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“Interesting and different fondue restaurant”

Le Refuge des Fondus
Ranked #2,374 of 16,839 Restaurants in Paris
Price range: $21 - $29
Cuisines: French, European
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Neighborhood: Montmartre
Worcester, UK
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232 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 173 helpful votes
“Interesting and different fondue restaurant”
Reviewed December 31, 2012

This is an experience rather than fine dining.

I have had (and even made) much better cheese fondues and the starter and dessert are fairly basic.

However, this a fun dining experience, closely shared with the other diners since there are just two long tables (you have to climb over if you're seated on the inside).

We found the person who was serving, who we think is the owner, to be friendly and helpful. Speaking French to him rather than English might have helped.

The wine served in baby bottles was entertaining, although the wine was basic table wine (as would be expected).

For the price we thought the experience was worthwhile, although we would not return.

  • Visited January 2012
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Gavirate, Lombardia, Italy
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“VERY PARTICULAR EXPERIENCE”
Reviewed December 3, 2012

Very nice and basic restaurant in the Montmartre district.
Only 2 big tables where you enjoy dinner side by side with other people from all over the world, so nice and friendly place.
For sure you already know that if you go to "les Refuge des Fondues" the menu range is very short: cheese or meat fondue. But it's simply stunning, especially the chees one.
You can have wine, Coke or water served in feeding bootles.
Definitely a place to go if you want to have a different and particular dinner in a very nice area of Paris, not reccomended if you want to have a quiet and tête-à-tête night.

Suggestion: book if you don't want to wait 30min outside.

  • Visited July 2012
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Thank JohnBelushi85
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Swadlincote, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 202 helpful votes
“Quirky, keep an open mind and you love it !”
Reviewed November 13, 2012

I have been there now 5+ times spread over several years and I like it every time again. It's quirky, odd, different, an experience. I read some of the poor reviews and understand where they are coming from. Basically keep an open mind, yes the owners treat you like, uh, not a customer, but that is the whole point, it's so different. It's simple food but I've always found it tasty and for Paris standards the price is not bad either. Go there with a few people, a mixed group, meet others, talk, it's more a cantina then a restaurant. You like 5 star dining, don't go, you like an experience and the actual food is second, go go go !

  • Visited December 2011
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Thank spamobile
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Helsingborg, Sweden
1 review
“Great restaurant with awesome athmosphere”
Reviewed October 28, 2012 via mobile

Really really good meat fondue!! If u come here haveeat fondue and NOT cheese! That you eat in swiss!! Service is really nice and although the restaurant is really tiny doesnt matter. Ull enjoy it. And sometimes u meet really nice ppl in the restaurant. All over the world and you can buy a baby bottle ;)

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Paris, France
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“High expectations to low realizations”
Reviewed October 28, 2012

I heard about this restaurant from a lot of people, therefor, it's super well known and very touristy. I'm used to the French wait staff being slightly unfriendly, but this had to take the cake. The food was overpriced, about 20/person, they were obviously in a hurry to get us in and out of there very fast, and they were not willing to explain to us how it worked in terms of sharing a pot. The room is small and crowded, and the fondue was sub-par. Clearly they make a stinking profit off all the people who come in, serving cheap cheese fondue, stale bread, and canned fruit for dessert. Go to a different bar if you want the baby bottle experience - this place is NOT worth it.

  • Visited October 2012
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3 Thank Hannah C
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