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We went for lunch and the food was very good. I had the traditional Croque Monsieur. The Place de la Contrescarpe was one of my favorite parts of Paris. And the restaurant looks over it. We were serenaded by a lovely Parisian on the accordion.
Poor service highlighted this visit. Not terribly busy, and 30 minutes for simple drinks to be delivered. Another 15 minutes for bill. Then, all change provided in Euro coin ... 15 euros. Worst service in Paris in years, and that says a lot.
If you have never been to the Contrescape you have not been to Paris. You cannot see the Eiffel Tower, Louve, but this is Paris' living room at night. You have to get a seat at Gastons and watch the entertainment in the area. Trust...me, this is one of the greatest areas in Paris at night.
Service at Gastons is great. They are attentive, but slow on food delivery ( then again it is France). The staff enjoys talking with people, but they know their space. The hamburgers are well done. The Fries are a very small serving at least by American Standards.
Again I would recommendMore
Excellent restaurant.. very good salad and great choice of burgers... all is home made... nice atmosphere and good service.. the staff was nice and welcoming.. nice place to feel being in Paris.. A very good place to stop for having lunch, with a nice view...with a terraces on the Contrescarpe place.. you can continue your visit with the very typical Mouffetard street... A nice immersion in the Parisian style...More
Last time we were in that area we lunched here, so, remembering the excellent food and service we enjoyed last time, we went again. It is still excellent. Great food, great service, staff super with the kids.
Great place to observe the goings-on in Place de la Conterscarpe. The “happy hour” drink prices are good for Place de la Conterscarpe. It has the friendliest wait staff. A good place to “see and be seen”.
Gaston is, as my title indicates, a cosy little lunch place in the fifth arrondissement. It offers a limited, but well balanced menu that you can consume on their terrace at the Place de la Contrescarpe. Close to the Sorbonne, the near environment harbours a...lot of students, French or otherwise, rousing up the atmosphere with laugther and activity. Everything in the vicinity is cheaper because of the university.
Ideal for a drink or two on a sunny day when you've just made an extended bike tour of the city, like we did.More