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Le Petit Vatel

#1,764 of 14,232 Restaurants in Paris
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Neighbourhood:
Saint-Germain-des-Pres
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5 rue Lobineau, 75006 Paris, France
+33 1 43 54 28 49
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Monday
Closed
Hours:
Tue - Sat 12:00 - 15:00
19:00 - 23:00
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New York City, New York
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 March 2017

This is easily one of my favorite restaurants in France! It is tiny so reservations are a must, but it is more than worth it. Le Petit Vatel serves traditional, classic French home-cooking. Most dishes are simple and perfectly executed, nothing is overwrought or unnecessarily fussy. The menu is written on a chalkboard in French (bring your dictionaries and be... More 

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Thank Isabel P
New Orleans, Louisiana
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27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

Had a great date night here - very small restaurant with little tables and a tight squeeze - but absolutely loved the food. Had the clams as an appetizer - they were smaller than I'm used to in the states but seasoned to perfection. The beef cheeks were excellent and my husband loved the slow roasted pork. Great dinner!

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Thank ZuliAnn09
Paris
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 July 2016 via mobile

This cosy little gem was just what we were looking for. I had the asparagus, tomato and feta frittata which came with a carrot and coriander salad and a rocket salad. My partner had the rump steak which came with mash and veg. Both were delicious and went well with the lovely wine we ordered. Service was quick and friendly.... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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97 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 July 2016 via mobile

Great little place with only a few tables - very cosy and intimate. Sat outside on the sidewalk watching the world go by. Great service. Excellent bottle of rosé wine. Had bone marrow too start. Excellent portion, fleur de sel...looked wonderful...except...a bit underdone which meant that the bone marrow was a bit rubbery instead of creamy...a bit longer and it... More 

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Thank scho31
Boston, Massachusetts
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13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 April 2016 via mobile

This used to be a gem of a place. The chef owner infused what looked like a traditional French menu with eastern spices and good know-how. And results were usually surprising and almost always good. Sadly he retired a few years ago, and the new owner, while buying the restaurant and retaining the name and decor, opted to use her... More 

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 December 2015

Delicious dishes .. many options for vegetarians. Menu changes every day. A small and intimate place. Facing the MARCHE SAINT GERMAIN. Recommended for dinner

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Thank NOITNO
London
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77 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 December 2015

We stopped in Paris during our travels and a local friend brought us here for dinner. The place is really small, probably 15 seats max plus a couple of tables outdoors, but we were lucky enough to get a table. The menu is simple, in a positive way, few things but fresh and delicious. The waitress was super friendly and... More 

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Thank freechildLondon
London, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 10 November 2015 via mobile

Very cosy restaurant with lots of choice of meals. The food was delicious - really tasted home cooked. Great two course for €16 offer and the service was excellent.

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NYC
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34 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 October 2015 via mobile

I happened upon this restaurant randomly, and was immediately charmed by its quaint rustic interior (accommodating maybe 15 people, at most) and concise, but fresh and local, menu. We were fortunate to be seated, and were impressed by the very gracious service. The food was stunning - simply presented, bursting with nuanced flavours, and perfectly proportioned. Now, why do I... More 

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Helsinki, Finland
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59 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 October 2015

The restaurant was recommended to us by our guide at Versailles as her own favourite in the district. Good recommendation. Basic kind of French food, but good ingredients, well prepared and served with a smile. The restaurant is very small, I counted max 18 seats and the menu is written on a chalkboard. And the place des not have a... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
French, European
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine
Open Hours
Tuesday
12:00 - 15:00
19:00 - 23:00
Wednesday
12:00 - 15:00
19:00 - 23:00
Thursday
12:00 - 15:00
19:00 - 23:00
Friday
12:00 - 15:00
19:00 - 23:00
Saturday
12:00 - 15:00
19:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5 rue Lobineau, 75006 Paris, France
  • Location: Europe  >  France  >  Ile-de-France  >  Paris>  > Saint-Germain-des-Pres
  • Neighbourhood: Saint-Germain-des-Pres
  • Phone Number: +33 1 43 54 28 49

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Saint-Germain-des-Pres
In Saint-Germain-des-Prés, life is effortlessly chic and all things are beautiful. The main boulevard is dotted with famed terraced cafés, haut-couture shops, ivy-covered railings and fine-dining restaurants. Antique dealers and art galleries surround the fine art school and small museums hide in unassuming squares. The neighbourhood’s namesake church is the oldest in Paris and is the backdrop for talented musicians every weekend. The Luxembourg Gardens house the national senate, splendid lawns and flourishing flower beds. Famous faces and bourgeois Parisians frequent Saint Germain accompanied by the students of Rue Saint Guillaume and Rue des Saints-Pères. This is a neighbourhood where afternoon people-watching from a café or playing cards in a brasserie are a key part of the daily fabric.
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