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“How about a little art nouveau?”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Bouillon Racine

Bouillon Racine
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Ranked #651 of 16,854 Restaurants in Paris
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$17 - US$65
Cuisines: French, European, Gastropub
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Good for: Groups, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Neighbourhood: Odeon / Saint-Michel
Description: The famous Bouillon Racine is in the district of the celebrated Parisian university of the Sorbonne. This splendid brasserie was created in the art nouveau style by the Chartier brothers in 1906. The building itself is a listed building and the interior has been painstakingly renovated to its former splendour. The chef Alexandre Belthoise proposes a menu mixing modern and traditional French with specialities such as stuffed milk pig, beef stew or the creme brulee flavoured with maple syrup. The Bouillon Racine takes you on a wonderful journey through time back to the Paris of the 1900s.
Ridgefield, Connecticut
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“How about a little art nouveau?”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2014

Our travel book had this restaurant rated as "the pick" of the district, so we figured we owed it to ourselves to have dinner there. It is one of the restaurants in Paris that still has much of the original interior, in this case classic art nouveau, so the enviornment was a plus. The menu was classic French cuisine, but with only 5 or 6 entrees. We generally don't eat red meat, but against the other options, the steak entree seemed to be the best pick for us, and we admit the cut of beef was very nicely prepared, tender and tasty. The one distraction to our meal was the heat. The evening we visited Bouillon Racine was on a day in the low 90's, so it was still in the sultry mid-80's at 8PM, and there was no A/C. The restuarant has large doors that open to the sidewalk, and they were ajar to let what little breeze there was come in. Paris in general is not big on A/C, and if you haven't experienced Paris in a heat wave, you may want to seek out places that use A/C, and save this restaurant for a cooler evening.

Visited July 2014
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Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Great Art Nouveau restaurant in the heart of Paris!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2014

Absolutely loved this. Walked in on a Tuesday night and got seated even though I had no reservations. The waitstaff was very friendly and the food was traditional as well as more contemporary french. Lots of locals having dinner with a few tourists (including myself)
It's is a trip back in time!

  • Visited April 2014
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Oswestry, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2014

To me, and yes this a personal statement. This place just ticks the boxes. The staff, service, food, ambience and wines just do it for me. Every visit never fails. Make sure you book early especially for a Friday night.

Visited June 2014
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Syracuse, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Gorgeous art-nouveau interior and very good food.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2014

I actually ate here twice in the lat two weeks. I was attending two different conferences in the immediate area (one at the Sorbonne) and each had its conference dinner here. This seems to be the go-to restaurant for large groups (20+) of people. They have a large space upstairs and appear to have lots of experience with such events. Because these were conference dinners, each menu was pre-set, and I enjoyed both meals. The first consisted of a nice green soup (sorrel? pea? asparagus?), the leg of some sort of fowl (chicken I think), and a citrus tarte (lemon? mango?). I wasn't sure what I was eating at each stage but everything was pretty good. The second consisted of a mushroom risotto, a nice fish chowder "en croute," and a creme brûlée. I found this menu to be even better than the first. Both were nice memorable evenings.

  • Visited July 2014
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1 Thank Michael D
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Paris, France
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“poor food, poor service, pretty place”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2014

This is the kind of restaurant that makes visitors to Paris think that French food is overrated. We had a truly mediocre confit de canard, served on top of COLD beans. This is the easiest dish in the world to prepare (it's canned) and Bouillon Racine did a particularly bad job of it.
The desert, unsweet berries under a thickish white glob, was left uneaten by over twenty people. Simply inedible.
As for the starters, the soup was ok, but people had trouble getting through the fish concoction.
The service reminded me of Moscow under Brezhnev. ("meat or fish?" then a long wait with random results)
Of course it is the location and decor that save this place.
The upstairs is really very beautiful.
If one could only go there for a drink, gawk at the space and get out it would be fine.
The experience is rather spoiled by the food.

  • Visited June 2014
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