I am finalizing plans for a trip to Paris next week (my sixth) and I have some questions about a few restaurants. My sister strongly recommended Closerie des Lilas. The problem is that review sites lump together the restaurant, bar and bistro, so it's not easy to decide if it's worth the price tag. I know that in Paris, there is some very good food for less money. We're not wealthy, but we will spend 150EURpp for a meal if it's worth it -- from the reviews I'm not sure Closerie des Lilas is worth it. I'm also wondering if A La Petite Chaise is a good idea for lunch or if it's just really heavy, old fashioned food. We do love history, so we like the idea of a restaurant where Hemingway wrote/read/drank or a restaurant where Phillipe d'Orleans partied. I'd love an opinion on whether Le Souffle is a good idea or just a gimmick.
If you don't think Closerie des Lilas is a good bet, I'm open to other suggestions. Honestly, the biggest reason I have them booked right now is that I was able to get a table for Easter Sunday for dinner. I was having trouble finding a good table open on that particular Sunday night.
Some of our other choices on this trip: Le Calife (been recommended so many times by friends that I felt I should give it a shot), L'Arcane, Maison Nicholas Flamel (I'm a history geek and been wanting to go), Les Ombres (we've been before and we had a great time). I was thinking of wandering over to Cafe Constant /Les Cocottes on our first day because we'll probably want to eat early due to jet lag, and because I want to see the exhibit at Quai Branley. We booked Brunch on Easter Sunday at Liza, but our lunches are mostly not yet booked. We are staying in the 2nd, near La Bourse et la Vie, which we really enjoyed last year. We've also really enjoyed Frenchie and his Bar a Vins, Canard et Champagne and New Jhelum in that neighborhood.
Thank you for any advice you'd care to offer!