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Review of La Balancoire

La Balancoire
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Ranked #284 of 17,020 Restaurants in Paris
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $19 - $42
Cuisines: French, European
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Neighborhood: Montmartre
Description: Small bistro located in Montmartre, in the Abbesses / Lepic street area, we offer a seasonal cuisine. The presence of available candy jar and a swing will allow you to return to childhood for a moment.
Boston, Massachusetts
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50 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed February 10, 2013

This restaurant definitely rates as one of the top two or three in Paris in my mind. The service is exceptional, by far the friendliest I've ever experienced in France. Everything we ordered was superb - from the simple cheeseburger to the onglet de boeuf and magret de canard. The little side-street restaurant has a great authentic ambiance, and you won't find a lot of American tourists hanging out here. Do not leave without trying their signature dessert, the tiramisu aux brownies! It was mind-blowing!

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank Moira S
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Reading, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Great evening, great food, great staff”
Reviewed January 22, 2013

Myself and 5 girls went to Paris for a birthday in January of this year and having read reviews on Tripadvisor, it was suggested that we try this restaurant as it was near to the Moulin Rouge (where we were headed later on). We had an absolutely fabulous evening! Not only was all the food really tasty and well priced but they also had a mixed starter and mixed dessert option that provided a small selection of each of their favourite dishes. For greedy girls who can't make up their mind, this was a great idea. Knowing that it was one girls birthday, the restaurant also treated us to a glass of bubbly each and a free pudding for the birthday girl, all while singing "Happy Birthday" in English. We had great wine recommendations from the barman and a round of tasty cocktails on arrival - could not have been a better evening - a real find.

  • Visited January 2013
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3 Thank TaraPG
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Newton Abbot, Devon, UK
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62 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
“Just what we were looking for”
Reviewed January 12, 2013

We went to this restaurant after reading reviews on Trip Advisor. You will need to book well in advance otherwise they have a cancellation system. The restaurant is tiny but has a great atmosphere and is the sort of place you would walk past if you didn't know it was there. The waiter took the time to explain every dish as best he could in English and we decided on the set menu at 35 euros each. This included a platter of starters, a main course each and a taster of several desserts followed by coffee. Unfortunately there are so many places in Paris who rip you off by serving you rubbish knowing that you won't return. This restaurant isn't one of them. A fantastic find and you must go there!

Visited January 2013
5 Thank Chris4817
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33 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Good, not great”
Reviewed January 11, 2013

As other reviewers have noted, this place has a great atmosphere and staff that go out of their way to make you feel welcome. The food is good, but not outstanding. This is a nice neighborhood place, but it's not too hard (even for the same price) to do better in Paris.

  • Visited January 2013
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Thank compatidude
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Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
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54 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Below expectations”
Reviewed January 11, 2013 via mobile

We went here as a couple and were excited about having our meal in a top ten tripadvisor restaurant. The place itself was cosy. We got a description of the menu which was fun. When the food arrived though I was not so impressed. The food was good, but certainly does not deserve a top ten spot on tripadvisor! It was all above average but not even in the very good category. The starter was a chestnut soup that was not warmed up enough, but tasty. The main was a piece of beef served with potatoes served with a nice sauce, all good but not very good. The desert though was very good (tiramisu). A good eat but certainly lacks the wow factor.

1 Thank Thibaut H
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