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0.3 miles from Louvre Museum
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Reviewed September 17, 2022 via mobile

A classic French restaurant the food was amazing and the restaurant is beautiful the staff are all attentive and very professional it’s easy to see why the restaurant has been there for hundreds of years a true French classic definitely the best meal I’ve eaten...in Paris and by far my favorite restaurant I will be returning for years to come!More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed July 21, 2022 via mobile

This has been our favorite restaurant in Paris. It has a classy, classic Parisian decor, and truly fabulous food. Our favorite dishes were the steak au poivre and the sole meunière, topped off with the profiteroles. Fabulous! Very sophisticated place and wonderful service.

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed March 26, 2022 via mobile

We had a mixed experience at Voltaire. On the plus side, the atmosphere is lovely. Very clubby and classic French, located right along the Seine. The diners seemed to be mainly well-heeled English-speaking tourists, which gave the feel of a high-end bistro frequently recommended by...concierges at the city’s high-end hotels. The food was hits and misses. The salmon tartare, sole meuniere, and one of the egg appetizers were absolutely delicious. Cote de boeuf was a tale of two steaks. The kitchen sliced the steak straight down the middle, which left one of my family members with an outstanding half that was called the best steak ever eaten (high praise!). The other family member’s half was fatty and practically inedible. A third family member ordered an individual steak, asking for it to be cooked medium well. The steak was served completely well done - grey in color. It was still tender and flavorful, but clearly overcooked. Service was polite, but other tables that were French-speaking or that were ordering more starters and more expensive wines seemed to receive more attention. Overall, a mixed bag.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed March 20, 2022

We had not booked for lunch on a wet Tuesday in March. We just wandered in after visiting the glorious Musee d'Orsay, nearby, before heading to Gare du Nord for our Eurostar home. It was empty when we arrived at 12.15 but by 1.30, every...table was full, with the quiet hum of a busy well run restaurant serving seriously good food to locals who appreciated it. Because we had not booked, we also had not realised it was rather expensive, but it was worth it for such a memorable final meal, before heading back to England. The Carre d'Agneau and the Rognons au Moutarde were both fabulous but the dish I am still thinking about was my dessert, a Milles Feuilles. Such crisp, caramelised pastry layers and such a fabulous creme patisserie in between. It sounds boring but it wasn't! We would love to come back again for another special meal, next time we are in Paris.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed January 14, 2022 via mobile

Classic French fare for visiting tourists Lipp 5* Voltaire 2 We are French living in paris and wanted to experience the highly rated la brasserie « Voltaire ». We had recently been so satisfied with another iconic « lipp ». Let me tell how much...of a disappointment it was at Voltaire. Let me start with the positives. The setting is more intimate than Lipp. There is a more up market but pompous atmosphere. The pessac leognan La Louvière at 95€ Was delicious and pricing okay. The food prices are exorbitant. I chose a pate en croute for €30. My fiancée the snails which were delicious despite lacking a little garlic. Then I chose the the poussin which comes with mash potatoes and butternut. My fiancée chose the dorade royale. Both dishes were disappointing. Poussin « baby chicken » was in a sweet sauce, and the butternut was overly sweet too. The dorade was over cooked, floury. They changed it for a new one but the same. Conclusions We feel « le Voltaire » has adapted its French cooking to the mostly international clientele ie sweet sauce with chicken, overcooked fish. The dorade royale was kindly taken off the bill. Lipp 5* Voltaire 2*More

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed December 6, 2021

I had food poisoning at this restaurant ordering a steak tartare. I called them the next day informing them of what had happened (to prevent someone else from becoming sick) and wasn’t even offered an apology; only a “thank you for informing us”. Incredible.

Date of visit: December 2021
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Le Voltaire R, Propriétaire at Le Voltaire, responded to this reviewResponded December 9, 2021

Hi there There is no chance you can have a food poisoning from our tartare. Every tartare is prepared « minute ». We using only filet of beef for a meat . So I mentioned before . Thank you for informing us but is just no possible

Reviewed November 8, 2021

An old favorite and great to be back after the long lay-off. Le Fillet Moutarde was nicely tender melt in your mouth. Will always return to this fine establishment ! .

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed May 31, 2021 via mobile

Was happy to return after 20 years. One of my favorite restaurants and was happy to see that it hasn’t changed. Very good food, excellent service, and a chic crowd and ambience.

Date of visit: April 2021
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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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