Wow. I should just end my review with that. We are here last week on our last night in Paris, and had already had many delicious meals while there. We had eaten at Bistros, cafes & other high end restaurant ( Jules Verme) but this was probably one of the top 5 meals in my life.
Atmosphere: what a cool place. Velvet chairs that I couldn't stop petting under the table...I loved the mix of kitchy couches & benches, as well as the interplay of design & textures. Its a very romantic place, sit maybe 20 max. Loved it.
Service: we were treated like royalty. And the timing & synchronous teamwork of the 3-4 servers who were constantly attentive to our needs, was wonderful. Our primary waiter was english-speaking & the others knew enough to describe each plate. Timing was perfect.
Food: oh the food! You MUST get the tasting menu. At first, we saw things on the menu we had never had before or curled a lip at ( sweetbreads?) but we decided 'what the hell?' - try it! And were grateful we did. It changed our minds about several things. The chef's tasting menu ( 5 or 7 course), is the chef's choice, so you don't know what you will get. But every bite, every dish, was a piece of art, and I found myself setting my fork down frequently to elongate the meal. We had the 5 course, which we felt was PLENTY! The portions here, for a tasting menu, are larger than we have had before. Plus they give you a 'chef' appy for free, 2 palate cleansers & a 'pre-dessert' dessert ( what?!) Loved it.
Booze: they didn't have wine pairings as suggested on the online menu that night, but the waiter did a great job at making suggestions. We also came early to have cocktail in the cool little lounge ahead of time, and they were some of the best cocktails I have ever had. And we live in San Francisco.
Price: save up! This one will cost ya! Plan to spend $400+. But seriously, it was worth every penny, lasted 3 hours and this included 2 glasses of champagne, and 5 glasses of wine between us. And those cocktails we had in the bar? They accidently left it off the bill, and when we brought it up, the waiter simply shrugged it off and said its was 'his mistake' so not to worry about it. Who does that?? We tipped him well.
Overall: Go to this restaurant. Spend the money. make it special occasion. Hell, you are in Paris!
If you own or manage Le Restaurant, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.