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Restaurant L'INITIAL

9 rue de Bievre, 75005 Paris, France
+33 1 42 01 84 22
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  • Excellent78%
  • Very good19%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
“amuse bouche” (9 reviews)
“foie gras” (13 reviews)
“mignardises” (3 reviews)
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French, European
9 rue de Bievre, 75005 Paris, France
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Reviewed today

We had a fantastic dinner. The multi-course menu had perfectly sized portions so one could enjoy it all, even the dessert (best chocolate mousse I've ever had). Each dish was carefully prepared and presented. The service was attentive but not obtrusive (typical French). The tables...More

Thank Katie Z
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We just got back from our meal at L'Initial and I felt compelled to review. From start to end our experience was great. After reading the reviews on TA I was intrigued by the concept of a restaurant serving French food which "you can tell"...More

Thank Pochums
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This quiet and peaceful French/Japanese restaurant is located near to the Seine in a very quiet and small street. You are welcomed in the natural Japanese way, followed to your table and cared for all evening. It is a set menu with 7-8 servings -...More

Thank Roarmaag
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a beautiful and intimate find in Paris. Friendly service, amazing fine French cuisine prepared and presented perfectly. And an outstanding value. Don’t miss this one.

Thank lyndsjp
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I wanted to take my husband somewhere special for his birthday and decided on Restaurant L'INITIAL. The set menu was creative and delicious. The service was professional, yet warm. We enjoyed every moment of our evening, from our champagne toast to our coffee. As a...More

Thank nancyen
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I went here solo, and highly, highly recommend it. As indicated in the other reviews, the chef is Japanese but the food is (more or less) french. The prix fixe menu gives you a choice from four or so entrees, but everything else is set....More

Thank Jonathan F
Reviewed 4 November 2017

The reputation of this restaurant is already well-established: a Japanese chef mastering the art of French cuisine! And service is excellent. The value for money - a set menu - is good. One reader of the NY times advocated lately that the French are never...More

1  Thank ronaldkamin
Reviewed 20 October 2017

We came for lunch. The cook is Japanese as many of the bright stars of the Paris scene. The restaurant is located rue de Bièvre, in the quiet street where lived the late president Mitterrand and faces the beautiful small square honoring his late wife....More

2  Thank G123HB
Reviewed 4 October 2017 via mobile

Food and service was everything you would expect at a 5 star restaurant. You start with an amazing double amuse bouch. That is followed by a delish cold app, ours was smoked salmon over cous cous. Next a perfectly seared foie gras, yum. A fish...More

Thank foiefl
Reviewed 28 September 2017 via mobile

We had the 48 euro menu tonight. The entire meal fit together as a synergistic whole. From the spinach soup to through the maigre(fish) on to the lamb that I had or the sweat breads my wife had, all was fine. Service was superb and...More

Thank Joel S
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
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 57 - USD 115
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Business meetings, Romantic, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
7:15 pm - 9:00 pm
7:15 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
7:15 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
7:15 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
7:15 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 9 rue de Bievre, 75005 Paris, France
  • Location: Europe  >  France  >  Ile-de-France  >  Paris>  > Odeon / Saint-Michel
  • Neighbourhood: Odeon / Saint-Michel
  • Phone Number: +33 1 42 01 84 22
  • E-mail
Opening Times Lunch | Wednesday to Saturday 12.00pm to 1.00pm Dinner | Tuesday to Saturday 7.15pm to 9.15pm
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