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“Great for a drink and quick meal”
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Le Zimmer
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Ranked #1,405 of 17,424 Restaurants in Paris
Price range: $26 - $41
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Les Halles
Description: Just after the war of 1870, Alsatian families wanting to remain French settled in Paris and created large breweries (cafés) according to their tradition: Le Zimmer, Wepler, Dreher, Bofinger and others still testify today. At its creation in 1896, Le Zimmer of the Place du Chatelet is the most beautiful of the three cafés belonging to the company of taverns Zimmer. The ground floor room with its elegant ceiling, differs by the finesse and sobriety of its floral decoration from other Parisian brasseries of the same era. An upstairs bar welcomes guests to chairs and sofas. The success is such that the establishment needs to be rapidly expanded. On the eve of the First World War, it developed on four levels. In the entresol, a dining room can accommodate one hundred and fifty guests. On the upper floors, lounges and private cabinets are arranged for more intimate meetings... The history of Le Zimmer is closely linked to that of the Théâtre du Châtelet: doors used to allow spectators to go directly to the ground floor room and the living room on the first floor. Le Zimmer attracts many artists and writers: Jules Verne, Emile Zola, Sarah Bernhardt, Gustav Mahler, Claude Debussy, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Richard Strauss, Arturo Toscanini, Edmond Rostand, Marcel Proust, Serge de Diaghilev, Guillaume Apollinaire, Igor Stravinski, Vaslav Nijinski, Pablo Picasso and many others attended this café. During the "dark years", the network of resistance "Honor of the Police" gathered in the vast basements where a cache, whose access is unknown today, would have allowed several families to escape the antisemitic persecutions . During the occupation period, Le Zimmer hosted some secret meetings of a network of police resistance. In this sense, the mayor of Paris and the prefect of police have affixed a commemorative plaque to the names of Edmond Dubent (commissioner of police and founder of the group "The honor of the police"), Charles Henri Porte (commissioner of police) , Paul Turgne and Raymond Boudier (national security police inspector), as well as Marcel Pruvost and Raymond Micheli (policemen), all were arrested in this place and then deported. In 2000, its owner, Jean Luc Gintrand, entrusted the renovation to the talented decorator Jacques Garcia who was able to restore an authentic soul to this place full of history and thus make the Place du Chatelet one of its finest Parisian café.
Phoenix, Arizona
Level 5 Contributor
92 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Great for a drink and quick meal”
Reviewed June 14, 2013

This restaurant is very casual, busy and has great people watching a few blocks from our hotel. We were seated quickly even though the place was busy and it was 10:30 pm.We had a good wine and beer and shared a Croque Monsieur with a side salad. It was so good. One of the best Croque Monsieur I have ever had.

  • Visited April 2013
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Fort Myers, Florida
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142 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
“Great 1st Paris Dinner”
Reviewed June 14, 2013

After 18 hours of travel time to get to Paris and a quick shower, my wife, 2 kids (20yr & 16yr) and I found Zimmer nearby. We couldn't have asked for a better 1st dinner in Paris. The service was great (even though slow like everywhere in Paris) - they gave us english menus - indulged my attempt to order the whole meal in french - which I failed miserably - but they let me try. The food was great, the price was fair, and the decor was classic brasserie. Fit perfectly!

  • Visited June 2013
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West Point, Mississippi
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25 reviews
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“So Parisian!”
Reviewed June 7, 2013

Ate at this lovely spot with a friend and then returned the next day - nice waiters and chic customers. Zimmer was very busy at lunch, but I had no problem being seated. I will definitely dine here again. It's just across from the Chatelet Metro stop.

Visited May 2013
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dallas
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102 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Delicious Food and Excellent Service”
Reviewed May 26, 2013

We were fortunate to be given a table without a reservation, even though the restaurant was crowded. The food and wine were delicious, especially the choucroute. Our waiter was pleasant, professional, and quick. The location is good, too - between Notre Dame and the Lourve. We will look forward to returning to Le Zimmer.

  • Visited April 2013
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Newton, MA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Nice”
Reviewed May 1, 2013

We passed this restaurant several times as we left our hotel and it was always busy morning, noon and night especially the outdoor cafe area. We ate here on our third night and it was very good. The prices were reasonable and our dinners nicely presented. The insided dining area was quite crowded and the tables very close together as one so often finds. We would recommend.

  • Visited April 2013
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