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Romantic dinner in Paris for non-gourmets

First trip to Paris this September with my wife and another couple. My wife will be celebrating her 65th birthday while there. Neither of us are "foodies" nor experienced enough to appreciate truly fine French cuisine. Looking for dinner recommendation at a unique, intimate restaurant to celebrate her B-day that won't break the bank. Atmosphere will take precedent over gourmet status.

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We really like Café Med on Ile St Louis (little island next to Nôtre Dame) at 77 rue St. Louis en l'Ile. It's charming, romantic, good food and very budget friendly.

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I like Bistro Vivienne, in the passage of the same name near the Palais Royale.
Grand Colbert, nearby, is very nice too.
Both have nice decor good food.

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I recommend researching Paris food blogs. Restaurant reviews are up to date and its rather fun. Paris by Mouth is a good one but the most formidable one belongs to David Lebovitz. Think you'll be able to find options that will please you both. Le Coupe-Chou might be something of interest to you.

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Le P'tit Trouquet 28 Rie de'Exposition and it is in the Rue Cler area. I have been there 3 x and it never disappoints! Make reservartions, very small place, not open for lunch.

This is my go to restaurant, love it . Very small place, reservations needed. Very pretty and intimate.

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La Calife Bateau....a dinner cruise with good food in a more intimate setting than the huge boats. The view of the tower when it lights up is a highlight. There will be birthdays, anniversaries and we had a proposal on our trip.

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We highly recommend a tiny spot in the Marais called L'Ang Vent @ a narrow / short street .... 20 Rue Ang (for "angel"). Intimate & absolutely delicious without pretense. It's not far from Paris' (Hotel de Ville) city hall on foot across Rue Rivoli. Call to reserve way ahead because they have just a handful of tables....& they're spoken for in advance.

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I agree with the recommendation to do a dinner cruise. We have not been yet, but some friends of ours were there last year and said it was very romantic. I expressed concerns about the quality of the food because my husband and I are "foodies". They said that the food was certainly not the best they had in Paris, but was very good, and the atmosphere couldn't be beat. I think they went with Bateaux Mouches, but there are others.

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Try Les Ombres at the Musee du Quai Branley. Indoor or outdoor seating with a wonderful view of the Eiffel Tower.