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Le Verre Volé

Le Verre Volé is a wine bistrot near the Canal that has gone through a ton of iterations and identity crises. We loved it best fifteen years ago when it was a simple joint serving natural wine, saucisse purée and platters of charcuterie and cheese. Attempts to fancy up the place over the years have mostly fallen flat. However, we’ve heard from multiple sources that it’s good again. What does that mean? We hope soon to find out.

67 rue de Lancry, 75010
Open every day for lunch & dinner
Reservations at +33 1 48 03 17 34



Alexander Lobrano (2010) “Aside from the fact that this food was well-cooked, politely inventive and of very good quality, what I liked about it was that it was perfect social food, or pleasant comfort food to serve as a backdrop to good conversation and good wine.”

John Talbott (2010) “…it has evolved…heirloom tomatoes with anchovies (inspired)…pate en croute with foie gras and pigeon (again a great choice)”

David Lebovitz (2010) “This tiny wine bar has great food, up by the Canal St Martin, a very hip neighborhood. Generous plates of charcuterie and etc, in this tight little wine bar.”

Barbra Austin (2010) “The wall to the back room, a space once devoted to wine storage, has been knocked out and tables have been added. The camper van-sized kitchenette has been expanded into something that actually looks like a place where professionals can work…a friend and I shared a pile of crisp crevettes grises, a paté de grouse and, of course, the boudin noir.”

L’Express (2010) “Delphine Zampetti…avant le Verre Volé, elle concoctait une épatante cuisine de ménage qui déménage au Café Caché du 104, mixant les leçons apprises chez Raquel Carena (la chef du Baratin, Paris 20e), ses souvenirs familiaux de cuisine italienne et la Inaki’s touch…Et alors, aux fourneaux du Verre Volé ? Elle y va doucement, gentiment, sans trop brusquer les habitudes. Glisse une salade de moules de bouchots aux pois-chiches entre deux choses très Verre Volé.

Meg Zimbeck (2010) “There are two kinds of evenings at Le Verre Volé. The first is composed of dinner, wine and intimate conversation. The dishes are selected from a chalkboard menu that changes with the seasons…The second kind of evening chez Stolen Glass ends with chairs on pushed-back tables and some manner of debauchery.”

Figaroscope (2008) “…Cette adresse n’a jamais volé sa réputation et pourrait aujourd’hui toujours donner des leçons à de nombreuses caves ouvertes depuis, à Paris, autour de ce même concept…Une sélection de vins particulièrement sûre proposée avec un droit de bouchon de 7 €…et des assiettes qui font la part belle au cochon sous toutes ses formes…”

David Lebovitz (2005) “…One could also make up a meal composed of lots of the appetizers, like the roasted eggplant caviar, salt cod-stuffed peppers, or platters of various meats and cheeses…I’ll see you there.”

9 thoughts on “Le Verre Volé”

  1. After two visits to LVV, I won’t be back. I’m not sure why this place gets the press that it does or why it’s referred to as a wine bar. The food and service are just ok, and the booking process is painful. Somehow restaurants like Bistrot Paul Bert manage multiple seatings without abruptly kicking you out, but when you book at LVV they’re very clear that you have an expiration date. (And for those for whom this matters, expect to be surrounded by English speakers.)

  2. I was having a great meal with my family, thinking what a great and a sincere place it was. Only when we finished our main dish that they told us that we had to leave in five minutes (yes exactly five minutes) as it was getting almost 9.30, which is the start of the next service! To begin with, despite their insistence I wasn’t informed about the second service. Secondly, when I told them that their manner was mostly unbecoming of the place and the ambiance, they were not a bit a back by the criticism. Totally disappointed. I think their so-called character does not match with their desire to run two services at the same time, at the expense of kicking people out of their tables.

  3. I had the same bad experience – in a way
    I just never got a table there – had I read your comments before I would even have tried. Cyril’s establishment is best avoided.
    He and his staff has a strange hate to their guests – in my case a would be guest.
    I tried to make a reservation in person and all was fine until he demanded my cellphone number – I do not have one! All suggestions of other means and ways I could confirm the reservation was simply not possible only a mobile phone number was valid. I asked for their email and was told they have none – not true.
    Offered my email and a few other solutions but no!
    Childish and un- pro – I am 61 and used to France and I usually encounter much better service than this – even in Paris. Avoid this place!

  4. I have something to share here. A poor experience with this restaurant that needs to be told. I was having dinner there last week with 3 friends (one is the manager of a very grand hotel here, one is a wine distributor and the other and I are in the investments business) I had been here once before and found it average but with a fun atmosphere. Anyway, I thought it would be a fun night for us and was looking forward to ok food (expectations low) and reasonably good wine for a reasonable price (really is how I understand their reputation) So, i make the following commentary:
    1) when a plate of mini fried trouts come out without much flavor and my friend asks for a lemon but is refused by Cyril explaining that they are eaten the way they are – that, I find fairly absurd. If they were good the way they were, he wouldn’t have asked for a lemon.
    2) My friend, (the wine distributor) ordered a bottle of Cornas he knows and when we get the bill the price is 30% more than what a restaurant normally charges, that is vexing.
    3) when we ask for another bottle of red and Cyril (the owner) recommends a bottle without revealing the price and it show up on the bill as costing 90 euros – we would have at least liked the option of saying yes or no to a price like that.
    4) When I asked for a new glass because mine had “depot” in it (and we were as well changing the wine) and was told I obviously don’t understand non filtered wine and Cyril suggested pouring the new wine into the old glass with the depot in it – I would have been offended if not for his complete ignorance.
    5) We were charged a corkage fee for wine that he was charging 90 euros a bottle for. I would have refused to pay it if I had less manners.
    Overall – the food was average at best – which was fine because it was what we were expecting. The wine was good but very overpriced and the owner was the epitome of ignorance and was a fantastic stereotype of a foolish french waiter telling a customer how to eat and drink.
    I found it very unfortunate and not only will I not return to Cyril’s establishment. I will tell my story to others so they understand it is a place to avoid.

  5. Went back last week with some acquaintances looking for parisian foodie experiences. I had a lovely evening, but heard later that they did not enjoy their food. They said it was too homey and without finesse. But no worries ! I think that is blasphemous talk, and for me Le Verre Volé will always, always remain a classic.

  6. Last year we ate in Verre Volé before the Times wrote about it and a second and third time, thereafter. It was great food and perfectly paired wines.

    We went there yesterday for lunch with foodie friends visiting from Chicago. A perfect choice! Each of us had 2 Entrées and 2 bottles of wine, (not 2 bottles for each of us but for the table). The wines were chosen by our server and each one paired beautifully with the food.

    There is no need to describe the food, because when you go they will make it perfectly, whatever you chose.

    Verre Volé sets a fabulous standard of what eating in Paris is all about.

  7. We had a very nice second dinner here tonight after trying Astier for a few plates which were rather boring in favor. Great selection of vines at lVV.

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  9. I love the atmosphere of this place, but please note: order anything else on the menu, but their boudin noir is NOT to be recommended. Mine contained no hint of any seasoning that makes for a truly tasty blood sausage. What’s more, it arrived over an hour after I finished my starter – burnt to a half-inch black carbon crisp on top, with no apology from the staff nor recognition that this is not the way it should be served. As I speak French with an accent, when I stated that what they served was not acceptable, they quickly became argumentative and treated me like a foreigner who didn’t know the dish. I have lived in Paris for 11 years, so I responded with the names of two restaurants in Paris where they could taste excellent boudin noir (one French, the other Martiniquaise).

    The mark of a great establishment is how they respond when they have obviously goofed up. Would have been a great evening, if only I hadn’t ordered the boudin noir…

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