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#1,593 of 13,837 Restaurants in Paris
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very good food medium service . Extremely slow service , more than 45’ from order for the starters and 45’ from starters to main dish.

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 5 December 2023

Near the end of a three week vacation in the Netherlands and France I wanted to arrange a special dinner for my husband’s 64th birthday in Paris (celebrating a birthday in Paris doesn’t sound so bad). We came upon La Closerie des Lilas on our...way to explore the Luxembourg Gardens. Just one look at the place and I thought it would be a great choice for a special occasion. I made a reservation for the next day (very much recommended because La Closerie des Lilas gets very busy). What can I say? It was an absolutely wonderful experience. The atmosphere was lively and the restaurant and brasserie are beautiful. No wonderful this place was a favourite of Ernest Hemingway. The staff told me they could do a birthday dessert, complete with candle, as well as a happy birthday flourish from the piano player (whose playing was so good). The food and service were fantastic--friendly and incredibly professional. I had hoped for a nice birthday dinner and what I got was, by far, the best dining experience of this vacation. La Closerie des Lilas is such a great restaurant that it’s one of those occasions where I walked out and was pretty much astounded by how wonderful the experience was. Many, many thanks to the first-rate staff for providing such a great birthday evening. Not just an outstanding dinner experience, but one of the best travel memories I’ll keep of my 2023 vacation.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Berengere GERARD, Marketing at La Closerie des Lilas, responded to this reviewResponded 13 December 2023

Bonjour David, It's a pleasure to read your comment, it's to customers like you, who make us happy, that we owe the good atmosphere to our restaurant, we hope you'll want to come back and we'll be delighted to serve you again, thank you! La...More

Reviewed 4 December 2023 via mobile

Waiter was extremely mean, during the whole time we didn’t feel welcomed there. And finally, we’ve ordered main dish (Roasted game partrigde cep mushroom fricassee salmis sauce) and barely touched it, because the dish had disgusting taste and it even looked bad. When the waiter...has asked if we are okay, we said what we thought about this dish and his only answer was that - everybody else likes it. After that he took away our full plates without offering any replacement. And didn’t removed them from our bill too. This place named itself as Gourmet Restaurant. But reality is so different. The food and service in a random bistro in Paris are 100 times better than here! I didn’t ask the name of the waiter, but our reservation was for 6 people (02.12 at 8.15, Ksenia)More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Berengere GERARD, Marketing at La Closerie des Lilas, responded to this reviewResponded 13 December 2023

Bonjour, We are sorry to hear that the dishes you ordered during your visit were not to your liking. Know that all products used by our chef and his team are quality ingredients carefully selected for their taste. We will therefore exchange with them to...More

Reviewed 30 November 2023 via mobile

It is the 4th or 5 th time I am here and as before, the experience is really excellent. The environment, the service and the food meet all expectations. On the menu this time were oysters, foie gras, sole and crepé suzette.

Date of visit: November 2023
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Berengere GERARD, Marketing at La Closerie des Lilas, responded to this reviewResponded 5 December 2023

Bonjour, The whole team of La Closerie des Lilas is delighted with your comment. We work every day to ensure our guests have an exceptional experience. See you soon ! La Closerie des Lilas Team"

Reviewed 27 November 2023

We went to Closerie des Lilas for a special occasion, even if on Sunday evening no one is very hungry. Excellent cuisine, the prices are high but hey, when other people complain about these and compare with other places do they include to their review...the comfort of dinning in this beautiful restaurant?Enough place for everybody, beautiful place, excellent cuisin and service,no stranger punching you with the elbows, while eating! Nice piano music also.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Berengere GERARD, Marketing at La Closerie des Lilas, responded to this reviewResponded 5 December 2023

Bonjour, The whole team of La Closerie des Lilas is delighted with your comment. We work every day to ensure our guests have an exceptional experience. See you soon ! La Closerie des Lilas Team"

Reviewed 11 October 2023

Good food but nothing exceptional. Service was less than expected. Nice setting and good crowd on a Sunday.

Date of visit: October 2023
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Berengere GERARD, Marketing at La Closerie des Lilas, responded to this reviewResponded 20 October 2023

Bonjour, We feel sorry that the service did not meet your expectations. Your comment will be transmit to our team in order to avoid further disappointment. We hope to welcome you again in better conditions. La Closerie des Lilas Team

Reviewed 9 October 2023

The patio is quite nice on a sunny afternoon, a beautiful setting. Unfortunately, I forgot I was wearing the "I'm an American, so go ahead and screw me over, despite what our parents did for you eighty years ago" sign. We were charged for two...seafood plates (@ 50 Euros each), despite my wife, who speaks French, clearly ordering one plate to share. Probably our tenth trip to Paris, so not exactly our first rodeo, but the "dumb waiter act" certainly worked on us. Be very, very careful.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Berengere GERARD, Marketing at La Closerie des Lilas, responded to this reviewResponded 20 October 2023

Bonjour, We feel sorry to learn that your experience did not meet your expectations. We will transmit your comment to our team in order to understand what happened and avoid further disappointment. We hope to welcome you again. La Closerie des Lilas Team

Reviewed 31 August 2023 via mobile

Outstanding restaurant and delicious served by a friendly staff in a very warm French atmosphere. Highly recommend this place

Date of visit: August 2023
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Berengere GERARD, Marketing at La Closerie des Lilas, responded to this reviewResponded 7 September 2023

Bonjour Bérenice The whole team of La Closerie des Lilas is delighted with your comment. We work every day to ensure our guests have an exceptional experience. See you soon ! La Closerie des Lilas Team

Reviewed 27 August 2023 via mobile

We here in Paris and advise all not to go there. Reviews on web site are false. Try to evaluate. Impossible ! Overpriced ! Poor service !

Date of visit: August 2023
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Berengere GERARD, Marketing at La Closerie des Lilas, responded to this reviewResponded 7 September 2023

Bonjour Christy, We feel sorry to learn that your experience did not meet your expectations. We will transmit your comment to our team in order to understand what happened and avoid further disappointment. We hope to welcome you again. La Closerie des Lilas Team

Reviewed 4 August 2023

Had read about this in a guide book as a place where Hemingway used to hang out, etc. That vibe has long passed. This was the worst restaurant we went to on our trip to Paris, bad food (which is unusual in Paris) and bad...service. So many good restaurants to go to in that lovely city. Avoid this one.More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Berengere GERARD, Marketing at La Closerie des Lilas, responded to this reviewResponded 7 September 2023

Bonjour, We sincerely apologize that your experience did not meet your expectations, so do not hesitate to contact us to discuss this unfortunate situation. La Closerie des Lilas Team closeriedeslilas@orange.fr

Reviewed 11 July 2023

Beautiful space, terrible service. They didn’t want Americans there. The waiter did not clear the table, ask us if we wanted drinks or coffee. The lemon dessert was inedible and when we said we didn’t prefer it as he cleared the plates, he did not...offer a replacement. The guests next to us were on FaceTime the entire time and then we were charged for food we did not get. The manager threw the refund at me in euros and would not refund my card. Much better meal at Le Petit Letutia.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Berengere GERARD, Marketing at La Closerie des Lilas, responded to this reviewResponded 6 October 2023

Bonjour Elisabeth, We are sorry to see that your meal did not fully meet your expectations. All our dishes are prepared with quality products by our chef and his team, which can impact the prices à la carte. Regarding the service, we will send your...More

Reviewed 27 June 2023

The food was very good. The seafood (oysters, prawns and fish) was fresh and prepared well. Service was impeccable. Our server spoke English, as did most of the members of the staff and was very kind and helpful. He helped us decide on the best...oysters to order based on liking oysters with more brine. The restaurant was beautifully decorated and had outdoor seating in a garden like setting, as well as, open air indoor dining. Our server told us the claim to have the best profiteroles in Paris and based on our sampling, we agree! Price was a bit more than most places, but the food and service was in-line with the price.More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Berengere GERARD, Marketing at La Closerie des Lilas, responded to this reviewResponded 6 October 2023

Bonjour, We thank you for your visit and are happy that you have enjoyed our profiteroles, we always prepare it with quality products and a lot of care.We hope to see you again soon! La Closerie des Lilas Team

Reviewed 11 June 2023

Our dinner here was spoiled by an arrogant head waiter who refused to understand my - not bad - French. We ordered the seafood platter. I explained that I was allergic to oysters and could they please be served on a seperate plate. He completely...ignored my request. All of the rest of the staff were delightful. The seafood platter itself was underwhelming. Two English crabs - one in place of one a spider crab- both undressed, a very small lobster tail, 3! large prawns and a small dish of tiny whole prawns. Tiny prawns with their shells on can be delicious if deep fried and crispy. These were raw! We finished off with cheese. The cheese board selection was pathetic for a restaurant of this standard. The restaurant obviously relies on its setting. Which is lovely, but the food is average.More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Berengere GERARD, Marketing at La Closerie des Lilas, responded to this reviewResponded 6 October 2023

We are sorry to hear that the dishes you ordered during your visit were not to your liking. Know that all products used by our chef and his team are quality ingredients carefully selected for their taste. We will therefore exchange with them to understand...More

Reviewed 17 May 2023 via mobile

The ambiente and the service of this restaurant were rather good - coming in, being seated and taking in the atmosphere of La Closerie de Lilas immediately promises a stylish and satisfying dining experience. As a starter my wife and I shared a tray of...oysters, which came on an impressive raised tray and tasted fabulous. As the main course I had the filet mignon with a stack (yes, a nicely crafted stack, not a pile) of Pommes frites. The arrangement of the food on the plates was also nicely done, however, there were 2 things that I felt could have been better. Namely, the meat was smothered in a thick and tasty, refined gravy style sauce - but it was smothered in it - I would have preferred it in a small bowl on the side. Then, the meat itself was not as tender as a perfect fillet mignon could be, it was ever so slightly chewy still - and seemed to have a higher water content - it felt almost moist- which lead me to believe the meat may have not had enough time aging (28 days are perfect in my view, this one, in my view, may have had perhaps a week). The knife should have gone through it like through soft butter, but that was not quite the case, I still needed to “saw” a little bit to cut through the medium-rare cooked filet. It was still an enjoyable meal, but also not quite top notch. Then, my wife ordered a fish course as her main the red mullet. It was fine , but overall felt a bit unspectacular- the fish has a mild taste, it was mildly seasoned and felt a bit bland overall. When we walked out there, we had a food only bill coming to ca 130 EUR for one starter and 2 mains (excluding wine, coffee etc which were all good) and felt that was a bit pricey for what we got. We did not mind the overall price, but - the execution should have been a bit better.More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Nayla Hasnaoui, Autre at La Closerie des Lilas, responded to this reviewResponded 7 June 2023

We feel sorry to learn that your experience did not meet your expectations. We will transmit your comment to our team in order to understand what happened and avoid further disappointment. We hope to welcome you again. La Closerie des Lilas Team

Reviewed 17 May 2023

Very popular spot in the brasserie. The service and food were excellent! So was the wine and champagne selection. The piano also provided a nice ambiance. Another great memory in Paris.More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Nayla Hasnaoui, Autre at La Closerie des Lilas, responded to this reviewResponded 7 June 2023

We thank you for the review you have published and for your recommendation to other guests, and it is also a pleasure for us to offer you a good dining experience and we hope that you will soon want to renew it. See you soon...More

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Kathrine, My wife and I have been going to France for 45 years. La Closerie des Lilas is one of our favorite restaurants in Paris. To answer your question, men are not required to wear jackets. I do not wear a jacket... More
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