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This pocket handkerchief contemporary bistro is in the hands of chef Maximilian Wollek and his enthusiastic youthful team. A market-fresh culinary scor...
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PRICE RANGE
£30 - £54
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
CUISINES
French, European, Healthy
FEATURES
Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service
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Reviewed yesterday

Very cosy place with nice, friendly, and considerate staff. Excellent food - a fine dining experience in bistro format.

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 5 days ago

We booked Bistrot Instinct online for lunch on a Wednesday. It was so delicious that we booked another lunch on Saturday. Both times it was outstanding. The young man who took care of us was attentive and delightful. The food was superb. My husband‘s sea...bass was the best he’s ever had. Innovative selections in a cozy atmosphere with nice music – – book it so you don’t miss out!More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Maximilan Lou Simon, Propriétaire at Bistrot Instinct, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you so much for those words ! Happy you, not one but, two very nice lunch with us !

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Service, food and wine were excellent! We had an asparagus appetizer and the crab appetizer and we split the fish for dinner. Highly recommend!

Date of visit: May 2024
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Maximilan Lou Simon, Propriétaire at Bistrot Instinct, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you very much ! It is very kind :)

Reviewed 1 week ago

My favorite restaurant I ate at in Paris. Every dish was a 10/10. Service was helpful and kind. The house made cocktails were a highlight, and there is a well chosen wine list. The one-hour egg dish appetizer is full of surprising and delightful flavors...and textures. The Chateaubriand main course was a delicious cut of beef cooked a perfect medium rare, with fluffy bites of potato. The Sesame profiterole was a creative and delicious take on the french classic. I will remember this meal for a long time and hope to return again!More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Maximilan Lou Simon, Propriétaire at Bistrot Instinct, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you very much for your advice ! Happy to be one of your best meal in Paris :D

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Excellent food. Excellent service. Thoroughly enjoyed the experience for my wife’s 40th birthday. Merci beaucoup to all

Date of visit: May 2024
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Maximilan Lou Simon, Propriétaire at Bistrot Instinct, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you very much ! Happy you had a nice moment for your wife's birthday !

Reviewed 1 week ago

Faultless modern French cuisine at its best. Run by a small team of professional and friendly staff, we had a lovely evening in this small bistro. From start to finish the service was exceptional and the food was of a high standard without being overly...fussy. Next time we are in Paris we will make a bee-line to this charming bistro.More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Maximilan Lou Simon, Propriétaire at Bistrot Instinct, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you so much for this very nice advice, thank you for the staff and see you next time :)

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The real deal!!! A cozy, intimate bistro with food that is outstanding from the presentation to the final bite. Services is attentive yet not overbearing. We were fortunate to have a table upstairs that provided us either views of food preparation below. I recommend the...lamb (perhaps the best ever) and the sea bass. It was a perfect dinner.More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Maximilan Lou Simon, Propriétaire at Bistrot Instinct, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much ! Happy you liked the deal with us ;) It is very kind thank you so much !

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Cannot recommend highly enough. I had the Perfect Egg, which was indeed perfect. And the combination of ingredients in the sea bream dish were amazingly flavourful. Husband is still raving about his chateaubriand main course and rhubarb dessert. The staff are super. Very helpful, informative...and friendly.More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Maximilan Lou Simon, Propriétaire at Bistrot Instinct, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thnak you very much for this advice ! it is very kind :) And thank you for the staff :D

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent food, perfect and English speaking service and the willingly helped with my food allargies. The lamb was cooked to perfection and the apple tart very fresh. Quite basic interior.

Date of visit: May 2024
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Maximilan Lou Simon, Propriétaire at Bistrot Instinct, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you Thomas ! Happy you get a nice diner in the Bistrot !

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a perfect little bistro. We booked in advance (recommended), having heard how popular it was - it was almost full when we arrived. We received a very friendly greeting and were shown to our table. I had been looking forward to their champagne cocktail,...but when I looked at the menu it wasn't there - this was no problem and they made one for me. The food was outstanding, I am quite a picky eater, my husband is the foodie. I mentioned a couple of things I wasn't too keen on and they swapped the ingredient for something else. It wasn't a cheap evening, but it was well worth the money - service is fantastic and the staff are genuinely enthusiastic about what they are providing. We'll be back in Paris in July and will be booking again. Highly recommend a visit.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Maximilan Lou Simon, Propriétaire at Bistrot Instinct, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you very much ! It is a very nice advice ! We are happy you passed a good moment with us, and see you in july :D

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent food, service and atmosphere. I had the egg parfait and the fish, both were excellent but the egg was outstanding. Husband had the sea bream ceviche (stunning) and chateaubriand which he reported was perfectly cooked and delicious. The main seating is all upstairs, approx...12 tables mostly 2 tops and a few 4’s, so quite small - a nicely cosy vibe. Excellent service from both our servers (who spoke fluent English). The night we dined there was a mix of French and English speaking patrons (we are Australian, the tables around us were all Americans) - I suspect not many locals come here? The place really cleared out at 9pm so I’d recommend lunch or an early dinner - plenty of sidewalk bistros nearby for a post dinner drink. I would definitely recommend and return.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Maximilan Lou Simon, Propriétaire at Bistrot Instinct, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you so much. Happy you loved your experience with us ! See you next time so ;)

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A friend had recommended this restaurant to me. I made reservations, accordingly. The day of my reservations, I realized I was going to be late with the Paris traffic. I called the restaurant to notify them I was going to be late. I was just...not late, but extremely late by 35 minutes because it took an hour to get to the restaurant via Uber and getting lost due to Google Maps not working properly on my phone to find the restaurant. I decided to show up anyway to tell myself that I at least tried to make it, even seeing Google Maps showed the restaurant was closed. To my surprise, the restaurant allowed my family and I to be seated. The wait staff did not rush the ordering and provide exceptional service. Thank you for being understanding of the situation (because I was completely stressed out being so late sitting in traffic) and accommodating. Your staff went above and beyond to provide exceptional service. My last day in Paris was memorable because of the wonderful food and customer service provided by your wait staff.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Maximilan Lou Simon, Propriétaire at Bistrot Instinct, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you so much for this advice and thank you for the staff ! Happy you decided to show up !

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

On a recent trip to Paris, my wife and I found Bistrot Instinct by chance, and we were very pleased. The menu was balanced with fresh ingredients, and there was enough variety to please just about anyone's taste. The food was outstanding and Lou our...waiter was exceptional. I would highly recommend a visit.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Maximilan Lou Simon, Propriétaire at Bistrot Instinct, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for this very nice advice ! Happy you liked the food and the service :D

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Just a delightful experience, from start to finish. The friendly greeting at the door, the delicious and innovative food, the very well-chosen (and fairly priced!) wines by the glass, signature cocktails, delicious desserts -- all fantastic. And perhaps our favorite part of the meal was...watching the chef plate our dinners, taking exquisite care to make the presentations beautiful. Don't miss this place!More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Maximilan Lou Simon, Propriétaire at Bistrot Instinct, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you so much, we are very happy you had a good exeprience with us !

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A delightful meal that lived up to its reputation. Bright and clean. Sweet, knowledgeable, and attentive staff. Laid back with an impeccable culinary presentation and sophisticated palette. Truly first class and at a very reasonable price. Hard to beat!

Date of visit: April 2024
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Maximilan Lou Simon, Propriétaire at Bistrot Instinct, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you so much for this nice advice ! It is very kind words for the team !

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I believe they only take reservations a month in advance, at least that’s what my travel agent told me this past spring.
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