Open Hours: Lunch: Noon-3p M-F, Dinner: 6:30p-1a M-F, noon-1a Sa-Su
Situated in the Bastille area, this restaurant enjoys a beautiful Belle-Epoque decor with a stained-glass ceiling, ceramics and mirrors. Celebrities, ... More
Brasserie Bofinger (La)
Situated in the Bastille area, this restaurant enjoys a beautiful Belle-Epoque decor with a stained-glass ceiling, ceramics and mirrors. Celebrities, Parisians and tourists come here to taste the varied cuisine, which includes choucroute garnie, roasted lobster or magret de canard. Expect to pay around EUR38 dining à la carte. A set menu meal will cost you EUR30 for dinner, wine included.
Likes: Great ambience - vibrant and bustling in a classy old brasserie.
Dislikes: Disdainful service (e.g the waiter spilt half a glass of Kir over the table - he did not appologise, change the table-cloth or offer to replace or top up the wine. Just one example of disrespectful and surly service throughout), mediocre food for the price.
Were it not for the ambience I'd struggle to give Bofinger a star. Don't believe the hype.
My family entertained me at Bofinger's for my 60th, and I can tell you it was one of my most memorable birthdays ever. The food - ravioli, oysters, beef, sauces - was exquisite and the wine -St. Emilion Grand Cru Classe - an experience not to be missed! The service and attention were second to none. I recommend the place without any hesitation - to be included in one's itinerary certainly.
This is a beautiful brasserie. The sauerkraut is a traditional dish with sausage, smoked sausage, bacon, and fowl. And very good. I ordered the lamb which was great. The artichoke starter was so-so. The service started out great! However, the wait for the dessert order was unacceptedly long. The waiter was defensive and argued when this was called to his attention. The non-smoking room is upstairs and not the equal of the downstairs main dining room. Still, the argument between our French host and the waiter--the heated exchange and then the "we're friends now" reconciliation--was a cultural experience non pareil.
My husband proposed to me in Paris after a WONDERFUL dinner at this restaurant. Even without the proposal, this is in my top 5 favorite restaurants of all time. The ambiance is superb - be sure to sit on the first floor under the dome. I would also suggest their sister operation, Le Petit Bofinger, right across the street and a little less formal. The steak tartare, if on the menu, is not to be missed. Neither place is good for small children, just an FYI.
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