Went here on the recommendation of some Paris locals who knew we adored wines and authentic French food. The name translates literally to "The wines that dance!" Home run!
On a quiet side street near Luxembourg Park, you could easily walk past the place if you weren't actually looking for it. (In fact, we nearly did!) Once inside, maybe a dozen tables or so, but we were immediately greeted by who may well have been the friendliest person in France. His English was impeccable, but he was happy to flip back and forth to Franglish with our daughter.
Two of the three of us went with the Prix Fixe menu du jour, which on this day included dolphin ravioli (sounds scary, I know, but you have to stop thinking about the theme park dolphins and just go for it!), a terrific white fish, and a truly amazing tiramisu. Each course was paired with a wine of their recommendation, which given the menu, meant mostly whites. I will almost always go with red wine when given the choice, but the pairings were excellent and the wines were refreshing. The ravioli in a creamy white sauce was really the surprise hit of the evening. Wow!
My hunch is that this place doesn't see a lot of tourist traffic, which would probably be a good reason NOT to post about it here. That said, we were so excited to dine someplace that was completely devoid of that tacky Paris touristy feel. Would go back in a heartbeat.
Came here as my birthday treat after checking out yelp first. Where able to book an hour before going on a Saturday night which was good.
Its got quite a nice atmosphere and most people in here seemed to be Parisian, it's not too touristy which by the 4th day of trotting around, I was glad of. Lovely hand painted ceilings but nothing too fancy.
The staff were pleasant and spoke just enough English to pull me through the menu with my little French.
My companion and I decided to go for the mixed starter which consisted of a little pot of the teensiest mushroom ravioli in a cheese sauce, a salmon mousse, some foie gras and fruit compote and goats cheese in filo pastry.
Everything was ok, not wowing me, but let me make one thing clear. I've had a phobia of fish for YEARS. In my old age I'm trying to be more adventurous with things but have still never over-come the fish thing. I bravely, gallantly even? Sampled the salmon mousse... It was quite nice! Not fishy at all and I loved the pickles through it. It was light and refreshing - a good choice if you're having a heavy main. Ended up being my favourite of the starters!! Woo! Go me. We also had the wine pairings which I liked but wasn't sure if they quite got the pairings right...
For mains G went for the steak and I went for a beef, mashed pumpkin and red onion dish. Eww. Both mains, were dryer than a nuns... Erm they were dry. My pumpkin had no flavour and G's steak was flavourless. Try and at least jush it up with a bit of jus or something! Such a shame. I also noticed that when the waitress took away the barley touched plates, she didn't ask us if we had enjoyed our meal. I couldn't be bothered to argue in broken French though. I've found this with a few places in Paris.
I then let myself have a creme brûlée as a birthday treat with a glass of fizz which did NOT work at all with the pud (as stated) but was quite nice on its own, if a little tarte but I generally prefer prosecco to champagne ('cheap commoner' I here you exclaim ;) ). The pud was also disappointing. We left swiftly and €150 lighter.
Overall, probably nice for a drink and a nibble but disappointing for a full blown meal.
We walked past this restaurant several times while exploring the Latin Quarter and finally decided to give it a try one night. It was a great idea. We came, sans reservation, and were seated right away.
They speak very good English here - so good I didn't even bother using my French. Husband had the sea bass and gave it a huge thumbs up. I am ashamed to admit that I ordered the French burger, but I'm not at all ashamed to admit that it was one of the best things I ate in Paris. Perfectly cooked, the burger came sandwiched between two hashbrown patties with a side of "burger sauce". It was so seriously delicious I'm thinking this is the way I'll do burgers at home.
For dessert we both opted for the flaming creme brulee - fantastic.
Tip: Trust the wine pairings suggested for each dish - they are spot on.
Four of us dined here for dinner. We would eat here again. Big plus was that we could easily reserve a table on line (in French).
AMBIENCE: 3.5. The painting on the ceiling was worth half a point. The place breathed patina.
SERVICE: 3.5. The young gentlemen running the place seemed to enjoy themselves. We appreciated the English menus and verbal explanations.
FOOD: 3.0. Three had cod, and one had lamb. All were satisfied and rated it a 3. Optional wine pairings were fine.
Found this on yelp because it was near where we were staying (short walking distance), great reviews, and we were tired the first night in Paris.
Well all I can say to the staff is "merci", for two simply wonderful meals at your great little restaurant. We booked-ended our trip by dinning here the first night (al la cart) and last night (menu) that we were in Paris. The food, the service, the wine and location were perfect for the three of us (including my 8 year old daughter). We will return when we revisit Paris (and will happily recommend to others visiting).
I really enjoyed the digestive after the full dinner menu too, called Noyau de Poissy . . . can't get this place out of my head!
Exceptionally good service in a casual yet cool environment. The music played the whole time was David Bowie and Lou Reed. I had cod with salad and mashed potatoes, the cod was rather bland. My friend had salmon which was quite good. We each had a glass of wine. The desserts looked good but we were to full to indulge! The staff was super friendly!
A nice cute place that is different then the many French joints in the area.
P.s. I am an American who speaks little French. They were very friendly and all spoke a bit of English.
This is a charming Hole in the wall (not a dive hole, but literrally a very small place that can be missed if you aren't looking closely) restaurant is close by the Pantheon and the Gardens of Luxembourg. I would highly recommend this restaurant. It would be helpful to make reservations. However we walked in at an early time of 730 and were able to get a seat. But by 830, the restaurant was packed and they were turning people away.
The restaurant is a wine bar and restaurant. But this description is misleading in the fact that the food was absolutely delicious and the service was amazing. The previous night we had a very fancy French dinner that was considered by the concierge of the hotel to be one of the better restaurants in Paris. This restaurant compared to that and was even more intimate.
The restaurant is divided into two small rooms of 20 people each. The front room has a bar and then a very very small kitchen. However the food that is made in that small kitchen is absolutely delicious.
I had a ravioli as a starter that was very small raviolis in a basil sauce. The dish was wonderful.
I also had as a main course sea bass. This was a fillet. It was cooked in a type of soy sauce with vegetables. It was very good in a salty way. I recommended it to the people who sat next To us and all four of them loved it also.
My wife had steak and fries. It sounds generic and it also sounds like Americans should know steak really well. We were proven wrong again when the French outdid the Americans in creating steak and fries.
Finally we had a dessert of pineapples with sorbet which was wonderful to the taste and had a slight hint of mint.
Oh by the way, Did I tell you that the dining experience with wine pairings for all three courses only cost 80 euros. A bargain.
The food was excellent. However, what was even more amazing was the fact that there was one server for the approximately 20 people. She was very responsive to everybody's needs despite the fact that she was very busy serving all those customers.
We made an attempt to speak to her in French and she was very responsive and friendly to us. At the end of the evening she gave us a complimentary glass of port.
If you have a night in Paris and you want a romantic night. This restaurant certainly will meet that criteria.
What a DISAPPOINTMENT!! We chose this restaurant because they advertise a 29 euro dinner menu in the window . We read the yelp reviews and I made the reservation on line .
When we arrived, there were only 2 other diners in the room. We were given the regular menu but asked to see the special 29 euro menu. The waiter said we could see the menu but could not order from it. He said that we had to order that menu on line. There was no mention of it when I reserved on line nor is there anything on the sign in the window . He said the food for the special menu was in short supply so we could not have it. We ordered a la carte, which of course cost more and was also one of the main dishes on the special menu. We were very disappointed as we came specifically for the special menu. When I wrote back to the restaurant and complained, I was told by the manager that it was not true. That we could have had the special menu. We were told in no uncertain terms by the waiter that we could not have it. I would never go back nor recommend this restaurant. The food was good, not great, but was ruined by the way we were treated. There are so many other good restaurants in Paris.
Very Nice Dining ...
This came with a recommendation from a Parisian friend, and the Yelp reviews were complimentary.
I called the restaurant to make reservations, but always got the machine. I ended up sending an email, and that was more prompt. I booked a table for the following day at 20h, and the response was quick.
It was a 20 minute walk from our hotel in Montparnasse to the restaurant, close to Jardin de Luxembourg. When we arrived we were greeted by a friendly host, letting us sit wherever we wanted. We chose the window and were given the menus, along with an amuse bouche. We opted for the fixed menu with wine pairings. I've posted pictures of all the wines and the plates: mushrooms for our starter (delicious), then duck breast with a puree (amazing), and tiramisu for dessert (fantastic). They served decaf coffee at the end, and gave us the bill. Hmmm? I was accustomed to asking for the bill when I was ready, but perhaps she realized that we were Americans. So much the old saying: When in Rome, do as the Romans.
Thanks to my friend Raphael for the wonderful recommendation. I would definitely return to Vin qui Danse.
A Cozy French Wine Bar and Restaurant Just Steps Away From Pantheon
Visit: July 27
On my first day in Paris, I wanted to find a restaurant close to my hotel, Hôtel de la Sorbonne. With the help of Yelp, I discovered Le Vin qui Danse by searching wine bars in 5ème, which was less than a 10 minute walk from La Sorbonne. My husband and I easily navigated to the restaurant by utilizing the map directions function on the Yelp site. So easy! The door of the restaurant was propped open...a nice welcoming gesture that allowed for the cooling summer evening breeze to waft in. A young woman greeted us and offered us to pick any table since we were the first to arrive at 7:30pm. We didn't have reservations but at that 'early hour', it was not an issue to get a table. However, the restaurant does take reservations and you can even book online which I would recommend if you plan to dine later since the small restaurant was full at 9 pm when we left.
Upon our greeting, the waitress instantly identified we were American and asked if we wanted menus in English. Oui, s'il vous plaît. The waitress arrived at our table with a large format wine bottle, I would guess it was a Salamanzar (9 L) or a Balthzar (12 L), with the list of wines adhered to the bottle. Very cool presentation! 100% French wines as one would expect. Well, it was our first night in Paris and our 20th anniversary so we ordered the Champagne that was on special that evening. It was delightful, very light and bright with low minerality. It was a perfect way to begin our meal and our vacation. Le Vin qui Danse has a 3 course pre-fix menu for 27 euros; however, I was going to pass out after dinner so I wanted a lighter meal. My husband and I shared an appetizer, ravioli in pesto cream sauce. The ravioli was served with lettuce greens on top with orange shavings, which we initially thought the orange colored garnish was carrot. However, to our surprise the orange shavings were cheddar cheese. The sharp tanginess of the cheddar added a wonderful dimension to the rich creamy pesto sauce. For my entrée, I had salmon with eggplant puree and a roasted red pepper sauce. The salmon was a thick filet that was pan fried with a crispy skin and moist interior. The red pepper sauce added a lot of flavor to the mild eggplant and salmon. My husband ordered shrimp risotto. The shrimp were small but tasty and the risotto was absolutely lovely, so tender and savory and creamy, that melted in your mouth. Before our entrees were served, the waitress asked if we wanted a glass of wine to accompany our main dishes. After perusing the wine list, we decided to defer since we were not familiar with the wines and asked her to select a wine to pair with our meals. She brought a bottle of white wine and said we could taste it and if we enjoyed it we could have a glass otherwise she would have us taste another wine. No pressure and completely unpretentious. Well, the white wine was from Loire Valley. We got very excited because after our visit to Paris we were spending 5 days in Loire Valley touring castles and tasting wine. The wine paired exceptionally well with Andy's creamy risotto. Our waitress was very nice making us feel relaxed and comfortable. We greatly enjoyed our first dinner in Paris at this cozy little wine bar.
I would absolutely recommend this resto! I love their smaller menu and wine pairings to go with each dish. Between the four of us we all had something we absolutely LOVED and couldn't help but finish every last crumb. Great atmosphere and very nice waitstaff. English friendly as well as a hot spot for locals as well. Can't wait to go back!
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