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La Closerie des Lilas

#2,002 of 12,934 Restaurants in Paris
#2,152 of 13,512 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: Drinks, Dessert, Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 213
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  • 218
    Very good
  • 77
    Average
  • 50
    Poor
  • 29
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
A parisian favourite without tourists

This is an excellent restaurant well known to most Parisians. The menu has considerable choice and one also opt for the Brasserie without a different menu. Ambiance is excellent. We started with a glass of champagne then Burgundy escargots from the Brasserie menu - the largest and best I have ever... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
Tony M
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Swindon, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Romantic
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Malibu, California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW via mobile

Setting and ambience is great, food is not. The oysters were good, escargot was not, neither was the fried bass which tasted steamed, presented with the non crisp skin side up along with a piece of white bread covered in mayo with some undercooked tiny (fetal) veggies on top. Wine glasses were removed toute suite without a question of "encore... More 

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Swindon, United Kingdom
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63 reviews 63 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

This is an excellent restaurant well known to most Parisians. The menu has considerable choice and one also opt for the Brasserie without a different menu. Ambiance is excellent. We started with a glass of champagne then Burgundy escargots from the Brasserie menu - the largest and best I have ever tasted then roast pigeon completed boned and yet in... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

The cocktails were expensive (18€ for their signature champagne cocktail), and a little too sweet for my taste. The country pate was very reasonably priced and quite delicious. The smoked/poached haddock was perfect. The white asparagus was delicious, but ridiculously over-priced at 26€. How on earth can they cost THAT much??? The ambiance was delightful, but the service was HORRIBLE.... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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28 reviews 28 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

Every Paris restaurant guide mentions La Closerie Des Lilas in terms of its literary and social history in the heart of Latin Quarter on the Blvd. Montparnasse. Few mention the food, except to note the large outdoor space, and that it is both a white table cloth restaurant and a no-reservations brasserie, with separate menus. At the brasserie, outside in... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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103 restaurant reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Okay, there's cachet around Hemingway's claim to have been a regular -- but if he had been treated the way that a friend and I recently were for dinner, he'd have acted far sooner on his suicidal tendencies. No part of our experience met minimum standards for service, food quality or value. To start, we were whined at by the... More 

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Ballarat, Australia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

Went here to meet an old colleague. Thrilled that he suggested this place given its association with Hemmingway & the Impressionists. Service excellent, wine was good, food only a little above average. Experience, somewhat priceless if you are into H'way et al.

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Palo Alto, California
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

I only stopped for an afternoon glass of wine, because the enclosed terrace looked so inviting. The staff was helpful, the wine was expensive, the setting was charming, but the traffic noise pretty much drowned it all out. I could have saved about half the bill by going to pretty much any other corner cafe.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

the food is highly overpriced (54 € for a slow cooked veal that had virtually no taste nor any sides; fish on too dry roasted pineapppe for 60 € without any sides either). service was friendly; place is ok, but nothing special for a brasserie.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

We had reservations at this resturant for a Saturday nite meal. Having been here before, we were excited to return. We were warmly greeted and ushered a very nice table in their enclosed garden room. The meal we enjoyed was one of the best we've had during our 3 week Paris vacation. My steak was by far the best beef... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

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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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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • 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.
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