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Review of Cafe de la Paix

Cafe de la Paix
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Ranked #575 of 17,628 Restaurants in Paris
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
Neighborhood: Opera / Bourse
Reviewed December 1, 2013

It must be difficult for the place to live up to expectations given its history, but it does that well. The restaurant is beautiful, the view of the opera stunning, the service fantastic and the food was some of the best I had in Paris.

It's ain't cheap but it's worth it for a special night out.

Not sure why this place isn't rated higher here, it really surprised me.

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1  Thank Zandyy
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Reviewed November 28, 2013

We saw a beautiful restaurant around the corner from our hotel. I talked my wife in trying the cafe for a late dinner. The service was outstanding, our waitress serviced every table with a smile. My wife and daughter,not wanting a full meal ordered the onion soup. Excellent and very filling. I ordered the sole and it was the best ever. Imagine our surprise when she brought the check and it was the very hotel we are staying. The walk back was much faster and warmer. Excellent food and service. 5 stars!

1  Thank Michaelbirmingham4
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Reviewed November 25, 2013

After walking our legs off all morning, we chose the charm of this well known cafe for a late lunch. We knew we were in for a pricey treat, but the location, convenience, and reputation pulled us right in to a sidewalk table. The waiters were friendly and prompt in bringing the cafe salad with avocado, grapefruit, large, perfectly cooked shrimp, and red onion in a cardamom dressing. Excellent! My husband chose the chicken club sandwich which was good with his very special Coke. If you're going to Paris, just know the trip will pinch your pocketbook and enjoy it. $10 Coke never tasted so good!

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Reviewed November 24, 2013

I have known le Café de la Paix ever since I was younger through its numerous metamorphoses and reorganizations. Located inside the InterContinental Paris Le Grand Hôtel, there is the forever famous street side La Terrace du Café de la Paix, then there was the dining area La Brasserie du Café de la Paix, and the formal Restaurant Opéra - which had closed since the mid-1990s.

The Brasserie Café de la Paix then expanded into that former restaurant's space (which is now reserved - as it seems - for registered hotel guests, with windows providing great views of the Opéra Garnier). The Brasserie Café de la Paix was then re-conceptualized and re-branded as Le Restaurant Café de la Paix, a "restaurant gastronomique." Hence the confusion, if one grew up being accustomed to making a distinction between café, bistrot, brasserie, and restaurant. At heart, the restaurant Café de la Paix is really a brasserie de luxe, and does not function in the strictest sense like a formal "restaurant."

Visitors to Paris tend to come primarily in the daytime, and linger over drinks over the terrace side. Service here is inconsistent. On some days, it is really, really good, very attentive, and the servers very nice and patient. On other days, one can sit there in full view of the staff and nobody would care to come over. Yep, one has to hail one of them down: "Op! Monsieur! S'il vous plait! Désolé de vous déranger, mais..."

On the restaurant side, service inconsistencies do occurs but less pronounced. Even with a reservation, sometime one is banished to the Café side if there was not enough seats in the main area. If one is a hotel guest at dinner time, one would be directed to the former space occupied by Restaurant Opera (same architecturally historic interior, slightly smaller space, nicer views, but somehow less sophisticated vibes despite the regal setting - probably because of brighter lighting and informal attires of the dining guests), blocked off from the main dining area with a divider screen. I've been banished to the café, I've been a regular, and I've been in the hotel guest's area. Services had been great in all three.

First, the service in general - of course there are always exceptions - tends to be more personal if one spoke French. Second, the service is less formal when one is a hotel guest and seated in the former Restaurant Opera space. I have to admit that hotel guests tend to dress more sloppily, compared to the bien-habillés locals who frequent the main dining area. (Remember those days when the Restaurant Opéra was a really formal Michelin affair under Chef Jacky Fréon, whose plating of foods resembled paintings?...)

The food is great at Le Restaurant Café de la Paix if one kept to the brasserie standards, which is seafood (plateaux de fruits de mer from the banc de l'écailler, saint-jacques poêlées + écrasé de pommes de terre aux truffes, and their traditional desserts from the late 1800's such as the "original" millefeuille vanille du Café de la Paix - which looked and tasted almost the same as the "original" version from the formal restaurant L'Espadon / Hôtel Ritz).

Verdict: it's an institution - Le Grand Hôtel is really the first true grand hotel built specifically to be a hotel instead of a converted townhouse (the preceding smaller version prototype built was the [Grand] Hôtel du Louvre down the Opera street...). And the legendary Café de la Paix - no explanation needed here: Marcel Proust, Guy de Maupassant, Émile Zola, Oscar Wilde, Tristan Bernard, and Ernest Hemingway...Not to mention Napoleon III and Eugénie who inaugurated it...

Well...this is Paris, and the definition of value on food is completely different. Le Restaurant Café de la Paix's price points would be consistent with those of a brasserie de luxe (which of course would be higher than in a typical brasserie, but not much...). But more than that, of course, one pays for the privilege to enter one of the most historic places in Paris.

Dinner, February 2013, 2 people, hotel guests:
Champagne, wine, plateau de fruit de mer, sole meniere, dessert, tea, coffee
Service: Awesomely excellent! Our server was a great lady from the islands who spoke French only, no English. We cracked jokes, and she was really, really funny. This kind of service was unheard of when I was growing up...I loved it for that moment, but my preference is a more formal French approach.
Total: roughly165€ or 225 USD (I think after the 60€ credit from the hotel)

Dinner for two at a Michelin restaurant can cost over 300€ per person excluding drinks (anyone tried M. Alain Ducasse's menu gastronomique lately???)

So...what about the prices at Le Restaurant Gastronomique Café de la Paix?

Hello! It's a bargain!

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3  Thank Dom V
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Reviewed November 24, 2013

Choose this on a recommendation and was all it was promised to be. We chose the Cafe option for a late snack and the service was excellent and very friendly. The wait staff were helpful and attentive.

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