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“Beyond delicious” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Cafe Constant

Cafe Constant
139 rue Saint-Dominique, 75007 Paris, France (Eiffel Tower / Invalides / Palais-Bourbon)
01 47 53 73 34
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Ranked #502 of 13,399 Restaurants in Paris
Price range: $0 - $100
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Neighborhood: Eiffel Tower / Invalides / Palais-Bourbon
New York City, New York
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3 restaurant reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Beyond delicious”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2010

The place doesn't look like much from the outside. Crowded bar, a few tables outside, menu on the blackboard. But the brisk trade inside and waiting patrons should let you know this is not a spot to be missed. I've read that it's one of the more casual bistros opened by renowned Chef Christian Constant, who also owns Les Cucottes down the street. On our visit, we ate upstairs in a small area that looks like it used to be an old schoolroom. Tables close together as in most cafes in Paris but it was not a loud or boisterous crowd so we could converse comfortably. I started with the hearts of romaine and mushroom salad and then went on to the roasted chicken with "herby butter". Just as tantalizing as it sounds. My boyfriend had the veal with white beans, and it was to die for. The most tender veal I've ever tasted! For dessert, we split the profiteroles which were essentially drowning in chocolate sauce. In the best possible way. Come here hungry and you will be satisfied. Warning, though, it sets the bar pretty high for your other meals :-) Not open on Mondays, and they don't take reservations, so be prepared for a short wait. Well worth it!

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Just wonderful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2010

After long hours walking around Paris, we stumbled across Cafe Constant just ten minutes before they would normally close for lunch. Most welcoming, they were happy to accommodate us if we were happy to take the set lunch menu. This ended up being among the most wonderful of lunches, in a bustling friendly atmosphere with the most divine wild mushroom sauce I have ever had. They offered additional dessert, none of the usual rushing and all for a wonderfully reasonable price. Only major regret is not picking up one of Chef Constant's cook books there and then as it is exceedingly hard to find anywhere else!

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“good food, uncomfortable meal”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2010

based on the reviews here, we checked out this place, we got there late, at about 10:30 and weren't sure if they would seat us, but they did. Unfortunately that meant they rushed us through ordering, which was unpleasant. The food was excellent, but we had a dog begging for scraps from our table and the waiter half-heartedly tried to shoo him away a few times but he kept coming back. When we ordered coffee after the meal, the bartender argued iwth the waiter about having to make it so late. Also, there was a two and three course menu prominently displayed outside the restaurant, but it was not reflected in the bill at all, we were charged a la carte prices. We did not dare to ask about it with the brusk service we had received here. I feel like we should not have gone there to eat so late, but they should not have seated us under the circumstances, they were open until 11.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Poor service, food just ok.”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2010

My wife and I ate here after viewing the eiffel tower at night. It's a short walk from the tower. We should have kept walking. The waiter was slow to bring take our order. After 45 minutes of waiting for our starting entree, a different waiter came back to inform us that they lost our order. Further, the lobster raviolis we ordered were now prawn ravioli. We ordered again, waited a long while again, and are starter finally arrived. It wasn't worth it -- we barely touched it. The main dishes were ok, but not stellar. With all the waiting, we were never offered anything. The French couple next to us were also flabbergasted at the wait -- they actually left for 15 minutes to step outside for a smoke. They cheered when their dish arrived. We expected much more after the stellar reviews on TA.

    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Brentwood, California
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“LOVE IT”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2010

If he gets anymore place Christian Constant will own Rue St. Dominique but it couldn't happen to a nicer guy. Each one is great - Fontaine, Cocotte and the cafe serves great, straightforward dishes at a reasonable price. Pleasant service. Nice convivial atmosphere and nice people watching and the upstairs is quieter if you are in the mood...

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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