Café des Musées has changed hands many times over the years, and as a result, quality has been highly variable. In its most recent iteration, Café des Musées is a more-than-serviceable bistro with a particularly notable beef bourguignon (22.50€). The meat is caramelized, slow-cooked for five hours until fork tender, and glazed in a rich red wine sauce. Escargots here come out of their shells and are served stuffed in mushroom caps, which soak up all that tasty herb and garlic butter (11.50€).
Unfortunately, the ups and downs in quality over the years seem to have alienated the locals. Anglophones may forget they’re in Paris, seeing as the dining room is usually monopolized by fellow visitors. But those looking for a classic, reasonably-priced bistro in the heart of Paris – one that’s open every day of the week – will be hard-pressed to find another like this one.