Looking for a restaurant for dinner in the ST. Germaine area. We are staying in the Vendome area but everything in the area looks pricey and elegant. We can walk to the St Germain area instead. We have two kids ages 5 and 7. Something classic and not very expensive. .
We had dinner at Le Depart twice in November with our teens. The location is prime, right across from Notre Dame, so I thought it would be awful. Turns out it was the best burger my son ever had, great steak & gratin potatoes, great beuf bourgignon! A large menu with reasonable prices. Our waiter was wonderful.
We returned a couple nights later hoping for more gratin potatoes, but that was a daily special. It’s not super fancy, has indoor and outdoor seating, a wide variety of options, and is open 24 hours. The surrounding area is very fun to stroll through also.
My favorites in that area are:
Les Deux Magots
Léon de Bruxelles
There is a Canadian ex-pat place near there that may be more budget and food friendly for the youngsters. The Great Canadian Pub. My son and I stopped there a few years ago because it was the only place we could find that was showing the NBA playoffs on the bar TV. Typical burger, fries, poutine.
Check out La Jacobine as well. It is more budget friendly, if memory serves.
Firstly, there are a number of very inexpensive restaurants very close to Place Vendôme. At 28 rue du Mont Thabor is l´Ardoise, which is excellent for the price. A small bistro just to the east where I occasionally go for dinner is le Rubis at 10 rue du Marché Saint-Honoré.
Secondly, near St Germain (no e at the end), at 3 rue Saint-Benôit I might suggest Au Pied de Fouet which is very simple, basic French cuisine. It is not expensive and kids should be very comfortable there. Also, just a few doors down on the same street is le Relais de l´Entrecôte, a very popular and inexpensive steak restaurant. Either of these locations should meet your expectations.
My favorite cafe, Grand Cafe Capucines, is about a 7 minute walk from Place Vendome. The interior is gorgeous and I find the prices rather fair. At lunch time if you book using La Fourchette's app you can get a very nice discount.
Thank you! What is la fourchette app? Sounds interesting
La Fourchette app is available in English as the Fork. Some of its deals are a bit dubious, extending the prix fixe or menus to include additional items from la carte and selling them as discounts but it pays to check what is offered.