Le Procope

by Weekend In Paris
Know for its fresh seafood, Le Procope served Benjamin Franklin & famous Paris authors/actors and politicians throughout history

Know for its fresh seafood, Le Procope served Benjamin Franklin & famous Paris authors/actors and politicians throughout history

Le Procope – reportedly the oldest café in Paris and is centrally located in the 6th. One side of the café is on a cobble stone back “alley” of sorts with some charming shops and the other is on a great little side street near the Odeon theater.  My favorite dish there is the Beef Bourguignon.

Definitely arrive a bit early and look at all the fresh fish in the window as well as the interesting history displayed on the walls of each room. Benjamin Franklin and Voltaire ate here and the rooms dedicate plaques to the other historical figures who dined here regularly throughout history.

Sadly, recently this landmark restaurant has gone down in my esteem. I ate there several times to see if things improved. Unfortunately, the service was lacking and the food was mediocre. I used to rave about the place, but now have reservations (pun intended) about dining here.


Location

13 Rue Ancienne Comédie
75006 Paris, France
01 40 46 79 00

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6 comments

paul shaw September 12, 2013 - 6:48 am

I have to say that I am a very calm person who does not become upset easily
but I was asked to organise this weekend for my Friend and his Wife whose
birthday it was and I was asked to recommend restaurants to visit of which
this was one of three
We had built up this restaurant and as such made it the last evening that we
would visit
It was a disaster it spoilt an excellent weekend and sullied Paris as a
place to visit which is a great shame because Paris is Mine and my wifes
favourite city
This restaurant does not deserve its Patrons when it produces service and
food of such bad quality
Its takes a lot for me to complain Priscilla but I feel very stongly that we
were ripped off and it will be unfair if they are allowed to get away with
it.
I have written to them directly and await a reply
This meal we had was not only the worst I have had in Paris but the worst we
have had anywhere in the world and we are certainly well travelled
Best Regards
Paul

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Weekend In Paris September 13, 2013 - 9:14 am

What a shame you had such a bad experience. I don’t blame you for being upset! Thank you for sharing your experience with us and I am so glad that you wrote directly to the restaurant and shared the response below with me. It affirms that Le Procope strives to do the right thing by their customers!

From Le Procope:
Dear Sir,

First of all, please excuse us for the bad attitude of our staff during your diner.
I have taken notes of your comments about annoyances that upset your diner.
I already warned my staff so that will not happen again.

I reiterate my sincere apologies because we have not met your expectations.
Indeed, the performance we offer to our clients has to be faultless.

We hope that you will keep faith in us, that is why we offer “2 menus Bienvenue” (please come with the paper) for your next lunch or diner at our restaurant.

I personally stay at your disposal to take your booking. I will personally take care of your comfort.

Best Regards,

Joaquim BRAZ
Directeur Régional Opérationnel

9, rue du Quatre-Septembre
75002 Paris
Tel. : 06 88 20 12 03

http://www.freresblanc.com

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Jeanne Lewin November 18, 2012 - 6:25 pm

Make reservations on line. Plan to eat a late lunch at 14:30. Same wonderful service and food and a bit less expensive than eating there for dinner. Love Procope for a special meal in Paris.

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Weekend In Paris November 18, 2012 - 7:20 pm

I could not agree more! Wonderful spot for lunch too! Take the time to see each room and the history that is documented there on plaques.
Thanks for writing a comment here.
Cheers,
Priscilla

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Corey Frye January 27, 2011 - 1:51 pm

Love this café! The cobblestone alley behind it used to be a moat surrounding the wall protecting Paris in the early 13th century, and there’s even a piece of the wall left inside one of the shops there. Also interesting is when you first walk into the café there a hat of Napoleon’s. I wrote a bit about it on my blog as well if you’re interested. But more importantly, how is the quality of food there? I’ve only had drinks.

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Weekend In Paris January 27, 2011 - 4:19 pm

Hi Corey,
Great background info on one of my favorite places – Le Procope. The snails are amazing and I recommend the beef cheeks too!
Cheers,
Priscilla

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