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“Great little spot, excellent server Ian!” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of L'Ecritoire

L'Ecritoire
Ranked #5,340 of 16,717 Restaurants in Paris
Cuisines: French, European
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Good for: Bar scene, Families with children, Kids
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Neighborhood: Quartier Latin
Bermuda
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20 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Great little spot, excellent server Ian!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2013

We were staying in a hotel on the same street. There were 3 or 4 little cafe/restaurants to choose from. This became our breakfast spot. Prices were the same as others in the area. Nice black teas to choose from, which actually was difficult to find in Paris - it seems everywhere serves Earl Grey which I can't stand.

We ate omelettes there, and also some other breakfast items. The food was good, although they could have served toast or croissants with the omelettes or something else. The server did offer bread, but we didn't fancy that at 10am. The plate was pretty bare. We never did venture inside, so I can't comment on the interior. We preferred to sit out on the tables overlooking the little courtyard.

We were most impressed by the server, Ian. After speaking to him we learned that he had spent some time in America, and that is why his English was so great. He was very attentive, and extremely polite and friendly. He answered all our questions about things we could do in the area (even though he has only recently returned to Paris). I truly hope the management understands what an asset they have in him. We had a different server another day and didn't enjoy the experience quite as much. If you do go there, see if he's working and sit in his section.

All in all a great little spot, convenient to our hotel.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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“Aggressive staff, terrible food”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2013

This is by far the worst place me and my wife had lunch at in Paris. The "black angus" was one of the worst beef meats we ever tasted, and we like beef very much - so we know how it should taste. It was so bad that we just couldn't eat it. Moreover, after politely saying that it is not good, the owner of the place came outside very aggressively, making a whole scene and acting like a lunatic. We quietly left, leaving the crazy guy screaming behind. All in all, avoid at all costs.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Aarhus
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48 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“Terrible”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2013

This is probably the worst tourist trap we have met after many visits to Paris .
Location is good , interior fine ( allthough chairs are so small that even we felt like sitting on the floor ), athmosphere is good and the place is busy- unfortunately far too busy .
We came for lunch.
The gratinated onion soup was not gratinated - it was more like a cremation, and when we adressede the waiter and asked him to do something about it - he claimed this was "normal".
We didn´t bother to argue , but sent the soup out again . The next portion the croutons had drowned , but we didn´t argue any more .
We ordered half a litre of red wine ( Sancerre). We have never tasted a Sancerre like that - neither so bitterly cold- probably right out of the fridge . I will till my very last day claim that theis never has been a Sancerre .
The ordered caesar salads though were OK, but nothing memorable .
Our recommendation? Stay away - they are rude and don´t give you what you pay for - there are thousands of far better places in Paris- even on the beaten track.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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“Nice breakfast location”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 26, 2013

Friendly staff, good value, great atmosphere: the restaurant has lots of books which helps, hence the title. It was used by business people and holiday makers like us. This became our first choice for breakfast whilst we stayed in Paris.

Visited May 2013
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MIAMI
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815 reviews
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“great dinner”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 20, 2013

We had a wonderful dinner at this restaurant near the Sorbonne.
Pate appetizer, duck, cheese plate, wine, and chocolate lava cake for dessert, were all excellent. Service was great, too.

Visited May 2013
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