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La Closerie des Lilas

#2,096 of 13,494 Restaurants in Paris
#2,247 of 14,094 Places to Eat in Paris
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Neighborhood:
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: Drinks, Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations

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  • 259
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    Very good
  • 95
    Average
  • 60
    Poor
  • 30
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Lunch or evening drinks? Both, of course.

Great restaurant & bistro. Whether you are going for lunch of just evening drinks, the atmosphere is great. As well, it was a favourite hang-out for many famous artists and writers, which adds to the experience. Had the steak tartare with a Brouilli. Wonderful!

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 16, 2015
Fred_DOttawa_Canada
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Ottawa, Canada
Good for:
  • Romantic
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Vancouver, Canada
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

We dined here one evening in a larger group and it was an unforgettable experience. The ambience and service are top notch and the icing on the cake was the flamed steak of course- the acclaimed highlight was certainly worthy of the accolades. Asides from the great food & service -definitely a place we would return to in our future... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

This is a restaurant with a history, but who cares about that ! From a refreshingly smallish menu ( who needs an encyclopedia of choices when you go out to eat ) I had the lobster and my wife the beef. Both delicious. This is a very beautiful restaurant/cafe - if a person can ask for more in a Parisian... More 

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Newark, New Jersey
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10 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

La Closerie des Lilas is a supposedly upscale restaurant whose service turns out to be very disppointing. The place is reknown for its famous French writers and artist patrons in the 19th century, however nothing shows that Picasso or Rimbaud were there. The bar is very disappointing with small tables and the atmosphere is more that of a cafe rather... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Great restaurant & bistro. Whether you are going for lunch of just evening drinks, the atmosphere is great. As well, it was a favourite hang-out for many famous artists and writers, which adds to the experience. Had the steak tartare with a Brouilli. Wonderful!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015 via mobile

What an amazing treat to experience! Super service, clean prestine surroundings. First rate personal service! A culinary experience! Will always remember that night in Paris!

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Great Barrington, Massachusetts
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30 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

This is a rather charming place with excellent food, good service, rich history and gorgeous decor. Nothing but good things to say. Enjoy

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

This was not my first visit there but one if my best. The atmosphere is relaxed and the setting is a talking point with a giant tree. The middle of the restaurant. The fillet Hemingway style is a must. Extensive wine list and very friendly staff.

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Astana, Kazakhstan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

One of my favorite place in Paris. Have been there a few times, lunch, dinner, late dinner or simply for great cocktails! Great place!

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Sierre, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

We had a truly delicious meal here. My other half had the best fillet steak he'd ever had, which was expertly flambéed at the table by our professional waitress. Its sauce was also scrumptious. I had a thick piece of cod, beautifully cooked and moist, with a saffron and lemon dressing. The wine list was extensive and the sommelier knowledgeable.... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

Looked for a well rated restaurant for dinner and it was an excellent choice. Limited choice on the a la carte menu but the speciality of the house, a flambe filet de bouef, was the best dish I've ever had. Extensive wine list, a little over-priced but they are forgiven because the food was so good.

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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: Romantic
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?

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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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