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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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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW 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.

Thank Epicureously
Belfast, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW 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.

Thank Gary H
Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 156 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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 

Thank MrDavetheSarks
Budapest, Hungary
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418 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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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37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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.

Thank MyTyGy
Adelaide, Australia
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115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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.

Thank hogiebear33
Bristol, United Kingdom
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42 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Table of four. Great setting. Unusually plenty of space around the table. Pianist playing all night - very good. Vast wine list. Mix of starters which were all great. We all opted for the theatre of the Hemmingway Steak where they finish it off at your table. The sauce was fabulous. Price wise - steak was 48eur and main courses... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

On our last evening in Paris, my companion treated me to a grand restaurant that she had enjoyed four times previously with her mother and her husband. The red taurant is absolutely beautiful, and there appeared to be very few tourists. The great majority of folks were clearly Parisians and they all seem to be having a marvelous time. I... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My girlfriend and I had a very late lunch here. She ordered the duck pate and I had the escargot. They were both exceptionally delicious, but also fabulously expensive, as were the 7 Euro each tiny bottles of Lipton peach iced tea. I'm not sure it was really worth it. You're paying for the history and snob appeal here.

Thank James S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful restaurant with delicious and gorgeously plated food! It was an Ernest Hemingway haunt, which is why we sought it out. Snooty waiters and a smoking section (cigars even!) enhanced a wonderful and truly French experience! Loved, loved, loved it!!!

Thank Wendywallingford

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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, 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
Local cuisine, Special occasions, Bar scene, Business meetings, 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: 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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