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La Closerie des Lilas

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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

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  • 205
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    Very good
  • 73
    Average
  • 45
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  • 25
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Cocktails with Nostalgia

We came here for a late evening cocktail having heard about the history. And who doesn't love a good piano bar!? Surely, if Hemingway frequented this place, the cocktails must be good, right? I can confirm they are! Not for the squeamish in the wallet. 4 cocktails set us back Euro 73, but with the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 24, 2015
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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31 reviews 31 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

As usually, la Closerie des Lillas has offered great brasserie dishes and famous atmosphere. L'assiete gourmande with all the main desserts in mini-size is a must, and start your dinner with a glass of champagne brut

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Paris, France
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

My husband and I had high hopes for this place, but were quite a bit disappointed. We each ordered an appetizer (lobster salad and a winter vegetable medley), and a main course (lobster and turbot). The vegetable medley was luke-warm, and lobster overcooked. Both main dishes were also over-cooked making the turbot almost inedible. We chose to forgo desert because... More 

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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

Went there for dinner. Delicious food, professional service, relaxing music, helpful staff. Although the prices were high, it was worth the quality we had

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

We came here for a late evening cocktail having heard about the history. And who doesn't love a good piano bar!? Surely, if Hemingway frequented this place, the cocktails must be good, right? I can confirm they are! Not for the squeamish in the wallet. 4 cocktails set us back Euro 73, but with the unending bar nibbles our waiter... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

In spite of quite a few yearly visits to Paris this was our first visit to this well known establishment.We ate in the brasserie- reservations not accepted,as apposed to the restaurant were reservations are advised.The place is beautiful and impressive and you should do your homework about its history. The food and the service were very good ,the place was... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 via mobile

Every time we are in Paris we make time to come here. It can get very busy at times but service is still impeccable

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Paris, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

First beware that there is a restaurant that is quite pricey and a brasserie, on which I'm writing this review. The entrance is the same, and you will be asked if you want to go to the brasserie or the restaurant. I only went to the brasserie, which is very Parisian, with mostly local patrons and an old fashioned atmosphere,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

We visited la brasserie-a lively, always packed part of the placel open all day. Historic place, really good service and tasty yet very easy meals. Quite overpriced for such food. But: desserts are awesome!!!

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

I have never eaten here but every time I visit Paris it is somewhere that I go for afternoon or early evening drinks. The bar is intimate and lowly lit, the piano is often tinkling, the patrons are usually French and not tourists and the bar staff have been the same for a few years and make delicious drinks while... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

My wife and I sat down for a drink at the bar before dinner to enjoy the well decorated surroundings, as well as the piano player and looked down to see I was sitting in someone's seat.....E. Hemingway....was carved into a brass nameplate. The evening was truly enjoyable, we felt as if we were in 19th century Paris, enjoyed a... More 

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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: Seafood
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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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.