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La Closerie des Lilas

#2,082 of 13,320 Restaurants in Paris
#2,243 of 13,923 Places to Eat in Paris
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Saint-Germain-des-Pres
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171,boulevard du Montparnasse, Paris, France
01 40 51 34 50
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12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Drinks, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Good recommendation from the concierge

We had a lovely meal with new friends. The four of us each had a different appetizer, main course, and 3 desserts so we saw a good variety of dishes. We all enjoyed everything we ate. I started with an excellent country pate followed by calves liver with a tomato coulis. Unlike in the U.S., the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 24, 2015
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Las Cruces, NM
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  • Romantic
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Toronto, Canada
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22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

We went here for the Beef Tartar and it was probably the best we have ever had. The steak "hemmingway" was to die for and the 2 fish dishes we had were phenomenal. The wine was wonderfully paired for our meals and the atmosphere brought you back to old Paris. This restaurant is well worth a great outfit and some... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

Amazing restaurant. We dined inside and everything was impeccable! Delicious menu and excellent wine list. Service was above and beyond - everything has that: "Je ne sais quoi!" Cannot recommend highly enough.

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Las Cruces, NM
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

We had a lovely meal with new friends. The four of us each had a different appetizer, main course, and 3 desserts so we saw a good variety of dishes. We all enjoyed everything we ate. I started with an excellent country pate followed by calves liver with a tomato coulis. Unlike in the U.S., the liver is sliced thick... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015 NEW

If "Evan Shipman at the Lilas" is your favorite story from A Moveable Feast, you won't be disappointed. We heard this place had been overhyped because of the celeb association but we found it to be perfectly divine. The chicken was fantastic and the dessert selection platter was unparalleled. If they've somehow been cheapened by hype, I never would have... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Suberb - great service, amazing food, what more I can say! Classy place and live pianist. Definitely worth to visit!!!!

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Italy
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Historical place but... unadequate service (we waited about 15 minutes to have other bread), nothing special food ( considering the high reputation) unjustified prices (one foie gras entree, one filet, two cakes, one glass of wine: 140 Euros!)

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Went to Paris on holiday. I am becoming a big Ernest Hemingway fan and felt the need to go to his first apartment and this restaurant which he enjoyed. It did not disappoint. Beside the fact his picture can be seen in many locations herein the place itself is delicious. We enjoyed well created mojitos and unbelievable cheese. It was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

What a beautiful place, I sat on the bar while having a coffee and reading ' the sun also rises' by Hemingway.

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

We chose La Closerie des Lilas because we prefer the older establishments in Paris. It was our last day and we wanted to farewell the city with a long, leisurely lunch in 'literary' surroundings. From the moment we sat down on the ornate and comfortable lounges (inside) we knew we had made the right choice. The service was friendly, the... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

We decided to have our anniversary dinner at this restaurant as it was a regular haunt of Hemingway and close to our accommodation. Absolutely loved it - great food and a couple of half bottles of lovely wine. Recommended to anyone wanting that special dinner.

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Additional Information about La Closerie des Lilas

Address: 171,boulevard du Montparnasse, Paris, France
Phone Number: 01 40 51 34 50
Location: Europe  >  France  >  Ile-de-France  >  Paris>  > Saint-Germain-des-Pres
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm  7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Monday 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm  7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Tuesday 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm  7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Wednesday 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm  7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Thursday 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm  7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Friday 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm  7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Saturday 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm  7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Cuisine: French, Seafood

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 171,boulevard du Montparnasse, Paris, France
  • Location: Europe  >  France  >  Ile-de-France  >  Paris>  > Saint-Germain-des-Pres
  • Neighborhood: Saint-Germain-des-Pres
  • Phone Number: 01 40 51 34 50

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: French, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
7:00 pm - 11:30 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Neighborhood Profile
Saint-Germain-des-Pres
In Saint-Germain-des-Prés, life is effortlessly chic and all things are beautiful. The main boulevard is dotted with famed terraced cafés, haut-couture shops, ivy-covered railings and fine-dining restaurants. Antique dealers and art galleries surround the fine art school and small museums hide in unassuming squares. The neighborhood’s namesake church is the oldest in Paris and is the backdrop for talented musicians every weekend. The Luxembourg Gardens house the national senate, splendid lawns and flourishing flower beds. Famous faces and bourgeois Parisians frequent Saint Germain accompanied by the students of Rue Saint Guillaume and Rue des Saints-Pères. This is a neighborhood where afternoon people-watching from a café or playing cards in a brasserie are a key part of the daily fabric.
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