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FrenchBistro

Chez René

Average price €31
9.1/10
943 reviews

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Average price €31 Special request

Chef Jean Yves recommends…

Bœuf bourguignon "René", garnitures au choix
€20

Bœuf bourguignon "René", garnitures au choix

Cuisses de grenouilles fraîches à la provencale, garniture au choix
€35

Cuisses de grenouilles fraîches à la provencale, garniture au choix

Saucisson de Lyon chaud pistaché, pommes tièdes à l'huile
€15

Saucisson de Lyon chaud pistaché, pommes tièdes à l'huile

Ratings & Reviews

Excellent
9.1/10
based on 943 reviews
Only customers who have dined at the restaurant after making a reservation on TheFork can leave a review.
Quality of food :9/10
Service :9.4/10
Setting :9.1/10
  1. Cris U.
    Cris U.
    • one review
    10/10

    Wow, this little restaurant knows what it’s doing! Fantastic food, great service, super welcoming and many older locals know it and Sotheby’s place fills up quickly. Make reservations! Tip - Daniel is one of best waiters you will ever have...

  2. H.elayne M.
    H.elayne M.
    • 3 reviews
    10/10

    Very friendly staff and excellent food and wine. Reasonable prices and very welcoming to family including two small children. Recommend highly.

  3. Mary F.
    Mary F.
    • one review
    10/10

    A wonderful evening all around - the staff was welcoming and attentive - the food was excellent - and Chez René is a beautiful, elegant, but relaxed restaurant.

  4. Øyvind H.
    Øyvind H.
    • 3 reviews
    5.5/10

    The beuf bourginon had an unexpected sour taste and lacked vegetables. I can make it much better myself. Sorry! I also need to mention that the toasted bread served with dip was close to being impossible to chew without breaking your teethth. The sauteed mushrooms were not bad, but could have been better with some care from the chef. No complaints about the service other than the waiter «forgot» to ask if we liked the food. I don’t think we will come back.

  5. Donna K.
    Donna K.
    • 2 reviews
    5.5/10

    Daniel, the waiter, was very nice and helpful. Most of the food was good except for the beef bourguignon. The sauce was good but the meat was not tender and had only 2 pieces. The most annoying thing was that we listened and ordered “the daily special” sauté mushroom for an appetizer. When the bill came, it was 24 euros which was a lot more than we thought since most of the appetizers on the menu were around 10 euros.

  6. Nick C.
    Nick C.
    • one review
    10/10

    An excellent meal in a lovely atmosphere, with good portion sizes.

  7. Peter R.
    Peter R.
    • 7 reviews
    10/10

    Our second visit in a week; that says it all. welcomed and recognized almost like the regulars. beef bourgeon very tender. our local Parisian guests loved the chicken. All portions generous, to say the least. Chez Rene is now on our 'recommended' list!

  8. Stephen C.
    Stephen C.
    • one review
    10/10

    Fantastic authentic french brasserie great food & wine at a reasonable price had a great Lunch & would defiantly return on our next visit to Paris

  9. Peter R.
    Peter R.
    • 7 reviews
    10/10

    This was exactly what I wanted and anticipated...a classic French bistro experience with wonderful food, nothing fussy or foo foo, just perfect. Loved the tomato salad, escargot were the largest ever seen, chicken was super tender and plenty to take home, lamb chops were a large portion that somehow got completely consumed. Best of all, we didn't hear one American voice around us, except us:) This is quite obviously a local destination, reinforced by the adjacent group with their dog lounging under a chair! We will return!

  10. Paul B.
    Paul B.
    • one review
    9.5/10

    Very enjoyable evening. The tomato and goats cheese and the beetroot salad were very tasty. The lamb chops were meaty but the absence of mint sauce was a shame. Chocolate mousse was very rich.

  11. Cecilia  P.
    Cecilia P.
    • one review
    10/10

    Chez René was recommended to me by someone who knows Paris well. It did not disappoint! The service was friendly, responsive, and subtle—just what service should be. The food was excellent. I had the beef bourguignon, which is one of their signature dishes. It was delicious: very tender beef swimming in a rich sauce with potatoes, carrots, and mushrooms. For dessert I delighted in the chocolate mousse, which was honestly the best chocolate mousse I have had. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone (and everyone!) wanting delicious, authentic French cuisine. It was very reasonably priced for such a fine dining experience.

  12. NOEL I.
    NOEL I.
    • 14 reviews
    9.5/10

    Excellente cuisine traditionnelle

  13. Valdis V.
    Valdis V.
    • 9 reviews
    9.5/10

    We love this place with its solid old fashioned but always in style classics and it’s reliable service. Daniel was almost like a dinner companion. What a great waiter. Wonderful dinner.

  14. Sterling M.
    Sterling M.
    • 3 reviews
    10/10

    I have been coming to Chex Rene for 35 years. Never disappoints. A must stop whenever I am in Paris. A classic French bisto. My family ranged in age from 10 to 82. We all ordered the famous Steak Berry. Suoerb!

  15. Jamie S.
    Jamie S.
    • 3 reviews
    7/10

    Good food and service but we wanted to sit outside. They said it was all reserved but tomorrow we can sit outside. They said next time write on the message to ‘sit outside’. Ok, well why not go ahead and place us outside and if we do not want to sit outside put us inside? We made these reservations in February for a July dinner and we were the only ones inside. It was all French speaking people outside, a coincidence?

  16. Adam R.
    Adam R.
    • one review
    10/10

    Best choc mousse. In all of paris

  17. Mario L.
    Mario L.
    • one review
    10/10

    Absolutely recommended! Very caring service, friendly and supportive. Food was superbe, wine really tasty and we enjoyed every minute. We‘ll be back the next time! :)

  18. Paul J.
    Paul J.
    • one review
    10/10

    Daniel was great

  19. John Q.
    John Q.
    • 2 reviews
    9.5/10

    Great boeuf bourguignon

  20. Mark C.
    Mark C.
    • 9 reviews
    10/10

    Always a favourite, we had the happy opportunity to take new friends (also from Australia, also lovers of Paris and the French culture , and it’s idiosyncrasies ) to Chez René - one of the great bistro experiences in Paris. We had a fabulous meal, and a wonderful time. Superb.

More information

Opening time

Du mardi au samedi, de 12h à 14h30 et de 19h à 23h

Closing time

Août

How to get to the restaurant

14 boulevard Saint-Germain, 75005, Paris, France

Public transport

Métro Cardinal-Lemoine (M10)

Directions to get there

Parc Maubert-Collège des Bernardins

Paris 5th, , Ile Saint Louis, Saint Michel

About the restaurant

"HISTORICAL LAIR - Paris would not really be Paris without these gourmet monuments. Chez René, an institution of the left bank since the 1950s, bistro-chic decor is handled to perfection: rows of white tablecloths, seats in red leather, copper hooks, Picasso, Botero and others on the walls.

SMALL RETRO DISHES - as a good Lyon restaurant, the establishment treats regulars to the grand classics of the region and the must-have French ones: bone marrow grilled with thyme flower, black radish with cream, fresh froglegs à la Provençale, hot Lyon sausage with pistachio, warm apples with oil...

PROUST'S MADELEINE - After this tour de France of local cream, can you still find a small square? The legendary "

Services

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You can reserve the restaurant for a private event (Max. 30 people)

, Can be privatized, , Wheelchair Accessible

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