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Lapérouse Review

Émile Zola, George Sand, and Victor Hugo were regulars here, and the restaurant's mirrors still bear diamond scratches from the days when mistresses would double-check their jewels' value. It's hard not to fall in love with this storied 17th-century Seine-side town house with a warren of woodwork-graced salons. Christophe Guilbert's cuisine seeks a balance between traditional and modern, often drawing on Mediterranean inspirations. For a truly intimate meal, reserve one of the legendary private salons where anything can happen (and probably has). You can also sample the restaurant's magic at lunch, when a bargain prix-fixe menu is served for €45 in both the main dining room and the private salons.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 51 quai des Grands Augustins, 6e, Latin Quarter, Paris, 75006 | Map It
  • Phone: /01–43–26–68–04
  • Website:
  • Subway: St-Michel
  • Location: The Latin Quarter

    Restaurant Details

  • Reservations essential
  • Credit cards accepted.
  • Closed Sun. and Aug. No lunch Sat.
Updated: 02-19-2014

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    Romantic restaurant

    Reserved one of the private rooms for dinner and it was very romantic atmosphere. The waiter closes the door inbetween courses and you ring a buzzer when you need his service. Food was excellent - I had the monkfish cassoulet for main course and the mint souffle for dessert was like eating heavenly clouds. It definitely felt like old-school "Paris" like something out of the movie Gigi.

    by csickles, 2/18/07
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    Lapérouse Review

    My wife and I were celebrating her birthday. We were first shown to a table facing the kitchen door, with caned seats tearing at the back. When we asked to be moved to another location in the then practically empty dining room, the waiter actually argued with us and refused. While the maitre d' interceded and came to the rescue, an unfortunate tone had been set. The waiter who served us was obviously inexperienced and not up to the job. His many clumsy mistakes appeared at one point to mock fine Parisian dining. The sommelier tried his best and demnstrated some knowledge of the overpriced wine list, but his efforts were disrupted by one incompetent waiter or another. The food was average to good but completely uninspired (we each had tasteless crab from Brittany wrapped heavily in sliced white radish for an entree and rack of lamb in a wine sauce for the main course) and definitely not worth the exorbitant prices. We have eaten at many fine restaurants in France and don't mind paying high prices when the food and service are of a level warranting the cost. Laperouse may have been a great restaurant in its day, but that day is long gone. Rather than spend the money to fix the tattered furniture, upholstery, and decor, the prorietaires should put this struggling Paris institution out of its misery and make its historic building a museum.

    by goldfred, 12/19/11
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    Wonderful

    I recently took my wife to Laperouse while we were in Paris. We also ate a several Michelin-star (1s and 2s) restaurants during our vacation in Paris and the dinner at Laperouse was certainly as enjoyable, if not more, than the others. Our server, and the entire waitstaff, was very attentive during our meal. The service is definitely formal and the restaurant was very quiet which allowed my wife and I to converse with one another without having to raise our voices. As an added bonus, our table was by the window and overlooked the Seine which is beautifully lit at night. Food and wine: The menu did not have an abundant list of choices, but rather consisted of a curated list of some very delicious plates. My wife had the steak and I had the chicken. Both were excellent. I'm not that familiar with French wines so I asked the sommelier for suggestions and he suggested a moderately priced French pinot noir which I thoroughly enjoyed. The wine list was extensive and there were certainly other, more expensive, items if that's your fancy (e.g., Chateau Petrus). I would recommend Laperouse to anyone who wants a truly Parisian fine-dining experience with a beautiful view, excellent service and delicious food. The restaurant also has a rich history.

    by Alexander1972, 11/4/13
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    Wonderful

    One of the best restaurant in Paris ! Beautiful place in a wonderful city A delicious gourmet cuisine And a staff very nice and professional I deeply recommend this restaurant Thank you for this magic moment

    by KarynJohnson, 11/4/13
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    Laperouse - shocking and awful service!

    1. Our relatives from USA made a special gift delivery to Laperouse with wedding greetings and a huge bouquet of 60 white roses. Now we have the proves that it was delivered to the restaurant 20 minutes before our coming. Unfortunately we had not this information that evening and didn’t ask for the delivery that was not handed over to the newlyweds at all. 2. The privatization of the bar was not offered in due time according to my booking below; instead our wedding party had to share the bar with another jolly and noisy crowd while the restaurant made an extra gain. 3. “White gloves service” we asked for was indeed a little bit confusing: after we replaced from the bar to “La Boussole” room the waiters put the wine at the corner table, filled our first glasses and then closed the doors of the room leaving us with the clear table. During 1 hour we enjoyed bread and wine, serving us ourselves. With white gloves tact nobody disturbed us with any service. To initiate waiters’ further activity I had to go looking for them in the corridors of the restaurant… After we enjoyed appetizers this situation was reproduced another time. As a result all the diner we had to serve the wine ourselves. 4. And yet the bill we got included in a miraculous way both the bar privatization and the white gloves service. Dmitry

    by dimi97, 6/13/14

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