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Le Voltaire

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27,Quai Voltaire, Paris, France
01 42 61 17 49
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Today
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Sat 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 51
    Excellent
  • 58
    Very good
  • 10
    Average
  • 12
    Poor
  • 19
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Cozy, old and very French

We stopped for lunch on our way to d'Orsay and were quickly and pleasantly seated. We had simple and wonderful French sandwiches, but saw the menu and tartes and everything looked delicious. By the time we left, it was very crowded. We elected not to reserve for dinner at the dining room next... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
gitta45
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Toronto, Canada
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Toronto, Canada
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299 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped for lunch on our way to d'Orsay and were quickly and pleasantly seated. We had simple and wonderful French sandwiches, but saw the menu and tartes and everything looked delicious. By the time we left, it was very crowded. We elected not to reserve for dinner at the dining room next door, as it appeared formal and has... More 

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Kansas City
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34 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

We have been to this restaurant many times over the years. There is no question that it is a fine establishment but the experience has felt incomplete due to the way some of the staff treats their customers, specially if you are not a regular and a resident. It seems the attitude is that they are probably never to see... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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103 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

Walking along the river bank, we found this restaurant that was previously pointed out on our bus tour of Pairs. It is very cozy inside. We almost had to climb over each other to sit and have lunch. Once the food was served, it was excellent. Be prepared if you do not speak any French. The menu and the servers... More 

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New York City, New York
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85 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

Had read about the oeufs mayonnaise..had to try! Ate indoors in the cozy wood café..very cozy, someone had to get up to allow us to get to our little table by the wall and the older of the two waitress takes orders and hands over plates from the aisle! The lady behind the bar settling checks and the barman also... More 

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Ellicott City, Maryland
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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

Four of us recently sat outside at Le Voltaire by the Seine and had a perfect cheese plate and several crisp glasses of rose. Could not have asked for a better Parisian cafe experience. I read that it may close soon, so do try it before it does. Charming and wonderful.

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Naples, Florida
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91 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

Yes...its pricey. Yes...its snooty. Yes...if your French is weak you may not get the best service. But this restaurant is a Paris icon. If you can get in here...do it. We enjoyed every bit of the atmosphere and decor. It was like being in an old movie. This is the difference between eating and dining.

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Thank James C
Geneva, Switzerland
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24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

From what I read and what I know I think a lot of people mix the very chic high end restaurant where all the politics and stars go when in Paris with the café where you should only take a coffee and a croissant. The restaurant is very hard to get into so book in advance especially at night and... More 

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Providence, Rhode Island
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85 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015

Walking to our hotel from the Musee D'Orsee, the eight of us stopped at this restaurant for lunch and we were thrilled that we did. This place was extremely authentic. It was the kind of place where the French locals go. We really felt the French culture here. Enjoyed simple food, most of us had ham sandwiches, nicely served and... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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27 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 via mobile

Very good cafe for duck and quiche Lorraine. Delightful and attentive service with exceptional comfort food. Rudi was willing to make special accommodations for many food allergies.

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New York City, New York
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96 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

Le Voltaire is a classic, but one worth trying. It is quintessentially Parisian: elegant, but cozy and populated by regulars. If you're looking for a trendy scene, this isn't for you. But, if you want grand French cuisine served by experienced waitstaff in a handsome setting, Le Voltaire is the Paris experience for you.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 27,Quai Voltaire, Paris, France
  • Location: Europe  >  France  >  Ile-de-France  >  Paris>  > Saint-Germain-des-Pres
  • Neighborhood: Saint-Germain-des-Pres
  • Phone Number: 01 42 61 17 49

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: French
Open Hours
Monday
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

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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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