There seems to be a disconnect between the locals' and visitors' expectations regarding August Paris dining.
The locals have for I don't know how long accepted the we'll-take-what-we-can-get attitude about Paris restaurant in August.
We accept that:
1. There are no traditional blanket closing date and blanket opening date.
2. We find out when we call to reserve.
3. When it comes to restaurants, or bakers, or butchers, etc., we accept that our first-choice establishments are likely going to go AWOL, but we won't starve, and won't even eat shabbily. Often it allows us to check out alternatives that might just delight us. I found my current fave butcher that way, in my August exile 2 years ago.
I urge visitors also to consider the August Paris food scene in this indulgent, open-minded way, and make an effort to streamline their list of conditions and likes and dislikes in their recommendation inquiries.
Dear visitors, since your are willing to do research, you will find great eats, but try not to have too narrow a focus, like Wagyu steak topped with Chinese Furu cheese with a side-order of pommes sarladaises with fat from Purple Dordogne goose followed by 48-monht Gruyère alpage followed by Anaïs strawberries, sinon rien. :)