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“Excellent Casual Italian -- Best in Paris in the $$/$$$ price range” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Cantina Chic

Cantina Chic
14, rue de l'Etoile, 75017 Paris, France (Champs-Elysees)
0143804109
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Ranked #96 of 13,200 Restaurants in Paris
Price range: $17 - $28
Cuisines: Italian
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Neighborhood: Champs-Elysees
Description: Small restaurant, fresh products, home made food, nice wines and low prices.
Paris, France
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31 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
“Excellent Casual Italian -- Best in Paris in the $$/$$$ price range”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Tucked away on a side street close to the Arc de Triumph, this small (25 close seats), Italian restaurant is one of the better restaurants in Paris (in the $$/$$$ range) and the best Italian in this price range that I have dined at. It is cozy, yummy Italian. If you require formal service--walk a couple blocks over to Hoche and try Il Carpaccio (Royal Monceau)--food of equal billing with amazing service and wine, but at $$$$+ pricing. Two great appetizers, one amazing entree (more than enough for two) and a nice bottle of wine at Cantina will set you back about E50--ridiculously cheap by Paris standards give the quality of the food.

Food: Exceptional, authentic and prepared with passion. Menu offered four appetizers and four entrees that likely change based on availability. The beef carpaccio was over the top. The burrata and tomato salad was perfectly seasoned. The tagliatelle with mushroom and truffle was excellent and unlike anything I have had in Paris (and better than 90+% of anything I have had in Italy). One warning: al dente means al dente -- the husband asks you to confirm this is OK and will accommodate if you prefer your pasta softer on the tooth.

Ambience: If you like small places that you feel fortunate to have found, this is your kind of place. Mostly French crowd (but this will change as this place becomes better known). No pretense and a very friendly, comfortable environment. English allowed.

Wine: Limited choices, but excellent prices.

Service: The French husband runs the front of the house by himself, the Italian wife is the chef and there is one other person in the kitchen. The execution is surprisingly good given a three person staff. Friendly does not begin to capture it. This couple is obviously passionate about their business.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Dallas, Texas
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“A bit of Italy in Paris”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Hidden surprise down a narrow street. The food was superb -- extremely fresh and definitely made with lots of love. Best beef carpaccio we have ever eaten -- dried to perfection and very tender. I like my pasta al dente and the owner told us they cook all their pasta dishes al dente -- absolute perfection.

The restaurant is cozy [25 seats], the owners are a husband and wife team [she is the chef, he runs the front of the house].

If you are visiting Paris, the restaurant is off Wagram just a couple blocks from the Arc De Triomphe -- definitely worth the stroll for a taste of Italy in Paris

  • Visited May 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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San Francisco, California
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“Lovely , cozy place!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

On my first night in Paris with my wife, we found this restaurant close to the Arc de Triomphe.
The place is cozy, with a lovely atmosphere. The menu' is small however the wine selection is fantastic.
We had a delicious and romantic meal.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Excellent dining experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014 via mobile

We had a great time at this little restaurant. The food was really good, and service was extremely friendly. We were ready to try something other than french food, and we were sure glad we chose Cantina Chic for that. We shared a starter, had one main course and glass of wine each and the bill came out to under 50 Euros, tip included. If you like italian food, it's a sure bet.

Visited May 2014
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Brisbane, Australia
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“My favourite meal in Paris”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Very close to the Arc de Triomphe, so a very convenient location, tucked away in a side-street. It is a small restaurant with a small menu, but oh so worth it! The restaurateur is passionate about his food and wines. This was my favourite meal of our Paris trip. Delicious meal, great wine recommendation that I would never have tried without the recommendation, and such an attentive and lovely host (with excellent English). I would go back to Paris just for another evening here!

  • Visited January 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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