La Coupole

Price guide: Mid-range

102 boulevard du Montparnasse, Paris, 75014

Price guide: Mid-range

La Coupole

By Natasha Edwards, your Paris expert

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#54 of 80
expert-rated restaurants in Paris
Expert overall rating:4.3 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.3
4.3
Ambience:
4.6
4.6
Service:
4.3
4.3
Location:
4
4.0
Value for money:
4.4
4.4
Recommended for:
Business travellers, Couples, Families with teenagers, First-time travellers, Design and architecture, Nightlife, People watching, Romance

Expert review of La Coupole

The authentic Parisian brasserie for late-night oysters and people-watching.

La Coupole forms part of Montparnasse history. Opened in 1927 as a "bar américain" serving up cocktails, with a basement dancehall where Parisians discovered the indecency of the tango, it is still the quintessential Parisian brasserie with its vast 1920s Art Deco interior with columns painted by different artists (said to have inspired Terence Conran for his London brasseries). Montparnasse has changed since then, the Coupole is now part of the Flo group and the food is pretty predictable, yet I still find there's something ineffably glamorous about coming here, its long shellfish counter, long lines of tables, touch of glitz (the tacky sculpture) and sheer, buzzy scale (it's one of the largest restaurants in Paris) that always makes a meal here fun.

Food and drink: 

Classic brasserie fare – shellfish, grilled fish and steaks, and curiously a house speciality of lamb curry, as well as seasonal offerings. But it's the shellfish that's the treat here – I practically always go for oysters, perhaps followed by chocolate profiteroles.

Ambience: 

Timeless favourite with Parisians, as well as French and foreign tourists. As well as lunch and dinner, it's open all day for breakfast, sandwiches or post-cinema drinks and the people-watching is great, whether you're seated inside or at the front with a view of the boulevard.

Service: 

Professional and speedy waiters in long aprons.

Location: 

Crowning the boulevard du Montparnasse with a long glazed frontage for watching passers-by.

Price advice: 

Count around 35 euros à la carte, but there are also good value prixe fixes at 23.50 and a 17.90 lunch menu.

More information on La Coupole:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Brasserie, Café, Restaurant
Food:
French, Seafood, Snacks
Address:
102 boulevard du Montparnasse, Paris, 75014
Telephone:
01 43 20 14 20
Website:
http:// www.lacoupoleparis.com
Serves:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Daily 8.30-10.30am, noon-2.30pm, 6.30pm-1am; café 8.30am-1am.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Suggested

Have you been to La Coupole? Would you recommended it?