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Chartier Review

This classic bouillon (a term referring to the Parisian soup restaurants popular among workers in the early 20th century) is a part of the Gérard Joulie group of bistros and brasseries, which discreetly updated the menu without changing the fundamentals. People come here more for the bonhomie and the stunning 1896 interior than the cooking, which could be politely described as unambitious—then again, where else can you find a plate of foie gras for €7? This cavernous restaurant—the only original fin-de-siécle bouillon to remain true to its mission of serving cheap, sustaining food to the masses—enjoys a huge following, including one regular who has come for lunch nearly every day since 1946. You may find yourself sharing a table with strangers as you study the old-fashioned menu of such standards as pot-au-feu and blanquette de veau.

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  • Reservations not accepted.
  • Credit cards accepted.
Updated: 02-19-2014

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    AVOID!!

    The restaurant is really beautiful with high ceilings and a rooftop window that lets the light in. That's about it.
    The food was not better, nor worse than any other place. And the service...My god! I have never before in my life met such a rude waiter. He was unbelievable from the start, treating us like something the cat brought in. We didn't feel welcomed at all and was about to walk off. The only thing that made us stay on after that introduction was that we, the night before, had walked pass the place and then saw the long queue, making us believe that there was something special about the food.
    The place was almost empty when we arrived, but nevertheless we were seated with another couple. The other couple asked the waiter about this but was brushed off. Then we both got the wrong food. In my case the waiter seemed to recognize the mistake but didn't try to correct it. In my boyfriends case there were bits and pieces missing from his dish – like the capers and the egg yolks of a steak tartar. By this time we had lost all our patience and just paid and left.
    I couldn’t give more than 1 in any of rating boxes since the atmosphere and the value, to me, is strongly linked with the service. The food was below average, with the fries seemingly been brought in from Mc Donald’s. Nothing to write home about.

    by Weinyard, 7/21/09
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    Avoid Chartier

    I went with my husband on our honeymoon. We went here for dinner one night because it was in our guidebook. We soon found out that it was in everyone else's guidebook as well. We had no expectations upon entering but it seemed like a neat place - historic building, high ceilings, etc. When we arrived there was no line up or wait list so we got in right away. We were seated and to our surprise it was at a table with another couple (that we did not know)! Okay, it was fine, we thought it might be part of "the experience" and we were up for it. The couple was just leaving and the girl whispered to me, "you'll have stories later...." and walked on. Now, I didn't know if she meant that in a good way or a bad way, but regardless, we had every intention of finding out for ourselves. Our server was a funny man - a Mr. Bean type fellow. We weren't too sure if he was just innocently clumsy or if he was straight out rude. We ordered,in our best (albeit limited) French, the salade de concombre for 1 euro, 90 cents. It was literally cucumber slices with parsley sprinkled on top. We didn't mind though, after all, for that price, what can you expect? We had also ordered our mains. Meanwhile we watched our server serve another table. He poured (hot) soup (for a solid 4 or 5 seconds) on one customer while handing another customer their food. It was almost comical as in you wonder if you are on a Candid Camera of Just for Laughs type of show. The customer was just as confused as we were as the server carried on as though it didn't happen - maybe he didn't notice. Then, (ironically after I just finished commenting to Matthew about how my water glass looked dirty) we watched the same server purposely throw a glass on the floor. He was trying to prove to a customer that they don't break. He then put the glass back with the rest of the clean ones. Hmmm...
    Next, a really nice older couple was seated at our table. They were from England and had also heard of Chartier from their guidebook. they ordered their food which arrived before our mains. This was annoying because we arrived and ordered long before. After the server brought their food, he came back to our table and crossed off Matthew's main course written on the paper table cloth (this is how orders are taken at Chartier, by writing it on the tablecloth). We figured out that this meant there was no more of whatever Matthew had ordered and he had to choose something else. We had been there for almost an hour before being informed of this so we were quite hungry and very annoyed. We made the decision to go elsewhere as it seemed everyone was getting served before us. Our server, who seemed to understand basic English previously, all of a sudden had no idea what we were talking about when we said we would like to pay for our cucumbers and we would not be staying. The British couple explained to him that service was "tres lentement" which means "very slow". He took our money and (sarcastically?) told us to enjoy our stay in Paris and I couldn't help but feel he would have been much ruder had the couple not been there.
    One the way out, there was an enormous line-up. I can see the charm of the place but our experience there was less-than-charming. Needless to say, we did have a story after.

    by newlywed1, 12/8/08

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