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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
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
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Berlin, Germany
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56 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My partner took me here for a beautiful evening. We were greeted by an extremely friendly man upon entering and asked if we would like to go directly to our table or to enjoy some time in the bar: of course we had to start in the bar and enjoy one of Hemingway's favourite hideaways. A few long island iced... More 

Thank Dave N
London, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

On 19th September, 2016, (10pm) I was taken to celebrate my birthday by a young man who was new to the Paris of Montparnasse. I was hoping to show him how lovely the 'Lilas' was and share my old memories which were dear to me. Since both of us are artiste's I was hoping to point out the history of... More 

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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105 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I was here 4 years ago with some colleagues. Closerie des Lilas is famous for the many writers and artists who frequented the bar in the 20's. This time my husband was with me. He is very well read in history and literature, and enjoyed the atmosphere of the bar which they claim is unchanged. We deliberately went at a... More 

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Madrid, Spain
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Good French restaurant, the kind of restaurant than you expect if it's your first visit to Paris. Good menu and also wines (too many French wines to be honest, there other good wines in other countries). The waiters are very correct. It's the best option in the montparnasse Blvd area if you want to have a good dinner for business... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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23 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We walked for some time to get here, so glad we did. We just wanted to experience the place and the history. We ate in the bar area, which is lovely, country pate and a mini, croquet monster, tho was very generous by my standards and melted in your mouth. Great stuff!

Thank Robyn T
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11 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I had the Quenelles which were very tasty with a very good white wine. Dessert was good but not extraordinary (Coupe Lilas).

Thank Olivier A
Rye Beach, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

After wandering through Luxembourg Gardens, we were looking for a cafe for a mid-day snack. We walked about 1/4 mile and saw La Closerie des Lilas, right next to a taxi quiet ( which we would need). We were warmly greeted by a Maitre D at the entrance and asked if we preferred the brasserie or the restaurant. We said... More 

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Brick, New Jersey
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53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Built in late 1800s quaint charmer with great food and atmosphere a bit pricey. Special occasion must do. In montparnarse area 38 bus takes you there or 4 metro.

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Helsinki, Finland
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24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

After 6 visits to Paris we found a new gem!! Although pricey worth every cent. Wonderful food and service and soft pianoplaying in the background. And the atmosphere is just off the charts! Make yourself happy and visit this place!!

Thank Monica K
Ruthin, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We celebrated my daughter 18th birthday here. She loves Ernest Hemmingway and they let her sit in his seat at the bar. We had some champagne cocktails that were wonderful. Then went to the dining room, which is so beautiful. The food and service was outstanding. They were kind enough to send out some sweets with a candle and the... More 

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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
Breakfast, 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, Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic, Local cuisine
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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