We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Steak tartare?

Which Paris hotels are on sale?
dd/mm/yyyy dd/mm/yyyy
See hotels
Charlotte, North...
Level Contributor
85 posts
Save Topic
Steak tartare?

Will be in Paris in November. What are some recommendations for steak tartare?

Paris, France
Level Contributor
3,464 posts
Save Reply
1. Re: Steak tartare?

Depends a bit on your area of stay, but aside from the usual suspects among well known brasseries (Closerie des Lilas, Severo...), I quite like the ones of Louchebem (meat specialist, their all-you-can-eat three-meat plate is great value) as well as Brasserie Balzar (which also happens to have one of the best Baba au rhum in Paris).

Loire Valley
Level Contributor
6,856 posts
7 reviews
Save Reply
2. Re: Steak tartare?

My recommendation is to never eat steak tartare at a restaurant where you dont know and trust the kitchen

London, United...
Level Contributor
3,740 posts
25 reviews
Save Reply
3. Re: Steak tartare?

I second the Wizards wise words, raw egg and raw meat, this is not a dish to be eaten at the wrong resto.

Los Angeles
Destination Expert
for Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
Level Contributor
10,909 posts
105 reviews
Save Reply
4. Re: Steak tartare?

It's everywhere. I try to make sure the restaurant posts the country of origin and tend to prefer places that actually name a particular region or supplier as their source (or will tell you if you inquire). Know and trust the kitchen is key - but I have a couple of small tips about how you begin that relationship.

I can tell you *not* to have it at Café Procope or Closerie des Lilas. Avoid any tourist restaurant for this particular dish. The place where I like it best is on my "must keep secret" list (would be funny to share all our hidden favorites - I'll bet no one has the same names on their list). In short, you can find it many places (near Place des Vosges, we found Le Trésor which is regarded by many as touristic restaurant - and I suppose it is, although many people there were speaking French...and the steak tartare was as good as at Bouillon Racine at the edge of the 5th-6th, which was excellent - the surroundings and service helped make that a memorable meal).

For every restaurant like Le Trésor that one of us recommends, you can probably find counter-reviews. But I liked their steak tartare and indeed, every steak tartare in Paris except at the two places named above. I did make sure the place listed where its beef for the tartare comes from (really fancy restaurants probably don't do this, but as I've not been to one, I wouldn't know).

Edited: 15 September 2013, 00:52
Denver, Colorado
Destination Expert
for Paris, Denver
Level Contributor
5,878 posts
22 reviews
Save Reply
5. Re: Steak tartare?

Naive vegeterian quesiton - why would ordering steak tartare require intimate knowledge of the kitchen staff? I'm assuming, that, like sushi, if a restaurant serves food-poisoning type food, it won't last long?...Or reviews at yelp, etc will point out the dangers?...

Le Bugue, France
Level Contributor
14,097 posts
5 reviews
Save Reply
6. Re: Steak tartare?

I have had excellent steack tartare at La Fontaine de Mars.

Los Angeles
Destination Expert
for Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
Level Contributor
10,909 posts
105 reviews
Save Reply
7. Re: Steak tartare?

To put this delicately, the two restaurants I mentioned were apparently not overly concerned about food poisoning. And I had read this forum and gotten tips (including to pay attention to whether you see food sitting out by the kitchen for awhile, waiting to be picked up and I should have had a light bulb go on over my head, but it's a long story, and I did not follow my instincts or advise someone else that I had this instinct; obviously my instincts need some work).

I was sorry one time and someone else was sorry on the other occasion.

Chicago, Illinois
Level Contributor
23,054 posts
76 reviews
Save Reply
8. Re: Steak tartare?

most food poisoning is never traced to a restaurant legally and customers come and go and are out of town and there is no followup

our only food poisoning in Paris was at a non-touristy restaurant filled with locals and the offending dish was a salad composee followed by classic staph food poisoning almost to the exit timing -- I am sure if one complained, they would be told -- oh it wasn't us or you can't prove it was us or you must have had a stomach bug -- and most of the time no one says anything . We certainly had no idea how to call the health department as might in the US and so did nothing.

Paris, France
Level Contributor
25,245 posts
32 reviews
Save Reply
9. Re: Steak tartare?

Hippopotamus serves quite good steak tartare. Since it is a steakhouse chain, the staff know how to handle beef, cooked or uncooked. The origin of the beef is always indicated.

Edited: 15 September 2013, 06:03
Victoria, Canada
Level Contributor
21,480 posts
84 reviews
Save Reply
10. Re: Steak tartare?

Keroauc thats a great recommendation I wouldn't have thought of... we tend to dismiss chains, but it makes sense if they specialize in meat dishes.