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French, European
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Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
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Reservations, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed November 6, 2021

Wandering off the beaten tourist track, through the lovely quartier of Belleville, we came across this place. Tempted by an evening of music and song, we booked the last available table (Saturday evening). The evening was great fun, entertained by 'Madame la Accordioniste', lively singing...(we were given songsheets) from all the tables and although many of us were tourists, the atmosphere felt very French. Food was good, the wine very good and not expensive. Merci à tous.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed November 2, 2019 via mobile

Based on a recommendation from our Airbnb host,we made our way to this little spot. The neighborhood appeared a little dodgy or-with 20/20 vision-maybe authentic. The food was great,service warm and fueled with humor. The entertainment was exactly that and,thanks to an enthusiastic (mainly french)...crowd, made this more than just a place to eat. It's a little out of the way (and thankfully away from the touristy hustle) but certainly worth the trip.More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed October 25, 2019

If you like Chason and accordion, that place is for you. The food in this place is not the main issue, the chanson-that why people coming every evening to this very old restaurant.

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed August 28, 2019

This was the best meal we had in Paris. We are a family with teenagers and we all agreed this was our favorite Paris experience. We went on Edith Piaf night- which happens only on Tuesdays. The restaurant was full but the gracious host moved...chairs and tables around and seated us outside sur la terrace. We were welcome inside all night to join in the singing and the fun, but outside was fun too. It's a family run restaurant. The cooking was authentic French, one of the few places I've ever been to that lived up to my grandmother's cooking!! The food was so delicious, freshly prepared - every morsel from cocktails to dessert.More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed August 18, 2019

We loved our evening at Le Vieux Belleville. We were two of only four English speakers (the rest appeared to be french-speaking) but we had no problems ordering. The service was extremely friendly and welcoming - they clearly wanted us to enjoy ourselves! The food...was mostly very good (the steak was a little tough), but the piece de resistance was the entertainment. They have different acts on different nights of the week - the night we were there, a lady sang and played the accordion. The songs were all old-time French popular songs which we did not know. Nonetheless, we all got song sheets and were encouraged to sing along. We managed to stumble along with the others and had a lot of fun doing it. It was loud, cheerful, and joyous - hard to imagine anyone not having fun here. We both had a great evening (even after just getting off a plane from the west coast of North America!)More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed July 15, 2019

Visited the restaurant during a sing evening with the theme "Edit Piaf" (Every Tuesday). This Kind of Entertainment and the authentic Environment which represents an important part of paris culture builds an unique atmosphere. Furthermore the dish (which all were good flavoured) are well proportioned...and nicely plate. All in all: Perfect restaurant if you want to get in touch with the paris culture and have a tasty stay ;-)More

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed May 28, 2019 via mobile

Cannot say enough good things about this place. Food was wonderful. Performers had both talent and charm. Loved every minute of it.

Date of visit: May 2019
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Reviewed April 23, 2019

We had difficulties by finding the place. Nobody knew the name or the street. But we was been greeted welcome of the Italien host with much charm. We got some very good food. Afterwards la Chanteuse and the accordianist started. We were in all 30...persons, but what an atmosphere, what a cosy place. The chanceuse had the lyrics with her, so we were all singing together. The chanteuse was very good, with a clear voice with lot of temperament and personality. It was my best evening in Paris.More

Date of visit: April 2019
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Reviewed November 28, 2018

The 'soirée Piaf' was conducted by an epxert accordianist plus a small dark chanteuse who not only looked like Edith Piaf but sang, to my ears authentically, a selection of her repertoire in a Parisian accent (the lady is actually Polish!). It's a small restaurant...with maybe seven tables and excellent food. You are encouraged to join in with the singing - so don't be shyMore

Date of visit: November 2018
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Reviewed October 27, 2018

I was looking for an Edith Piaf show in Paris when I came upon this restaurant.They have Edith Piaf nights, when a singer,accompanied by an accordion player performs Piaf songs, involving the diners: they give out song sheets and walk between the tables, singing, chatting...to the people at the tables, inviting them to sing. The restaurant is small, so booking in advance is highly recommended.The owner (I think he is the owner) is very friendly and has an amazing voice too: casually sang O sole mio that night:) There is no English menu, so ordering your dinner requires lot of interaction and there is no unnecessary 'let-me-think-again'. We had duck with potatoes and salmon with vegetables, and both dishes were exceptionally good. Well worth a visit!!More

Date of visit: October 2018
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Reviewed October 19, 2018 via mobile

We made a reservation 1 day before, but It was closed when we got there and no warning on the door or e-mail

Date of visit: October 2018
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Reviewed October 16, 2018

Slightly off the beaten track, this is not, perhaps, the easiest restaurant to find in Paris, but it is well worth a try! Turn left out of Pyrénées Metro and keep turning left, and you’ll almost certainly get there. From the outside it looks like...typical Parisian café, and similarly inside, except that the tables are closer together. Very close. It’s not the décor (which is fine) that matters, or even the food (which is excellent), it’s the clientele (mainly French), the music and the singing that make this place unique. Here’s what happens: first you look at the website, pick a day and make a reservation online. In our case we choose a Saturday and didn’t need to pick a time – the site offered one (8.00 PM). We arrived on time, were immediately seated, and quickly ordered our three-course dinner from the comprehensive menu, plus wine and water. We were among the first, but it filled up quickly, both with people, and noise, until there was not an empty seat in the place. Our food arrived swiftly: generous portions and top quality throughout. Before long Minelle came in with her song-sheets, three accordions and at least a kilo of jewellery, and began her preparations for the fun to come. She obviously already knew some of the guests, and having read that they like contributions from overseas singers, I introduced my wife Lorraine to her. All was bustle and buzz until, around dessert time, Minelle rang her handbell in an attempt to get the diners’ attention. She did this many times during the evening, but the guests were enjoying themselves so much that it was never entirely successful! After she had greeted us all, Minelle announced the nationalities of the guests from other countries and had a few good-humoured exchanges with the ‘regulars’. Then she handed out song-sheets for the first number, kindly explained to us (in English) what the song was about, and we were away, with everyone joining in. Throughout the number, waiters whizzed about and Minelle dodged between them, skilfully working her way up and down the central aisle while simultaneously singing and playing the accordion - no mean feat. And so on. During a short break, Minelle checked which of the visitors were happy to sing, and set off on the second half of her programme. During this my wife sang ‘Danny Boy’, a number requested by Minelle herself, and a young Frenchman gave a spirited rendition of his favourite song, occasionally glancing at the lyrics displayed on his smartphone. On and on it went, song after song, with everyone joining in and clearly enjoying themselves. We would have been happy to stand up and sing ‘La Marseillaise’ at the end (with a song-sheet), but this was not required. We love music, singing and good food, so this was a perfect night out for us. But it’s not everybody’s idea of fun, which is why, rather than just reviewing it, I’ve tried to describe what actually happened. It’s not the Moulin, or the Folies, or the Lido, but it is 100% Parisian and nowhere near as expensive. This remarkable and unexpected place can appeal to all ages, and we can wholeheartedly recommend it to any confident, outgoing, fun-loving people.More

Date of visit: September 2018
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Reviewed May 31, 2018

What an incredibly awesome place. By the end of the night, we felt like we were true Parisians and amongst friends. My 22 year old daughter and I had dinner here, and had such an amazing time. Food was delicious, and the service was excellent...as well. Everyone there was friendly, and most everyone was French, with the exception of us and one other couple. We were provided with song sheets, and although we knew not one lick of French, we were singing along like we were one of the gang by the end of the night. The woman and her accompanying accordion player were very talented. They and everyone else there were so welcoming and inclusive. They even asked us to sing a song from America, and we belted out (pretty poorly lol) New York, New York. Everyone roared with approval and applause. Just a tremendous night. Highly, highly recommend! <3More

Date of visit: May 2018
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Reviewed May 10, 2018 via mobile

This old French cafe restaurant is extremely lively! Old man plays the "orgues de Barbarie" all night! Communal tables invite diners to sing along classic songs from Edith Piaf, Charles Trenet, Jacques Brel and many more while eating and drinking terroir dishes and wine. Located...in the XXth arrondissement, it is a guaranteed memorable evening to spend and live like a Parisian from the 1920's to 1950's. It gives you a flavor of the true French way of life and having fun! Our wine bottle was smooth, charcuterie and assorted cheeses, sublime. We also had two baskets of baguette and butter. Grand total including tips 37.45 euros, value 10 stars!More

Date of visit: May 2018
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Reviewed March 6, 2018

We have enjoyed a lot Edith Piaf evening - The friendly atmosphere, the performance. the meal.. The painter who came in to sketch some participants (I bought my portrait.. 30 euros.. worth it). You will be asked to sing one of your home country songs...- try it.. prepare one piece for your complete experience.. Mostly recommended for Francais chansons loversMore

Date of visit: February 2018
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Depending on the ages I would think they would love it (especially if they all speak French). Babies might not be appropriate (it gets loud). It is a lively sing along to famous French songs. And everyone is very... More
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  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4.5
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  • Atmosphere: 5