Requesting suggestions for fine French cuisine on Rue Cler for a celebratory dinner for 2 to close out a Europe tour. Very pricey is okay, but we are excluding places that require suit and tie. Thank you
We were not thrilled with any of the restaurants on Rue Cler and I think, after three visits, we tried them all. This https://pottoka.fr/ on the other hand is a short walk from Rue Cler and we had fabulous dinners there. Reserve, it’s very small. Dress is casual.
Cafe du Marche has always been a favorite of mine but if you want a special place to go that's still close try Pasco, only 2-3 blocks away is excellent!! (reasonably price wise also)
We like Le Roussillon, on the corner of Rue Cler and Grenelle. We've been there four times, I think; maybe five. Or six. It's good, simple food. We've enjoyed their roast chicken, sea bass, snails. tuna steak, duck liver salad... The staff are very friendly. I think they all speak English, but they good-naturedly let me fumble in French.
They take reservations, but I don't think they're required. Last month a group of seven of us needed dinner after a cruise, and Le Roussillon took us in cheerfully.
Most of what I usually find in the Rue Cler area is not what I would call "fine" French cuisine but it IS French cuisine, offering various menu choices and in my opinion, delicious food. And for sure, NO suits nor ties! Just a short walk away is one of my favorite places, le Cafe Constant. Also nearby, you could google Petit Troquet and Le Florimand. If these don't suit for your celebratory dinner, try them when you are just looking for something good to eat!
Please don’t confine yourself to rue Cler with all the other RS American tourists. Venture out and experience Paris without being surrounded by English.
I missed the part in your post about "fine." Le Roussillon is good, but not "fine dining." And many of the people eating there are French. Not all, of course. It depends in part on when you go.
We have been to the Rue Cler area several times but found this little place nearby that is just wonderful and I highly recommend it... Le Septieme Vin. Intimate, lovely friendly people. Delicious food and wine. https://www.restaurant7emevin.fr/
If money is no object, check out Chez l"ami Jean in that general neighborhood.
The food is fantastic and it's a memorable experience.
Phil Rosenthal highlighted it on his Paris episode.
Reservations required ... it's small and always crowded.
For excellent dining you can wander a few blocks over and find three Christian Constant restaurants. All are located on Rue St Dominque within the same block. The one that requires no reservation is Les Cocottes and the food is wonderful and breads very good. The seafood ravioli had the best sauce I have ever tasted.
I second everything mbheart said about Le Septieme Vin. It's just around the corner and across the street from the Ecole Militaire metro.
Yes to Cafe Constant and a big no to L’Petit Troquet. Petit Troquet was very ordinary and we were so sorry that we wasted a dinner dining there. Full of tourists too.
Yes to Cafe Constant and a big no to L’Petit Troquet.
Just as a counter-point, I've eaten at both and found both to be excellent. I didn't think Troquet was ordinary in the least, but that's just my $.02
-- Mike Beebe
La Terrasse du 7ᵉ at 2 Place de l'École Militaire is very pleasant, not terribly expensive and probably a tad better than Pasco which is also very good. We enjoy the 3 Christopher Constant restaurants - Cafe Constant is the most casual of them with a more youthful clientele.
Oh, yeah, I had forgotten about La Terrasse du 7-ieme, probably because we didn't make it there this trip. But we ate there last year; great escargot, good salmon, and as I recall the wine was good, too. There's a terrace where you can have a drink, also both inside and outside seating.
Could I also suggest you give Cafe Constant a try.
I am currently in Paris for a week with my wife and daughter, having eaten here twice.
The staff are excellent, as were the meals.
While I am replying ,if you are going to the Orsay, take the time to have lunch there.
I would recommend 7th Eme Vin on Bosquet. It is a small bistro w/ chalk board menu that changes every day. Their wine selection is wonderful, even by the glass. I was solo and they were very kind and made me feel welcome. It is in the general area of Rue Cler.
Try Ralph's in the courtyard of the Ralph Lauren store on Boulevard Saint Germain. His store is housed in an old boutique hotel from the early 1900's, if ambience is your thing. The outdoor courtyard is filled with stuffed cushions and oversized umbrellas and lots of greenery. If the weather is iffy, there's plenty of inside seating. Earliest reservation is 7:30 - arrive early and sit in the bar area. Everything about our experience was a 10.
We just returned from our RS Best of Paris from 09/29/2019 - 10/05/2019. We enjoyed the Rue Cler market for just everyday coffee and lite meals. I would like to suggest a restaurant we thoroughly enjoyed just 3 blocks from Rue Cler. Le P'tit Troquet. You need a reservation, casual fine dining. https://www.leptittroquet.fr/en/