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Large servings, interesting menu, many wine choices and the chance to sit outside make this a popular spot in the Saint-Germain area of Paris.


The Bistro de la Grille Saint-Germain, just down the street from the Marché Saint-Germain, in the 6th arrondisement of Paris, always seems to do a good business.

We sat outside at a small table on a beautiful evening and got a kick out of seeing the blackboard menu leaning against a Smart Car. When the Smart left, the driver just picked up the menu and leaned it against the next car!

The food was very good and plentiful, making us remark on the "American portions." A salad of celeri root (celeriac), grapefruit, and shrimp was big, lovely, and tangy. I followed it with one of the specials, rascasse, a fish that looked like red snapper but is apparently a scorpion fish—I'm just as glad I didn't know that when I ordered it. It was served with a wonderful assortment of grilled vegetables.

Menu leaning on Smart Car, Paris
L'ardoise (blackboard menu) propped against a parked car. When the car leaves, it's rescued, then propped against the next one in the spot.

Tom opted for a first course of artichoke hearts, followed by an entrecôte, or steak, again a very large serving. The steak was accompanied by a pile of garlicky green beans. Very tasty and well cooked.

Dinner for two (no dessert—we had no room!), with wine by the glass, came to 82.

Métro: Saint-Germain, Mabillon, or Odéon

Bistro de la Grille Saint-Germain
14 rue Mabillon (corner of rue Guisarde)
75006 Paris
Tel: +33 1 43 54 16 87

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Above: Salad of celery root, grapefruit, and shrimp.


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