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    Benoit

    20, rue St-Martin (4th Arr.)

    Paris

    (33) 01-42-72-25-76 | www.benoit-paris.com

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    • CUISINE

      Lyonnais Bistro
    • HOURS

      Daily: 12:00pm-2:00pm, 7:30pm-10:00pm
    • BEST FOR

      Lunch; dinner
    • RESERVATIONS

      Recommended; book online
    • BAR

      No
    • YEAR OPENED

      1912
    • PRICE (APPETIZERS; MAINS)

      EUR 18-28; EUR 24-43
    • NOISE

      Medium
    • FAMOUS PLATES

      Foie gras; cassoulet
    • DRINKS AND WINE

      Great wine list
    • # OF SEATS

      75
    • OUTDOOR DINING?

      No
    • PRIVATE ROOM AVAILABLE?

      Yes
    • METRO

      Chatelet; Hotel de Ville
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    VIBE

    Practically since the day it was first opened by a Lyonnais butcher in 1912, this classic bistro has held a privileged place on the Paris society scene. Every mayor of Paris has dined here since its founding and, though the surrounds are now decidedly vintage (think solid wooden furniture, ultra-starched linens, and profuse potted plants) and the standoffish service a bit dated, the clientele remains as rarefied as ever. Of course, it probably helps that the traditional menu has been buffed up by none other than Alain Ducasse (with a newly minted Michelin star for the restaurant to prove it).

    CROWD

    An odd mix of Parisian ultra-elites and tourists.

    WHAT WE WOULD WEAR

    Smart casual: think effortless Parisian chic. We’d wear a sharp blouse, tailored trousers, and flats.

    GO HERE WITH

    Friends; a date; parents; clients or colleagues

    WHY WE LIKE IT

    It’s a great spot for an upscale lunch. (We prefer to skip out on the snooty scene that collects here at dinnertime.)

    WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE

    The quarters are quite cramped, and we could do without the pretentious service.

    GOOD TO KNOW

    When booking, ask for a window seat, and avoid the touristy back room at all costs. The restaurant is usually closed during the month of August.

    CLOSEST COMPS

    Chez Georges (Paris)


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