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Le Petit Sommelier

Le Petit Sommelier in Paris

Le Petit Sommelier is a rare high-quality non-stop brasserie with a 1000-reference-strong wine list near the Montparnasse train station. An affordable spot for steak frites and oysters before or after traveling.


49, avenue du Maine, 75014
Open Monday-Saturday from 8am-11pm
Closed Sunday
Reservations online or at +33 1 43 20 95 66

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Le Monde (2019) observes that “many of our wine regions and many countries are represented at the Petit Sommelier (…) while avoiding the routine,” citing in particular the many vintages of Moulin-à-Vent domaine Château des Jacques.

Terre de Vins (2018) says “this restaurant on avenue du Maine is bubbling in each service,” and quotes Pierre Vila Palleja endorsing the pairing opportunities of skin-macerated Slovenian white wines.

L’Express Styles (2016) says “Don’t trust appearances: behind this tourist-spot façade hides a gem of a Parisian bistrot,” with “the wines of gastronomic restaurants at bistrot prices.”


2 thoughts on “Le Petit Sommelier”

  1. Hi Barry, in most restaurants you should be able to take it with you without any problem. You might ask them, when they’re opening the bottle, if you can keep the cork or “garder le bouchon” for the end of your meal. Or keep one in your pocket, just in case 🙂

  2. What is the situation in a restaurant if you have wine left at the end of your meal? Are you allowed to take it away? I visit Paris twice a year normally, nearly always outside of the normal tourist seasons (e.g. March and October/November) usually for 2 -3 weeks. I eat out every night and quite often on my own. I find that when having a normal 3 course that I drink more than a half bottle but a full bottle is too much. So I often end up buying a full bottle if I want a particular wine or something better than the normal carafe wine offered – there is usually a dearth of half bottles at many restaurants

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