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Tous au Restaurant (restaurant week)

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Tous au Restaurant (restaurant week)

I'll be in Paris from Sep 14 to Sep 19 and I just realized that it'll coincide with the restaurant week (Sep 16 to 22)!

http://www.tousaurestaurant.com/en

From the website, there are 75 restaurants in Paris that are participating, offering "bring your guest for free". They won't start taking reservation until Sep 9. I'm wondering if anyone here has participated in this in past years? Is it hard to actually make a reservation?

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1. Re: Tous au Restaurant (restaurant week)

No experience of this scheme in particular, but it seems to be one of the many autumn initiatives to boost turnover, along with http://www.legout.com/ (oldest initiative of this kind, IIRC) or http://www.fete-gastronomie.fr/fr/ among others

Can't say I'm overly impressed by the Parisian restaurant selections (did not browse through all 75 of them but the 5-6 I know would rate only average in my book). If you would like a wider, permanent selection of good deals, try http://www.thefork.com/city/paris/415144

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2. Re: Tous au Restaurant (restaurant week)

Thanks. So sounds like it's nothing to be overly excited about and certainly not something that I should plan my trip around to accommodate.

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3. Re: Tous au Restaurant (restaurant week)

Which 75 restaurants? I entered Paris and am still getting 14 pages of restos ..including lunch/dinner boat cruises and 58 Tour Eiffel, that can surely be of interest to some. There are a few places I'd go to, too, and many more I would avoid, but am not sure I saw the correct list.

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4. Re: Tous au Restaurant (restaurant week)

As I understand this event in the past, many restaurants offer deep discounts but limit your choice, sometimes offering special menus for this event. Ordering off the regular menu may not be an option. So you have to balance the deal and your expectations.

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5. Re: Tous au Restaurant (restaurant week)

May be it's not 75 then, I might have misunderstood by seeing Paris (75) from the selection menu. None the less, I do think there are some highly ranked restaurants there. I'm just not sure how quickly these selections will be gone once the reservation can be made.

I tried looking through thefork.com and unfortunately the booking function seems to not be working.

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6. Re: Tous au Restaurant (restaurant week)

75 is just the number of the 'département' (administrative division of France)

Edited: 06 September 2013, 17:17
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Yes -- did it last year. Was not able to get my first choices, however, but saved a bundle! Problem is that they begin taking reservations at 10 am Paris time on Sept 9. So, if you are on the North American east coast, you will have to be at your computer early. A few of the truly famous restaurants (like Guy Savoy) have only one particular day on which to make the booking. The problem I have with the situation this year is that many of the restaurants have not posted their menus or the prices yet!

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10. Re: Tous au Restaurant (restaurant week)

I went for lunch at 1 Vendôme two years ago. Loved it. Just tried to book for Laserre now, but their server is over loaded.