We went to Le Chateaubriand tonight during the height of the tourist season. It was by far the best meal experience we have had in Paris.
Why? First of all this seems like a real French restaurant. It is small, has red/white checked tablecloths and it doesn't have billboards aimed at attracting English speaking tourists. Sure the waiters speak some English but we communicated in our bad French and I think they really appreciated it. Unlike some other reviews we had no trouble with seating and got a nice table for four near the front of the restaurant. Yes most of the people in the restaurant seemed to be locals - usually a good indication.
Second. The food was fantastic and inexpensive compared to other places. A couple of us had the chateaubriand with frites. It was marvellous with large portions. The food was hot and we didn't have to wait long for it. Only two of us had dessert. The waiter simple brought out two big bowls of chocolate mousse and creme caramel and said help yourself. I recognize some people might not like this or feel this is not good service. I take a different view. The bowls were cooking bowls from the restaurant indicating they made the dessert locally rather than farming it out like lots of other places do.
Location. This restaurant is half a block off the Champs Elysee on rue Washington. I noticed there is another "Le Chateaubriand" listed on TripAdvisor in Paris on another street. Don't get the two confused. This is not along the tourist lined parts of the streets so it is easy to find. Why pay $15-20 for mass produced food at a patio that sits 100 or more people and is simply trying to move you through the line. You can pay the same or less at this restaurant and get real food and a much nicer dining experience
All in all this is a highly recommended restaurant.
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