Au Petit Riche is a block off the Boulevard Haussmann in the Opera District. We walked in about 8:30 on a Saturday night with no reservations, the main dining room was packed but they greeted us warmly and found us a spot in a little side room behind the bar
This was our first restaurant visit in Paris, so tried some classics, onion soup and beef tartare. Both were excellent. The beef was served with frites that were among the best I have ever had. Debbie ordered a warm lentil salad that was also excellent. The staff were very attentive and friendly. I had been advised that Americans will find that they have to ask for the check. French diners tend to linger and bringing the check too early would be seen as pushy. That was good to know, I could tell that at the end of the meal, they were prepared to leave us alone. I flagged the waiter down with the universal symbol for "bring me the check". He smiled and came by seconds later with the check and the card reader. We watched a number of people arrive while we were dining. You could tell by their interactions with the bartenders and waiters that most of them were regulars. It's nice to go to a place that is inviting to tourists and locals alike.
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