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“Ritz Recommendation”
Review of Le Chardenoux

Le Chardenoux
Ranked #1,464 of 18,475 Restaurants in Paris
Price range: $29 - $118
Cuisines: French
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Romantic, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Bercy / Nation
Description: Founded in 1908 by the Chardenoux family from the Lozère region, this authentic Parisian bistrot - actually listed as an historic monument - has seen generations of workers and market gardeners, when the countryside was just outside Paris. It is the old-style counter, a piece of their history and those little Bistrot dishes - so friendly, generous and heart-warming - that the Chef wanted to give back to Parisians when he took the place over in 2008. Renovated and refurbished, the Chardenoux has been given a second lease of life, a room buzzing with lively conversation and the tinkling of glasses. The food served features fine seasonal produce, convivial cooking that is always cheerful and lively with that little extra touch of soul and generosity dear to Cyril Lignac. Like at the Chardenoux des Près, the chef has put together a menu that gives pride of place to genuine Parisian bistrot specialities, not forgetting the finest products from French soils. In a room that seems almost suspended in time, the ceiling has a painted sky, and there is also a terrace for 20 diners for lunch or dinner outside when spring rolls around.
Reviewed July 29, 2012

I can't quite figure out what some people want from a dinner? We had a personal recommendation from Christophe at the Ritz for this restaurant and we simply adored the entire experience. It's quite far to walk, and even further if it's raining (don't ask) but I would say it's worth a taxi journey at least.

It opened in 1908 apparently (gotta love a bit of history) and the food was wonderful as were the staff. I had the Rib-Eye and although it wasn't the best I have ever had, it was thoroughly enjoyable. The setting was like going back in time. I would go back in a heartbeat which is saying something given I have had better steak elsewhere!

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Reviewed October 25, 2011

If you are near Bastille, go and eat at Chardenoud. You will get good food, nice service, historical surroundings from 1908, a real parisian bistro. And they even have valet parkng which is a must in this very narrow and crowded street.

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Reviewed October 14, 2011

Michelin recommends six restaurants in a four block area just outside the Faidherbe-Chaligny Metro stop in the 11th arrondisement! The only tourists venturing out here are ones that are passionate about good food and don't care that the neighborhood is rather plain. Chardenoux may not be the most happening of these culinary stops, but it is certainly an architectural gem. Dining in an old bistro that goes back to 1908 is a treat, even though you know that this hasn't been a continuous enterprise. At least there is respect for the traditions of the place.

A fine young chef took over in 2008, trained at a number of the city's stellar institutions. The a la carte menu goes beyond traditional bistro fare, but respects its roots. Service is very professional and congenial. The lovely etched glass panels, painted ceiling, old prints, tile floor remind you that you are dining in a place that was cherished by fruit merchants from Montreuil entering or leaving the city before the two world wars and in between.

The modern dishes are both hearty and innovative. Local business folks and the elderly ladies who lunch are both happy here. The wine list is practical and offers some nice selections at various price points.

This is a successful restaurant honorably carrying on more than a century old tradition. I think the original owners would be happy that very satisfied customers are still heading through these lovely doors.

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Reviewed September 19, 2011

This restaurant is not central but happened to be nearby for us that evening - and one of the few in the area open on Sundays.

We arrived soon after opening. They tried to seat us next to the toilets but amicably put us elsewhere when we declined. The place soon filled up, on a Sunday evening.

Luckily we had booked in advance as all tables were reserved and they were turning people away. A very attractive restaurant but the tables are squashed together and service was lackadaisical.

The quality of every ingredient, in every dish, was excellent. Obviously much effort is made to source top quality produce. The finished dish was not always impressive, unfortunately.

We shared a starter: crumble of crab with potatoes was bland and disappointing. The main course beef ribsteak with sauce bearnaise and a small dish of mixed vegetables was good. The main course steak tartare and the accompanying fries were both outstanding. We adore steak tartare and this may well be the best we have ever enjoyed.

We would go back if we were nearby again but it's not worth a detour.

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Reviewed August 24, 2011

Out of tourists path, in the very parisian 11th arrondissement chef Cyril Lignac's restaurant brought us and unforgettable experience. The Chardenoux is probably one the nicest restaurants in Paris, and to get a gastronomic experience at bargain prices really surprised me. The 25 euros lunch menu shows Lignac creativity and fine exceuction. We had a renewed salad with chicken gizzards, a mervelous grilled guinea-fowl with old style tomato salad . One of my friends tried a fresh cod with carrots puré. Last but not least: real classic strawberries melba. All that served with style usual in a de luxe restaurant. Even the starter rillettes were exceptionnal. We arrived very late for lunch (about 2.15), but we have been very welcomed, and nobody told us to leave after 3.30. Fine experience. Chardenoux honors French cooking.

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