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Would you eat at any of these Paris Museums?

Would you eat at any of these Paris Museums?

Apr 24th, 2006, 12:58 PM
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We didn't like the cafe at the Orsay, too crowded and rushed. We did, however, enjoying an early evening dinner at the main restaurant. Although it's unfashionable, we preferred to eat as soon as the restaurant opened for dinner to get a window table and watch evening fall on the city. The food was certainly palatable, reasonably priced, and the setting was undeniably gorgeous. Also, if you get there when dinner is first served, you see the center buffet in its pristine picture-perfect condition, rather than battered by scores of diners.
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Apr 24th, 2006, 01:20 PM
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Brunch at the Jacquemart-André museum is one of my favorites. The room is beautiful and the food's quite good.

I like Café Marly, too. Not for the food (which isn't bad), but just for the vibe and the setting.
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Apr 24th, 2006, 01:34 PM
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Jacquemart-André for tea

What is the name of really fancy restaurant in the Musee D'Orsay? That one is really worth going to just so you can be seen!!!!

I judge the merits of a restaurant by how much I remember what I ate there. Don't remember what I ate either place, but I sure remember the flower arrangements!

Cafe Marly was a big "oh, brother." Would rather eat at a thousand places more than that. Don't you just hate it when that happens - especially in Paris.
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Apr 24th, 2006, 04:54 PM
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I seem to gravitate to the Cafe Marly, maybe because it's so easy to find, (when my feet need a break!) and I love the ambiance. The food is OK, a little pricy for what you get, but I usually just get something light and enjoy sitting there and enjoying the scene. I think it's worth it.
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Apr 24th, 2006, 05:14 PM
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I am sorry but I have no memory of prices. I have excellent Selective Memory

I feel that way about Cafe Marly too, Sue. I especially enjoyed hot chocolate one year, in March, when it was sunny and windy and chilly and we were sitting outside.
The cafe at D'Orsay has a fabulous smoked salmon dish..capers and toast and such..

How sad to get food poisoning on a trip..it happened to me in Bermuda years ago and I still remember that more than the other 9 days there
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Apr 24th, 2006, 05:21 PM
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Btike & Scarlett

I noticed that on the Orsay website, it said there are three eating areas:
Fancy Restaurant, Cafe, and a more cafeteria style area. I was confused about this - I only noticed the fancy restaurant and the cafeteria.

We got sandwiches and drinks in what I believe is the cafeteria.

You both mentioned the cafe, but is this referring to the cafeteria style area, or the restaurant?

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Apr 25th, 2006, 05:28 AM
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My wife and I really enjoy the small cafe, up on the 2nd floor of the Richelieu wing of the Louvre. A lot of antiques, comfortable chairs, great view, excellent service and the food is very good.

The last time we were there (last summer), a quiche and salad was 7 or 8 Euros.

It gets packed around lunch, so we have a late breakfeast elsewhere and go to this cafe around 2 or 3 o'clock.
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Apr 25th, 2006, 10:35 AM
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I really enjoy having lunch in the main dining room of the Orsay, and didn't think it was that expensive in comparison to other restaurants.

The Orsay has two other eating areas (both of which were very crowded and didn't look that pleasant when I was there, so I went to the main room). I thought the cafe and cafeteria were basically the same thing (not sure, I didn't eat there), but you can also go up some stairs from that room to a small snackbar type place that is not particularly pleasant at all.

I've only eaten in the food court area of the Louvre and food that quite adequate and convenient. It has a lot of different choices, so you can choose what you want. The food I've had has been fine, just typical sort of cheap cafe quality. Any kind of food at the food court would depend on the place you chose, they can't all be bad, and there are many different owners.
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Apr 25th, 2006, 10:41 AM
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I usually have a light lunch at the Orsay main dining room. It is not cheap, but I would not call it expensive. I am used to San Francisco prices, I guess.

The ambience is special enough that it is worth trying once, IMHO
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