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La Closerie des Lilas

171,boulevard du Montparnasse, Paris, France (Montparnasse)
01 40 51 34 50
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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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Paris, France
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44 reviews 44 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

We arrived at La Closerie des Lilas late afternoon on a very rainy Saturday, drawn by its literary associations. I knew that Hemingway had been a patron but I was surprised and delighted to find a little plaque on our table with Samuel Beckett's name inscribed - each table had a similar plaque with a different writer's name. We only... More

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Bethesda, Maryland
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 NEW via mobile

A true Parisian cafe... I enjoyed my glass of wine while my daughter enjoyed her hot chocolate. The service was great which does not come easily in Paris. We will definitely go back...

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Boston, Massachusetts
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39 reviews 39 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

As evidenced by the many plaques in the bar, this place has a lot of history. I had a Hemingway daquiri in Hemingway's favorite seat, while listening to the wonderful jazz pianist. This place is all about atmosphere. The drinks are the highlight, and the food is good, though not amazing. The staff is also incredibly friendly and accommodating. This... More

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Paris, France
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Ernest Hemingway would come here to write his short stories and articles for the Toronto Star. Closerie became his "home café". There is a bronze plaque engraved with Hemingway's name (in the piano bar) commemorates the author's patronage.

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Munich, Germany
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58 reviews 58 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

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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161 reviews 161 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
161 helpful votes 161 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

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
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

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
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

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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27 reviews 27 reviews
14 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
5 helpful votes 5 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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