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“Exotic Cuisine”
Review of Ave Maria

Ave Maria
Ranked #2,759 of 17,155 Restaurants in Paris
Price range: $7 - $21
Cuisines: International
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Bastille / Oberkampf
Tucson, Arizona
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105 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“Exotic Cuisine”
Reviewed May 18, 2012

I'd read a recommendation for Ave Maria before our visit to Paris and was delighted to discover that it was only a few blocks from the apartment where we were staying. We visited on our last night in Paris at the end of a trip across many regions of France. Ave Maria's is not a typical French menu, to be sure, and that was part of what our party of five enjoyed after two weeks of French bistro fare. We enjoyed the funky decor and ambiance, too, and loved the menu artwork. We arrived a bit on the early side for Paris locals, which likely is why we were able to score a table; later, other guests shared the table with us and we enjoyed chatting with them. I agree with another reviewer that the staff is not friendly...but c'est la vie....we were there for the food.

Each of us ordered something different from the wildly diverse menu of curry-based and generally intensely-flavored dishes from Brazil, Africa and India. Each dish was accompanied by a fresh salad of veggies and fruit (like an array from the market that day). Once the food was set in front of us, all conversation ceased...that is, until we started snagging bites from each others' plates. We ordered a lovely rose wine to accompany our flavorful dishes, although the cocktails definitely tempted us. And we were so satisfied with our dinners that we did not order desserts. By the time we left Ave Maria, the place was hopping with what appeared to be mostly locals at tables both inside and out.

  • Visited May 2012
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Latvia
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“great food and relaxed atmosphere”
Reviewed April 19, 2012

very large portions and simple but well done food.

  • Visited April 2012
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2 Thank jana u
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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103 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
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“nice atmosphere”
Reviewed March 15, 2012

we enjoyed the excellent food, the coctails and the nice music! Good choice for friday night!

Visited March 2012
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2 Thank AthensTina
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Lucca, Italy
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23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Fun atmosphere and good food”
Reviewed September 27, 2011

I liked this restaurant/bar. The atmosphere is irreverent and fun. I cannot vouch for the "Brazilianness" of the menu since I do not frequent Brazil restaurants very often, but the all-in-one plates with different curries and vegetables and salad were enjoyed by all in our party. The desert was a bit less impressive but good. I would return here again. The prices were good by Parisian standards

  • Visited September 2011
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Thank Cameron F
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Dublin, Ireland
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469 reviews
379 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 331 helpful votes
“Fun place, great atmosphere...food only OK”
Reviewed September 12, 2011

This place is a great fun place to spend an evening. I came here twice for dinner and once for just drinks. The food (a mix of all things Indian and Creole it appears) is only OK but the service is friendly. The deserts are quite good however and ENORMOUS! Nothing too exciting for vegetarians but you'll manage. The real reason for coming here is for the friendly local atmosphere; clientele are a mix of hipsters and trendy urban professionals. It's really a great place to hang out for a cheap dinner and cocktails before hitting the many other bars in the 11th.
My advice is to have dinner somewhere else, come for a desert and / or cocktails...the mojhitos are especially good.

  • Visited July 2011
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Thank FreshEire A
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