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Le Petit Vatel

#686 of 12,943 Restaurants in Paris
#740 of 13,521 Places to Eat in Paris
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Neighborhood:
Saint-Germain-des-Pres
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5,rue Lobineau, 75006 Paris, France
01 43 54 28 49
Today
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Sat 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 60
    Excellent
  • 27
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Best meal of my granddaughter's life!

She was only 15 but our granddaughter is discerning and we thought it was great too. The service was charming as it is a family business with all the charms that go with that. Something I find irresistible (almost exclusively). Dessert was memorable though I am not a dessert person but my... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 20, 2015
Ea M
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Vancouver, Canada
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English first
London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Nice restaurant but food was only average. Came out much too quickly and was nothing special, stewed vegetables and meat. Expected much more from a highly rated Parisian bistro.

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

She was only 15 but our granddaughter is discerning and we thought it was great too. The service was charming as it is a family business with all the charms that go with that. Something I find irresistible (almost exclusively). Dessert was memorable though I am not a dessert person but my granddaughter is. :) we recommend highly! Wasn't expensive... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Very cute well located tiny restaurant. Very kind and efficient waitress who gave us very good advice on wine. Food was pretty good but a bit pricey.

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Hartford, CT
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 via mobile

Wonderful meal and very intimate atmosphere. We had the shredded herring as an appetizer and steak with juliene carrots and mash potatoes, poached salmon with lemon zeal with rice and broccoli, and beef roast with carrots and roasted potatoes. If you love simple but authentic French food in an intimate atmosphere, this is a great place.

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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

This restaurant was really close to where we we staying. Saw it while going to the nearby market. Didn't book and were lucky to get a seat. Cheek by jowl with people from everywhere. Don't come if you don't like being squashed up. Food was not haut cuisine, but good homestyle tasty, mop the gravy up with your bread tucker.Salmon... More 

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Medford,MA
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59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

On a rainy grey April day I was leaving the fabulous Gerard Mulot Patisserie thinking that it might be a good time to stop for lunch. St. Germain is tricky.. there are many places for excellent meals but they can be quite pricey, or, there are less good, touristy mid-range options. I noted the tiny Le Petit Vatel was full... More 

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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

We stumbled across this tiny restaurant while in the Latin Quarter and would highly recommend it. It is obviously very popular with the locals as it filled up completely while we were there. The food is fresh and very french. The smoked fish pate and country pate were generously served with bread and both were delicious. The fish and potato... More 

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New Jersey
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55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

Reserved a table in this restaurant on a Friday night. The tiny room was occupied by us and a group of about 20 older French people who it seemed thought they had booked the restaurant all to themselves for the evening. A bit uncomfortable for us as we felt we were intruding but the waitress/hostess was very nice and tried... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

tiny little St Germain restaurant - old tables squashed in with blackboard daily changing menu and good value 16 euro for 2 courses at lunch. Fishcake and beef stew perfect, as was the crumble. Wine by the glass was amazing too. Lovely waitress Amelie served us all no probs - will go again every time I'm in Paris.

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Montreal, Canada
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54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014 via mobile

-delicious food - menu of avaliable plates written on chalk board with a definite amount of dishes(good sign of fresh food) - good service (sweet waitress, running the entire restaurant and telephone) she spoke little to no english but very respective and understood basic french and body language excellently - if the pork shoulder is available, do yourself and order... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 5,rue Lobineau, 75006 Paris, France
  • Location: Europe  >  France  >  Ile-de-France  >  Paris>  > Saint-Germain-des-Pres
  • Neighborhood: Saint-Germain-des-Pres
  • Phone Number: 01 43 54 28 49

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: French
Open Hours
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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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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