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Le Petit Fer a Cheval

#1,348 of 12,943 Restaurants in Paris
#1,453 of 13,521 Places to Eat in Paris
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30,rue Vieille-du-Temple, 75004 Paris, France
+33 1 42 72 47 47
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Dining options: Dinner, Drinks, Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Charming, old bistro

If you want a tiny, old, quaint parisian place for a good lunch outdoors,and people watching( not you, but you watching them)..this may be for you. Its not at all fancy. Basic fare. There is a most interesting bathroom set up which is definitely something you will tell your friends about.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 15, 2015
Candy E
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Paris, France
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
  • Romantic
  • Dining on a budget
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Jacksonville, FL
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31 reviews 31 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 via mobile

Had dinner here tonight based on Anthony Bourdain visiting it and the numerous amount of good reviews. Had the beef bourgennon, it was awful. Tasted like Salisbury steak TV dinner. Service was good but worst meal I've had in Paris. What the hell was Bourdain thinking?

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Boston, Massachusetts
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87 reviews 87 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

We always visit this place, and oftentimes more than once. Get the cuisse de canard. The best you'll eat, in Paris or elsewhere. It's a simple place- nothing fancy, but the service is consistent and the food outstanding. The bathroom is funky - meaning a hole in the floor so ladies may not want to use it ...

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

SEBASTIAN THANK YOU FOR SO MUCH.. GREAT MOMENTS!!... This was my first trip to paris, my friend told me about this bar which she has been goingt o for more than 20 years now. I went there expecting something not so nice, and instead i got such good treatment that i wanted to get back. By the end of the... More 

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Paris, France
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

If you want a tiny, old, quaint parisian place for a good lunch outdoors,and people watching( not you, but you watching them)..this may be for you. Its not at all fancy. Basic fare. There is a most interesting bathroom set up which is definitely something you will tell your friends about.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

This is a very small, but cosy restaurant. The climate is just great and the service is very professional. I could recommend this place to everyone. I had the best cow in my life :) I can also recommend the affordable meal of the day.

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Toronto, Canada
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40 reviews 40 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Decor was fantastic. The server was a true charm. Offered to take pictures, even picked up the baby and fed him! He made us feel very at home. Food was simple, classic, delicious. We had: Duck (house speciality) - crispy outside, tender inside. Just how you want it! Fish - fresh, two types of potato, fresh veggies, fantastic light sauce.... More 

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Canterbury, England, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

Le Petit Fer a Cheval was recommended by friends and we booked for dinner for the day we arrived. Staff very friendly (but not annoyingly so). I had the foie gras and the duck. My girlfriend had soup and boeuf bourgignon. I won on both counts although her dinner was also very good! Highly recommended if you're looking for a... More 

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26 reviews 26 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

This was a nice discovery. The horseshoe shaped bar could distract visitors from thinking it's just a bar. However once you get past the partition, there is a little area with a few tables and a decor that will make you time travel back to a past art deco mixed with essence of futurism. The food quality is above average...... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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64 reviews 64 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

The food and service at this restaurant is great. It is only small so it took a couple of tries to get in but it was worth it! We had pork, salmon and a salad and it was all delicious, quickly served very politely. I love the fact that you are in the back room of a bar, which shares... More 

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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

The place is very small, but the food is really great! The duck and tartar were the best I tried in my life. Have been there several times, during my stays in Paris. The negative fact were toilets- very uncomfortable for females, so I had to use the one across the street (in another bar)

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 30,rue Vieille-du-Temple, 75004 Paris, France
  • Location: Europe  >  France  >  Ile-de-France  >  Paris>  > Le Marais
  • Neighborhood: Le Marais
  • Phone Number: +33 1 42 72 47 47

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: French

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic, Dining on a budget

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Le Marais
The Marais is a winding maze of multi-faceted streets that beg to be explored. It bursts with small boutiques, historic buildings, cozy traditional restaurants, and hidden parks. Around each corner, you'll come across little gems of architecture spanning the centuries, from understated medieval towers to classical libraries and 17th century splendor. This neighborhood unites a rich mix of people of all ages, but it's best known for the gay scene mostly in the south and the Jewish community around Rue des Rosiers.
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