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La Closerie des Lilas

171,boulevard du Montparnasse, Paris, France (Montparnasse)
01 40 51 34 50
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Ranked #1,714 of 12,018 restaurants in Paris
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Cuisines: Seafood
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Neighborhood: Montparnasse
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Neighborhood: Montparnasse
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Istanbul, Turkey
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76 reviews 76 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

upsides : Decor , live music , outdoor heated seating area , lively bar , helpful staff . downsides : average food , high prices

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Stockholm County, Sweden
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42 reviews 42 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

Wonderful place with tons of history. Look at the signs on the back of the chairs. Names of old guests like August Strindberg and others. It is a perfect place to experience the glorious old Paris. But do not expect the food to be more than average.

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Dublin Ireland
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138 reviews 138 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

Visited here last weekend with my son. We both ordered the entrecote(not cheap at €35 each) but it was awful, so bad that we had to send it back. The Head Waiter was very apologetic and saw that it was like and old boot, tough, fatty, and just bad quality meat. He didn't charge us for the mains. It was... More

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London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

We went on honeymoon to Paris ten years ago, so decided we ought to go back there for our 10th anniversary. On that honeymoon trip we went to a restaurant we remembered later as La Closerie de Lilas, but it turned out it wasn't - we'd just been mistaken, and all that time, too. Well, we got to La Closerie... More

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Athens, Greece
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014 via mobile

The environment, the staff , the pianist excellent. Especially the staff was always stand by, but in a very discreet and polite way. Great variery of food and wines, indeed expensive enough and lots of butter in all plates, but this is french cuisine after all..! We ate fish and sea food and had side effects in digesting...so.. I keep... More

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Cranbrook, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

We ate here in semi-private room with 10 friends for dinner. We had pre-selected the menu (foie gras followed by fish and chocolate desert). The service was good and the atmosphere very vibrant. The food was good but not as exceptional as the last time I ate here about a year ago. Drank a simple Chablis with the meal. However,... More

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Hilpoltstein, Germany
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28 reviews 28 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

Just "dropped by" on a search for a restaurant and was very pleasantly surprised. Since I didn't knew about the Hemingway thingy, I was completely untainted by any expectations and could simply enjoy the wonderful meal. Everything was cooked, arranged and served to perfection. See Foodspotting for details. Only thing I would have expected in a restaurant in that price-range... More

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Portland, Oregon
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2014

After skipping this venerable institution on past trips, we decided to pay a visit (and homage to Hemingway). We stopped in the afternoon, and the bar was pretty well empty. Keeping with my wifes' edict of champagne every day, we ordered a half bottle. While it was chilling, the amiable waiter brought us some nuts and olives..no charge!! As we... More

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Paris, France
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10 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

A gorgeous, discrete little brasserie and restaurant with the piano playing away inside. Fantastic service and beautifully cooked food (my fish just melted in my mouth). A great wine selection to boot. A little touristy, but when t boasts the previous clientele this is to be expected. Very charming.

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Los Angeles, Texas
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

Terrible very overpriced food. Nice ambiance, mediocre service. I completely agree with the other bad reviews,they are just milking the Hemingway vibe, If he were to visit today, I doubt he would return. What we got for our dinner 2 people: 1 whiskey coca light, 2 stiff dirty martini's Food: 6 very fishy oysters to start, which gave me a... More

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