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La Closerie des Lilas

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171 boulevard du Montparnasse, 75006 Paris, France
+33 1 40 51 34 50
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
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Drammen, Norway
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Brought my wife here for a Saturday lunch. We were greeted friendly and asked if we wanted the restaurant or the brasserie. We selected the brasserie and weer given a nice table. Service was good, food great and the recommended whote whine to go with the lobster raviole and the fish main course was excellent. Nice Parisienne atmosphere. Will definitely... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

My partner and I spent an entire month in Paris virtually exclusively for visiting the places Hemingway lived, drank, walked parties. This restaurant/bar is one of them, a little over 5 minutes from the site where Hemingway rented his second apartment, although the building has been torn down. We rented an apartment not far down the street. When Hemingway frequented... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This Paris institution did not disappoint from a food and ambience perspective with one exception. The waiter was not paying attention to the food allergies of one of our party despite being told of said allergies during the ordering process. As a result one of the dishes was served with food the individual was allergic to. If the individual did... More 

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Marietta, Georgia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

As you enter the restaurant, there is a small area where fresh seafood is being prepared. So unique. We ate in the brasserie (less expensive, more casual side). There is a piano bar in the middle so we enjoyed music throughout our meal. Our waiter was so thoughtful and provided amazing service. The food was outstanding as well. We ordered... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 133 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2016 via mobile

I was recommended the Brasserie option rather than the formal restaurant and had an incredible experience. Food great throughout and we had a variety of dishes on our table of 6. Nice ambiance helped with a pianist and immaculate and friendly service from the staff. Couldn't fault it.

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016 via mobile

We love this establishment - and make a point of visiting every October if we can.Its a great place for an early drink before dinner - which can be in either the bistro or more formal restaurant .Its also a great place for a late cocktail after a dinner.Not cheap but a bit of old Paris in all it glory.

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Melbourne, Australia
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2016

Okay, this place is pretty classy, and I am not a big fan of classy, but the fact that Hemmigway used to drink here back before it was really classy was the main reason that I came here. However when I asked them where Hemmingway used to sit the waiter simply said 'somewhere inside' and when off to serve what... More 

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Budapest, Hungary
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2016

I came here because of Hemmingway. And we realized that it is really an elegant place which you can feel from the price and from the good service you got. The starting bread was really good, and the red wine we picked was so good that until now I still miss the taste. The food here is good, but compared... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2016

Enticed by the covered outdoor seating we stayed for lunch and a bottle of Rose. Quiet and screened from the hustle and bustle of Montparnasse. Will return some day for more substantial fare.

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

I waited for years to be able to afford to come here, and how wonderful when we did! It's a charming, historical place with good service, if indeed rather pricey. Had some great fish and matching wines. In my favourite arrondissement too.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
French, European
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Business meetings, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Special occasions, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 171 boulevard du Montparnasse, 75006 Paris, France
  • Location: Europe  >  France  >  Ile-de-France  >  Paris>  > Saint-Germain-des-Pres
  • Neighborhood: Saint-Germain-des-Pres
  • Phone Number: +33 1 40 51 34 50

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Staying in Saint-Germain-des-Pres

Neighborhood Profile
In Saint-Germain-des-Prés, life is effortlessly chic and all things are beautiful. The main boulevard is dotted with famed terraced cafés, haut-couture shops, ivy-covered railings and fine-dining restaurants. Antique dealers and art galleries surround the fine art school and small museums hide in unassuming squares. The neighborhood’s namesake church is the oldest in Paris and is the backdrop for talented musicians every weekend. The Luxembourg Gardens house the national senate, splendid lawns and flourishing flower beds. Famous faces and bourgeois Parisians frequent Saint Germain accompanied by the students of Rue Saint Guillaume and Rue des Saints-Pères. This is a neighborhood where afternoon people-watching from a café or playing cards in a brasserie are a key part of the daily fabric.
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