nephew had a different colored beverage . . .

        1. re: Parnassien

          Thank you very much. This is all extremely helpful.