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La Closerie des Lilas

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171 boulevard du Montparnasse, 75006 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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6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I was taken here by an artist who dines here 2 to 3 times per week and he pointed at the Man Ray plaque in the bar where we met. We dined in the bar- had some yummy salad thing. It was the company that was grand. In a sweltering Paris the garden was an oasis

Thank Karen W
Nassau, Bahamas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We had dinner at this place and found it always good to average. Our last visit was early August and the outside dinner facility was very busy. The service was pleasant and the food average.

Thank bahamas333
Rhinebeck, New York
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I have to admit, I came in with pretty high expectations. The place is famous for its patrons, especially Hemingway (I had the dish named after him). The atmosphere was absolutely beautiful, the staff were very professional and the food was great. If you're okay with dropping 200+€ on an unforgettable lunch, I can't think of anywhere else I'd recommend... More 

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Mexico City, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is the crowning jewel of the Hemingway Tour. It has a First class Restaurant, a nice Brasserie and a fantastic piano bar where Hemingway wrote his masterpiece The sun also rises. You can expend a whole day from lunch to nigth cap hoping from one place to the other. Lively atmosphere, interesting locals and extrange enough very few tourists.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

for a treat, delve into the oysters, crisp white wines and lovely meals served beautifully here. either in the garden, glass enclosed dining room or the interior, the service and food are beyond delightful. piano playing above the restaurant clatter adds another level of relaxation and enjoyment. it is old and new Paris at it's most tasty.

Thank zude
indian rocks beach fl
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Traditional french brasserie . Great brasserie food and wonderful dessert the waiter are very helpful in helping you . I loved the celery for appetizer and nice entrecôte maitre d hotel for the entree and profiteroles au chocolat for the end with a nice Sancerre rouge for wine..

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

This restaurant is beautiful and has a large outdoor dinning area where you are surrounded by greenery and flowers. As if you are in a garden rather than in Paris. We went for cocktails before dinner and ordered langoustine from the raw bar for a pre-dinner snack. We were sour rounded by local French instead if tourists which is always... More 

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Bainbridge Island, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2016

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 

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The Hague, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2016

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

Thank L Z
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2016 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

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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
French, European
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
Bar scene, Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions, 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, 75006 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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