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“not great.” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Brasserie Balzar

Brasserie Balzar
49,rue des Ecoles, Paris, France (Panthéon)
01 43 54 13 67
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Ranked #3,220 of 13,398 Restaurants in Paris
Cuisines: French
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Neighborhood: Panthéon
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“not great.”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

food was below average, and not worth the price. the chicken roti was not roti at all. i cannot recommend it.

Visited January 2013
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“Good old fashioned Paris brasserie”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

We had Sunday lunch here after a long and snowy walk in the Jardin du Luxembourg and Latin Quarter. Balzar has been serving people great food since the 1890's and is situated close to the Sorbonne. We had a simple but delicious roast chicken followed by a selection of cheeses and dessert. The service was good and friendly, the waiter explained some of the courses on the menu that we did not understand. When the Maitre d' learnt it was my birthday he offered us a glass of champagne too. So glad we ignored all the invitations to the tacky "traditional french" restaurants in the Latin Quarter and went to this instead. Booking is advised as the restaurant is packed with locals on Sundays for lunch.

  • Visited January 2013
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“we loved it!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013

We had dinner here because it was highly recommended by a friend who travels frequently to Paris--and we were so glad that we did. The maitre d' and the waiters spoke just enough English to make us comfortable, and seemed to be actually invested in whether or not we were enjoying our food. And we did enjoy it--our dinners were cooked with care and served with a flourish. If we hadn't been so full we would have ordered a second dessert just to have the pleasure of relaxing there a little longer. Here's a tip: if you're seated at one of the tables along the wall, let the waiter pull it out, don't try to help! It's a bit of a squeeze to get in but once you're there, you'll be perfectly comfortable and they'll maneuver you out again when you're ready.

Visited October 2012
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“Mediocre food not worth the money.”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013 via mobile

Mediocre food not worth the money.
We ordered:
Onion soup - to much bread in it. Actually it was mostly bread.

Scallop rissotto - ok

Stake hard and dry

The only good thing was that it was close to the hotel.

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“Great meal, echoes of the old Balzar”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2012

I love Balzar. It's old world. The food is classic brasserie fare. It's simple and well prepared. The service is efficient. It's an expensive meal by normal standards, but I don't feel like I'm paying too much because the experience is pitch perfect. It's casual, but refined. Classic in an unpretentious way. I've been coming to Balzar for years and I'll keep coming back. Balzar is like a great book, the story never changes but the appreciation deepens from year to year.

Visited December 2012
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