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La Closerie des Lilas

171 boulevard du Montparnasse, 75006 Paris, France
+33 1 40 51 34 50
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  • Excellent43%
  • Very good34%
  • Average12%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“oysters” (38 reviews)
“steak tartare” (17 reviews)
“crepe suzette” (11 reviews)
Open Now
12:00 PM - 2:30 PMAll hours
French, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
171 boulevard du Montparnasse, 75006 Paris, France
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was my first visit here and we really liked it. Service is very friendly and professional. We waited 30 minutes to get the appetizers and another 25 minutes for the main course! The Hemingway beef fillet with black pepper was tasteless it was missing...More

Thank ZiadNohra
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The lunch menu was disappointing. The starter was ok but nothing exceptional, the main course, the fish, the espadon was good but the plate was cold. The dessert was very good. So globally it was a lilt bit disappointing.

1  Thank sergioLyon228
Reviewed 25 December 2017

I didn't eta there, so I can only say how beautiful is the place, even in the winter their garden is beautiful and I can imagine the summer...in Christmas time their decoration was amazing. The setting inside is as it was for many years with...More

2  Thank RuthElkana
Reviewed 23 December 2017

This restaurant is very well known and it il s very expensive. Howver they have a « Brasserie » wing which is much more reasonable price-wise, where no reservations are needed (first come first served) and where the food is also very good. The only big disapoinment...More

1  Thank JKHrOR2015
Reviewed 17 December 2017 via mobile

A restaurant with history and nice environment. We were a company of eight persons who had a pleasant three course dinner. The food was overall very good according to everyone. My starter (game, tryffels and goose liver) was average, while the main dish (Hemingway style...More

Thank Max S
Reviewed 5 December 2017 via mobile

Old style restaurant, piano playing, beautiful room, big thick wine list, most of the classics on the menu, well presented and prepared food - but you’re almost not there for that. The foie gras excellent as it generally is, John Dory over cooked as it...More

Thank galliardo
Reviewed 15 November 2017 via mobile

We dropped by this delightful bar to satisfy my husband’s interests in all things Hemingway. We sat where (the plaque says) he sat, and had Hemingway daiquiris (😀). The service was charming and understated, the bar snacks very nice. Beware the euro/sterling ratio at the...More

1  Thank Katie H
Reviewed 12 November 2017 via mobile

My friends like to go to this place. They often invite me there. There is on one side the brasserie on the other side the restaurant which is more elegant and need a reservation. You can choose a light grilled fish or a tartare or...More

1  Thank Saye40
Reviewed 11 November 2017 via mobile

This is a must go place if you know the history of this restaurant! Famous people had tables assigned to them. Many intellectual writers and actors and actresses. You have a choose of the restaurant which is more upscale or the brasserie but the food...More

3  Thank Rezmataz
Reviewed 7 November 2017 via mobile

Extremely comfortable place to have a lunch or dinnet at Montparnasse. Magnificent food, extensive wine list, very attentive staff and on top - this is piano bar, so the food is accompanied by nice live music. Apart from dining La Closerie des Lilas is a...More

2  Thank Anton P
The namesake tower of Montparnasse dominates over the
landscape but the fun part is the throbbing life that
goes on below it. Bright lights, busy cinemas,
brasseries and diners encompass hidden museums and
parks to entertain the masses. Long avenues lead away
from the tower to take you to unsuspecting places and
historical monuments and treasures. In between lie
adorable ivy-covered houses with beams and small
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Kathie N
28 July 2015|
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Response from very_weary_traveler3 | Reviewed this property |
I don't remember there being any vegetarian mains but you can always ask
21 July 2015|
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Response from Julie K | Reviewed this property |
The seating areas are distinctly different! The outdoor eating area has the typcial but very comfortable outdoor furniture style in lovely leafy surrounds. You won't be cramped in and you can also be seated in an undercover... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
7:00 PM - 11:30 PM
12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
7:00 PM - 11:30 PM
12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
7:00 PM - 11:30 PM
12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
7:00 PM - 11:30 PM
12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
7:00 PM - 11:30 PM
12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
7:00 PM - 11:30 PM
12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
7:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 171 boulevard du Montparnasse, 75006 Paris, France
  • Location: Europe  >  France  >  Ile-de-France  >  Paris>  > Montparnasse
  • Neighbourhood: Montparnasse
  • Phone Number: +33 1 40 51 34 50
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