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Les Fables de la Fontaine

The specialty is seafood at this lovely rue St. Dominique address. Open every day.

Practical information

Address: 131 rue Saint-Dominique, 75007
Nearest transport: Ecole Militaire (8)
Hours: Open every day
Reservations: Book a few days in advance
Telephone: 01 44 18 37 55
Average price for lunch: 35-49€
Average price for dinner: 50-100€
Style of cuisine: Classic French
Special attributes: prix-fixe, market-based cooking, standout seafood, open Sunday, open Monday

Reviews of interest

Patricia Wells (2011) “Sébastien Gravé and David Bottreau have… created a one-of-a-kind fish restaurant with a true personality. And you’ll feel as though you’ve hit the jackpot if you arrive on a warm, sunny day and dine on the compact terrace facing the fountain on Rue Saint-Dominique… Modern, refreshing, satisfying.”

John Talbott (2009) “Should one go? For the one-star quality fish and inventive starters alone.”

Figaroscope (2009) “…tous sont préparés avec un indéniable talent. Goûtez par exemple à l’épais dos de turbot meunière servi avec des supions en persillade et une mousse de persil ou à ce formidable tartare de saint-jacques et saumon au curry rouge, parfumé et pointu.”

 

 

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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.

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