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Apr 7, 2014 11:59 PM

Need help finding good eats for a party of 7 near Sentier Metro

Long-time lurker here in the middle of planning a family trip to Paris and San Sebastian. i've enjoyed scouring through all the wonderful posts here and I'm excited about our restaurant itinerary.

My main issue now is finding a great place to eat out on our first night in Paris which will include our relatives. It will be a party of 7, including 6 adults and our well-behaved (hopefully) 2-year old. So far he has done well during longer meals in restaurants and we're hoping this continues! I'd preferably like to be walking distance (up to 10-15min) from our apartment near Rue Montorgueil (Sentier Metro).

I tried to reserve Pirouette but unfortunately they said the largest party they can accommodate is 6.
I considered Frenchie but probably too cramped for such a large group? Other nearby restaurants that i'm not sure will work for us: Comptoir de la Gastronomie, Maceo, Le Lulli (Thank you John T. for your review on this one..looks amazing).

Any suggestions for a resto that will take a larger group and not be too cramped for a child would be much appreciated. My price point is anything around 50euro/person. For reference, we're also dining at the following places (not all with our 2 yr old): David Toutain, Spring, Le Cinq, Ze Kitchen Gallerie, JL Nomicos, L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon, and one other (Le Lulli-if not on day one, Bones or Pierre Sang).

Any help is appreciated and thank you in advance!

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      1. re: Parigi

        And another "second that".

        Can't think of anywhere good in easy walking distance of Sentier to fit you all. If you are not too fussy about the food, Bistro Les Petits Carreaux on the rue des Petits Carreaux might be ok as a desperation choice.

        And maybe Aux Tonneaux des Halles at the other end of the rue Montorgueil... I have seen large tourist groups being accommodated there ... no direct experience of the food myself but there have been a few enthusiastic C'hound posts about it.

        1. re: Parigi

          Thank you all. That looks like a good option for a larger group. I also just saw that Pierre Sang will take reservations for parties of more than 6. It's a bit further though, and usually this wouldn't be a problem but I know we'll be tired and hungry after just flying in that evening. If the food is better we're willing to tough it out:)

          Can anyone who has been to both chime in on which to choose? We're adventurous eaters just trying to maximize our great meals during this trip.

          1. re: jason03

            I'm a huge fan of Pierre Sang... but the last group we sent there didn't enjoy it ... not sure why but suspect that they were exiled to the lower level dining area away from the buzz and action... for travel-weary diners, the not terribly comfortable seating might also get in the way of your enjoyment... but the food is fab.

            And in the why-didn't-I-think-of-that-before category, the restaurant of the Hotel Edgar on the rue d'Alexandrie (just a 5-min walk from métro Sentier)... ultra-trendy and cool... fish and fruits de mer specialities... the dining room has an alcove or two that can fit 7 easily but, like so many restos in Paris, tight and cosy... I only go in summer when the really great terrace doubles the space although the smoke from loafing trendoids can be a bit bothersome... and timing is important: weekday is much more relaxed than weekends.

            1. re: Parnassien

              Thanks Parnassien for the info about Pierre Sang. I might have to save that for later in the trip when it's just me and the wife. I haven't heard of Hotel Edgar but that sounds very promising and very close. Thank you for the tip!

              1. re: jason03

                I like the Edgar as well and 7 will fit very nicely; I love Pierre etc but it's hard for me to visualize where 7 would sit aside from the end of the counter.

                1. re: John Talbott

                  John, there's a somewhat uninteresting downstairs dining area at Pierre Sang for large parties... obviously unnoticed by le Vénérable as he fights off the less worthy/ less quick for a seat in the bar area :)

                  1. re: Parnassien

                    Oh yes, now the memory jogs, it's where he used to serve the Sunday buffet brunch eh?

          2. re: Parigi

            Yet another rec. Just had a very nice lunch there and noted they have two semi-private rooms for 8.

          3. "a party of 7 near Sentier Metro"
            Besides Terroir Parisien Bourse…
            What about La Faille ?
            Or Le Bat ? It is just a 9-minute walk from Sentier, according Google Map.

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            1. re: Parigi

              "Terroir Parisien Bourse…
              What about La Faille ?
              Or Le Bat ?"
              Once more an embarrassment of riches in Parigiland.
              In terms of 7 folks talking to one another though:
              Terroir Parisien Bourse…OK if off to the South side or at the common table by the entrance.
              La Faille... Maybe one can talk but I'm not sure.
              Le Bat... I love it absolutely love it, but talk among 7, nope.
              Edgar... Yes.
              Like Mangeur, I'm interested in places not much mentioned here - such as L'Hedoniste, 14, rue Léopold-Bellan, good for a group of 7 methinks and talkable.

              1. re: John Talbott

                "Terroir Parisien Bourse"
                Just back from a very nice meal there and intrepid sleuth that I am, I inquired about the room with seats for 8 on the Right, just as you enter. It's perfect.

                1. re: John Talbott

                  Thank you John for finding that out! Sounds like a perfect area for our group, especially with our little one.

                  1. re: jason03

                    "Thank you John"
                    You are most certainly welcome.
                    And BTW, we had a very fine meal there today, how Alleno does it with so many covers is beyond me.