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  • Musée d'Orsay
    75007 Paris
    France
    Invalides, 7ème
  • Transit information Get Directions
  • Phone number +33 1 45 49 47 03
  • 4.0 star rating
    17/3/2014
    1 check-in here

    My guidebook recommended this spot for lunch and I figured, we could give it a whirl since it was convenient to our itinerary.  We walked in and were immediately greeted and seated.  First off, its absolutely jaw-dropping beautiful in this restaurant.  The ceiling is luxuriously painted - I spent the bulk of my lunch just looking up!  There are also several lovely statues situated throughout the restaurant.  The chandeliers are also quite stunning!

    The menu isn't extensive, and to me, isn't particularly french, but since this is a touristy place, I assume they're catering to the palates of a touristy crowd.  No problem with me!  I was pleased to see several reasonably priced menu options.  I quickly settled on the 22 euro appetizer+main combo, selecting the caesar salad and mushroom risotto.  I also ordered an iced tea to go with it, which ended up being extremely refreshing after our long walk from the Opera House to the d'Orsay (via a stop at Place de la Concorde and l'Orangerie).

    The petite caesar salad was a surprise.  First off, its HUGE!  It also came with grilled chicken.  It wasn't the best caesar I've ever had, but after that long walk, it was refreshing and delicious and I ate the whole thing.  Hubby and I easily could have split it and I wish we had, just to save some euros.

    My mushroom risotto was tasty - again, not the best I ever had, but great fuel for our day of museum trekking.  Hubby won the prize - he ordered the fish and chips, which may have been the best I've ever had outside of Ireland.  The fish was delicately battered and fried, but had terrific flavor and crunch to it.  The fries were also super tasty, and oddly enough, wrapped in Obama newspaper articles.  Hmm.  Both main courses were huge, and again, very splittable.

    They offer carafes of water, so if you're looking to save some euro, don't get the bottled water - just get the carafe!

    Service was so-so.  I think that they were understaffed for a Saturday as it was clear that our waitress had too many tables to manage. For this reason, it wasn't the speediest of lunches, but the beautiful ambience really made me not want to rush anyway.

    I would definitely recommend this cafe if you've planned a super duper busy museum day!  Menu found here:  musee-orsay.fr/fileadmin…

  • 4.0 star rating
    24/3/2014

    Beautiful restaurant, obviously a must-see if you're in Paris. Overpriced food, we had a foie gras tartine that was not what I expected and was rather disgusting to be honest. The bottle of champagne that we had was very nice and came iced. I'd go back just for a glass of wine.

  • 4.0 star rating
    12/9/2013

    This elegant museum restaurant offers a welcome break to weary art lovers.
    Although the al la carte menu looked good, the formula of the day offered a main and dessert for 16 Euros which was a bargain in such a nice spot with full waiter service. We had well cooked white fish in a light creamy sauce with Dill and a small mound of Gnocchi flavoured with a little Tomato and Pancetta. The serve was ample for lunch especially as it was followed by an Iles de Flottantes or a chocolate Brownie. A glass of Muscadet and an espresso rounded out a very acceptable meal. Payment was at the table and although crowded the wait staff coped admirably.

  • 2.0 star rating
    31/7/2013

    I was told that the restaurant was originally where the non-commeners would wait for the train. Since being converted to an art museum the room become a restaurant. It is beautiful, with sparkling chandeliers and large windows with great views. The food however, was the worst I had in Paris. I also felt it was a bit pricey. We had to wait in line as it was busy. Once we were seated the service was slow. I find it frustrating to have to put that much effort into obtaining your check..

    My cousin and I had the daily special of chicken with fettuccine with a tomato based sauce. I noticed another reviewer mentioned this same dish and described it as "lightly flavored". We described it as "no flavor". The chicken was cooked fine, it was not dry, the noodles were cooked fine, not overcooked. But that was all. It was so bland neither of us finished. Other members of our group had the fish and chips and the salad. The fish and chips were good. The fish portion was small.

    I highly recommend the museum (it is amazing) and peek into the room, but eat elsewhere.

  • 3.0 star rating
    25/7/2013
    1 check-in here

    The food is not great, but it is definitely a beautiful room to dine in. You are definitely paying for the dinning experience.

    Had the lobster bisque, which did not have much flavor. It was just a soup base, no lobster. Also had the duck burger and thick cut fries, six of them. Not too much flavor in the burger either, I wanted to smother it in ketchup. The dipping sauce for the fries were probably the only thing with flavor, it was pretty good for the six fries, but not enough to use for e burger.

    I would recommend getting a cup of tea and sitting in the dining area... Eat elsewhere.

  • 4.0 star rating
    20/5/2013

    What a breathtaking restaurant space. Flooded with light and covered in murals and chandeliers, this is a must-see while visiting the museum.

    Their tea service includes a great deal of a generous portion of cake and a hot beverage for around 8 Euro. I definitely expected the prices to be higher.

  • 4.0 star rating
    28/6/2013
    1 check-in here

    This is a special place. The food here is very good, but not the best in Paris. However the room is AMAZING. It is dining in a palace ballroom and will make you feel like royalty. Or at least like you were invited to eat with royalty.
    I had a smoked salmon tart. It was small and served on a thin pastry crust on a bed of broccoli purée. Sandra had the daily special of chicken and fettucini. It was very lightly flavored and she was disappointed but I think it was as intended.
    Service was good. This is a popular place so expect a line. Their price fixed menu is about €20 and includes a main and fancy dessert. Not a bad deal.

  • 3.0 star rating
    2/3/2013

    Gorgeous space, decent food.

    You definitely pay for the privilege of eating at the museum.  Or possibly for the privilege of not having to wait in the security line a second time had you left.  That's fine.  Most museum restaurants are a bit pricey.

    But given how knock you on your ass fantastic most of the things we ate in Paris were, this was one of my least memorable meals of the trip.  Add in a few hiccups with the service, and we're solidly in 3 star territory.

  • 3.0 star rating
    28/8/2010

    We had 2 choices.  Le Restaurant on level 2 of the Musee D'Orsay or the cafe on level 0.  Another sandwich?  Not for this couple.  We went to Le Restaurant at the top of Musee D'Orsay and we ordered:

    Grilled rib steak and frites
    Sole with gnocchi and pine nuts

    This would have gotten 4 stars had it not for the overly chewy and tough steak.  I get that the rib steak [or rib eye] would be marbly, but surely it would also be tender and rich with flavor?  I guess not.  There were a lot of tendon in the steak and my wife had a tough time cutting it.  The sole, however, was nicely prepared with a sprinkle of sea salt on top with some pine nuts.  Had that steak been better, this would have gotten a higher rating.  But still, it wasn't sandwiches and we had a nice lunch in one of the BEST museums in the world.

    Service was attentive and it was crowded.  Atmosphere was lively and it was a great way to experience the museum more than the wonderful collection of arts.

  • 5.0 star rating
    29/12/2012
    1 check-in here

    Delicious. Not a bad price for a restaurant in a museum. The duck was amazing. The ravioli superb and the expressos perfect. Service was five stars even with a language barrier.

    Plus this might be the only place in the museum that you can take pictures.

  • 3.0 star rating
    29/6/2011

    The room is utterly gorgeous, make sure you sit near the window to take advantage of the beautiful view.

    I also had the yummiest Caesar salad and chocolat chaud, a slightly unusual but trés delightful combination.

    So far so good, but unfortunately it is very pricey, they seem to have got a bit confused that, although they are a beautiful restaurant with very tasty food, they are still situated in a public museum where food should not be that expensive. Hence, me and my partner opted to share the Caesar salad, fortunately it was a pretty decent portion and sufficed as a pleasant alternative to the usual museum cafe option of a pre packed sandwich.

  • 4.0 star rating
    15/6/2012

    The Musee d'Orsay is one of my favorite spots in Paris, and this little restaurant just makes it all the more appealing.

    We had an absolutely lovely experience here and recommend it as highly as possible.  The room is absolutely gorgeous and a fantastic break from walking and art gazing.  The room is as much a feast for the eyes as the museum!  Fantastic wine list and absolutely delicious, healthy salads - very vegan, vegetarian friendly and with some delicious fish as well.  Yep, it's a bit overpriced, but not terribly so.  We were sad not to have an appetite for a full meal here and will be returning with empty stomachs next time in order to have a meal to enjoy while digesting the art.  

    Try to get a table by the windows if you can.

  • 4.0 star rating
    23/8/2012

    This is a must if you're in the museum!

    The food is simply divine, as is the decor.  Make sure you get a window seat so you can look out over Paris.

    The group of 6 that I was with were all highly impressed with their dishes, and we had a great variety between us.

    It is quite pricey, but with the decor, views and lush food, it should be expect.

    You can also book before you go to save queueing.

  • 1.0 star rating
    14/4/2011

    Utter rubbish and appalling treatment. I ordered a starter my wife didn't. We both ordered mains which where salads. All the food arrived at the same time, three dishes. Including my Tempura salad. I explained the problem to our waiter and he, with the more shrugs than I have ever seen, could not see a problem and plonked my freshly cooke tempura salad on the side and said he would bring it later and just walked off. Unable to communicate my disgust in french I sort out the Maitre D' which I had to do by getting up and looking for him. He said he'd keep the tempura warm! And he walked off. The guy who took our order reappeared and I explained we were leaving and I didn't want my main and that the situation was really rubbish. He was apologetic knocked the price of the frites of the bill and we left. Utter shite!

  • 4.0 star rating
    24/3/2010

    Great view over Paris from terrace. Lovely pastries.

  • 4.0 star rating
    6/4/2011

    a lovely place to take a break from the art.  we missed the lunch, but had a delicious tea time snack.

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