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Hôtel Relais Saint-Germain, 9, carrefour de l’Odeon (6th Arr.)
(33) 01-44-27-07-97 | www.hotel-paris-relais-saint-germain.com
HOURSSun.-Fri.: 12:00pm-6:00pm, 8:00pm-12:00am; Sat.: 12:00pm-11:00pm
BEST FORLunch; dinner
RESERVATIONSEssential for dinner (book months in advance); not accepted for lunch
PRICE (PRIX FIXE DINNER)EUR 70+
FAMOUS PLATESDinner set menu; seasonal specials; pork dishes
DRINKS AND WINEExcellent, reasonably priced wine list
# OF SEATS40
PRIVATE ROOM AVAILABLE?No
Be prepared for long waits at this tiny Art Deco “bistro-brasserie” by legendary chef Yves Camdebord. There are no lunchtime reservations allowed, so the colorful, mosaic-floored space is jam-packed from noon onwards with boho Left Bankers elbowing for tables from which to enjoy the delish set menu. In the evenings, the basic red-hued wooden tables are dressed up with crisp linens, the efficient staff spiffs themselves up, and the set menu goes from bistro to haute cuisine.
Self-consciously offbeat Left Bank locals mingle with foodies and with-it tourists.
WHAT WE WOULD WEAR
Smart casual; being appropriately dressed will help you get in during the lunchtime crunch.
GO HERE WITH
One or two friends (there’s no space to bring a group)
WHY WE LIKE IT
The food is fantastic, and extremely reasonably priced to boot! And sure, it may be crowded, but when you join the lunchtime line, you’ll feel like you’re in on a local secret. There’s even a certain charm to the boisterous, elbow-to-elbow dining setup.
WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE
Having to wait in line for lunch.
GOOD TO KNOW
When it comes to scoring tables, guests at Hôtel Relais get preferential treatment. If you want to beat the lines, try coming for a late lunch at around 2:00pm. And if you’re really in a rush, the cute next-door snack shop also run by Camdebord serves light bites like sandwiches and crêpes.
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