Frenchie Bar à Vins

Frenchie wine bar in Paris |

If you want a taste of Gregory Marchand’s cooking without the challenge of scoring a reservation at Frenchie, this is where to go. But go early, like 15 minutes before they open at 7pm, or don’t go at all. The small plates and wine selection are excellent, but the throbbing crowds make this place unmanageable on all but the luckiest of evenings.

Practical information

Address: 6 rue du Nil, 75002
Nearest transport: Sentier (3)
Hours: Open every day for dinner
Reservations: Reservations not accepted
Telephone: 01 40 39 96 19
Average price for dinner: 20-39€
Style of cuisine: Modern French, small plates, vegetarian options

Reviews of interest

Le Figaro (2012) “J’ai réussi à décrocher une salade de carotte, orange, avocat et cacahuètes. Pas mauvais, un peu court: trois feuilles de salade extraites du Tupperware, un croissant d’avocat…”

Le Figaro (2011) “… épatante à chahuter l’idée du petit plat, à raffiner le canaille et à affûter le propos ménager. Tellement habile côté assiette qu’on en oublierait presque une cave tout aussi percutante.”

David Lebovitz (2011) “… the food is just as good as the main restaurant across the alley… The wine list is so compelling that the next morning when I woke up, I realized that the four of us had gone through four bottles of wine.”

L’Express (2011) “Le générique des vins est oecuménique, déjouant le diktat du tout nature via le Nouveau Monde… tapas après tapas, on a retourné toute la carte… une burrata crémeuse dopée par une huile d’olive ardente et une concassée de petits pois frais à la menthe; un exceptionnel filet de truite fumée caressé par le velours d’une purée d’avocat et électrisé par une rafale de concombre vinaigré…”

Alexander Lobrano (2011) “… a terrific small-plates menu that comes from the kitchen across the street and offers delicious cameos of Marchand’s talent… I loved the wine list here, too… it not only suits Marchand’s cooking to a T but pushes out the walls a bit by including wines from other countries…”

3 Comments on Frenchie Bar à Vins

  1. My wife and I’ ve been in Paris, and we tried some of the recommended restaurants by the Yesterday we had Jea*** B. Last night we had the Juven***, they were very delicious. However, tonight is the last night in Paris, and we’ve agreed that we should have something memorable, so we decided to go to this Frenchie wine bar. All the food were amazingly good!! No restaurants could compare to this. We’ve been there at 6:45pm, and the queue was like 20 people before us, we still got the seats by the way. All the dishes are fu**ing delicious, and the wines are gooodddd. This frenchie wine bar serves small sharable dishes, and we ended up ordering 6 dishes and 2 bottles of wine for 2 people. All dishes are very very very delicious!! We’re definitely have to book the main Frenchie restaurant at our next visit to Paris!

  2. Went to Frenchie Bar à Vins on a Friday in late August and despite the opening time of 7pm, friends of the staff were already trickling in before then, and by 7:00 I think the place was full (of non-friends too). The staff were very accommodating to the folks who unfortunately arrived at 7:05 and were waiting for tables.

    There are about 20 seats, and I estimated the night I was there it was 70% Anglophones, perhaps because it was August. Note that all tables are shared by 4 or 6 people, so it’s not a great place for a romantic date — you WILL end up having a conversation with your tablemates for better or worse. It’s also quite loud and lively/crowded. I loved the food — we shared some charcuterie and a salad of burrata and peaches. Also, Like David Lebovitz, after we left we realized we’d drunk much more wine than we’d anticipated — so go ahead and order a bottle instead of drinking by the glass (especially since there is only one (good!) choice in each category by the glass). Final note: the tractor seats provide a nice rustic look, but they are not the most comfortable for guests of different sizes (tall or large men in particular).

  3. It’s a good wine bar, i like the small plates menu and would definitely recommend them with a good Bourgogne rouge.
    You can also try Le Porte-Pot, near the Sorbonne, a wine bar which proposes remarkable Corsica wines.

    Editor’s note: the email address indicates that Vince works at Le Porte-Pot

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