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Address: 60, rue du Cherche Midi, 75006
Hours: Open Monday-Saturday for lunch & dinner. Closed Sunday.
Telephone: +33 1 45 48 86 79
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In Other Words

Time Out (2016) “As soon as you enter this well-presented cave-cum-restaurant on the Rue du Cherche-Midi, you get an inkling you’re going to eat well. There’s something about all those interesting wine bottles stacked on the walls, the friendly intimacy of the main room (just 15 tables) and the small kitchen nestled at the back that immediately gives a good, homey impression.”

Little Breizh

Practical information

Address: 11 rue Gregoire de Tours, 75006
Nearest transport: Odéon (4, 10)
Hours: Closed Sunday & Monday; Open Tuesday-Saturday for lunch and dinner
Reservations: Book a day or two in advance
Telephone: 01 43 54 60 74
Average price for lunch: 10-19€
Average price for dinner: 10-19€
Style of cuisine: French, Breton & Crêpes

Reviews of interest

David Lebovitz (2014) “This friendly Breton café offers crêpes and buckwheat galettes that are delicious, and generous. I had an excellent buckwheat galette, flecked with little nubbins of dark, toothy buckwheat embedded in the batter. I chose from the reasonable lunch menu that included a glass of cider and another crêpe for dessert, for less than €10.”

Patricia Wells (2011) “…a real find. The buckwheat galettes are prepared with a very dense, black-flecked organic flour (blé noir) milled specially for the owners — brother and sister team Pierre and Claire Goasdoué —  who put their heart and soul into this little enterprise.”

La Quincave

Tucked around the corner from the resplendently stodgy brasseries of Montparnasse is Frédéric Belcamp’s miniscule wine shop and wine bar La Quincave, a destination for natural wine afficionados since 2003 (and featured in the 100th episode of Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations). Belcamp’s long support of more-than-organic, low-sulfur wine is apparent in La Quincave’s 200+ references, which include the occasional back-vintage as well as healthy allocations of certain sought-after selections. The man himself tends to hold court on Fridays and Saturdays; on other evenings his capable staff serve up simple platters of cheeses, rillettes, and cured sausage to the consistent crowd of low-key regulars.

La Quincave’s general template – 7€ corkage, simple snacks, natural wines – may have since become familiar to residents of the 10th, 11th, and 12th arrondissements, where caves-à-manger are as common hairdressers. But few newcomers have managed to replicate La Quincave’s frank, stylish ambience or the wisdom of Belcamp’s wine selections.


Practical information

Address: 18 rue Jean-Nicot, 75007
Nearest transport: La Tour Maubourg (8)
Hours: Closed Sunday and Monday; Open Tuesday-Saturday all day
Reservations: Walk-ins Welcome
Telephone: 01 53 59 96 96
Average price for lunch: 20-39€
Average price for dinner: 20-39€
Style of cuisine: Spanish, small plates
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Additional Locations

Address: 11 rue Clément Marot, 75008
Nearest transport: Alma – Marceau (9)
Hours: Closed Sunday; Open Monday-Saturday all day
Reservations: Walk-ins Welcome
Telephone: 01 47 20 03 13

Address: 64 rue de Seine, 75006
Nearest transport: Mabillon (10)
Hours: Open every day all day
Reservations: Walk-ins Welcome
Telephone01 46 33 49 54

Reviews of interest

These reviews are from the rue Clément Marot location:

Le Fooding (2012) “At this small tasting bar where a few tables are squeezed between the walls lined with wine bottles and the meat in the windows, the said leg of great quality is sliced thin in little pieces, tenderly warmed by a central candle, before melting on the palate, served with crushed tomatoes and bread from Kayser or Poujauran. The other crushed dish, the mashed potatoes with bits of chorizo, is excellent, presented in a small heart-shaped plate that gives a somewhat weird romantic twist to the cocktail-dinner between friends…

These reviews are from the rue Jean-Nicot location:

David Lebovitz (2010) “The ham is sublime and goes great with the other Spanish appetizers they serve at this casual restaurant.”

Le Figaro (2009) “… le plus accueillant des points de chute en début de soirée, avec son long comptoir et ses tables hautes, ses jambons extraordinaires pour lesquels nous sommes nombreux à avoir traversé Paris, son pain de chez Poujauran, ses assiettes de chorizo…”

Chocolate & Zucchini (2005) “It is always cause for elation to discover a new source for superior sandwich indulgence…”

Photo by loran via Flickr

Bacchus et Ariane

Caviste Georges Castellato wields a canny, professorial charm and a magnificent array of back-vintage bottles ranging from established classics to newcomer natural wines at this small, unassuming terraced wine shop in the marché Saint-Germain. Castellato, a former restaurateur who bought Bacchus et Ariane in 1998, is one of tragically few independent Paris cavistes who remain faithful to the true definition of their métier: a caviste who actually cellars wine, putting in on sale when it is ready to drink. So if one has a jones for quality 1989 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, 1990 Madiran, or 2005 Burgundy, one is more likely to find it at Bacchus et Ariane than almost anywhere else in Paris. And at a better price: at a time when much of the surrounding 6ème arrondissement has become an overpriced circus for tourists, the value of Bacchus et Ariane’s selection is downright astonishing. Castellato offers bottle service for a 7€ corkage fee on the wine shop’s covered terrace and at its tiny interior bar, and while no food is prepared on the premises, he’s happy to bring over some oysters or charcuterie from his neighbors in the Marché Saint-Germain. In short, the shop is a perfect perch for fine-wine pre-gaming before dinner – as long as one doesn’t mind the evening’s oenological highlights arriving early.

La Dernière Goutte

Terroir-driven, estate-bottled, organic and biodynamic wines from small producers are the specialty at this beloved shop, run for almost 20 years by Juan Sanchez. Especially strong in their selection of growers’ Champagnes and bottles from the Rhone Valley. Stop by on Saturdays for their free tastings with winemakers from 11am-7:30pm. Check our calendar of Paris food & wine events to find out which winemakers they’ll be hosting this week.

L’Atelier Vivanda

Practical information

Address: 18 rue Lauriston, 75016
Nearest transport: Charles de Gaulle-Etoile (1, 2, 6)
Hours: Closed Saturday & Sunday; Open Monday-Friday for lunch & dinner
Reservations: Book a few days in advance
Telephone: 01 40 67 10 00
Average price for lunch: 20-39€
Average price for dinner: 20-39€
Style of cuisine: Classic French, steak joint
Website   Facebook

Additional Locations

Address: 20 rue du Cherche Midi, 75006
Nearest transport: Sèvres-Babylone (10, 12), Saint Sulpice (4)
Hours: Closed Sunday & Monday; Open Tuesday-Saturday for lunch & dinner
Telephone: 01 45 44 50 44

Address: 82 rue des Archives, 75003
Nearest transport: Filles du Calvaire (8)
Hours: Closed Monday & Tuesday; Open Wednesday-Sunday for lunch & dinner
Telephone: 01 42 71 48 07

Reviews of interest

Table à Découvert (2015) “J’ai choisi la hampe de boeuf de race black angus, j’adore ça la hampe. Je ne vous dis pas à quel point elle est spécifiquement savoureuse ici. De la mâche, le juste équilibre de filandreux, très goûteuse et parfaitement cuite entre la croûte extérieure et le saignant à l’intérieur… Le morceau «persillé» également proposé à la carte est plus persillé et également très, très bon. Je crois que je peux y retourner dans pas très longtemps pour lui.”

Le Figaro (2014) ” Parfaitement bien vu, le menu à 35€ (entrée-plat-dessert) propose six choix de viande dont un persillé Black Angus, un quasi de veau ou une côte de porc ibérique. Cuites selon nos vœux, d’une belle tendreté, elles sont toutes accompagnées d’une déclinaison en cinq variantes de pommes de terre: gratin dauphinois (très réussi), pommes darphin, purée, etc.”

Le Figaro (2014) “Du bon chic, bonne chair dans un quartier taillé pour.”

Les Grands Ducs (2013) “Tout ici, dans ce micro-resto (24 couverts pris d’assaut) a été pensé dans cette optique carnée : on y mange sur les billots de boucher, sous le regard de quelques bovins (photographiés, aux murs, je vous rassure) et la charmante serveuse qui s’occupe de vous porte un tablier de cuir des fort des Halles. La cuisine est ouverte, comme partout désormais, et y pendent quelques belles pièces de boeuf et de volaille.”

Philippe Toinard (2012) “Une fois le destin de la pomme de terre choisi, il ne vous reste plus qu’à lui adjoindre un compagnon, un ris de veau, un suprême de volaille de Challans, un magret de canard, de la pluma Ibérique ou du coeur d’entrecôte. Bien snacké, le ris de veau a de quoi plaire mais force est de constater que le coeur d’entrecôte est idéalement persillé et extrêmement fondant en bouche.”

John Talbott (2012) “The waitfolk have leather butchers’ aprons and they bring over some Iberic ham right off the bat so you know they mean serious meat business. We had sticker shock at the nice prices of the wines – ours was a terrific Elian Da Rosa Cotes du Marmadais. We each had potatoes a different way (a la Vivanda – halved with high heat and duck fat, Dauphinois, sauteed, Dauphine) bent on testing them head to head, but wouldn’t you know they were all good.”

Photo via L’Atelier Vivanda’s Facebook page

Bread & Roses

Address: 62 rue Madame, 75006
Hours: Open Tuesday-Saturday 8am-7:30pm. Closed Sunday & Monday.
Telephone: +33 1 42 22 06 06
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Our Review

We have not yet reviewed this restaurant. Below you’ll find a summary of reviews to see what others are saying about it.

Bread & Roses in Pictures

Additional Locations

Address: 25 rue Boissy d’Anglas, 75008
Hours: Open Monday-Friday 8am-8pm. Open Saturday 10am-8pm. Closed Sunday.
Telephone: +33 1 47 42 40 00

In Other Words

Simon Says (2014) “Les pâtisseries ont du coffre (le sticky toffee pudding était scélérat à souhait)… mais j’ai eu du mal avec l’addition. Moi, qui était venu grignoter une salade, fut elle la « grande salade d’été>, j’ai fait un gloups devant la douloureuse: 82,70 euros à deux avec un dessert partagé et cette salade, certes convenable, à 26 euros, mouais.”


Practical information

Address: 45 quai des Grands Augustins, 75006
Nearest transport: St. Michel (4, RER B, C)
Hours: Closed Monday; Open Tuesday-Sunday for lunch & dinner
Reservations: Book a few days in advance
Telephone: 01 43 54 31 33
Average price for lunch: 20-39€
Average price for dinner: 40-59€
Style of cuisine: Spanish
Website   Facebook   Book Online

Reviews of interest

Le Figaro (2011) “Le bon plan ici, c’est de choisir le menu qui associe quelques tapas, haute couture et toujours surprenants, et la fameuse paella. Notre recette préférée : celle aux petits légumes et au jambon ibérique. Réservation indispensable.”

Simon Says (2009) “Une des adresses d’inspiration espagnole parmi les plus copiées de Paris.”

Photo courtesy of Fogon’s Facebook page


Practical information

Address: 17 rue Jules-Chaplain, 75006
Nearest transport: Vavin (4)
Hours: Closed Sunday; Open Monday for dinner only; Open Tuesday-Saturday for lunch and dinner
Reservations: Book a week or two in advance
Telephone: 01 43 54 28 03
Average price for lunch: 40-59€
Average price for dinner: More than 100€
Style of cuisine: Modern French, Japanese & sushi, Fusion
Website   Facebook

Reviews of interest

Time Out (2013) “Just next door to the Poissonnerie du Dôme, often cited as the best fishmonger in Paris, Toyo has great ingredients (plus meat from Hugo Desnoyer and vegetables from Joël Thiébault).”

Patricia Wells (2011) “The streamlined 35 and 45 euro lunch menus offer just enough choices…He offers tiny rectangles of perfectly cooked merlan (whiting) showered with flakes of salty bottarga (dried, salted mullet or cod)   set upon a bed of giant cepe mushrooms…”

Le Figaro (2010) “Sept séquences pour un menu se faufilant dans les saveurs les plus subtiles…L’ensemble fonctionne avec une rare précision.”

L’Express (2010) “…dans l’épure claire de ce vestibule blanc et bois, au comptoir de préférence, pour la vue dégagée sur les manoeuvres virevoltantes d’une brigade en plein coup de feu…”

Food Intelligence (2010) “…la qualité et la précision des grandes tables Tokyoîtes pour une cuisine d’inspiration plutôt française.”

Le Figaro (2010) “Une gastronomie émotionnelle, précise…Fragile comme dentelle sur kimono.”

Photo courtesy of Patricia Wells

La Rotonde

Practical information

Address: 105 boulevard du Montparnasse, 75006
Nearest transport: Vavin (4)
Hours: Open every day 6am-2am
Reservations: Walk-Ins Welcome
Telephone: 01 43 26 48 26
Average price for lunch: 40-59€
Average price for dinner: 40-59€
Style of cuisine: Classic French
Website   Facebook

Reviews of interest

Alexander Lobrano (2015) “Served with charm and a deep professional knowledge of proper table service, this meal was the kind of feed upon which the good reputation of French cooking was originally constructed, because what this food says is that you can eat well even when you’re not interested in making a fuss about it or spending too much money.”

The New York Times (2013) “La Rotonde, a 1911 vintage brasserie in Montparnasse, accommodates both the real and imagined realities of the city, all without sacrificing good food…the politely wisecracking service is brisk in the brasserie tradition. More important, the traditional comfort cooking is not only well executed but often made with pedigreed ingredients.”

Photo courtesy of La Rotonde Montparnasse’s Facebook page

Chez Marcel

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: 7 rue Stanislas, 75006
Nearest transport: Notre Dame des Champs (12) or Vavin (4)
Hours: Lunch and dinner, Monday-Friday; closed Saturday and Sunday
Reservations: book a few days in advance
Telephone: 01 45 48 29 94
Average price for lunch: 20-34€
Average price for dinner: 35-49€
Style of cuisine: Classic French, Lyonnais, French bistro
Special attributes: open Monday

Reviews of interest

Thierry Richard (2013) “Voilà le genre de table qui fait aimer Paris des américains. Un restaurant dans son jus dont le calendrier des appétits est resté bloqué quelque part dans les années 60…En cuisine, Pierre laisse aux commandes le chef qui remuait les casseroles dans l’arrière-salle depuis vingt-cinq ans et perpétue, à quelques plats près, le menu labellisé 1961, tapé à la machine, qu’il retrouve dans les archives du restaurant. Ce sera donc ambiance filets de hareng, escargots de Bourgogne, quenelles de brochet, tripes et coq au vin. Une cuisine de répertoire bistrotier, loin du manger-correct de l’époque et délicieusement forte en gueule.”

François-Régis Gaudry (2012) “tabliers de sapeur d’une impeccable blondeur croustillante, quenelles parfaitement dodues et gratinées, saucissons chauds, terrines de campagne… Quitte à lui glisser à l’oreille sa propre recette de tarte à la praline (divine) et à l’entraîner vers la trahison d’une salade de vrais champignons de Paris avec des dés d’un vrai jambon de Paris, assaisonnée de crème et de ciboulette….”

John Talbott (2012) “We both go for classics…Lyon sausage with potatoes – sausage she deems “dry”, I think “flavorless”, potatoes bathed in water, even with mustard, barely finish 1/2; she, eggs mayo, banal, unimaginative, puhlease!”

Emmanuel Rubin – Figaroscope (2012) “Le plus charmeur des come-back du printemps!”

Josephine (Chez Dumonet)

Bring your appetite and wallet to this bistro – a perennial favorite for old-fashioned dishes like boeuf bourguignon, duck confit and gigot d’agneau. It’s the French bistro you’ve always imagined right down to the communal pot of pickled herring, the gruff waiters and red gingham toilet. They make a mean Grand Marnier soufflé as big as your head that must (and should) be ordered at the beginning of the meal. The millefeuille is worth saving room for, too. When half portions are available, order those as they tend to be the size of any other restaurant’s normal portions. There’s an excellent selection of Armagnac and other digestifs to help wash down all the duck fat.


Semilla currently holds the #5 ranking in our list of favorite Modern & Creative Restaurants in Paris.

Semilla is a very useful restaurant: it’s open every day, and it’s large enough that you can usually book a table on the same day (walking in without a reservation is a riskier proposition). The menu is large enough to make most people happy, including vegetarians. The wine list, including a lengthy selection available by the glass, is well-priced and always full of wines I want to drink. The generous air-conditioning has saved more than one sweaty summer night. The staff, led by jovial owners Juan Sanchez and Drew Harré are kind and professional. However, to focus only on these practical matters is to ignore the delightful fact that food here is really, really good. One winter evening, I tasted four different dishes based on a biche (deer) brought in by hunters. Last week during the heat wave I swooned for bright green beans with nectarines, and many other dishes tailored made for summer ingredients and sweltering temperatures. Rarely does a restaurant respond so well to both the season and the needs of their customers. For that reason, I find coming back year after year. 

L’Epi Dupin

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: 11 rue Dupin, 75006
Nearest transport: Sevres-Babylone (10, 12)
Hours: Dinner, Monday-Friday; lunch, Tuesday-Friday; closed Saturday and Sunday
Reservations: Last minute booking usually O.K.
Telephone: 01 42 22 64 56
Average price for lunch: 20-34€
Average price for dinner: 35-49€
Style of cuisine: Modern French
Special attributes: market-based cooking, open Monday

Reviews of interest

Caroline Mignot (2009) “L’ardoise arrive, pas une suggestion qui ne fasse pas envie…Crevettes à peine saisies, au coeur encore fondant et “rosé”, enrobées de quelques grains de sésame…Velouté de Saint-Jacques incroyablement lisse…Le dessert parle de lui-même…”




Practical information

Address: 22 rue Saint Benoit, 75006
Nearest transport: Saint Germain des Prés (4)
Hours: Closed Sunday; Open Monday-Saturday for lunch and dinner
Reservations: Book a few days in advance
Telephone: 01 45 44 11 18

Reviews of interest

Food Intelligence (2012) “Chez Yen l’on vient se nourrir de calme et de soba. Ces pâtes de sarrasin, chaudes ou froides, fabriquées en vitrine, paradent en majesté…”

Patricia Wells (2011) “…a  Japanese treasure, offering silken tofu that’s as smooth as pudding; feather-light tempura; and deliciously satisfying al dente soba noodles bathed in a fragrant mahogany-toned broth that both fills and satisfies.”