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Les Pinces

Practical information

Address: 29 rue Bourg-Tibourg, 75004
Nearest transport: Hôtel de Ville (1, 11)
Hours: Open Friday-Sunday for lunch and dinner; Open Monday-Thursday for dinner only
Reservations: Walk-Ins Welcome
Telephone: 09 83 56 47 93
Average price for lunch: 20-39€
Average price for dinner: 20-39€
Style of cuisine: American, lobster, cocktails
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Reviews of interest

John Talbott (2015) “The lobsters, flown in from the US or Canada (ours today) were done to perfection and broken up so not a lot of effort had to be expended.  The fries and wine were surprisingly good although a green salad does not work with lobsters – get some coleslaw folks.  We shared a delicious cheesecake and were mighty happy.”

Le Fooding (2014) “In addition to the cocktail bar, they’ve got a one-plate formula for €25 with your choice of either an oven-roasted lobster with a lemon butter sauce, or a lobster roll: lobster meat + mayo + toasted brioche bun. Is it good? Affirmative! And justifiably so: the creatures, flown in from the US and Canada, are removed from their tank (in the wine cellar) alive, before being sent to the massacre… Alternatively, you can have a 500 gram plancha-grilled prime rib, also served with the good house fries.”

Paris Bouge (2014) “Mais ce n’est pas n’importe quel homard: ses Pinces vont vraiment vous plaire… Avec un menu à 25 euros tout rond, Les Pinces peuvent se vanter d’être le moins cher de Paris. Ici, pas de homard congelé mais des achats directement au producteur : USA, Canada (celui du moment) et Bretagne.”

Photo courtesy of Les Pinces’ website

Mon Vieil Ami

Practical information

Address: 69 Rue Saint-Louis en l’Ile, 75004
Nearest transport: Pont Marie (7)
Hours: Closed Monday and Tuesday; Open Wednesday-Sunday for lunch and dinner
Reservations: Book a few days in advance
Telephone: 01 40 46 01 35
Average price for lunch: 40-59€
Average price for dinner: 40-59€
Style of cuisine: Modern French
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Reviews of interest

Franck Pinay Rabaroust (2014) “Quand une enseigne commence à confondre quantité et qualité, la confiance fout le camp et c’est le début de la fin. C’est également donner la pire image de notre gastronomie – qui se veut amicale par-dessus le marché ! – à des touristes qui continuent de se faire avoir avec un menu en trois services facturé 47,50 euros. À ce tarif-la, ça fait chère l’assiette mal fagotée.”

Patricia Wells (2011) “..the menu was loaded with fresh, seasonal produce: meaty girolles mushrooms, new carrots and heirloom tomatoes, new potatoes and last-of-season asparagus. Avocados, first-of-season ratatouille, fresh white cocos blancs, zucchini and fennel all starred. I ended up feasting on  a stunning and satisfying all-vegetarian meal…”

Le Figaro (2010) “Les légumes continuent d’occuper une place prépondérante à la carte, version chic et fraîche avec une crème glacée de chou-fleur ou tendre et chaleureuse avec la cocotte de légumes de saison. On aime les jeux de textures, entre cru et cuit, du chef Frédéric Crochet, qui donne à ses légumes de l’exubérance…”

 

 

 

La Moustache Blanche

Hipster beer geekiness pervades this shop just off the Place de la Bastille, with a record player spinning the blues, a faux phone box housing the English beers, and a periodic table of beer styles on the wall. Prices are very fair, and Guillaume, the friendly young owner is rightly proud of his ever-growing collection which boasts 500 beers from all over the world.

L’Alimentari

Practical information

Address: 6 rue des Ecouffes, 75004
Nearest transport: Saint Paul (1)
Hours: Closed Monday and lunch on weekdays; Open Tuesday-Friday for dinner and Saturday-Sunday for lunch & dinner
Reservations: Book a few days in advance
Telephone: 01 42 77 24 59
Average price for lunch: 40-59€
Average price for dinner: 40-59€
Style of cuisine: Italian
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Reviews of interest

Le Figaro (2012) “Une micro-trattoria plus disposée à soigner son décor en veine vintage qu’à surveiller l’al dente de la pasta… ici, comme souvent, au prétexte de l’Italie, la nonchalance des assiettes finit par agacer.”

Photo via L’Alimentari’s Facebook page

Isami

Practical information

Address: 4 quai d’Orléans, 75004
Nearest transport: Pont Marie (7)
Hours: Closed Sunday and Monday; Open Tuesday-Saturday for lunch & dinner
Reservations: Book a few days in advance
Phone: 01 40 46 06 97
Average price for lunch: 40-59€
Average price for dinner: 40-59€
Style of cuisine: Japanese, sushi

Reviews of interest

Time Out (2013) “Beware: a Joh Sushi Moriawase assortment consisting of 15 pieces of seafood sushi will set you back €35. But freshness and culinary know-how come at a price, and this is a very special restaurant.”

Simon Says (2011) “… un menu superbe de fraîcheur et découpe affinée…”

Le Figaro (2010) “… comment font-ils pour que leurs sushis et sashimis soient si bons?! Le poisson semble avoir tout juste quitté les flots et le riz est d’une délicatesse inouïe. Accueil aimable et décor évidemment minimaliste.”

Maison David

Practical information

Address: 6 rue des Ecouffes, 75004
Nearest transport: Saint Paul (1)
Hours: Closed Saturday and Monday; Open Tuesday-Thursday for lunch, and dinner till 7pm; Open Friday for lunch, and dinner till 5pm; Open Sunday 10am-7pm
Reservations: Walk-Ins Welcome
Telephone: 01 42 78 15 76
Average price for lunch: 20-39€
Average price for dinner: 20-39€
Style of cuisine: Jewish
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Reviews of interest

John Talbott (2011) “A tiny place, a short plexiglass counter with all sorts of meats and herring and gravlax… 4-5 spots on which to set a piece of coldcut, a glass of wine or a plate….Go? If you’re two, don’t mind standing, chatting and stuffing yourself with great meat – be my guest!”

Photo courtesy of Maison David’s Facebook page

L’Ambroisie

Practical Information

Address: 9 place des Vosges, 75004
Nearest transport: Saint-Paul (1), Chemin Vert (8)
Hours: Closed Sunday & Monday; Open Tuesday-Saturday for lunch & dinner
Reservations: Book many weeks in advance
Telephone: 01 42 78 51 45
Average price for lunch: More than 100€
Average price for dinner: More than 100€
Style of cuisine: Classic French, haute cuisine
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Reviews of interest

Bruno Verjus (2012) “J’admire Bernard Pacaud pour son obsession de la qualité, son exigence dans le choix des fournisseurs et des produits qui honorent la haute cuisine française. À l’Ambroisie l’on croise, pour le service et pour les mets, tradition et élégance, classicisme et modernité. ”

A Life Worth Eating (2010) “I am now certain that this is the finest French restaurant in the world.  The indulgent menu, which is updated once per season, consists of only a handful of dishes.  There are no weak choices on the menu, ever.  Every dish is a speciality.  The menu reads very straightforward, each dish described in a single line with all its ingredients listed. There is no tasting menu.  There is no lunch discount.  There are no exceptions.”

Food Snob (2009) “On the one hand, I was pretty sure I had eaten some of the most brilliant food of my life. On the other, I was not sure how much I had enjoyed it.”

The Financial Times (2007) “There was something sanctuary-like about L’Ambroisie – a solemn splendor that imposed quiet reflection on all who entered. This was not a restaurant for people who want a circus with their meal. It is a place best enjoyed by those who are truly, obsessively serious about food, because the food is pretty much the whole of the experience. That said, it is food that deserves to be worshipped.”

Jaja

Practical information

Address: 3 rue Sainte-Croix-de-la-Bretonnerie, 75004
Nearest transport: Hotel de Ville (1, 11), Saint Paul (1)
Hours: Open every day for lunch & dinner
Reservations: Walk-ins Welcome
Telephone: 01 42 74 71 52
Average price for lunch: 20-39€
Average price for dinner: 40-59€
Style of cuisine: Modern French
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Reviews of interest

John Talbott (2011) “She had what was advertised as a wok’d chicken…  with a timbale of rice (we both thought this was really boring) and I had a croustillante of pigs’ feet that was beyond boring. Summary: none of us finished our portions.”

Table à Découvert (2011) “Avec l’intéressante formule déjeuner et les prix à la carte, je ne remets pas en cause les tarifs, mais simplement le contenu de l’assiette, peut-être aurait-il fallu s’en tenir au registre purement bistrotier? Vous savez qu’ici, je ne parle jamais ou presque des adresses qui m’ont déplu, si je parle de celle-ci, c’est parce-qu’elle m’a déçu.”

Les Grands Ducs (2011) “Quant au décor, au design soigné et chaleureux, on s’y sent bien, attendant avec impatience l’arrivée des beaux jours et la vie en plein air sur la terrasse de bois. Si on ajoute le service, juvénile aux petits oignons, et un menu déjeuner à 21€, vous conviendrez avec moi que cette adresse ne manque pas de charme, loin de là. Alors, excusez-moi, j’y retourne!”

Le Figaro 2011) “… une cave de première, militant les traverses de la vigne nature, les références classiques et les étiquettes classieuses… Crème de châtaignes, émulsion de lard fumé et poitrine crispy… Galette croustillante de pied de cochon, mesclun… Saint-marcellin plutôt que dessert…”

Icho

Practical information

Address: 3 rue des Tournelles, 75004
Nearest transport: Bastille (1, 5, 8 )
Hours: Closed Sunday & Monday; Open Tuesday-Saturday for lunch & dinner
Reservations: Walk-ins Welcome
Telephone: 01 44 78 03 92
Average price for lunch: 10-19€
Average price for dinner: 20-39€
Style of cuisine: Japanese & sushi
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Reviews of interest

Alexander Lobrano (2010) “We both went with the assorted sushi and sashimi plate, which was beautiful to behold… It was a guilty pleasure to eat some silky red tuna sashimi, and the yellow tail and scallop sashimi were excellent, too. Right away, we were impressed with the quality of the produce here…”

François Simon (2010) “L’assiette avait du nerf, mais un peu trop de véhémence dans sa fuite énervée. Mais bonne, risquée (fraise avec le saumon en réhausseur de goût)…”

Chez Marianne

This is no longer included among the favorite 350 addresses that make up Our Guide to Paris Restaurants. We’ve maintained this page so that you can refer to the practical information and other reviews of interest. Feel free to share your own opinion in the comments.

Practical information

Address: 2 rue des Hospitaliéres St. Gervais, 75004
Nearest transport: St. Paul (1)
Hours: Open every day
Reservations: Last minute booking usually OK
Telephone: 01 42 72 18 86
Average price for lunch: 10-19€
Average price for dinner: 10-19€
Style of cuisine: Jewish
Special attributes: small plates, vegetarian options, outdoor dining, continuous all-day service, open Sunday, open Monday

Reviews of interest

David Lebovitz (2008) ” If you’re craving something other than French food, the middle eastern combination salads here offer a bit of a respite…”