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Bouillon des Colonies

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Odeon / Saint-Michel
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3 rue Racine, 75006 Paris, France
+33 1 44 32 15 64
12:00 - 15:00
19:00 - 23:00
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Sun - Sat 12:00 - 15:00
19:00 - 23:00
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The food is great, the service is great and the place looks great. Everything was delicious and had a refined taste while the price was very reasonable. Really great!

Thank Matthew C
Boca Raton, Florida
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38 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The restaurant has a unique decoration: African Masks, part of a World War I plane fuselage, safari hats, African masks, and others. It is rather small, if you come with a large group they don't give you much space to wiggle around. Because of the lack of space to move, somebody spilled wine on my blouse; we called the waiter... More 

Thank Marrakesh2012
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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94 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

The good: Friendly waitress, best crème brulee in times, nice ambiance, spatious enough. The bad: strange combination of spring rolls, some lettuce leaves and Rice is not a main course to me. Tasty spring rolls though. The ugly: the duck pastilla was a strange combination especially with the bean mousse. Pastilla should be crisp imho. This was soggy though and... More 

Thank Geerten
Saint Louis, Missouri
1 review
Reviewed 16 September 2016 via mobile

My husband and I just happened on this place and had an excellent experience. Very attentive service, interesting concept and menu, very reasonable prices for this part of Paris. Risotto was wonderful as was the chocolate cake. Wine Menu rather limited but super reasonable and just fine.

Thank Kristine14231
Silver Spring, Maryland
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136 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2016 via mobile

My husband and I dined at Bouillon des Colonies after first trying its sister restaurant next door, Bouillon Racine. Its menu reflects the cuisine of France's far-flung former colonies, and includes Asian, African, and Middle Eastern fare. The spring rolls were fried, not fresh as I expected, but very good. I had an African sampler platter that included various vegetable... More 

Thank Athena222
Geneva, Switzerland
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161 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 February 2016 via mobile

Every time I am in Paris I visit the Bouillon des Colonies. It has a cozy atmosphere and the food is good with a tasty touch of overseas. It is also very well located relatively close to Notre Dame. Don't get confused with the nearby Bouillon Racine, same food but more upscale atmosphere and prices. Recommended.

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Victoria Capital Regional District, Canada
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193 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 January 2016

The food and staff were both great here (and English is widely spoken), but the real treat is the venue. I felt like I had time travelled to Belle Epoque Paris. I was disappointed that I didn't meet Toulouse Lautrec.

Thank Nancy882
Lydick, In
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36 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 November 2015

Don't go to this place if you are an English speaking person. The service is terrible as this is an overflow and after thought fron the restaurant next door Le Bouillon Racine, which I also suggest you avoid! They share a kitchen and food passes between the two through the dinning room. We went fifteen minutes withou anyone in the... More 

Thank RcMil
San Diego, California
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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 September 2015

If you're in the 5th or 6th arrondissement this bistro is a good pick. It is just off St-Michel near the Sorbonne, easy to find. The menu is wide enough to satisfy most palates but still very creative, and the deco is unlike the typical Parisian experience. More Africa than France per it's name.

Thank GypsyGrandmum
Davis, California
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26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 June 2015 via mobile

Enjoyed dinner mid-week here. I agree with other comments that the menu offers unusual flavor and combinations, and we confirmed the kitchen is shared with the larger, fancier, and inevitably more expensive restaurant next door. Cod with red curry was delicious as an entrée, and fried spring rolls were a well prepared starter. Chocolate dessert was delicious. One person was... More 

Thank Mike H

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 11 - USD 34
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 - 15:00
19:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 15:00
19:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 15:00
19:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 15:00
19:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 15:00
19:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 15:00
19:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 15:00
19:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3 rue Racine, 75006 Paris, France
  • Location: Europe  >  France  >  Ile-de-France  >  Paris>  > Odeon / Saint-Michel
  • Neighbourhood: Odeon / Saint-Michel
  • Phone Number: +33 1 44 32 15 64

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Odeon / Saint-Michel
As the bustling center of entertainment for the residents of the Rive Gauche, the activity at Odéon never stops. Boulevards are lined with traditional cafes, restaurants, and boutique cinemas. The streets surrounding the fountain at Saint-Michel provide eateries from around the world. Lively bars are just next door and the prototypical terraced French brasserie is on every corner. The setting for this area is second to none; the Haussmann-style boulevards are contrasted by monumental architecture and overshadowed by the iconic Notre Dame, all within a moment’s walk from the Seine. This neighbourhood's world-famous bookshops, cafés, and streets will not fail to impress you.
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