Le Procope claims to be the oldest restaurant in Paris, opening shop in 1686 during the time of France’s greatest king, Louis XIV. In the busy 6th Arrondissement near Boulevard Saint-Germain des Près and Odeon, Le Procope principally caters to tourists, with multi-lingual menus, but it continues to attract a steady stream of Parisians who want a quality meal at a low price. Indeed, the prices are almost “cheap”, with entrees (appetizers) for around 10 Euros and plats for about 18-25 Euros, and a value fixed price menu in the 30 Euro range. I ordered a plateau of oysters, which were served on ice and excellent. For a plat, my wife and I each had an Entrecôte, with a red shallot wine sauce and, to my surprise, it was one of the best steaks I have had in Paris – top quality beef, tender, and perfectly cooked à point (to the point, i.e., medium rare). The wine menu is wanting, as there are few choices, but prices are terrific, with bottles under 30 Euros.
The atmosphere at Le Procope is inviting as well, with beautiful oil paintings on the walls, and one room in the upper level that looks like a family library – quiet and quaint. If you are looking for a quality dinner, in a lively area with rich detail and friendly waiters, Le Procope is as good a choice as any for those on a budget.
Open seven days a week from 10:30 a.m. until 1:00 a.m., reservations are recommended but not required.
Address: 13 rue de l’Ancienne Comédie – 75006 Paris
Télephone : 01 40 46 79 00