Bistrot Paul Bert

Bistrot Paul Bert Restaurant in Paris | Paris By Mouth

The menu at this perennial favorite is seasonally-minded, and a carnivore’s paradise. Not for the faint of heart, or appetite.

An absolute favorite

Practical information

Address: 18 rue Paul Bert, 75011
Nearest transport: Faidherbe-Chaligny (8), Charonne (9, 11)
Hours: Closed Sunday and Monday; Open Tuesday-Saturday for lunch & dinner
Reservations: Book a few weeks in advance
Telephone: 01 43 72 24 01
Average price for lunch: 20-39€
Average price for dinner: 20-39€
Style of cuisine: Classic French

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Reviews of interest

Patricia Wells (2015) “This here is the quintessential Parisian bistrot that remains completely authentic and honest despite its wild popularity.”

Alice Waters for Condé Nast Traveler (2015) “You’ll hear plenty of English and French in the dining room because everyone—local and foreign—loves the place for its time-honored classicism.”

Dorie Greenspan for Condé Nast Traveler (2015) “Although it opened in 2000, it has the feel of a place that’s been around forever. The wonderful steak is served with Cognac and peppercorns, or you can get a single fried egg with truffles.”

Patricia Wells for Condé Nast Traveler (2015) “You’d think it would be easy to create a ‘new’ classic bistro in Paris, but no one’s done it as well as Bertrand Auboyneau, who makes it look effortless.”

Le Figaro (2011) “… rapport simple au produit et ce culte de la gourmandise. Même soin apporté à la terrine de campagne maison qu’aux envolées plus fines (pigeon rôti et petits légumes; lotte au gingembre…) et aux incontournables, dont le mythique paris-brest.”

David Lebovitz (2010) “… it’s hard to go wrong with anything here. You can order from the fixed price menu or split a Côte de Boeuf (steak for two, which they will not cook further than medium-rare), which includes house made frites.”

Alexander Lobrano via David Lebovitz (2009) “This crowded and very popular place is one of my favorite bistros in Paris…”

Dorie Greenspan (2008) “… one of my hands-down favorite bistros…”

18 Comments on Bistrot Paul Bert

  1. Awful. Huge disappointment. Not an “absolute favorite” of mine. Disgusting service. When we asked to move to a different table (after seeing that two other tables were open), the waiter said “If you don’t like it you can leave.” So we left. Arrogant service from a dumpy, loud bistro. You would think they were the only bistro in Paris. Not for me.

  2. Funny story, “The Mouth,” we did just as you’d pretty-much recommended…arrived about 11:30, went into the joint, my wife (who can charm anyone) asked in poor French if we could have a table at noon?…well, maybe a half hour after that…we scoped the neighborhood, came back, about 12:15, were greeted nicely and seated–first people in the room– and dealt with in English–and it was about 12:45 that I realized, WE WERE IN THE WRONG RESTAURANT! –6 Paul Bert, not Bistro Paul Bert, and having an absolutely wonderful time…”modern” food, chef’s menu, beautiful plates, every taste a treat & discovery….(not a potato or a steak in sight)… a happy mistake.

  3. thanks, didn’t see your answer until Saturday morning–that’s exactly our plan, to be there a few minutes before noon, with a back-up plan in mind. it’s not so much “fear” as shyness, though….been in plenty of restaurants where I don’t speak the home language, and had great times….

  4. Hi Bruce – it’s a well-known and popular restaurant, so always better if you call to make a reservation. They’re used to English speakers, if that’s your fear. If you do insist on walking in without a reservation, be there when they open (probably noon), but be prepared to be turned away.

  5. question, really, what are our chances of a table at Bistro Paul Bert as walk-ins at lunch time?

  6. People have to get over this place, are you kidding? Paris is full of great bistros unaffected by their own press. This place exploits people, especially Americans. Bistros are crowded like today, we get it. But poor service has no place in a competitive market. People will stop coming.

  7. Hi Wes, the chalkboard menu changes all the time so it’s hard to name a dish, but my favorites over time have been a thick cut steak with bone marrow melting on top, a plate of sunny side up eggs with shaved black truffles, and a tarte Tatin with thick cream. – Meg

  8. Hi I’m going to Paris this month! Any idea whether they would be open this year for August? Like around 24th August? It looks like a lot of restaurants are closed.

  9. Absolutely awful and a huge disappointment.
    I had always been a foodie and a big fan of parisbymouth,however this restaurant is clearly overrated. I have to admit that the service was good but the food is nothing but horrible, we ordered 3 starters, 1 main for 2 to share. The fois gras was average, the st jacque was the best out of everything, but the potion was tiny. The egg with truffle was supposed to be their ‘signature dish’ but the truffle tasted very earthy and lack of truffle scent, instead, the odour was very ‘fishy’ and the eggs were just, well, eggs. The dish obviously doesnt worth 30 euros at all. But the above were not sufficient to sum up as ‘absolutely awlful’. The côte the beef for 2 was appalling, horrifying and honestly I am running out of expression to express how shocked I was. The beef had gone off! The meat is not just tough or plainly tasteless butt the meat had literally gone bad, it literally smells disgusting, I cannot be more shocked for such a famous bistro for making the biggest mistake in a restaurant. Although they did not charge us for this dish and offered to make us something else I was already mortified by the quality of the food. In conclusion, we will never ever return. Ever

  10. Hi Lindsey, they should indeed be open during the first week in September.

    Hi Joseph, I’ve been able to get same-week reservations in the past before, so it’s certainly possible. One thing to watch out for, though, is you may end up with a 22:00 or 22:30 reservation if you wait until the last minute.

  11. Am I likely to still get a booking for dinner if I arrive in Paris for a week and try to book on arrival?

    Thank you

  12. I absolutely love this Bistro. Best steak I’ve ever had! Will they be open the first week in September?

  13. Hi Aidan,

    We don’t have an email address for them, so you may need to try calling. I realize this is intimidating, but you could write out (and Google Translate, if needed) what you want to say before you pick up the phone.

    Good luck and happy eating!

  14. Do you know if they have a contact e-mail address? I would like to find out of they are open for New Year’s Eve and, if so, make a reservation. I can’t wait to take Paris by Mouth!

  15. Had a near-perfect dinner here last month. Of course it didn’t hurt that we had the great fortune to dine with dorie and michael greenspan. Every dish was a complete delight.

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