Hello, I've read through all the very informative posts on Paris restaurants but many that I'd like to try are closed on the weekends. My husband and I are returning to Paris for a weekend trip in July so only have meals on Saturday & Sunday, which excludes La Regalade (both locations!), Le Quincy, & Josephine. Have had no luck whatsoever trying to get through to Frenchie and have given up as there are so many other options. Have also tried Le Chateaubriand but they are booked out for a group on Saturday evening - we have dinner booked for Pierre Gagnaire on Sunday evening which leaves us Sat lunch and Sat dinner. Sun lunch has been reserved for an oyster lunch either at Huitrerie Regis or La Cagouille depending on where we feel like rambling around.
We had really wanted a steak frites for lunch on Sat that we haven't been to before (have been to Le Relais D'Entrecote, L'Ami Louis, Chez Georges) - unfortunately Le Severo is closed that entire weekend (July 3 & 4) for "exceptional" circumstances. I did try calling Bistro Paul Bert, despite conflicting reviews, but I was told to call back a week before the trip. I have tentatively booked La Bourse ou la Vie but after an awful review on "paris-updates.com", I'm worried. Has anyone been there recently to vouch for the food? Or have an alternative recommendation? I see some recommendations for La Rotunde but we've been there already.
As for Sat dinner, I have narrowed down to Le Gaigne or L'Ardoise Gourmande. We've been to Paris a few times before (have already been to few favs Chez L'Ami Jean, Les Papilles, Le Relais Comptoir, Le Cinq) and we're not looking for anything specific but great honest food & warm atmosphere. Price isn't an issue though we find we prefer the less stuffy establishments and my husband speaks French.
Any suggestions would be most appreciated!!