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The dreaded group dinner question (Paris)

sch89 | Jan 15, 201408:30 AM

As an ex-pat resident of Paris, I have been charged with the task of finding a suitable place for dinner for a group of 10-15 visitors (final count still uncertain) for a Saturday night. On top of this I have the impression that people are expecting a restaurant which is trendy yet somewhat below the radar (ie.where a Parisian would go not just tourists and since this is a group in the design industry, a little “buzz” is always appreciated). For my own snooty sake, I also would like to go somewhere with legitimately very good food and wine. Finally, the restaurant should be centrally located (1eme-7eme). I have a number of ideas based on my own dining experiences as well as online reviews and this board, although I could use some help determining what could be a good fit.

My number one choice would be Pirouette. I fell in love with the resto when I dined there this past summer and I think it has the perfect combination of ambiance and delicious cooking. I sat on the bottom floor of the restaurant, which I think would be too small, but was unsure if the top floor may contain room for a large group. Any idea?

Some other choices which I would love to go but fear are too small. Please confirm or deny my size qualms:

-Les Enfants Rouges
-Terroir Parisien (either location. I have eaten at the one in the 5th, but do not particularly remember it as being large)
-Bistro Volnay

Restaurants I am pretty sure are large enough but I am personally unsure of quality/price. These are the restaurants I often hear are “great for groups” and so I fear food quality may be secondary (if not tertiary…). I am shooting for 60-80 EUR per person including wine as well as the option to order a la carte, so please no “menu only” spots.

-Le 122
- KGB ( I am well-aware of this resto’s accolades just unsure of average prices)
-La Bastide Odeon

Ok, thank you for bearing through this long post and any advice or opinions would be MUCH appreciated. Merci d’avance y’all!

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