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Best Restaurants Consistent with 6- and 9-year-old Children


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Best Restaurants Consistent with 6- and 9-year-old Children

KRB99 | | May 16, 2012 12:58 PM

My wife and I, along with our daughter, her fiancé, our 6-year-old granddaughter, and our 9-year-old grandson, are arriving in Paris on July 1, where we will stay until the 5th, when we head to the Poitiers area for a family wedding. We will be staying at an apartment in the 15th, near the Bir Hakeim Metro station. One of my goals is to eat as much good food as I can while in Paris. Because our grandchildren are the children of a daughter who is not going to be with us, my wife and I can't just stick the children with our daughter every night and go out to places selected just because we want to go there. (My daughter and her fiancé are going to watch the children one night so we can go out alone, however).

What I'm looking for are the nicest (meaning the best food) restaurants for both lunch and dinner that we can appropriately take the children to. The children are pretty well-behaved in restaurants, but they would be challenged by three-hour meals and extensive tasting menus. Also, we understand that it would not be appropriate to have the children, who eat relatively little by adult standards, take up scarce real estate in certain restaurants. During the day, we will be going to standard attractions, such as the Louvre, Notre Dame, the Eiffel Tower (practically next door to us), and probably to Luxembourg Gardens for the great playground.

I have spent countless hours on this forum, as well as others, and some of the possibilities that I've come up with are:

Le Réminet
Le Café des Musées
Les Fines Gueules
La Fontaine de Mars
Les Papilles
Le Casse Noix
Chez Julien
Brasserie La Lorraine

For each of these restaurants, something I read "somewhere" made me think that they were possibilities with the children or they have been recommended to me, but I was hoping for some confirmation (or disconfirmation) on that score. Maybe, also, some would be appropriate for lunch but not dinner. Because there will be six of us, I'd prefer places that take reservations. The one thing I'm sure my grandchildren would like less than a three-hour meal is a 45-minute wait to be seated or an hour-and-a-half of walking around in frustration trying to find a place that can seat us all and then settling for a place that has space because no one else wants to eat there.

On the recommendation of family members, my wife and I are considering for our "adult night out," Violon d’Ingres and Akrame. I understand that these are very different places, and we might favor Violon d'Ingres as being more "quintessential Paris." We are very open to other places as well. I would like to go to someplace like Le Cinq, but my wife could never enjoy a meal that cost so much, so that would take the fun out of it for me, as well.

Any guidance that anyone could give me would be very welcome. I'd also like to thank the forum members for the amount I've already learned from reading prior posts. People are very generous with their time and information.

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