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La Closerie des Lilas

171,boulevard du Montparnasse, Paris, France (Montparnasse)
01 40 51 34 50
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Ranked #1,551 of 12,539 restaurants in Paris
Cuisines: Seafood
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Neighborhood: Montparnasse
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Neighborhood: Montparnasse
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Munich, Germany
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53 reviews 53 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

La Closerie des Lilas with its "American Piano Bar" has for generations been a favorite haunt of both French and expat artists and intellectuals -- among them Jean-Paul Sartre and Ernest Hemingway. Many of the clients are clearly regulars from the warm, even effusive, welcomes and "les bises" (symbolic kiss on both cheeks, usually without really touching) from the maitre... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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155 reviews 155 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
158 helpful votes 158 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

This was the perfect restaurant for me on my last day in Paris. The food and experience of dining here was wonderful in many ways. It was a rainy Sunday when I wandered in around 1.30 without a reservation. I was warmly greeted and taken to a lovely table where I could enjoy my surrounds and listen to the pianist... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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120 reviews 120 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

La Closerie Des Lilas was on my to do list because of Hemingway. I have read The Sun Also Rises and A Moveable Feast over and over again so getting to walk through the Luxembourg Gardens and on to this restaurant was pretty dreamy for me! We had the steak tartare and heirloom tomatoes with french toast. I know that... More

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St. Albans, United Kingdom
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92 reviews 92 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

This restaurant was recommended to us, and so we were excited to give it a try during our first visit to Paris. We were to be disappointed with the value, and shocked with the bill. The English service is indeed helpful and pretty good, though. The food is not bad, but when you compare the price to other places in... More

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Seattle, Washington
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Two friends and I stopped by the charming garden area of the restaurant on a warm sunny afternoon in June three years ago. We had drinks and chatted with other patrons enjoying the ambiance of a spot noted for the affection that Ernest Hemingway had for it while writing "the Sun Also Rises." Last August, La Closerie des Lilas was... More

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Dundee, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

If you're a nerd for Paris of the Jazz Age, you simply have to make a bee-line for Closerie des Lilas. We came here post-dinner and sat in the piano bar, which is full of wooden tables named after famous luminaries who frequented the bar (we sat at Man Ray's table). Naturally emulating Hemingway we had the driest gin martini... More

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Bergen, Norway
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91 reviews 91 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

The brasserie part of this fine restaurant totally delivers on quality to locals and tourists alike, in addition to its wonderful history. La Closerie des Lilas is a beautiful restaurant with great food which we enjoyed on the busy outside terrace. My wife had the Fraîcheur de tomates anciennes, crumble de pain perdu as starter and it was extraordinary. My... More

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san francisco
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Compared to several other nearby bistro this place banks on its location and outdoor garden - both of which are great. Much more tourist heavy than other local spots, the service is more rushed and abrupt. The real issue is the food. Granted we had salads and pate at the brasserie, but the quality of the produce was well below... More

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nottingham, great britain
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6 reviews 6 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

this restaurant was recommended by a friend and it didn't disappoint. we had checked the menu online before going so knew it was on the expensive side, but we both found the food to be up to the standard you would expect to pay that money for in central paris. the atmosphere was lovely, with the live pianist in the... More

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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265 reviews 265 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
187 helpful votes 187 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

I visited Closerie des Lilas twice in a period of two days with a French friend who is a " regular" here. There are three parts to this establishment -- the brasserie, fine dining restaurant and piano bar. On one occasion we went for coffee after dinner and to listen to the pianist. This was my first visit and I... More

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