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“Worth The Wait” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Le Bistrot Lorette - CLOSED

Le Bistrot Lorette
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Dining options: After-hours, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Neighbourhood: Opera / Bourse
Description: Dear customers, you are most welcome to bistro lorette but for those who do not yet know our restaurant it seems useful to clarify some important details. Firstly we are a neighborhood bistro, not a gourmet restaurant, we have neither the desire nor the claim, we are only 2 to manage the facility 1 kitchen 1 bathroom, so there may have the expectation (reasonable) at your arrival. Cooking takes time, we take the time, do you have time?
Newcastle UK
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25 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Worth The Wait”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2012

My wife and I stayed just around the corner at the Monterosa Hotel, in Rue La Bruyere.

Turned up on Monday night to find the Bistro closed but made sure we were there again at 7-15 pm on the next night only to be told there were no reservations available but that a table might become availabe later on. Couldn't wait but got a reservation for the Wednesday evening.
At 7.15 there were only ouselves plus a family of three from the UK, but as the night wore on, the restaurant slowly filled up and the number of people turned away gradually increased (about 10 in total) as did the number of refusals to people telephoning looking for a table. It is a small restaurant so the people in previous reviews who couldn't get a reservation should realise that one non-show will account for around 10% of the evenings takings so no wonder the owner is reluctant to keep a table for anyone who may not turn up.

The menu is small, only five dishes available for each course but the dishes we had were superb. My wife's favourite was the foie gras, closely followed by the lamb and her desert of tiramisu. My ravioli starter was excellent, as was the veal, but the stand out dish for me was the desert of pistachio cake, cherries in cassis and ginger ice cream - just the best desert I have ever eaten in a restaurant. At 30 euros for three courses, this has to be one of the best bargains to be had in Paris (two courses are 25 euros). The wine list is small, but very reasonable with most prices around the 20 - 25 euro mark. Total for 2 Kirs, three courses each, wine and coffee was 95 euros, and worth every cent.

Turning up at 7-15 may not get you a table but if it does then just enjoy some of the best food you will have in Paris, but my advice would be to turn up around 9pm to 9-15pm when some of the tables become free as the early diners leave. It seems there is only one reservation per table per night so you stand a good chance around this time. If the number of refusals we overheard was an average then the owners could probably fill the restaurant twice over every night - an indication of the reputation it has.

Overall, a small, well organised, friendly restaurant with a lovely atmosphere and food which will make you want to return - we certainly will.

  • Visited April 2012
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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“We were blown away!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2012

Every aspect of our experience was flawless!!! We haven't stopped talking about this restaurant 1 year after our honeymoon in Paris.

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Brisbane, Australia
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“A very warm welcome with excellent food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 April 2012

Great Food! Coffee to Die for! and warm friendly people. Would recommend le bistrot lorette to any and everybody. I will be back.

  • Visited March 2012
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1 Thank katejkatej
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Saint-Nom-la-Breteche, France
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“Everything that has already been written is true”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 2012

Best unpretentious meal I have eaten in ages. Great food well prepared attractively served at a reasonable price by pleasant staff. What more to say! Very small and very full place in a slightly scruffy area but no matter it is definitely worth it. Can't sing its praises too highly

  • Visited March 2012
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6 Thank JANDDBritinParis
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Paisley, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“fabulous placeand excellent food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2012

we had heard of this restaurant on trip advisor and as we hadn't made a reservation we went along just before opening time (7.15pm).We weren't the only couple waiting for it to open , there was another couple too.we were told that we could get a table right away but would need to vacate it by 9pm, which was fine by us.The other people were told the same.while we were there three other tables were occupied and then a little later a couple more.a few people were turned away around 8pm. The service was friendly and the food was excellent.i would definately go back if i was in Paris again.It really was lovely!

  • Visited March 2012
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3 Thank icegirl763
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