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Le 21

Practical information

Address: 21 rue Mazarine, 75006
Nearest transport: Odéon (4, 10)
Hours: Closed Sunday and Monday; Open Tuesday-Saturday for lunch and dinner
Reservations: Book a week or two in advance
Telephone: 01 46 33 76 90
Average price for lunch: 60-100€
Average price for dinner: 60-100€
Style of cuisine: French, seafood

Reviews of interest

Food Intelligence (2012) “Fréquenté par quelques palais remarquables, la table de Mr Paul (Minchelli) fait dans le simple. L’excellence des produits, l’ultime du poisson et puis rien d’autre qu’un tour de main et un savoir-faire hors du commun…une table essentielle.”

Figaroscope (2009) “Le hareng cousu main est la référence absolue en la ­matière, les céteaux friture sont dorés et croquants et le généreux lieu jaune à l’aïoli est cuit le plus simplement du monde mais à la seconde près.”

Figaroscope (2007) “…l’ardoise du jour propose habituellement le choix entre seulement trois ou quatre poissons. Bien sûr, cela lui permet de ne travailler chaque jour que les plus beaux spécimens…”


  1. The cuisine is absolutely superb: fish as it is meant to be cooked, simply done and entirely delicious. Now for the bad news: service was horrible. It is a tiny restaurant (8 or so tables) with two people out front and the chef in the kitchen. But it is a bit of an “insider” restaurant – so the regulars get preferential treatment, and the newcomers get to pour their own wine and make hasty choices because there is not much interest in anything other than getting them out of the way so that the regulars can be stroked. The staff are bilingual (as,indeed, am I) so that is not the issue – it is just a matter of very negligent service ruining what could be an absolutely awesome culinary experience. If you love fish, this is the place – but be prepared to be ignored. Oh, yes – it is not cheap – we shared an appetizer (sardines confits – amazing), had two mains (sole – sublime) and a bottle of wine. Total was 180 Euros, which I consider pefectly good value for this level of cuisine – but the service spoiled the experience.

  2. This is a terrible restaurant. We waited 2 hours to be served and the food was terribly bland. I would warn off anyone wanting to go to this restaurant. One of my worst dining experiences ever.

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