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La Closerie des Lilas

#2,172 of 13,171 Restaurants in Paris
#2,339 of 13,771 Places to Eat in Paris
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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, Drinks, Lunch, Dessert, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 84
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  • 54
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
A great tradition

A friend of mine recently took me here for dinner. We first had Apéritifs in the piano bar and then moved into the restaurant for dinner. The restaurant outdoor, garden type feel of the restaurant dining area in summer is a fantastic environment. The food was very good, our wine was high quality... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
ScottSpiral
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Melbourne, Australia
Good for:
  • Romantic
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Vejle, Denmark
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

I have been there alone men also with my famillie (9 persons), and the service were in top. With 9 persons each could make there own choise, and all were served quickly.

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Melbourne, Australia
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

A friend of mine recently took me here for dinner. We first had Apéritifs in the piano bar and then moved into the restaurant for dinner. The restaurant outdoor, garden type feel of the restaurant dining area in summer is a fantastic environment. The food was very good, our wine was high quality and the service exceptional. The history of... More 

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Chester, United Kingdom
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29 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

Recommended by the hotel and with a literary bias we went along. Pleasant staff , showed both menus and chose to eat in the restaurant ( Bistro outside - food cheaper and lots of smokers!) starters limited choice I had egg yolk poached on mint puree and crayfish = odd! The yolk was cold and the mint overpowering, my husband... More 

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Santiago
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33 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

Great place! seafood served in a great place , near Saint Michel and Jardin de Luxembourg. By walking at 10 minutes from metro Vavin and 20 mt from RER Port Royal . The ambiance is cool, but not intended for young people, almost senior couples. Great for romantic dinner but really expensive!

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Stockholm, Sweden
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28 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

Ernest Hemingway mentions La Closerie des Lilas in his famous novel The sun also rises and we were told that he wrote the main part of the book in the restaurant. This usually indicates a Tourist trap. But not this time. We ate fish, pasta and liver of veal that tasted real good. But the desserts were really good. We... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

Went there with friends on our first night in Paris after a week in the south of France. We ate in the Brasserie, and were given first class service from the moment we walked in. The head waiter (or one of them) and the waiter devoted to our table were excellent. They made us feel entirely at ease, with some... More 

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los angeles
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34 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

the restaurant is pricy and the brasserie is not cheap. it's fantastic people watching in a great setting. the clientele is sophisticated without being too trendy, definitely European and all ages. I sat at a table for 1/2 hour center patio before my party showed up and they were lovely. the food was really good, the ambience great and sitting... More 

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Alamo, California
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100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

One of our friends recommended this restaurant. What a gorgeous, classic space. We ate in the "gazebo" on a picture-perfect evening -- there were even people eating outside at the Bistro. (We plan on going there next time.) The service and meal were top-rate! One of our party had the beef, flambéed at the table. Asparagus was in season, so... More 

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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

Of course this is a legendary place, and a watering hole for many famous intellectuals like Ernest Hemingway. On the other hand there are not that many real Piano bars win Paris where you can go for a romantic drink....I think Closerie hits the spot....you can eat in the brasserie - but the food tends to be overpriced and is... More 

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Danville, California
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

Do not miss this restaurant. Visit it after you have walked through the Luxemberg Gardens. You will be in the mood for a relaxing meal. Sit outside if you can...it's lovely but sit near the entrance to the restaurant so you can hear the beautiful piano music while you eat. Notice the placemats and save one as there are many... More 

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Additional Information about La Closerie des Lilas

Address: 171,boulevard du Montparnasse, Paris, France
Phone Number: 01 40 51 34 50
Location: Europe  >  France  >  Ile-de-France  >  Paris>  > Saint-Germain-des-Pres
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
Cuisine: French, Seafood

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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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