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La Closerie des Lilas

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Saint-Germain-des-Pres
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171 boulevard du Montparnasse, 75006 Paris, France
+33 1 40 51 34 50
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12:00 - 14:30
19:00 - 23:30
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Sun - Sat 12:00 - 14:30
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I spent a lovely evening st the Closerie des Lilas for a special family dinner. Expensive yes , but it did not disappoint. The service was excellent. They were very attentive to the younger members of our group- the only children in the restaurant- and to the adults to whom they spoke in alternating languages. Food was very good also.

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Drammen, Norway
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Brought my wife here for a Saturday lunch. We were greeted friendly and asked if we wanted the restaurant or the brasserie. We selected the brasserie and weer given a nice table. Service was good, food great and the recommended whote whine to go with the lobster raviole and the fish main course was excellent. Nice Parisienne atmosphere. Will definitely... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My partner and I spent an entire month in Paris virtually exclusively for visiting the places Hemingway lived, drank, walked parties. This restaurant/bar is one of them, a little over 5 minutes from the site where Hemingway rented his second apartment, although the building has been torn down. We rented an apartment not far down the street. When Hemingway frequented... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This Paris institution did not disappoint from a food and ambience perspective with one exception. The waiter was not paying attention to the food allergies of one of our party despite being told of said allergies during the ordering process. As a result one of the dishes was served with food the individual was allergic to. If the individual did... More 

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Marietta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As you enter the restaurant, there is a small area where fresh seafood is being prepared. So unique. We ate in the brasserie (less expensive, more casual side). There is a piano bar in the middle so we enjoyed music throughout our meal. Our waiter was so thoughtful and provided amazing service. The food was outstanding as well. We ordered... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

I was recommended the Brasserie option rather than the formal restaurant and had an incredible experience. Food great throughout and we had a variety of dishes on our table of 6. Nice ambiance helped with a pianist and immaculate and friendly service from the staff. Couldn't fault it.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

We love this establishment - and make a point of visiting every October if we can.Its a great place for an early drink before dinner - which can be in either the bistro or more formal restaurant .Its also a great place for a late cocktail after a dinner.Not cheap but a bit of old Paris in all it glory.

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

Okay, this place is pretty classy, and I am not a big fan of classy, but the fact that Hemmigway used to drink here back before it was really classy was the main reason that I came here. However when I asked them where Hemmingway used to sit the waiter simply said 'somewhere inside' and when off to serve what... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

I came here because of Hemmingway. And we realized that it is really an elegant place which you can feel from the price and from the good service you got. The starting bread was really good, and the red wine we picked was so good that until now I still miss the taste. The food here is good, but compared... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

Enticed by the covered outdoor seating we stayed for lunch and a bottle of Rose. Quiet and screened from the hustle and bustle of Montparnasse. Will return some day for more substantial fare.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
French, European
Meals
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 - 14:30
19:00 - 23:30
Monday
12:00 - 14:30
19:00 - 23:30
Tuesday
12:00 - 14:30
19:00 - 23:30
Wednesday
12:00 - 14:30
19:00 - 23:30
Thursday
12:00 - 14:30
19:00 - 23:30
Friday
12:00 - 14:30
19:00 - 23:30
Saturday
12:00 - 14:30
19:00 - 23:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 171 boulevard du Montparnasse, 75006 Paris, France
  • Location: Europe  >  France  >  Ile-de-France  >  Paris>  > Saint-Germain-des-Pres
  • Neighbourhood: Saint-Germain-des-Pres
  • Phone Number: +33 1 40 51 34 50

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Saint-Germain-des-Pres
In Saint-Germain-des-Prés, life is effortlessly chic and all things are beautiful. The main boulevard is dotted with famed terraced cafés, haut-couture shops, ivy-covered railings and fine-dining restaurants. Antique dealers and art galleries surround the fine art school and small museums hide in unassuming squares. The neighbourhood’s namesake church is the oldest in Paris and is the backdrop for talented musicians every weekend. The Luxembourg Gardens house the national senate, splendid lawns and flourishing flower beds. Famous faces and bourgeois Parisians frequent Saint Germain accompanied by the students of Rue Saint Guillaume and Rue des Saints-Pères. This is a neighbourhood where afternoon people-watching from a café or playing cards in a brasserie are a key part of the daily fabric.
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