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Aug 4th, 2011, 09:35 PM
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Paris - restaurantes and bistrots on a budget

Researching for restaurants / bistrots in Paris where I can find good french food on a budget way. (For budget I would say a 3 couse meal for no more than 25/30 Euro per person )
If you had a good gastronomic experience in Paris where quality and budget were compatible , please let me know. Thanks
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Aug 4th, 2011, 09:45 PM
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Price depends on your neighborhood, what wine you are drinking, and what desert or cheese you have after. Menus are always posted near the door. Shop around.
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Aug 4th, 2011, 11:14 PM
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I agree with spaarne. Not being a foodie, I will always find a place in the area where I am ending my day rather than go all the way across the city to a special place (and still risk disappointment!).
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Aug 5th, 2011, 02:40 AM
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I also agree with the above posters -- check the menu boards in front of places wherever you are.

If in the Marais, we like Equinox (Rue des Rosiers) -- decent food at a reasonable price -- but you have to check the chalkboard -- sometimes the menu selection is not as good as other times. They have 17 Euro 3-course menus. (At least they still did in May.)

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Aug 5th, 2011, 03:16 AM
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Lots of all inclusive menus available. In the Marais we like Le Bouquet St Paul. Try the Bistro des Comperes on rue Charlemange
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Aug 5th, 2011, 03:18 AM
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eurocheapo.com Paris excellent cheap bistro info for u...

good general budget city guides and lodging info too.

Have fun,
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Aug 5th, 2011, 04:29 AM
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Rerstaurants post their selections and prices outside, so you can browse (and trasnalte) before going in.

I did not use the word 'menu', but rather selections.

Many restaurants will offer one or more 'menus' ( or sometimes 'formule'), By that, I mean an all inclusive meal: starter, main, and desert (no drinks). Within the all inclusive, you may have a choice from a pre-defined list (e.g. soup or snails as starter, fish or chicken as main,etc...)

You will see this advertized as a 'menu'. So a restaurant might have a 15 euro menu, and a 20 euro memu. The 20 euro one will have 'better' items. Kind of like specials of the day. These are often good value.

If you order from their regular selection, you are ordering from the 'carte' (aka a la carte).

That being said, I think you can find meals in that range.
Look around your hotel to start.

For example, look at this site:

http://www.chezclement.com/

and select offres.

Drink and Desert for 9,8
Beef carpacio 16,
Formule (meal) 14,90
Stuffed tomatoes 13,80 on Tuesdays
Seafood aioli 15,20 on Thursdays
Lamb 19,90 on Sundays

This is a small chain restaurants. I've eaten at their St Michel resto.

Chez Rene is another nice bistrot, on the Left Bank, near the Seine. Catherine Deneuve used to be a regular when she lived nearby. It is in the Michelin Red Guide. A mid-week 'menu' is 30 euro. Traditional french food.
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Aug 5th, 2011, 05:13 AM
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Here's a link to a posting of mine from earlier this year - and within it is a link to our blog from 6 weeks in Paris. We had a similar budget to yours and several restaurants fit the bill well (albeit mainly at lunch).

http://www.fodors.com/community/euro...nt-roundup.cfm
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Aug 5th, 2011, 11:19 AM
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As noted in some other threads, I have a list called "A Selection of 80 Inexpensive and Good Parisian Restaurants (French Cuisine Only)" published by Paris Eiffel Tower News around 2006 (so may not be completely up to date). We have liked the handful on the list we have tried so far. I don't see it anymore on their Web site, so if you want the pdf file (22 pages, by arrondissement) email me at [email protected]
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Aug 5th, 2011, 12:37 PM
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"Eurocheapo.com" is hotels, didn't see a thing about restaurants or dining on that site.
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Aug 5th, 2011, 02:44 PM
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Good advice above. I would also add signing up for Zagat online or to purchase the Paris Zagat Restaurant guide. I use it in every major city we visit and I have find it indispensable. It offers reviews by patrons only as well as it's different categories - neighborhoods, top rated, trendiest, food style, etc etc.
I make a few choices and mark on my map for the area I will be visiting that day.

www.zagats.com
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Aug 6th, 2011, 06:31 AM
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Chez Clement near St. Michael is the one with the pots and pans all over the wall isn't it? Can't tell from the picture.
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Aug 6th, 2011, 06:58 AM
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Cafe de la Tourelle, tiny restaurant on rue Hautefeuille, very near Pl. St-Michel. Good traditional food, three course prix fixe at 24 euro. House wine is good.
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Aug 6th, 2011, 08:06 AM
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A La Biche au Bois, 45 av Ledru-Rollin in the 12th arrondissement. Very good value, strong on game, great cheese course, only open weekdays.

Le Pre Verre, http://www.lepreverre.com/en/paris.html in the Latin Quarter. Very good value lunch menu at 13.50 (which includes wine) and dinner at 29.50 (don't think this one includes wine).

Cafe Constant, http://www.cafeconstant.com/1en.aspx in the 7th arrondissement. Excellent value at lunch, well below your budget. Slightly over your budget at dinner.
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Aug 6th, 2011, 10:07 PM
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Sorry to cut in Claudia but asking relevant question to restaurants; is there a set time when restaurants start the Dinner menu?
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Aug 6th, 2011, 11:45 PM
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greenerpastures on Aug 7, 11 at 2:07am
Sorry to cut in Claudia but asking relevant question to restaurants; is there a set time when restaurants start the Dinner menu?


19h00 in France. Earlier in Scandinavia and later in the Mediterranean countries.
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Aug 7th, 2011, 02:39 AM
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Greenerpastures, most restaurants do not serve continuously. They are open a couple of hours for lunch and then close until 7 or 7:30, sometimes later, for dinner. Brasseries and many cafes have continuous service if you need to eat at other hours.
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Cheers thankyou!
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