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Le Café Constant

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Parisians are a nostalgic bunch, which explains the popularity of this down-to-earth venue from esteemed chef Christian Constant. This is a relatively humble bistro with cream-color walls, red banquettes, and wooden tables, and you'll often see Constant himself perched at the bar at the end of lunch service. The menu reads like a French cookbook from the 1970s—who cooks veal cordon bleu these days?—but with Constant overseeing the kitchen, the dishes taste even better than back in the day. There's delicious and creamy lentil soup with morsels of foie gras, and the artichoke salad comes with fresh—not bottled or frozen—hearts. A towering vacherin (meringue layered with ice cream) might bring this delightfully retro meal to a close. On weekdays there is a bargain lunch menu for €16 (two courses) or €23 (three courses).

    Contact Information

  • Address: 139 rue St-Dominique, 7e, Around the Eiffel Tower, Paris, 75007 | Map It
  • Phone: /01–47–53–73–34
  • Website:
  • Subway: Métro École Militaire, Métro or RER: Pont de l'Alma
  • Location: Around the Eiffel Tower

    Restaurant Details

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

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    Best scallops I've ever had

    In part because of the proximity to our hotel, we decided to dine at Cafe Constant on our last night in Paris. What a way to spend our last dinner! The scallops (presented in half shells) were moist and perfectly cooked in butter and parsley- not a hint of grit. Yummy appetizers and nice wine list. Husband's meat entree was one of his favorite of our trip as well. English menu available. We sat at dinner time on a Saturday without reservations, although it was quite popular so I recommend making reservations if you don't want to wait.

    by krishelle, 4/27/09
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    Amazing and certainly not for the middle aged set as written!

    We went on our last night here despite the review saying "the menu reads like a French cookbook from the 1970s" frequented here. We figured if we didn't like the menu, we would try one of the other Constant restaurants on the same block. We read the menu and gave it a go. We were not disappointed!!!! The food is not old fashioned and is prepared and served in the Nouvelle Cuisine style with flavors that will astound you! My husband and I had a mid range bottle of wine our three courses each for a total 96 Euros (just the food would have been 64 Euros). What we ate: Myself - crab salad on new potatoes appetizer (phenomenal!), crispy shrimp with basil and potatoes (not the deep fried shrimp from home - the fresh shrimp were wrapped in rice paper with a basil leaf and pan fried YUM), and Chocolate Quenelles in vanilla soup (very rich). My husband - Foie Gras with toast (was kind of like a soup, he loved it), Turbot and risotto (both of which were perfectly cooked), and peach tart (fresh peaches!). When we go back this is a definite stop on our list and we would recommend it to anyone. Dinner starts at 7pm; be there a few minutes early - the restaurants two levels which are somewhat compact quickly fill up with both tourists and Parisians alike and reservations aren't accepted for small groups.

    by Merrrrcie, 8/31/09

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