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Au Petit Tonneau

#190 of 12,980 Restaurants in Paris
#205 of 13,566 Places to Eat in Paris
Certificate of Excellence
$$$$
Neighborhood:
Tour Eiffel / Invalides
French, Bistro
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20, rue Surcouf, 75007 Paris, France
+33 1 47 05 09 01
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12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
7:00 pm - 10:30 pm
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Tue - Sun 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
7:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
Description: "Au Petit Tonneau" Every day, French cuisine lovers rush to this lovely...
"Au Petit Tonneau" Every day, French cuisine lovers rush to this lovely and welcoming spot located in the heart of Paris' 7th arrondissement, in the famous Surcouf Street. They come here, only a few steps away from the Invalides and the Eiffel Tower, to enjoy authentic, generous and traditional meals. Au Petit Tonneau is an authentic Parisian bistro that has existed over thirty years ago, offering a friendly atmosphere, accentuated by vichy tablecloths and ancient tiles embellished with fleur-de-lis, where one word prevails: "enjoy" ! It is also in this restaurant where Comissaire Maigret, under the pen name of Georges Simenon, habitually took a few puffs from his pipe as he was seated at his "table of the commisaire" to relish in his favorite dish: a veal stew, which to this day is still highly anticipated by customers. "menu" The cuisine of Au Petit Tonneau revisits the traditional and savory entrees that build onto the international reputation of the French gastronomy. Gourmet meals altering with the changing seasons can also boast to a great pricing for its quality, such as the veal with gravy accompanied by a simmering gratin dauphinois (cooked in cream), barely out of the oven.
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  • 31
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  • 8
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Best meal experience in Paris

The staff were amazingly accommodating to us and our 2 year old. They were generally happy to host us even with a toddler. The food was excellent and fresh. Definitely the most enjoyable meal yet. We will return on our next trip to Paris

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 27, 2013
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Bakersfield, California
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Entertaining clients
  • Families with children
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
  • Romantic
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

The staff were amazingly accommodating to us and our 2 year old. They were generally happy to host us even with a toddler. The food was excellent and fresh. Definitely the most enjoyable meal yet. We will return on our next trip to Paris

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

On the recommenation of the concierge from our hotel we booked this restaurant. This was the best meal we had while in Paris. The owner of the restaurant greeted us as soon as we walked in and she made us feel welcome and like family. She went over the menu with us and made sure we understood everything that was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

After several weeks in France, we found Au Petit Tonneau, probably the best all round dining experience of our trip. The relatively new owner, Arlette, seeks to create a simple, traditional restaurant with food, wine, service and atmosphere to suit. She has succeeded. The food is simple and seasonal, it is excellent and well priced. The service is as good... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

I'm so glad we dined at Au Petit Tonneau. Over the years, I have had some truly memorable meals there, but it had been over 5 years since I had the chance to get back there . . and wow!! . . .am I glad we did!! The food is simple, but truly classic French and very, very delicious!! Although... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

We went twice because it was sooooo good the first time. The scalloped potatoes are to-die-for and everything else was amazing as well. Chocolate mousse, steak, pork chop - all mouth-watering!

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Chester, United Kingdom
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113 reviews 113 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2013

My husband used to come here when in Paris on business, but had not been for about three years. So on our return trip this month, we found the restaurant had changed hands, but was still just as good. Not the cheapest, but our freshly prepared sea bass had clearly come sizzling from pan to table and was delicious. Followed... More 

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Tequesta
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55 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013

We are staying literally across the street from this tiny bistro. It came recommended by the owners of the apartment we're renting. We had a delicious meal, and the two Parisiennes who sat next to us said they come there for the authentic French food. My husband started with a hot goat cheese salad and I had sautéed mushrooms...both delicious.... More 

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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013

We came here on the basis of tripadvisor reviews and happily were not disappointed. This is a more upscale Bistrot which the prices reflect. Excellent food-went with the pre fixe and started w/ escargot which were divine, and pan fried duck breast in a honey sauce w/ dauphinois potatoes. The duck was done to perfection and was extremely tender- the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2013

This restaurant was the best we ate in over a three day weekend,not the cheapest or the biggest portions,but very well cooked food and the most welcoming. We were a party of twelve but they were able to accomodate us without any problems although we did pre book. This is a popular place to eat with all the other diners... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

We were looking for a classic bistro for an evening meal in Paris and absolutely found it. We were welcomed into the intimate dining room by the proprietor. Service was attentive and friendly. The food was fantastic: starters of snails, and lentil and crayfish salad; mains of entrecote and a veal stew, accompanied by terrific wine; and followed by some... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 20, rue Surcouf, 75007 Paris, France
  • Location: Europe  >  France  >  Ile-de-France  >  Paris>  > Tour Eiffel / Invalides
  • Neighborhood: Tour Eiffel / Invalides
  • Phone Number: +33 1 47 05 09 01

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 39 - 843
  • Cuisine: French, Bistro

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Doing business, Entertaining clients, Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic

Description

"Au Petit Tonneau" Every day, French cuisine lovers rush to this lovely and welcoming spot located in the heart of Paris' 7th arrondissement, in the famous Surcouf Street. They come here, only a few steps away from the Invalides and the Eiffel Tower, to enjoy authentic, generous and traditional meals. Au Petit Tonneau is an authentic Parisian bistro that has existed over thirty years ago, offering a friendly atmosphere, accentuated by vichy tablecloths and ancient tiles embellished with fleur-de-lis, where one word prevails: "enjoy" ! It is also in this restaurant where Comissaire Maigret, under the pen name of Georges Simenon, habitually took a few puffs from his pipe as he was seated at his "table of the commisaire" to relish in his favorite dish: a veal stew, which to this day is still highly anticipated by customers. "menu" The cuisine of Au Petit Tonneau revisits the traditional and savory entrees that build onto the international reputation of the French gastronomy. Gourmet meals altering with the changing seasons can also boast to a great pricing for its quality, such as the veal with gravy accompanied by a simmering gratin dauphinois (cooked in cream), barely out of the oven.
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
7:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
7:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
7:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
7:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
7:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
7:00 pm - 10:30 pm

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With the Eiffel Tower at its core, the Invalides area of Paris is guaranteed to impress. Golden towers and Baron Haussmann's urban vision meet military precision, stretching avenues, and luscious lawns. The area boasts the Musée D’Orsay, the tomb of Napoleon, the National Parliament and UNESCO, as well as luxurious, exclusive residences. In fine restaurants and at the weekend markets, families, diplomats, and politicians brush shoulders with the tourists who come to see this postcard-perfect area for themselves.
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