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“Maybe our best meal in Paris”
Review of Au Vieux Colombier

Au Vieux Colombier
Ranked #3,731 of 17,515 Restaurants in Paris
Price range: $15 - $29
Cuisines: French
Neighborhood: Saint-Germain-des-Pres
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Neighborhood: Saint-Germain-des-Pres
Reviewed June 8, 2013

It was about 2:00 and we were walking down the street thinking about lunch. We saw this place, looked at the outside menu and decided to go in. The restaurant was full of Parisian workers on their lunch break. A very pleasant young man found us a good table. He was very friendly and efficient. Three of us ordered the flank steak and one ordered the duck comfit. WOW! All of us were pleasantly surprised. The steak was very tender, the sauces were great and the duck fell off the bone the way it is supposed to. As we were leaving our waiter did, too. I was impressed that he never made us feel rushed even though it was the end of his shift. We ate at a lot of restaurants on our trip but this is the one we talked about the most and the one we compared the rest of them to.

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Reviewed April 18, 2013

This is our 4th trip to Paris and we've had spotty luck with eating out in all parts of the city. Before heading out tonight, we consulted TripAdvisor and selected this place for price and good reviews. Very good choice. I initiated everything in French but the waiter was very happy to serve in English. This was professional service, too: he always knew what was going on at our table, but we never noticed him until he was there refilling our wine glasses.

The food was very good as well. The Thai beef salad had nicely grilled beef, about medium-rare, and using good-quality cuts that were tender and lean, with a subtle dressing on green beans and salad leaves. My only beef (sorry!) was that the soy was there but the ginger was lacking. Still, a good dish and a solid value. The salmon tartare was lovely and nicely paired with the cucumber-yoghurt sauce.

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Thank TrevorLucas
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Reviewed April 7, 2013 via mobile

Nice atmosphere. Helpful staff. Food is simple and surprisingly good. It seems like just a bar. But we had lamb chops and duck confit. Both were really good.

Thank Jeff N
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Reviewed February 18, 2013

On my every trip to Paris I seek out this place (even if it's not convenient)for an Irish coffee!
It's truly a work of art!
The food looks and smells terrific and the staff is always friendly inspite of me not speaking French. Grab a window seat and enjoy!!!

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1  Thank Fly4Love
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Reviewed December 28, 2012

We arrived there by chance, and found that chance was the proper word in French as well, ie luck. At noon, this small, unassuming, streetcorner restaurant was almost empty. It was overfull at 1 pm, with people waiting to get a table. We could understand them, having relished our "Plats du jour" (spicy cod on mediterrenean-style vegetables, and chicken with spaghettis in creamy mushroom sauce) and "cafés gourmands". "Cerises sur le gâteau" : a smiling and helpful waitress, and cosy tables in intimate arrangements (despite the small size of the place). A really good surprise.

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Thank André K
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