The major selling point of the Cafe Marly is a stunning view of the Louvre pyramid designed by the architect I.M. Pei as part of President ... More
The major selling point of the Cafe Marly is a stunning view of the Louvre pyramid designed by the architect I.M. Pei as part of President Mitterrand's grand public-works campaign. Amid the noise and confusion of the tourist-oriented cafes surrounding the Louvre and occupying most of the Rue de Rivoli, Cafe Marly is an island of elegance and, inside at least, of peace. The cuisine is not exceptional, but simple and good, like the Caesar salad or the salmon.
We were given a glowing reccomendation of this restaurant,so decided we must experience Marly. However, after been told to come back in 1 hour as they were full they then would be able to seat us, "No need to take your name or to book, we will have a table for you". We keenly turned up a little earlier looking forward to our meal, after killing time in the pouring rain around the local tourist shops, with 2 year old in tow. I must admit in my experience in eating in restaurants (extensive), I have never come across a waiter quite like the man who refused to seat us. He rudely stated in French they were "complete etc etc etc"(after conversing in english earlier)they had closed for lunch, no more sittings. We reminded him of our earlier discussion, with his response been him turning his back and striding away. Leaving us a bit bewildered and hungry to say the least. So the only experience we can rate is on service - VERY BAD.
The view was spectacular from the cafe overlooking the museum and the pyramid. We sat outside on a beautiful day and had a very efficient waiter. Everyone enjoyed their meal (caesar salads with chicken, hamburgers, and a turkey club sandwich) and we were served promptly. Overall our experience was outstanding.
we had our lunch at this place right after our visit at Louvre Museum. We were so excited to go on this place because you can see the beautiful view of the Louvre Museum. But to our surprise, the waiter welcomed us right away with the question : "Lunch or Drinks" at first we didn't get it why. And the waiter said that if we only have drinks we are not allowed on the next level. So we said that we will have lunch. The waiter was looking place for us and she put us near the table of a smoker. since we don't smoke, we asked favor from the waiter if we can transfer place where we can see the view of the Louvre museum. But she told us its not possible because the table which we wanted to was already reserved. But until we finished it was empty and nobody was sitting there. The waiter was so unfriendly. I wanted to have a club sandwich without egg but they told us its not possible because its already prepared, which means they are not serving fresh foods. I felt pity for the place with this kind of customer service.
We (myself, wife & daughter) were ushered into the cafe ordering drinks, a pain au chocolate and pain au raisin but none was available so we changed our order! We were seated overlooking the Louvre but then another waitress told us to move to another table, which we did, although this table did not have such a good view! We did tell this waitress that we had already ordered.
After 20 minutes there was still no sign of our toast or drinks so we asked another waiter and he said that he would check! However he did not apppear to do this as he continued to clear tables and welcome new customers. After a total of 30 minutes being totally ignored we gave up! I am sure that we would still be sitting there now waiting for our toast and drinks!
The only good thing about the whole experience was the view but even this was spoilt when were asked to move tables. Cannot comment on the food because we didn't get any( nor did we spend any money).
Food;? Service; attrocious; Value; cannot comment Ambience: ruined by negative experience
limited choice of food but it is more than made up by the quality of the food and the views of the lourve and paris at night. make sure you get a outside seat (under the canopy of the meauseam ) for the best views
We read about Cafe Marly in a tour book and took a chance. It was the end of our first day in Paris, after a lot of flying, walking, getting oriented, etc.
While the BEST place to sit is outside on the terrace steps from IM Pei's pyramid at the Louvre, our inside table was fine too. Being poor French-speaking Americans we struggled a little bit with our almost no English speaking waiter. It was worth the little stuggle. The food was spectacular - avacado salad, steak, macaroon dessert. It was all really really good. Deveinitely recommend it - try to sit outside!
Our second visit a week ago was awful. Although the restaurant was basically empty, despite our protests our party of 5 was placed in one of the most inside rooms with no view at all. The food was marginal and the waiter was passable until he explicitly asked whether he should include a large tip on the credit card bill. This in a city where most service is included in the bill and restaurants are not allowed to add tips to the credit card bill.
Overall, a lousy experience. We will not return.
Well apparently the food is good here but we didn't find out for ourselves because our surly & aloof waiter didn't take our order properly. From the moment we got there he presented a very poor attitude. We gave our order for some wine & food & even then he was impatient when we hesitated on which wine exactly. We got our wine, waited for our food....& waited.....& waited. Eventually when he asked for payment we questioned him. He looked at us puzzled! Now we very clearly stated what we wanted but because of his attitude he failed to note it properly. He didn't even have the grace to apologise or correct his error...just shrugged. We complained to management but got little satisfaction there either. It ruined the end of what had been a great few days holiday with great service. Cafe Marly is in a great location & everything else but be warned - the service can leave a lot to be desired!
This is a fabulous cafe and the perfect place for an afternoon of people-watching and macaroon eating. It is a lovely place in a perfect location- verrry French and verry chic. Quintessential Paris. Besides the great view of the Louvre, it is near the Tuileries and the Place St. Honere (the Comedie Francaise is there). It is expensive, but when in Paris, what the heck! The waiters are very cute (and the waitresses are beautiful, of course) which helps the ambience as well. A lovely spot to visit on vacation. Highly recommended! Wear your chicest outfit (and bring shades- the glare, if you're outside, is very bright in the summer and spring).
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