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Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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Faubourg Saint-Germain
0.3 miles from Louvre Museum
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Reviewed February 27, 2020

Service was very friendly and attentive. Steak tartare was really good and fresh, prices are up there even for Paris. A pretty decent selection on the menu, kitchen gladly made changes to accomodate my friends who are allergic to milk products. They have the sweetest...berries for dessert! Overall a pretty good experience.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed February 6, 2020

My husband and I were recommended by Le’ Bristol, our hotel while visiting Paris. While the food was average at best, the service at subpar...is being generously kind. I would NEVER recommend this restaurant. After given menus the service basically was nonexistent. Cocktails were ignored...and then forgotten. Dinner was placed on our table without a word, and as far as dessert....well...we will never know. Look for a better place to spend your 500 Euros. Very disappointing.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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LeVoltaireR, Propriétaire at Le Voltaire, responded to this reviewResponded February 7, 2020

Hello I would like to personally apologize for your experience, When did you had dinner in our restaurant, I would like to investigate my team regarding what had happened , Thank you Angelos

Reviewed January 20, 2020

Voltaire was recommended to us by a Parisian friend. With hindsight, that perhaps should have provided me with a clue. When my wife phoned to book for dinner she was told that a €200 deposit was required. Undaunted she paid and we arrived at the...appointed hour. From the moment we crossed the threshold it was clear that our presence would be tolerated - but no more. We were seated at a comfortable enough table but then ignored for 10-15 minutes, no menus, no wine, no water, nothing. Eventually, a waiter approached and menus were issued and after an age the wine waiter appeared and I made my second catastrophic mistake, asking for two glasses of Chablis; I felt as though I had been catapulted straight into Monty Python’s the Holy Grail ((French accent) “your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries...etc”). Nonetheless the Chablis eventually turned up and was served with a gigantic huff. Whilst this was going on the tables next to us filled up with the (probably) Parisian set. Smiles all round, instantaneous service, loads of chit-chat, rivers of wine. The next ordeal was ordering dinner. Asking for steak to be cooked medium or medium-rare was plainly a criminal offence and querying the menu elicited the “mon dieu, you have three heads” look. When our dinner arrived (fois gras, fish & truffle carpaccio followed by steak and Turbot) it was all excellent and of generous proportions, so plainly the chef is up to scratch. However, the third deadly error was daring to ask for another glass of Chablis. A “oui monsieur” was followed by a blank look and some mirth and then... nothing. No end of gesticulations to the myriad of staff or trying to catch the wine waiter’s eye worked; the veil of total invisibility had descended upon me. One knows when one is not wanted, so we skipped the second glass of wine, desert and coffee and asked to pay the bill instead, which arrived in a nanosecond and totalled €224.50. If you’re a Parisian there is no doubt that Voltaire is a 5* experience. For the rest, unless you particularly want a large helping of grudging service from a bygone era, there are dozens of other restaurants in Paris offering excellent service and equally good or better food at much lower cost. Avoid.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed January 14, 2020

We visited Le Voltaire just before Christmas 2019. The transport strike made us nervous about getting to the restaurant (they ask for a hefty deposit against no-shows) and dithered a lot about date/time/cancel/not cancel. The staff showed exemplary patience and charm in dealing with us!...The food was impeccable. My starter cheese omelette was a light as a cloud and my husband's pate on croute packed with flavour. Poulet d'estragon was exactly as your grandmother would have made it if she'd been an haute bourgeoise with an excellent cook. The pommes frites were hot and crisp and very moreish. Dessert was a tarte tatin which is normally a stodgy penance where the pastry wins out over the apple but here it was pitch perfect light and beautifully flavoured with the apple well to the fore. The ambience was as good as the food, warm, comfortable and welcoming; snowy linen, dark wood and flattering lighting. Several reviews have mentions snooty service, I wonder if they were at the same place. While dealing with our booking traumas and when at the restaurant the staff, including the maitre d', were charming, funny, welcoming and very keen that we enjoyed our time with them. This a definite 5* review and I can't wait to revisit.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed January 11, 2020 via mobile

Arrived in Paris and decided to try Le Voltaire for a late lunch. Arrived without a reservation and was immediately seated. Ordered a glass of red wine and a rose both which were excellent. I ordered the onion soup and a Caesar salad. Let me...say this, the portions are huge. The soup was literally more than enough. The soup was the best I ever had. My mom and I loved it so much that we tried to come back for dinner but could not get in. I will say this, they do have their regulars and do cater to them. However, the ambience and overall experience is worth it. Give it a try if you are in the area.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed January 3, 2020

We dined here the evening of December 27, 2019, and felt unwelcome by the maitre d'hotel the minute we walked in. We were ignored throughout the evening with no attention to our table by a large group of waiters and staff. I have been traveling...to Paris for work since the late 1970's. I have always defended the French from accusations of snobbism and rudeness, which I never experienced anywhere except at Le Voltaire. Very, very expensive dinner (268 E for two) very, very unhappy experience. Will tell my Francophile friends about it and will never be back. --DFMore

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed December 28, 2019

I had read about this restaurant in a couple of romantic novels as well as in a travel article so convinced my husband that we should go for lunch after a visit to the Musee d'Orsay. We had a reservation and arrived after walking through...the pouring rain and cold. We were greeted but not warmly and rushed to get out of our wet coats. I thought there might have been someone behind us as the entry is not large but no, we were just being rushed. We were shown into a lovely room and were ready to enjoy a delicious meal. The food was wonderful and prepared imaginatively but we were appalled at the wine service. Our waiter brought in our bottle of wine but proceeded to stop and talk to a neighboring table. He then stopped and showed us the bottle but continued to laugh and talk to the gentleman 3 tables away and even walked over there while opening our bottle of wine. We've never experienced this inconsiderate service before and were shocked. The meal continued downhill as we felt ignored as many wait staff and captains surveyed the room but didn't check in on us. The "regulars" were known and well looked after. When we finally got up to leave I went to use the ladies room and was shocked to find no toilet paper and not even a spare roll. Inexcusable! It was not a busy day with some empty tables and we felt like the place had plenty of staff but obviously it wasn't their job to check on the bathroom! I do hope this toilet paper situation was fixed before the dinner service. In a restaurant of this caliber and that charges what they do, more attention is needed to detail. There are so many great restaurants in Paris but this is not one of them. We won't be back!More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed November 27, 2019 via mobile

Great food, great service, reasonable price for an upscale classic. Highly recommend. Czn’t Wait to go back!!

Date of visit: November 2019
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ArlCln, Responsable relations publiques at Le Voltaire, responded to this reviewResponded December 11, 2019

Dear ShelleyW, thank you very much for your feedback. All pleasure was ours to welcome you. We hope to see you soon.

Reviewed November 20, 2019

When you come here, you have a sense of warmth and calm---the décor is what one would want from a genuine French bistro and the food is similar to what you may get for a holiday dinner that your Parisian grandmother just spent days preparing....As one looks out over the dining space, you see comfortable people have wonderful conversations--they are happy, and it is because they feel at home---because of the food, because of the warm atmosphere and because of the personable service. The portions are very fair--I loved my Chicken Terragon and even took some back to my hotel. Check out my photos for more details.More

Date of visit: May 2019
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ArlCln, Responsable relations publiques at Le Voltaire, responded to this reviewResponded December 11, 2019

Dear @adalbert3, thank you very much for your feedback. All pleasure was ours to welcome you. We hope to see you soon when you will come back in town .

Reviewed November 17, 2019 via mobile

Not fine dinning! Serves as bad as the disgusting food! Two starters arrived cold, two came 20 minutes later with NO apology or explanation. The main course was not fit for my dog, ugly presentation and taste was not fine French cooking. Vegetarians should NOT...even try.More

Date of visit: November 2019
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ArlCln, Responsable relations publiques at Le Voltaire, responded to this reviewResponded November 17, 2019

Dear Maria C. Are you sure you didn't have the wrong case? We are very surprised by your return. If however, this does not prove to be a mistake, could you tell us more about what happened and the day you came, please? That we...More

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