Le Dauphin

Le Dauphin wine bar in Paris | parisbymouth.com

This wine bar next door to (and run by) Le Chateaubriand boasts food by Inaki Aizpitarte, a smooth marble design by Rem Koolhaas and Clement Blanchet, and a great selection of affordable vins naturels.

Practical information

Address: 131 avenue Parmentier, 75011
Nearest transport: Goncourt (11)
Hours: Closed Sunday and Monday; Open Tuesday-Saturday 5.30pm-2am
Reservations: Walk-Ins Welcome
Telephone: 01 55 28 78 88
Average price for dinner: 40-59€ (But this depends on how hungry you are!)
Style of cuisine: Modern French, Tapas
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Reviews of interest

Simon Says (2012) “C’est très ludique, allusif. Parfois, on voudrait que le morceau dure plus longtemps. Mais l’air du temps se veut ainsi : concis, net, sans ambages. Allusif. Il y eut dans cette soirée multitude de petits éclairs.”

John Talbott (2011) “One day I adore IA’s cooking and the next time I don’t ‘get it.’  Colette says she’s had it.  Maybe I have too.”

Food Intelligence (2011) “La précision des assaisonnements instille les mets de puissantes vagues jouissives. Soupe de champignons de Paris dressée comme un cobra. Mordant des champignons/condiments au vinaigre, de l’anguille fumée et de la poudre de trompettes de la mort.”

Girls’ Guide to Paris (2011) “…in the evenings the menu is built for grazing, with an ever-changing roster of small plates, some simple (ham, chorizo), some less so. There was a brandade that had been deconstructed into a brothy concoction, light, loose and delicious. A bowl of boeuf bourguignon was topped with crisp carrots and curvy crosnes…”

Not Drinking Poison in Paris (2010) “…there are simply no disappointing glass pours…the menu is the work of a real overachiever…the other night when I dropped by with my friend F, we shared a plate of pousse-pieds, or goose barnacles…”

Food Intelligence (2010) “Une boite de marbre de Carrare, un bar boisé et vernis comme un Riva, une mise en abîme, quelques éléments probant à découvrir à partir de la fin novembre au Dauphin dans un décor signé Rem Koolhaas et Clément Blanchet.”

6 Comments on Le Dauphin

  1. I was in Paris for my girlfriend’s birthday weekend. For the Saturday night we booked (with much surprise to find a table) at Le Dauphine for 10pm. We were really looking forward to enjoy the food, cocktails and atmosphere. We arrive and the place is bursting at the seams with people. There is a small a4 hand written note on the door: sorry we are closed. It didn’t seem like it was so we walk in. Eventually someone asked us and we said we had a reservation. With a haughty tone they said sorry, but tonight was booked for a private event and we called everyone to warn them. We told them we clearly hand received any communication from them and he just left. Saying nothing. It’s a shame that some bad eggs continue to confirm the unfriendliness of the population that lives in this beautiful city. Dreadful.

  2. This was the worst service I’ve ever had since living in Paris for nearly two years. Absolutely horrible – so much so that me and my friends had to just laugh about it later that night.

    The staff is haughty and just outright rude. Plus, they never brought out one of the dishes we ordered and still tried to charge us for it. When we mentioned it to them (twice), they finally gave us the new bill and didn’t even apologize. What a pretentious, holier-than-thou staff. Atrocious.

    Service aside, if the food was amazing, I would still consider giving it another shot, but the food was nothing special and overpriced. They serve French-style small plates starting at 10 euros each – when the dishes should definitely be priced lower. The only two dishes that stood out to our group of four were the mushroom dish and the cheese dessert…which they don’t have to cook obviously. What a disappointment.

    With so many better, friendlier restaurants in Paris, don’t waste your time on Le Dauphin. You couldn’t pay me to go back.

  3. “I definitely prefer this over Chateaubriand,” I’ll second that except for the stools, forcing you to get there early for a real table and chair.

  4. le Daupin is nice, but there are great tapas-sized dishes and a much more laid-back atmosphere just a few blocks away at the Chair de Poule… great dining, less expensive and less of that food snob attitude.

  5. I definitely prefer this over Chateaubriand, simply for the non fussy nature of the place and better quality of food. Whilst the wildly experimental are still not to my taste, I did like the wine selection and the variety of small plates. Made for a very nice evening.

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