Restaurant Reviews

Bistrot du Peintre: A Legit Restaurant on Paris’ Right Bank

by Tory Hoen
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Tory Hoen

After attending Brown University and spending two years in New York, Tory bought a one-way ticket to Paris to pursue her dream of becoming a writer (and of drinking wine at lunch). During her time in the City of Light, she chronicled the euphoric highs and the laughable lows of ex-pat life on her blog, A Moveable Beast. Though she's now based in New York, she travels frequently to Montreal and Brazil, and she'll use just about any excuse to jet to Paris ("I ran out of fleur de sel"). A regular contributor to Hip Paris, Tory also writes for New York Magazine, Time Out New York, and she is a co-author of's Guide To Life After College. View Tory Hoen's Website

17 comments on “Bistrot du Peintre: A Legit Restaurant on Paris’ Right Bank

Formidable !

Read your wonderful review… Having lived in Paris for years, I’m still always looking for a great place to eat and love hearing about good French cooking and bistros are a favourite… Loved how it was not too touristy and overrun with American tourists.

HOWEVER, I went there tonight (24 May 2011) with a friend visiting from out of town and the food was HORRIBLE! I usually like ordering off of the “ardoise” where you can get fresh in season options and it looked promising. My friend and I both took the gazpacho to start and the cabillaud with spring vegetables. The cold soup was lukewarm and on the sweet side, but the worst was our main course. Hers came out lukewarm and mine was fresh out of the refrigerator…LITERALLY. The plate was composed of parcooked food that was kept in the fridge waiting to be heated in the microwave before serving. The overcooked peas, carrots and fish were ice cold. The waiter came back grabbed my dish without responding although I speak French. By the time she finished most of her meal the waiter came back with mine having zapped it in the microwave…at that point even the lemon was boiling hot. Needless to say the peas were bland and overcooked and fish tasteless. We probably should have looked around to see what everyone else seemed to be eating which was either steak or hamburgers… If only I had known. Sadly it is not a place that I will bother to try again. Don’t know if they changed chefs or not…

Haven in Paris

Oh no! Thank you for letting us know. I don;t know if they changed chefs or not, but this is terrible news. Erica

Jean-Charles Decoudun

Very nice restaurant in fact, and a lovely post. Maybe one day I’ll try to make a paint of it 🙂

You can look at few paints I’ve made of Paris places. I’m currently uploading all my paints (around 200) but it take a bit of time !

Can’t wait to try this one out! I’ve just been asked where to dine for a 25th wedding anniversary? Where do you start??!! Anyone got a favourite romantic restaurant?

Can’t wait to check out this place sometime soon. (Stunning photos too!)

I stumbled upon your website today, and am glad I did. Foodie “buzz” about new restaurants in general doesn’t usually impress me. Give me the classics any day! The place looks stunning. I’ve lived in Paris for five years, and I’m still discovering new things.

Thanks for your comment Jason. Julien does take fabulous photos! I can’t wait to try the restaurant when I am back in Paris! – Erica

Thanks for the comments, everyone! It’s definitely worth a try. And for the budget-conscious, lunch is a great deal. – Tory

I’ve been there. Your BF is right and so are you. It’s old school, non-touristy, and traditional rather than trendy. Also, the food was good, the service was friendly, the ambiance was just right, and we really enjoyed our evening there. 🙂

Not too far from me, will give it a try!

Oh it was my favorite restaurant when i was living in the quartier 🙂 Thank you for the good memories…
By the way, i just discover your blog, and i love it ! Bravo !

Hi Audrey. We’re so happy you’ve found us, thank you for the kind words. We just love your blog as well, your photos are fantastic! Merci – Ariel

Your pictures are stunning. I am sure you both have your points although this restaurant certainly states his case well. Bravo!

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