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    GAYA RIVE GAUCHE

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    Gaya Rive Gauche

    44, rue du Bac (7th Arr.)

    Paris

    (33) 01-45-44-73-73 | www.pierre-gagnaire.com

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    • CUISINE

      Seafood
    • HOURS

      Mon.-Sat.: 12:00pm-2:30pm, 7:30pm-10:45pm; Sun.: Closed
    • BEST FOR

      Lunch; dinner
    • RESERVATIONS

      Essential
    • BAR

      Yes
    • YEAR OPENED

      2005
    • PRICE (MAINS; DAILY SPECIAL)

      EUR 15-45; EUR 50
    • NOISE

      Medium
    • FAMOUS PLATES

      Fresh seafood creations; seafood gelee; dessert
    • DRINKS AND WINE

      Excellent wine list
    • # OF SEATS

      25-50
    • OUTDOOR DINING?

      No
    • PRIVATE ROOM AVAILABLE?

      No
    • METRO

      Rue du Bac
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    VIBE

    When flamboyantly avant-garde chef Pierre Gagnaire turned his hand to reinventing this humdrum neighborhood fish restaurant in 2005, it blossomed into a dazzlingly modern culinary poem dedicated to fruits de mer that now draws the savviest (and sexiest) of the Parisian style set. The downstairs minimalist-yet-elegant ocean-themed dining room (think a pearly color scheme and fish scales on the walls) is the place to see and be seen, though it can be hard to scope the competition once the inventively presented seafood creations arrive.

    CROWD

    It’s an eclectic, buzzing mix of media and design types, graying foodies, starry-eyed couples, and waif-thin models pouting for their well-coiffed beaus.

    WHAT WE WOULD WEAR

    The dress code is smart casual; we’d wear a cute outfit from our favorite trendy young designer.

    GO HERE WITH

    A date; friends; family; clients or colleagues

    WHY WE LIKE IT

    The food is marvelous (don’t miss the desserts!) and the scene has a more fun, fashionable vibe than other, more staid, haute cuisine joints around town. We also like how it’s more relaxed and substantially lighter on the wallet than Gagnaire’s other Parisian venture.

    WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE

    Unless you’re famous, the service can be stiff.

    GOOD TO KNOW

    Gaya has no other locations, but Gagnaire’s eponymous triple Michelin-starred restaurant on Rue Balzac is also worth checking out. (He’s also the mastermind behind the menus at Sketch in London and the restaurant at the Mandarin Oriental in Hong Kong.) Lunch is not served during the month of August.

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