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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
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert

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  • 209
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  • 216
    Very good
  • 73
    Average
  • 46
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  • 26
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Brasserie with piano bar

It is a great design: a piano bar in the middle dividing a restaurant from a brasserie. We dined in the brasserie on the recommendation of a seasoned waiter at another establishment. My husband enjoyed an absinthe prepared in the traditional manner before our dinners. I chose a delicious... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 3, 2015
La-di-da-01
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Canberra, Australia
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New Jersey
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56 reviews 56 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
141 helpful votes 141 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

We were wandering around on our last full day and found ourselves on the Boulevard du Montparnasse and stopped at Le Rotonde for a drink. We continued on and when we passed the Closerie des Lilas I went inside and it looked so nice that I booked a table for 20:00. When we returned we were given a nice table... More 

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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Almost every time we are in Paris we have dinner here. Food is very good. There is live piano music (at least during dinner time) and a very cozy bar. The highlight of this dinner were the escargots (delicious!). There is one RER station very close by.

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Canberra, Australia
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

It is a great design: a piano bar in the middle dividing a restaurant from a brasserie. We dined in the brasserie on the recommendation of a seasoned waiter at another establishment. My husband enjoyed an absinthe prepared in the traditional manner before our dinners. I chose a delicious cassoulet - far too large to finish! My husband had a... More 

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Toronto
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66 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015 via mobile

The atmosphere in this Parisian institution is second to none. You feel like in a movie setting, but everything is actually for real. Lovely welcome, kind and personable waiters speaking impeccable English, good traditional French dishes...some seasonal, some classics. The fish is cooked to perfection, the foie gras is superbe...but above it all this magical setting, decor and ambiance set... More 

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25 restaurant reviews
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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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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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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
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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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 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.