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La Closerie des Lilas

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171,boulevard du Montparnasse, Paris, France
01 40 51 34 50
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
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Bainbridge Island, Washington
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32 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I would not think of going to Paris without dining at Closerie des Lilas. ..and I would do so on a weekend when piano player Stefan is there. I'm a real F. Scott Fitzgerald fan...and kinda Hemingway (more for his exciting life than his writing) There are not enough words to extol the classic cuisine of Closerie des Lilas. Perfection:... More 

Thank MyFrenchAffair
The Hague, The Netherlands
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Delicious food with professional service in a lovely atmosphere. Great place for a special night out.

Thank L Z
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12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A wonderful dinner with my wife on the eve of our return to the USA. Superb Foie Gras to begin, followed by a delicious Pavé au Poivre and the best Profiterolles I ever had. Great service and nice table on the terrace with Parisian sun finally showing up after a gloomy day. Highly recommend!

Thank Dominique L
New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We came here for a cocktail on our last night in Paris and it was delightful. Very old-school charming with a piano player and beautiful decor. I ordered the Dana which was outstanding! Our waiter also was charming and joked with us about our American accents and kept refilling the delicious complimentary potato chips and we sipped. It's not a... More 

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Canton, Ohio
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52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband and I ate here on the recommendation of friends. It was good, but not great by any means. The setting is what you should come for: the live piano player, the garden setting, and the beautiful greenery and flowers. It what you imagine a fine Parisian cafe would look like. The food...nothing outstanding. The Iberico ham appetizer was... More 

1 Thank Joni M
San Antonio, Texas
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

One of my favorite places to go in Paris in the mid-afternoon. I've been here twice, two years apart. The same bartender was working behind the bar both times. Cordial, friendly, and charming. Sit across from the beer tap, and look down. You'll see E. Hemingway on a brass plate. Eat the olives and chips. Perhaps order some oysters. I... More 

1 Thank Cole R
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Top service in lovely surrounds. Waiter Phillipe excellent and what he recommended- prawns and Beef Hemmingway- was divine.

Thank Adevl
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A typical French restaurant. I enjoyed both the setting and the cuisine. In just one week, I managed to have dinner twice at La Closerie des Lilas. The service is warm and helpful.

Thank Daniel B
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I were lucky enough to be in Paris for our second anniversary, and since we are both book nerds, we chose this place for our big night out. It was a bit pricy ($130 with 2 entrees, a glass of wine, and a dessert), but the food and service were wonderful. We both had the steak Hemmingway... More 

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Irvine, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Having wanted to visit this famous restaurant's piano bar for years, we finally made it there for an after dinner drink. Romantic and lovely, this former hangout of Hemingway's is perfect for those who enjoy thinking of or reading of the Paris of the past. The patio awaits us another time----can just imagine a long summer lunch or dinner.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Special occasions, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Business meetings
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, Paris, France
  • Location: Europe  >  France  >  Ile-de-France  >  Paris>  > Saint-Germain-des-Pres
  • Neighborhood: Saint-Germain-des-Pres
  • Phone Number: 01 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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