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Inexpensive restaurant in Paris 3rd or 4th and. for less than $30 per person?

Inexpensive restaurant in Paris 3rd or 4th and. for less than $30 per person?

Feb 14th, 2006, 06:38 AM
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Inexpensive restaurant in Paris 3rd or 4th and. for less than $30 per person?

Will be going to Paris for 4 days this May.

I do find this Fodor website helpful - but I am also overwhelmed with all the postings. Although there were many recoomended restaurants, on further research many cost at least 30-40 euros for a dinner (each).

We will be staying in an apartment on Rambuteau. Are there restaurants in that area (3 & 4) or the island, that cost not more than $30 per person? We are not big eaters, and don't go for 3-4 course meals. usually a main course with a glass of wine, and sometimes also a soup will suffice.

I know we can always go to fast food places - but I don't want to go all the way to paris to go to MacDonalds.

We are fairly mobile and can take subway etc. to other outer areas.

Thanks in advance.
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Feb 14th, 2006, 06:51 AM
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Here are my votes. I have listed these before. I think you can do well with any of these. I think Le caveau would be your best bet to get a great meal in a nice environment. Remember that getting extrats like wine and coffee can really run up the bill!

Le Caveau de l'Isle
36 rue Saint Louis en l'Isle 4e arr, Paris
Metro- Pont Marie (closer) or St Paul
Open everyday for lunch and dinner
www.lecaveaudelisle.com

One of my favorites. High quality and beautifully served food at a reasonable price. This bistro also has friendly service and a warm atmosphere. 3 course lunch or dinner is 19.95 euro. I've been there 3 times and I have never been disappointed. Its on the Ile St Louis so you can also do some shopping and sightseeing while you are here. Here are my reviews...

http://richardab.typepad.com/iheartp...eau_de_li.html
http://richardab.typepad.com/iheartp...eau_de_l_.html
http://richardab.typepad.com/iheartp...eau_de_li.html


Le Tir-Bouchon
22 rue Tiquetonne
2e arr., Paris
Metro - Etienne Marcel
www.le-tirbouchon.com

This is one of my new "finds" from my recent trip. Its a cozy little place with relaxed service and some really well prepared food. The food is what i would call comfort food like your mommy would make. 3 course dinner menu is 28 euro.

http://richardab.typepad.com/iheartp...irbouchon.html

For a good meal on the street or in your room pick up a fallafel at L'As du Fallafel, 34 rue des Rosiers in the Marais. They say it the best in the world. Across the street is Florence Finkelsztajn (19 Rue
des Rosiers), pick up a piece of their delctable and soft creamy cheesecake.

http://richardab.typepad.com/iheartp..._fallafel.html

One other place I like that i didn't go to this year was Le Relais Saint Paul, 33 rue Francois Miron. Its a soft lit cozy place where you can have a nice quiet dinner. The fixed price menu is pretty good and I really loved the cheese plate.

http://richardab.typepad.com/iheartp...ais_de_sa.html

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Feb 14th, 2006, 06:58 AM
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If you like Italian, try Sopranos. (yeah, I know this is Paris, but why not??)It's on the corner of Rue Caron right in St. Catherine's place in the 4th. This is not a 4* dining experience, it's a just a small cozy place with very good food and unpretentious service. This is not piles of pasta & red sauce; they have a wonderful menu that changes daily. If they are serving the Truffle risotto, try it, it is to die for. We easily had 2 entress and wine for under 40 euro FOR TWO. I hope that it is still there . . .

I think I know what you're looking for; I don't take anything away from folks who truly enjoy a fine dining experience, it's just not how we eat on vacation and I don't want to spend 85 Euro everytime we sit down! I'll post a few others in the same area and price range later when I am at home with my notes available.
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Feb 14th, 2006, 06:59 AM
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Richard, nice suggestions! I plan on adding them to my Paris notes.
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Feb 14th, 2006, 07:10 AM
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Thanks Richard and Grantop.

Yes I do like Italian food and will actually take a train from Paris to Cinque Terre and onto Venice. I make a mean risotto myself but will definitely check out the truffle rissoto!

John
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Feb 14th, 2006, 07:11 AM
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Richard,
Do the places you wrote about all require reservations or is it possible to "walk in" and be seated. I would like to try some of the places you mentioned, especially Le Caveau and would try and make a reservation if necessary. Thank you.
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Feb 14th, 2006, 07:17 AM
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Hi Lufty. In August, I was able to just walk in to Le Caveau de L'Isle, but that's August! It is a small place, so why not make reservations? They have a website. Enjoy!
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Feb 14th, 2006, 07:19 AM
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Grantop, thank you as well for your post and I do hope you have the opportunity to post some other ideas if time permits. I find myself with the same thoughts as yourself and Johnmango. Thanks very much.
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Feb 14th, 2006, 07:20 AM
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I simply walked into all of them. Le Caveau isn't one of those places that get overly crowded.

I suggest to go early or late. The French don't show up until about 8pm for dinner so going before that should land you a nice table.

I also recommend getting the book, Time Out Eating and Drinking in Paris. It has a lot of good ideas. You can also subscribe to Zagat.com and do a search by neighborhood and price range. Then you can print the pages and take them along.

By the way, here are the rest of my Paris favorites.

Le Bouledogue
on Rambateau

This is a nice typical French bistro on Rambateau. It may be a bit over 30 euro but its worth it. I don't know the address but its right in the central area where the shops are.

Le Petit Troquet
28 rue de l'Exposition 7e arr., Paris
Metro - Ecole Militaire

Excellent, Excellent, Excellent. Beautifully prepared food and a warm welcome. Service is humble and friendly. I thought the food was more creative than most other places. This place has a nice atmosphere and a good 3 course menu for 28 euro.

http://richardab.typepad.com/iheartp...it_troque.html

Le Florimond
19 ave Motte Piquet 7th arr.
Paris - Tel - 01 45 55 40 38
Metro - Ecole Militaire

A very friendly place near the Eiffel Tower with excellent food and a warm welcome. 3 course lunch is about 24 euro. Always a smile and yummy food.

http://richardab.typepad.com/iheartp...florimond.html


La Cafetiere
21 rue Mazarine 6e arr., Paris
Metro - Odeon

22 euro for a 3 course lunch. Located in St Germain. The food here is typical French and the atmospohere is tight but warm. Its a little more modern than most.

http://richardab.typepad.com/iheartp...cafetiere.html

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Feb 14th, 2006, 07:23 AM
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On rue Rambuteau itself there are lots of restaurants, cafés and bistros. I haven't eaten there myself, but I don't think you'll have any trouble finding somewhere reasonable that you'll like.
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Feb 14th, 2006, 07:43 AM
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I stayed in the 4th last fall. We found many places with a fixed menu price around 20-22 euros. This gave you a starter and an main. The selection was usually smaller with the fixed menu price, but it helped keep the costs down. We would just head out each night in a different direction and read menus (they are all posted outside) as we went. We always found what we were looking for at a reasonable price.
 
Feb 14th, 2006, 08:57 AM
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Dear John,

You can eat very well in Paris for 25E ($30) pp. No need to eat at McD's.

See, for example, http://www.vagenende.fr/us/p3.html



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Feb 14th, 2006, 02:27 PM
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Thnaks for all the suggestions - now I feel that we do have lots of choices.
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Feb 14th, 2006, 02:27 PM
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Thanks for all the suggestions - now I feel that we do have lots of choices.
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