In Village d’Auteuil close to Roland Garros, Le Congrès is a friendly neighborhood brasserie with a stable clientele of repeat customers who faire la bise with the staff, (greet with two kisses on the cheek). Such is life in Paris, where going to a restaurant can be like going to a friend’s home for dinner. We were first-timers, but that did not stop the waiter from swiftly bringing a champagne bucket full of ice cold water for our yellow lab, Cosmo, who rested underneath the table waiting to be fed a morsel of fresh baguette or a slice of Entrecôte from our fine china.
This lovely restaurant, with white tablecloth seating and a traditional menu, has excellent dishes including steak, lamb, frites and oysters. Although there is no children’s menu (most restaurants don’t have them in Paris), this is a kid -friendly place, as our two boys played their Nintendo DS’ and we watched a mother with her two-year old sitting across from her munching on steak and frites as she drunk water from her wine glass (which, frequently doubles as a water glass at these Parisian brasseries).
The food all around is surprisingly good, and the service is friendly and swift. I would not hesitate to go back and recommend this to anyone visiting this quiet area of the 16th Arrondissement of Paris. The restaurant has some other top quality siblings, including Le Congrès Maillot and Le Sébillon.
The restaurant is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner, including these public holidays:
1 November, 11 November, 14 July (Bastille Day), 15 August, 25 December (Christmas), 1 January, 1, May, 8 May, Ascension Day, Easter Monday, Whit Monday, Easter, Whitsuntide
Address: 144 Boulevard Exelmans, Paris 75016
Telephone number : 01 46 51 15 75
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