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Paris dinner recommendations for Christmas and New Years Eve

I will be in Paris for Christmas and New Years with my husband and our good friend. We are looking for suggestions for a restaurant that will take reservations for a late lunch / dinner on Christmas and a dinner for New Years Eve. We were thinking for New Years Eve to go to Restaurant Les Ombres, but weren't sure if it was worth it. I did look and online reservations are not yet available for December.

My husband and I hav both been to Paris for Christmas in the past, but our friend has not. Any other tips or suggestions for these 2 holidays would be appreciated. We did find the Christmas concert at La Sainte Chapelle, and will be booking that for after Christmas- has anyone been?

Thank you!

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Relive the days of La Belle Époque for a dinner at Le Train Bleu. This excellent restaurant, dating back to 1900, in the Gare de Lyon offers good food in a unique atmosphere and is one of the few restaurants open and taking reservations on Christmas Day. I had Christmas dinner here with friends a few years ago and Le Train Bleu was a very Parisienne experience.

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Thank you Phillip. I will go and check out this restaurant. By chance- are you familiar with Les Ombres or have any other tips for the holiday season while in Paris?

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I'd recommend Le Coupe Chou - near the Pantheon. Its quite wonderful and the ambience is perfect for that time of year.

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We've been to the concert at St Chapelle, just not at Christmas. The musicians we saw were top notch and the concertmaster a real crowd pleaser. It was very enjoyable.
Try to pick a performance that overlaps sunset. You get to see the stained glass illuminated as the sun sets, then finish the concert with the interior darkened. The visuals enhance the music.

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Thank you Dave and Bob. . . . Dave- I have added this to my list to check out. Bob- I have just purchased the tickets as I am worried it might sell out.

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My friends and I are going on Bustronome. It's a bus that drives you around and feeds you a gourmet meal. We're going for dinner on Christmas Eve. I hope it will be a tasty meal with good wine and a lovely drive through the city of light.

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We've been in Paris for NYE several times. We prefer to have a great meal on Dec. 30 instead of on NYE. It's less crowded and better service. Then on NYE head out to Avenue des Champs-Élysées early enough to get a great place to stand to watch the celebration. Or hang out on one of the bridges.

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Check out Paris by Mouth for Christmas Eve and Day. There are a couple of places that will have special menus for those days.
We'll be in Paris for Christmas this year. We're going to make a reservation at a restaurant for Eve. For Christmas Day dinner, we're taking our 12-year old daughter to the Eiffel Tower for a tasting menu. Kind of cheesy, but I think it will be fun and I've read good things.

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thank you for the tips-
1. G2rryCee- have you done this bus before? It does sound interesting, but might do it for one of the nights we are there for an interesting experience.
2. Debbie- we are thinking we might make a reservation by the Eiffel Tower to be away from the crowds, but appreciate the tips about the crowds if we decide on being near the Champs...
3. Rerumsey- we will certainly check out Paris by Mouth