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Le Cafe Zimmer

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Les Halles
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1 Place du Chatelet, 75001 Paris, France
+33 1 42 36 74 03
07:30 - 02:00
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25 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a beautifully set restaurant with equally as beautifully presented food. The dinner was excellent, prices were fair and the wait staff was superb. Convenient for us as it was almost across the street from our hotel - the Hotel Brittanique.

Thank SparkyDomino
New York City, New York
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149 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A random choice on a rainy evening turned into a really good experience. Food high quality, service good.

Thank Ahungrybear
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely restaurant. Great food. Bustling during peak tourist seasons but they are always able to squeeze you in. Efficient and pleasant staff. Delightful!

Thank Escalade216
Boulder, Colorado
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

If you want to feel like you are in Paris and not at one of the new "Art food" restaurants, this is the place. We were in a group of four and the service was fast and the food very good. The ambiance is old style but warm and it was packed with people enjoying themselves. We had a theatre... More 

1 Thank sue s
David C, Directeur général at Le Cafe Zimmer, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your comment. Indeed the Café Le Zimmer is not to be another "new Art food" restaurant. As you said the ambiance is old style and Le Zimmer is an historical café open in 1896, which makes the athmosphere so special there. We also look very carefully to have warm employees as we think our clients... More 

Palma de Mallorca, Spain
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20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016 via mobile

Got into this restaurant because it's next door from the Theatre du Chatelet, where I saw a show. I really liked the look, location and atmosphere of this place. So walked in. It was gone eleven so I was glad to find out that they still serve food. I had a lovely onion soup and steak tartar. Both were lovely... More 

Thank BernatMolina
David C, Directeur général at Le Cafe Zimmer, responded to this review

Thank you for your nice comment. As you said Le Zimmer is a special place to be as its old 19th century style is very magnificent: It gives this special feeling of an out of the time place, which makes this restaurant so special. We're glad that you felt involved in the parisian feel as it is one of our... More 

Cedar Park, Texas
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471 reviews
337 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 187 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016

My measure of a Paris restaurant is usually how good their onion soup is. Surprisingly, it is very difficult to get truly good French Onion Soup Gratinée in Paris. Way too many touristy places throwing some croutons on top with a tiny sprinkle of cheese, which they then invariably burn. No, this is the real deal--delicious and a great value.... More 

1 Thank janels
David C, Directeur général at Le Cafe Zimmer, responded to this review

Thank's a lot for your great comment ! It really pleases our team ! As you insist well Le Zimmer is a special place to be in the Châtelet area, full of history as it opened in 1896, fouded by one of the numerous alsacian people having moved in Paris at that time... It then crossed the 20th century with... More 

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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016 via mobile

Good service and some of the food was amazing! The shortbread lemon meringue dessert was amazing. The main course was huge and so of the pork was amazing. Well presented and service was efficient.

Thank John H
David C, Directeur général at Le Cafe Zimmer, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind comment. All the team of Le Zimmer works hard to make it Worth your visit ; ) More 

London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016 via mobile

The food was generally good, in some cases great, but the service was really lacking. The onion soup and guinea fowl were both delicious. The steak tartare was good, but lacked acidity for my taste. The chocolate fondant was good but caramel had crystals and the Camembert was very tasty, but let down by being served fridge cold. The service... More 

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Iqaluit, Canada
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55 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

Zimmer, or le Zimmer according to their card, is a wonderfully located cafe on place Chatelet. The interior is very nice with beautiful original ceiling work intact - seriously, look up! Unfortunately the food did not live up to expectations. I seem to be having trouble getting a decent steak in Paris, call it a string of bad luck I... More 

1 Thank sir67
New York City, New York
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540 reviews
355 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 225 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

I was not excited about dining here. Looked touristy and smokey.....but once inside, I changed my mind. We were very lucky that the theatre was in full swing because the restaurant is huge and one can easily see how loud and crazy it could get.The restaurant is a lovely old place that has been added to with glassed in dining... More 

Thank Stylelust

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 23 - US$ 37
French, Cafe, European
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Open Hours
07:30 - 01:00
07:30 - 02:00
07:30 - 02:00
07:30 - 02:00
07:30 - 02:00
07:30 - 02:00
07:30 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1 Place du Chatelet, 75001 Paris, France
  • Location: Europe  >  France  >  Ile-de-France  >  Paris>  > Les Halles
  • Neighbourhood: Les Halles
  • Phone Number: +33 1 42 36 74 03
Just after the war of 1870, Alsatian families wanting to remain French settled in Paris and created large breweries (cafés) according to their tradition: Le Zimmer, Wepler, Dreher, Bofinger and others still testify today. At its creation in 1896, Le Zimmer of the Place du Chatelet is the most beautiful of the three cafés belonging to the company of taverns Zimmer. The ground floor room with its elegant ceiling, differs by the finesse and sobriety of its floral decoration from other Parisian brasseries of the same era. An upstairs bar welcomes guests to chairs and sofas. The success is such that the establishment needs to be rapidly expanded. On the eve of the First World War, it developed on four levels. In the entresol, a dining room can accommodate one hundred and fifty guests. On the upper floors, lounges and private cabinets are arranged for more intimate meetings... The history of Le Zimmer is closely linked to that of the Théâtre du Châtelet: doors used to allow spectators to go directly to the ground floor room and the living room on the first floor. Le Zimmer attracts many artists and writers: Jules Verne, Emile Zola, Sarah Bernhardt, Gustav Mahler, Claude Debussy, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Richard Strauss, Arturo Toscanini, Edmond Rostand, Marcel Proust, Serge de Diaghilev, Guillaume Apollinaire, Igor Stravinski, Vaslav Nijinski, Pablo Picasso and many others attended this café. During the "dark years", the network of resistance "Honor of the Police" gathered in the vast basements where a cache, whose access is unknown today, would have allowed several families to escape the antisemitic persecutions . During the occupation period, Le Zimmer hosted some secret meetings of a network of police resistance. In this sense, the mayor of Paris and the prefect of police have affixed a commemorative plaque to the names of Edmond Dubent (commissioner of police and founder of the group "The honor of the police"), Charles Henri Porte (commissioner of police) , Paul Turgne and Raymond Boudier (national security police inspector), as well as Marcel Pruvost and Raymond Micheli (policemen), all were arrested in this place and then deported. In 2000, its owner, Jean Luc Gintrand, entrusted the renovation to the talented decorator Jacques Garcia who was able to restore an authentic soul to this place full of history and thus make the Place du Chatelet one of its finest Parisian café.

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