I will be visiting Paris in a few weeks with a girlfriend who will be a first-time visitor. We are looking for places to eat that have good food but also are a fun, lively atmosphere. By lively atmosphere I don't mean lounge/clubs that serve food as an afterthought but rather restaurants where the crowd is a bit more festive. My past trips to Paris were with boyfriends so we ate in more quiet, romantic-type places so I am drawing a blank this time around. I do really like L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon -- are there similar recommendations for restaurants where the patrons eat at the bar? I have lived in SF, NYC and now Chicago and it is quite common to eat at the bar with friends but I have gathered it is not the same in Paris.
We are staying at the Hotel Lutetia so would prefer to go to places within walking distance or a short taxi trip. Price is not a concern but as we will only be there for four days and have lots of stuff to see, three hour lunches probably aren't what we are looking for -- or at least not every day. We are in our midish-30s so when I say lively I don't mean college crowd. Additionally, if there are recs for nice places to get a glass of wine or cocktail post-dinner, I would love to hear them!
Thanks so much!