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“Best Restaurant EVER!”
Review of Chez Marcel

Chez Marcel
Ranked #140 of 17,515 Restaurants in Paris
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $72
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Saint-Germain-des-Pres
Reviewed June 3, 2014

My husband and I just returned from Paris. We stayed at Hotel Le Six in Montparnasse. Across the street was a little hole in the wall restaurant called Chez Marcel. We researched the restaurants we would visit during our week, but this one was not on the list. The first few restaurants were okay. We finally were tired of running all over Paris for dinner & asked our Concierge if Chez Marcel was any good. Yes! He said. Very good! So we asked the hotel to make a reservation for dinner for us. Well...this was by and far our most memorable meal in Paris. The restaurant is small, with tables tightly packed side by side. The staff is super friendly. You quickly find yourself laughing with other patrons. Foods are offered to taste, drinks too. The menu is not large, but the dishes are amazing. The food is in the style Lyonnais. I had a fish dish that I must learn to make at home. Everything was delicious. Everyone was warm and welcoming. You definitely get the impression that there are regular diners that eat at Chez Marcel quite often. If I lived in Paris, I would find my way to this restaurant on a regular basis. You leave feeling like you have eaten exquisite food prepared by an expert chef AND had an evening of entertainment to boot. Do not miss an opportunity to dine at this restaurant if you are in Paris.

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Reviewed June 3, 2014

A warm greeting is offered even before you have opened the door at. Chez Marcel. A fantastic relaxed atmosphere and superb traditional French food is what the place is all about. We sat next to two local gentlemen who offered us wine, spoke to us with interest and along with our hosts help us have our best night out in Paris. A must visit restaurant.

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Reviewed June 3, 2014

This little gem is only open Monday to Friday but is well worth a visit. It's a classic French bistro serving robust, hearty French fare in a warm, friendly atmosphere. The tables are very close together but that's part of the charm - you find yourself talking to your neighbours. Ours gave us very good advice on some places to see. We were warmly welcomed by the staff who took the trouble to explain some of the more unfamiliar dishes to us and our children. The snails were marvellous - even the children coudn't resist trying - and the coq au vin was divine. Was a very special evening and we will definitely return.

Thank Surreymumm
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Reviewed May 28, 2014

The patron dishes up a fantastic warm, welcoming atmosphere and the food was outstanding as well. The clientel starts as a mixture of French locals and tourists, all made to feel very welcome, and finishes the evening as almost entirely locals. The "French Restaurant" at its best. Worth a visit (or more).

Thank psdpub
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Reviewed May 25, 2014

The atmosphere created by the owner is superb. His recommendations in terms of both food and wine are good at reasonable price. Regular guests chat with tourists from all around the world and this is very friendly.

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Thank Victoire36
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