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La Closerie des Lilas

171,boulevard du Montparnasse, Paris, France (Montparnasse)
01 40 51 34 50
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
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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  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
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  • Portuguese first
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English first
Westlake, Ohio
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

So some of our local Paris friends recommended this as probably because of its long history. Because it was so nice outside we dined in the brasserie section and it was amazing. why? So the ambience cannot be beat. Great selection of fresh oysters from Brittany. Other good selections at reasonable prices. Looked more formal inside with most men wearing... More

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Santa Fe
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

This once elegant 1920s and 30s hangout for the world's most famous writers, film personages and artists is a bit threadbare, showing signs of deferred upkeep and seemingly content to cater to a less demanding clientele. (Institutions living off their reputation cannot live too long.) Expensive, meager cocktails in the well-worn bar. The cuisine at dinner was sub-standard despite all... More

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Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

We were looking to recreate the atmosphere of what La Closerie des Lilas was in the '60 and in the '70ies and this has been lost. The public is different and of quite normal bourgeois type, no artists, no intellectuals, many tourists. But we realized that it was up to us to feel the magic: the place has remained the... More

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Atlanta, Georgia, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Loved the atmosphere, service, and the food. The presentation was exceptional as was the taste of the food.

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Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

We were sat in the veranda, this is the second time I go, and I cant complain, good food and service. Its a French institution, you need to go there.

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Toronto, Canada
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

We have had simply fabulous meals in some of the great cities of the world - and this was one of them! Yes, we have heard the negative and set it aside to celebrate (quietly) my birthday on August 25 in an historic setting. We knew it would be expensive (for us), as we had looked at the menu for... More

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Rome
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73 reviews 73 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Have you ever entered a restaurant where you last were 40 years ago ? And when you entered was the pianist still playing " la bohême, la bohême " ? That is what happened to me tonight as I went to the Brasserie of la Closerie des Lilas. I told the waiter that I assumed it was not the same... More

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Had an excellent dinner here last night. Top notch from appetizer to desert. Also a very comfortable dining area with minimal noise so you can carry on a conversation.

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Paris, France
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51 reviews 51 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

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 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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