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La Closerie des Lilas

#442 of 14,204 Restaurants 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: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff

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  • 67
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  • 34
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Lovely food; beautiful setting.

At the Closerie des Lilas you have the choice between the Brasserie or the Restaurant. Choose the Brasserie. It's a lot more fun and the food is much better! I must admit that late lunch on a Sunday afternoon was accompanied by very bad service. It took us 20 minutes to get a menu, over 45 minutes... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 6, 2016
Fida N
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Deauville, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We ate here in January 2016 on a very cold night.This was our second visit to this very well known restaurant ,an establishment with a long history. We had our meal in the Bistro not in the restaurant. We shared a huge first course of Foie Gras and 2 main courses and a dessert including a bottle of red wine.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A literary historian had mentioned this place as a favorite haunt of Fitzgerald during his Paris days, and when he was not fighting with him, a favorite spot for Hemingway. The ambience is magnificent and the food (I had lunch here) was very good. Service was excellent and efficient. Be warned though: the prices are not for the faint of... More 

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Thank jw s
Boston, Massachusetts
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43 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I like to go to this place to listen to the amazing piano players and have a drink. the decoration puts you back in the 20s and dont forget to check out the decoration of the red bathrooms .. its amazing. they also serve free chips and olives with your drinks

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193 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A Parisian friend recommended this restaurant to me as I was spending the weekend in Paris. From the moment you enter the door you are treated like royalty. I felt like I was going back to the 1920's, days of the film stars, so very Gatsby! We had a lovely table in the outside/heated/covered section of the restaurant and the... More 

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Deauville, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016

At the Closerie des Lilas you have the choice between the Brasserie or the Restaurant. Choose the Brasserie. It's a lot more fun and the food is much better! I must admit that late lunch on a Sunday afternoon was accompanied by very bad service. It took us 20 minutes to get a menu, over 45 minutes for the food... More 

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1 Thank Fida N
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016 via mobile

This is the place where most of writers attend in the first half of the 20th century. I found this place through TripAdvisor. This is a high class seafood restaurant. If you fun of oysters you must visit this place. The ambience of this restaurant is very romantic. It is one of the rare place in Paris where you could... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

We ate here 18 months ago and wanted to dine here again to see if we still enjoyed it as much. We did. We like the decor, the service is great and we enjoy the Steak Hemingway very much. This will continue to be one of our go to restaurants in Paris.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015 via mobile

The pianist and the selection of pieces he played were outstanding. Excellent ambiance. The decoration was very well executed. Unfortunately the have a pompous attitude and the service was lacking. The food was at best mediocre. It used to be a great restaurant classy, good food and very enjoyable. It must be a sign of the changing times that they... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2015

La Closerie des Lilas is an institution among Parisian restaurants. You can either go for their brasserie (reasonable prices) or their restaurant (expensive), and in between you have an excellent cocktail bar, where you can enjoy an excellent cocktail before dining. And you're welcomed by a piano player whose skills can be enjoyed no matter which room you're in. We... More 

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114 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015

This place gets very busy, so it's best to get there early and have a drink at the bar while you wait for your table in the Brasserie. A piano player is creating a lively atmosphere in both parts of the restaurant.. The service is good and the great food served in copious amounts.

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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: Bar scene
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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Staying in Saint-Germain-des-Pres

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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