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Parisian snobbery coming back?

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Parisian snobbery coming back?

Four of us just came back from a 5 night sojourn to Paris - we stayed at the Westin Paris Vendome across from the Gardens. Now, all of of have been traveling to Paris (and other parts of France) since the 80's.......and it was in the 80's & 90's when the legendary restaurant snobbery was at its height. However in the late 90's and most of 2000 it almost completely disappeared - but I am here to tell you it is back. Four out of the six restaurants we went to - all highly rated - were very disappointing. Completely ignored - having to sit and wait for 15 to 20 minutes before we finally had to either get up and personally speak to a wait staff or just all of us getting up and leaving. This just does not make business sense. A successful restaurant should encourage their staff to promptly serve their customers and provide excellent service which, in turn, encourages good PR and repeat business. Crazy - and it seems to be unique to Parisians only - not in other parts of France. So, back to the "good old days" again? Hope not.

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1. Re: Parisian snobbery coming back?

Which restaurants.... ?

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<<and it was in the 80's & 90's when the legendary restaurant snobbery was at its height.>>

Is that so? Funny, I never encountered it,or even heard about it. Is that historically documented?

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3. Re: Parisian snobbery coming back?

Wow that sucks.. my friend and I got up and left Proscope , we had reservations, we arrived on time, we were seated, but after 15 minutes no menus were presented and no service came to table. We got up and left. I have better things to do with my money.. people should vote with their feet.

I suggest you name the restaurants that treated you this way. I understand long waits between courses , food cooked fresh and to order takes time, , but after I am seated I expect to at least be greeted, given a menu and perhaps a drink order taken within the first 15 minutes.

I don't regularily dine at high end places but have had some experiences over last 30 years or so but don't recall a time when service was regularliy snobby..

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4. Re: Parisian snobbery coming back?

Aside from the naming / reviews of said restaurants, do you mean it's taking time to get someone to bring you the menu once you are seated, or to get the waiter at your tbale afterwards (i.e. to order or between dishes)? In the first case, it can indeed be a frustration. In the second one, it would rather have to do with the sense of food enjoyment prevailing in France as compared to other parts of the world where meals are more utilitarian, and rushed (see the numerous threads on this forum regarding speed of bill arrival upon end of meal)

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7. Re: Parisian snobbery coming back?

I don't remember the last time that we had a meal at a high-end restaurant, so am not able to comment. We usually have eaten at small cafes and bistros, where the service is basically walk-in.

This was our practice at the places where we had meals (cafes and bistros). We either decided quickly on our meal and closed our menus, thus indicating that we were ready to order, and/or we signalled the waiter. We did not have to wait an inordinate amount of time.

I am giving the above advice for first-time visitors who may be reading this post. In the event that they may drop by a small, casual place, they should know that they may have to indicate that they are ready to order their meal, rather than wait for the waiter to come to the table immediately. At places with reservations, I agree with Joan1 in post #3.

I agree with the other posters that full disclosure is important.

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