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Le Petit Vatel

#734 of 13,719 Restaurants 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
Closed now
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Hours:
Tue - Sat 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 54
    Excellent
  • 23
    Very good
  • 7
    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
Most recent review
Tiny Restaurant with Great Service and Good Food

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 24, 2015
jaybird51
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New Jersey
Good for:
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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English first
New Jersey
Top Contributor
78 reviews 78 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 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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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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29 reviews 29 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 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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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 via mobile

A very small restaurant with a diverse interesting menu, excellent food and helpful, friendly service. Prices were reasonable.

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Nowhere, Oklahoma, United States
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41 reviews 41 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

We read a review about this small restaurant, and it is worth a visit. The menu is written every day on a small blackboard by the owner. The food is really good and the wine is good too! Try the apple and ginger juice, freshly prepared for you.

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hawaii
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

We found this restaurant walking around the St. Germain des Pres area since it was nearby our hotel. Looked quaint from the outside and was pretty empty and we walked about looking at other places as well. Decided the menu looked best here, and by the time we came back the small place was nearly full with only a table... More 

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London, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
108 reviews 108 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
168 helpful votes 168 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Francois Vatel was a chef in the 17th century. Le Petit Vatel is clearly named after him. The rustic food served up at this little restaurant is very good but not especially outstanding. What is an unmissable experience is the restaurant itself. It is the smallest most tightly crammed place I have ever eaten at and quite simple and basic... More 

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Malaysia
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69 reviews 69 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

I am so glad that we found this little gem, based on the recommendation in trip advisor offline city guide. Perhaps we were there during off-peak period (2.30pm) and was lucky to have found a seat inside the tiny restaurant. We were the only non French speaking guests there. The menu was entirely in French, and the lovely waitstaff did... More 

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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014 via mobile

We chose this place after reading TA review and also made reservation via TA app. A little place packed with local people. Very lovely staff. Menu is in full french so you need some help while deciding what you eat. I ate steak and my wife had the lamb. Both were delicious. Highly recommended.

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Los Angeles, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

This was definitely the best restaurant we visited on our entire Paris trip! I loved this charming little eatery... It's just what you would expect from a French restaurant! We enjoyed a super affordable 3 course meal in a corner table. As soon as we were seated, the waitress handed us chalkboard menus written in French. The waitress didn't seem... 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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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.