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Café Constant

Christian Constant is the unofficial mayor of rue St. Dominique. His casual, no-reservations café is open all day, starting at 8 in the morning.

Practical information

Address: 139 rue St. Dominique, 75007
Nearest transport: Ècole Militaire (8) or Pont de l’Alma (RER C)
Hours: Open every day
Reservations: Reservations not accepted
Telephone: 01 47 53 73 34
Average price for lunch: 20-34€
Average price for dinner: 20-34€
Style of cuisine: Classic French
Special attributes: market-based cooking, comfort food, renowned chef, continuous all-day service, open Sunday

Reviews of interest

Alexander Lobrano (2013) “Our mains came off as the sort of formatted high-volumn cooking the French might refer to as “correcte,” or honest, while exhibiting no perceptible creative flair. Ditto the creme caramel we shared, right down to its squirt bottle blazes of caramel sauce. And perhaps even more gravely, despite the well-meaning and conscientious service, this restaurant had little charm.”

Le Figaro (2011) “Même s’il n’est plus derrière les fourneaux, le chef sait choisir ses lieu­tenants…En l’occurrence, un répertoire tra­ditionnel de superbe exécution où l’effiloché de crabe et pommes rattes discute le bout de gras avec la caille farcie au… foie gras. Le tout à prix d’ami.”

Le Figaro (2009) “…des plats qui sonnent juste comme les desserts d’antan, furieusement bons (riz au lait, île flottante, crème caramel).”

Caroline Mignot (2009) “Il faut dire que la cuisine de Christian Constant version bistro, c’est de l’ultra efficace, des plats serrés, denses, avec ces brins d’herbe qui courent de partout…”

Figaroscope(2008) “…on s’y rue (sans réservation) pour l’ardoise du jour qui, moyennant 33 €, vous offrira tartare de saumon, saint-jacques et huîtres, tête de veau croustillante et sublime tarte au chocolat…”



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We don’t recommend visiting the Eiffel tower without a solid plan for eating, whether to fortify yourself for the wait or to restore your sanity after the harrowing elevator ride. Here are some tables to consider that don’t require a crosstown trip.

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Walk-Ins Welcome

Café Constant - With three restaurants on the street, Christian Constant is the unofficial mayor of rue St. Dominique. This casual, no-reservations café serves classic bistro fare and is open all day, starting at 8am.

Les Cocottes – More modern than his Café, this second address from Christian Constant serves dishes in individual cast iron pots (cocottes) on long counters with high stools. Their no-reservations policy makes this a good last-minute option for crowd-pleasing, contemporary comfort food. Expect a wait if you arrive at 8pm.

Alain Milliat – Known for his exquisite juices and nectars, fruit man Alain Milliat is now in the restaurant business, serving a fresh and colorful (but limited) menu at lunch and dinner. They’re also open for afternoon tea and coffee, if a drink and snack is all it takes.

Le Petit Cler – A well-priced and very casual spot on the rue Cler from from the people behind La Fontaine de Mars.

Book a Few Days in Advance

Les Fables de la Fontaine – Seafood is the specialty at this lovely/pricey rue St. Dominique address. Open every day.

Pottoka – If you believe everything tastes better deep fried, try this tiny Basque joint from the duo behind Les Fables de la Fontaine.

FL – Young chef Nicholas Valanchon is drawing attention for inventive cooking that’s grounded in the traditions of his native Picardy.

Le Caisse Noix – Le Casse Noix is helmed by Pierre-Olivier Lenormand, who spent six years at La Régalade. A charming neighborhood bistro, with an antique-filled room and generous, updated bistro cooking. Don’t miss the ginormous ile-flottante.

La Fontaine de Mars – The Obamas ate here! The Obamas ate here! This anglophone favorite on the rue Saint-Dominique offers classic cooking with a southwestern tilt – cassoulet, duck confit and other diet busters. Open every day.

Book a Few Weeks in Advance

Restaurant David Toutain – His meticulous and conceptual cooking highlights seasonal produce, with vegetables often playing the starring role. This is by no means a vegetarian restaurant, but Toutain’s ability to bring out the beauty in oft-ignored roots reminds us of his former boss Alain Passard.

Bistrot Belhara – Picture perfect Parisian bistro with Basque-inflected food from Thierry Dufroux, who sharpened his teeth under Alain Ducasse. The restaurant can be reserved privately for large groups on Sundays and Mondays.

L’Abeille – Chef Philippe Labbé set the city’s haute dining scene abuzz when he opened this posh restaurant in the Shangri-La hotel back in 2011. At more than 200€ per person, this is perhaps the most expensive option on our list.

La Table d’Aki – Akihiro Horikoshi left L’Ambroisie to open this little showcase for his talents which, according to reviews, are many. Patricia Wells calls his cooking “pure, simple, and sensational in an understated way.”

Book Before You Buy Your Plane Ticket

L’Astrance – Pascal Barbot continues to impress diners (those who manage to get a reservation) with a culinary high wire act that is both grounded and innovative, French and global, serious and playful. To wit, his signature dish: A galette of thinly sliced, raw champignons de Paris and verjus-marinated foie gras (also raw), with hazelnut oil and lemon confit.

Also Not Terrible Near…

Quick! Where Can You Eat This Weekend?

You haven’t booked anything yet.

Where can you probably still get in?

You are terrified of the phone.

Where can you get in without booking?

  • Al Taglio (01 43 38 12 00) – seriously good pizza by the slice in Oberkampf
  • Les Pâtes Vivantes (01 45 23 10 21) – hand-pulled Chinese noodles
  • Café Constant (01 47 53 73 34) - traditional French from chef Christian Constant

You want to eat on Sunday night.

What’s open?

  • Mon Vieil Ami (01 40 46 01 35) – contemporary Alsatian bistro on the Ile Saint-Louis
  • Glou (01 42 74 44 32) – simple food, fashionable scene
  • Thoumieux (01 47 05 49 75) - the brasserie reinvented by Jean-François Piège

For additional ideas…

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