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“Super Calife-ragilistic!”
Review of Bateau le Calife

Bateau le Calife
Ranked #24 of 18,464 Restaurants in Paris
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
Reviewed August 19, 2014

My girlfriend and I visited Paris this summer as our first holiday abroad together. We decided that, although both being students & hoping to have a relatively cheap trip away, we should book just one meal together to sit as the centrepiece of our visit to Paris.
Bateau Calife offered us the most stunning meal experience. Located on the River Siene directly opposite La Louvre and next to 'Love-lock Bridge', the atmosphere was amazing from the offset. The staff were beyond any expectation I had anticipated & bent over backwards to help us; constantly refilling empty glasses with the water, or wine on our table & spoke with an eloquent level of English.
As though the ambiance of our 2 hour voyage along the River Siene wasn't enough, dim lighting on board the boat and atmospheric music set the scene even more; as we ate and drank whilst passing some of the most famous Paris landmarks, including the Notre Dame, The Eiffel Tower and the Parisian Statue of Liberty amongst many others.
The menu is extensive, but split into two; one cheaper and one more expensive. Both of us enjoyed the €64 meal, which was more than adequate, offering 3 courses all of exquisite taste and appearance. A complementary glass of champagne was graciously handed to us upon boarding the Bateau Calife as well as small hors d'oeuvres which were a lovely surprise. The wine list catered for all levels of wealth and sophistication.
One truly gets the impression that this boat is a not a commercial business, though truly professional. Booking prior to the meal is recommended as it is popular.
I have recommended this dining experience to my friends and will do again and again, what an inspired place to eat.

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Reviewed August 14, 2014

We had a perfect evening on the Bateau le Calife. The boat itself is very attractive. We were warmly welcomed and shown to our table. All tables have a view so everyone should be happy. The choice of food was good and every course was delicious. The service was excellent. The cruise along the Seine was wonderful and perfectly timed to pass the Eiffel Tower just as the 10:00 pm lights started sparkling. We said in advance that we were celebrating a birthday and as a result the dessert came with a fanfare and a sparkler. Highly recommend for a special occasion. Cannot believe anyone would be disappointed by the experience.

1  Thank m1ssmagoo
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Reviewed August 13, 2014

A very nice and smooth boat ride with beautiful scenery throughout. If you plan to go for a river cruise, you might as well enjoy some good food at the same time - much more romantic than having someone talk you through the attractions or having floodlights beaming off the boat onto the monuments like many river cruises have! It's also a nice choice for friends who want to hang out over dinner.

They have 2 menus; we felt that the cheaper menu was better value. Service was good, the service staff was attentive and very friendly.

The terrace seats give you the best view of the sights but do check out the bar and music room on the lower levels in between courses or after dinner. Makes for a nice place if you need to get a bit more room (to dance and be a bit more rowdy?) after dinner. If you are with kids, better to stay off the terraces (the tables are set up quite close to each other) and head straight below deck for a much more relaxed dinner. We thought that the left side of the boat had slightly better views, but it could be a case of "grass is greener on the other side" :P

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1  Thank PetrinaCho
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Reviewed August 13, 2014

Be warned: there is no air conditioning on this boat! We cruised on a night when it was in the 90's outside and inside the boat it felt like 100. The dinner was delicious and beautifully presented, but it was impossible to enjoy it when it felt like we were riding in the oven. Our roof was glass, but did not retract, and there was no escape from the heat. Recommend this dinner cruise, but only on a cool night.

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Reviewed August 12, 2014

This splendid dinner was the highlight of our trip to Paris. The boat itself is small, wooden and lit with lanterns that give off a wonderful glow and make for an intimate feel. The top is glass, allowing for 360 views the entire cruise no matter which way you are facing. The departure time allows for much of the first part of the trip to be completed as dusk is just starting and is set to arrive at the Eiffel Tower at exactly the moment it sparkles. The staff could not have been nicer, and the food was the best we experienced the entire trip. Yes, it's a bit pricy, but the cruise and meal is an event you will remember for a long time.

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1  Thank Shannon P
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