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Favorite Paris Restaurant

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

My favorite restaurant in 
Paris, France 
is in the
Museé D'Orsay.

Source:Museé D'Orsay official site
The restaurant on the first floor
(second floor to Americans)
of the Museé D'Orsay
was renovated sometime after 2006.

The style is now a combination of the original restaurant in
the Hôtel D'Orsay and an industrial modern style.
The beautiful chandeliers, parquet flooring, gilding,
and mural-painted ceiling are all from the
original Hôtel D'Orsay restaurant.
The sleek white metal tables, chairs, and
service counters are new since 2006.

The Museé D'Orsay is across the Seine River
from the Jardin de Tuileries and the Louvre.

The Tuileries Garden is filled with statues, broad lawns,
flowers, and park chairs on gravel walkways.
Oh, to sit in the chairs and gaze above the blue flowers
to the roofline of the Museé D'Orsay is pure heaven.
Parisians as well as tourists fill the park
to soak up the sun and beauty.

Inside the museum one can look 
through the massive clocks across the Seine
and see the Tuileries Garden and Louvre.

Museé D'Orsay contains my favorite art style,
impressionism, in a renovated train station
that brought visitors downtown to
the 1900 World's Fair in Paris.

Seeing the structure of the magnificent train station 
is as much a part of the museum exhibits 
as the art housed therein.

The first floor Museé D'Orsay restaurant 
was originally the restaurant in the Hôtel D'Orsay
 attached to the train station. 
The two other restaurants in the 
museum are on the ground floor, 
but a true "I am in Paris" experience 
is to eat in the elegant restaurant on the first floor.

I first had lunch here in the 1980s while 
chaperoning high school students to France.
(Now, are you envious of a high school teacher 
for the first time?)

Fortunately, I was able to revisit the museum and
eat in the restaurant many times during the 80s and 90s.
At that time, there were always
huge fresh floral arrangements and
sculpture art throughout the dining area.
Such elegance truly made one feel the
experience of being in Paris.

Here I am, with a big smile, thrilled to be having lunch in the 
Museé D'Orsay restaurant in 2004,
without high school students.
The semi-circular topped windows on the left 
open onto a balcony that overlooks the 
Seine River.
See the large potted plants?
The light green wicker chairs? 
Those along with the fresh floral arrangements 
are sadly no longer part of the restaurant ambience.
When I was there in 2011, 
those fabulous wicker chairs were 
in one of the two other lighter-fare restaurants,  
and this restaurant had the 
white metal industrial-style chairs. 
I missed the wicker chairs, potted plants, 
and fresh flowers.

The ornately painted ceiling and 
the glass chandeliers still exude luxury.
The menu is still a French meal for a (relatively) small price. 
All this is located in my favorite museum. 
Yes, this is my favorite Parisian restaurant.
Having lunch here makes me feel like 
I really am in Paris, France.

Even the online menu is elegant.

There is still a choice of just the Plate or a two-course Menu.
The dessert selection is to-die-for!
The Today's Menu is a great price 
for a meal in Paris.

Oh, yes, the Museé D'Orsay Restaurant 
is my favorite restaurant in Paris.
I forgive them for not having fresh flowers 
or the green wicker chairs.
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  1. Judith, you picked a winner in our hearts! Museé D' Orsay is our favorite museum, and we too love to dine in that fabulous restaurant. The clock! Oh, how I love that huge clock. Thanks for this little morning stop at a favorite French spot. '-)

  2. Oh you have touched my heart tonight with this post. We have also been there, a few times. I never dined there but always made sure I peeked in for a look. Just as you say it is so beautiful. I love the museum! I will have to dine there on my next trip there. Great post.

    The French Hutch

  3. I just wish I could say your opening statement! Dreamy

  4. I am ready to go back and will remember your recommendation if I get to visit Paris again.

  5. Oh my goodness, I long to go back to Paris. I am so glad you shared this. Your pictures are the next best thing to being there. I love the train stations in France. They are positively elegant. I thought nothing of having a Kir in the middle of the day while waiting for a train. It seemed so 'OK', yet I would never do that here. Thanks for the memories.

    Kindly, Dana

  6. Oh my goodness! What a dream! That is definitely going on my Paris Dream list :)

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  8. Hello Marjolein
    A beautiful post on the Museé D'Orsay restaurant - I agree a true parisian experience!
    Great photos which portray the sheer opulence....

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  11. How Special! I would love to go to Paris!!!
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  12. Oh wow! Can't blame you for loving this restaurant! The place exudes elegance and luxury. I'm sure dining there would make you feel like royalty too! It's the ambiance and the structure of the place that makes it one of a kind, but you can't take the food out of the equation. Were they good? I look forward to more of your visits in this fancy restaurant, Judith! Bon Appetit!
    Lawrie @ Jolie\'s Louisiana Bistro

  13. With a restaurant this heavenly in appearance, your hunger for something beautiful to behold and experience is fed as much as your hunger for a sumptuous meal. It's great to hear that you were able to visit your favorite restaurant again after some years. Dining in a place we fancy gives that unexplainable happiness that other restaurants can't give, wouldn't you agree? :)
    Lester @ Bee & Thistle Inn and Lounge


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