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Le Bouillon Chartier

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#2,558 of 15,909 Restaurants in Paris
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Local cuisine, French, European
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Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
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French, European
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Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 3 days ago

I went to Bouillon Chartier on the weekend with my boyfriend to taste French food. We entered the restaurant and we sat in a table with 4 chairs. After 2 minutes another couple entered the restaurant and they sent them to sit next to us....They asked to sit to another table as the restaurant was almost empty but they said that the tables are shared and they could not do anything to sit separately. We were also obliged to share the tap water and the bread with them. We ordered Rosette de Lyon, Camembert, Pied de porc "Félicie" grillé frites (pork trotter) and Poulet fermier rôti frites (chicken). The waiter wrote our order on the table and he did the calculation of their prices on it. The cheese was just 4 bites and hot, like they had it outside the fridge. However, the most disgusting part was the main dishes. The potatoes were pre-fried, the chicken was just boiled without salt and the chicken skin was not even crispy. As for the pork trotter, it deserves a Golden Raspberry Award for the most awful dish of all!!! It consisted of just bones and fat. There was no meat to eat! We complained about this sickening food and the waiter was completely ironic with us. We paid 27€ and we did not eat anything at all. The biggest mistake of our trip was to go there! Please do a favor to yourself and do not go to this restaurant!!More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Recommended by hotel staff. Arrived on Thursday night and a long line to get in but told only 20 minute wait. Must have been our stylish 14 yr old granddaughter or fact we were only septuagenarians seeking entry but got in immediately. Very noisy but...fantastic vibe. Very limited menu for vegetarian teen but she had her first escargot and liked it. Bouef Borgonne was quite good and spaghetti acceptable. Desserts were excellent and a 1/2 bottle of Buzet Blanc very nice. Reasonably priced but not fine dining by any measure. Would recommend for a decent, fun experience.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The food was mediocre at best. I ordered a dumpling in a fish sauce which wasn’t bad, but honestly not amazing. The rice that it came with was hard - not sure whether because it was undercooked or because it stayed there for hours. The...food arrived in less than 5 minutes which made me wonder if they have it prepared and it sits there for ages. The bread was tasty and I was eating it and dipping it in the leftover sauce and then our waitress came and took it all away abruptly so I couldn’t even finish it on time. i left the restaurant kinda hungry, so I would recommend you only go there for the experience. When it comes to authentic historical experience this is the place you need to visit, it bursts with authenticity. From waiters and how they work to architecture of the place. Personally I would take it more as a monument that you experience it as tourist attraction then a culinary surplus.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The dishes were dirty we had to ask to change them. Generally the restaurant looks pretty dirty. We ordered snails for starters - they were good. For the main dish we had something like Pork boullion it looked nasty and tasted awful. THE WORST PLACE...FOR FOOD IN PARIS.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This historic restaurant lies in the 9th Arrondissement. It has been in continuous operation for 126 years. People line up all the time to enter this very French Restaurant. We visited at opening on Sunday at 11:30. We were ushered upstairs overlooking the vibrant scene...on the ground floor. The seating was very Parisian but with adequately sized tables. There were many waiters who made the experience smooth and fast but unhurried. We Americans are unaccustomed to items like sheep’s head and blood sausage. So finding the right dishes was challenging. One of my party ordered steak which was perfectly cooked to the medium rare he ordered. My wife ordered an appetizer of endive with bacon which suffered from being endive. I ordered something called Alsatian that turned out to be a plate of thinly sliced salami. Tasty salami, though. The traditional hard boiled egg (usually deviled) was just a hard boiled egg cut in half with a small pot of tasty mayonnaise. For my main dish I ordered Pike something which turned out to be a small log of fish flavored stuff with the consistency of fine polenta. It was about an inch and a half thick and 3.5 inches long and was smothered in a yellow, vaguely mustard/horseradish sauce. I ate it, but no love. My wife had venison stew which came in a creamy sauce. It was also just OK. One of us ordered chicken thigh. It was neither generous nor delicate. Just OK. Two of the main dishes came with Fries and two with white rice. Honestly, we had at this point been eating in Paris for 12 days and have had anything from slap-your-head fantastic fries to darn good fries. The ones here were soggy, cool, factory variety and frankly left to be thrown out. None of us would waste any ketchup on them. We decided to pass on desert. To be fair, our waiter was a gem. Nice young man, spoke good English. Did his part very well. The decor was marvelous. The food was the weakness.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The place is a bit strange. Not used to restaurants that crowds and loud. We felt like eating at the busy rail station. Food was ok but nothing exceptional. I understand idea of traditional Bouillon but there way better ones in Paris, to mention Bouillon...Racine. Good as a slight different experience.More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Don’t go in expecting an extensive menu of French food. There were about 8 items on the menu, including Spaghetti. We ordered beef stew. Barely edible, lumps of fat in a tasteless broth, with potatoes and carrots. This place is a case of it surviving...on hyped up reviews.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is my first time writing a review for a restaurant but felt the need to share my experience. Upon entering the restaurant there was nobody to greet us. We had to find someone to seat us. The waiter was unfriendly, rude and seemed annoyed...when we stacked our dishes at the end of the table. There was an audible sigh of irritation at us. The food had no flavor, the steaks were undercooked, rubbery, the green beans looked like they came out of a can, the bread basket had hard, stale bread,our glass pitcher of water had broken glass on the rim, some of the silverware was dirty and glasses too and the bathrooms were dirty and unkept. I had to get up and ask for the bill and honestly could not wait to get out of there. It was our last night in Paris and we are so sad that we ended it on such a low. Will not be returning, ever EllieMore

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

What a fantastic dining experience, old school French restaurant. I had seen a recommendation for this place to have a unique decent meal from a Paris landmark. We found it not to far from out hotel. There was a line up the first time we...walked by but on the second night there was no line as we arrived around d 7:30pm. After 8pm line starts. Staff very warm, friendly and inviting. My French is limited but that was not an issue. I ordered the butchers choice, a thick steak with pepper sauce and was not disappointed. They had a bottle wine for 15€ and it was soooo good. The atmosphere was great. I saw single customers seated at tables with others and people chatted, shared wine and had a good time. Definitely would go back. Thanks.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed May 20, 2022

This restaurant has an authentic, classic feel to it and the interior is very impressive. The menu is large and the prices are reasonable. We really wanted to enjoy the dinner. Our issue was the service, and we believe it was limited to just our...waiter. We arrived at about 5:30 and it was less than 20% full, with many open tables. Our waiter escorted us to a table very near the entry, which we thought odd since we would have preferred being more central in the room instead of on one edge in the middle of empty tables. When we gave our order, we made it very clear that we would like our salads first, with some white wine, and then followed by the dinners with red wine. The waiter very quickly brought both pichets of white and red wines, and then the salads immediately after. Before we had even had a chance to start the salads, he also brought the main dinners (plats), which was far too soon and not according to our requests. He only brought water after our third request and completely forgot to bring the bread, although he mentioned that he would a couple of times. So while we rushed through our salads, our main dinners got cold. My steak was pretty tough and had a big ribbon of gristle/fat through it. My wife's chicken was just OK. We could see other waiters busily moving about and serving their customers professionally and as expected. We noticed that our waiter served another nearby table in a much better-paced manner, perhaps due to them being two young women and probably French. Our entire meal took about 20 minutes, not the typical one-hour minimum of most French restaurants. When we paid the bill (and perhaps foolishly added a tip), we told the waiter we were unhappy with his service and the pacing was far too fast. He seemed surprised and acted as though everything had gone according to plan. He had no reason to rush us, since the restaurant was only about 50% full when we left. If we ever return, we will not accept that particular waiter and we will insist on ordering the entrees first and then ordering the mains afterwards. Oddly, our waiter was the only one we saw who wasn't wearing a number badge on his vest.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed May 20, 2022 via mobile

We arrived at 5 PM. It was about half full. We got a table immediately. We got the grilled chicken and the wine on special. It was great. Service was also excellent

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed May 19, 2022 via mobile

Great way to try French food on a good budget! You have a good selection of typical French food in the correct Brasserie environment. There are several locations in Paris! Don't hesitate to give it a try!!!!!!

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed May 16, 2022

The decor is nice with a touch of history and our server was friendly and quick. But the food was terrible !! Industrial food, even the bread was bad, in Paris !! CHECK your bill, they do not privide a detailed bill so check the...price on the menu and the price written on the table and the total. They intentionally overcharge. We did not make a fuss because the amount was small 1 euro over 40 total but message to the owners, we are not stupid tourists. Consider that a tip for our nice server ! Please do not spend your money there.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed May 15, 2022

We’ve had good French food and I don’t mind waiting on it and sitting close to your neighbor is normal (though honestly this was nothing like I have) but this was not good French food. The steak was almost inedible, the fish was dry and...unflavored, and the pork snout was terrible. I was going to get dessert but decided to bow out before wasting more money. The train station is cool though.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed May 12, 2022

I am really sad to say I will not be coming back to Chartiers again. For over 40 years I have eaten basic, good value food in a great atmosphere. usually next to strangers which is part of the fun! The quality of the food...has become quite frankly a joke: the bread was a cheap, stale and BROWN baguette (maybe left over from the previous day and no butter). My escargot where brought to the table with all the theatre of them being piping hot (they where luke warm at best) The Sicilians next to us were served overcooked dry clumpy, pasta (tbh Ive never ordered it) they were very annoyed! Please take note of the poor reviews that are in abundance on this platform, otherwise the business will be driven into the ground by making cuts that are not worth it. Proper baguette (not made with cement) and basic food cooked properly...I would pay a little more for it we know the hospitality business has suffered through COVID ....More

Date of visit: May 2022
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I don’t think they take bookings
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Response from retrodish | Reviewed this property |
We waited 45 minutes to get in and thought the food was pretty horrible and room temperature at best. There are definitely better places to eat in that neighborhood.
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Le Bouillon Chartier is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 3.5
  • Service: 3.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4