Le Grenier de Notre Dame

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18 Rue de la Bucherie, Paris, France, 75005

Serving vegetarian versions of French peasant food. Has vegetarian paella. Nice atmosphere, English spoken. Prices moderate to expensive. Not handicap accessible. Located in the 5ème arrondissement near metro: Saint Michel. Confirmed re-opened after renovations April 2017. Open Mon-Sun 12:00pm-11:00pm.

Category: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Macrobiotic, Organic, Beer/Wine, French

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First Review by Poundie

Good food, mediocre service - Edit

My husband and I went here during a 12 hour layover. The couscous I had was quite good, very flavorful and filling! The service, however was mediocre at best. The staff acts as though your very presence is an inconvenience to them. If you're looking for a quick lunch near Norte Dame this might be a good spot for you, but expect pricey food and shoddy service.

Pros: Flavor, Location

Cons: Price, Poor Service

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delicious food - Edit

The dish I had came with seitan strips, tofu, seitan croquetes, rice and a delicious fig and plum sauce. It was probably the best tasting seitan I've ever had.
The chocolate gateau was also very good.

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tasty food, pricey - Edit

Attentive staff
Big serves
Fancy style restaurant and price reflects it (33€ for one main, one dessert, one glass of wine that's about $50AUD)

Pros: lots of vegan options, Attentive staff, extensive wine list

Cons: expensive

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28/01/16 - Edit

Lovely food in a great part of the city. Restaurant was very busy when we visited but that's generally a good sign.

Service not overly friendly, but our French is poor so maybe something got lost in translation. That said, we got everything we wanted, which is probably more testament to the waiter's listening skills as opposed to our French.

If you're visiting Notre Dame, you have to come here.

Pros: Great food, Good location

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refurbished interior, same menu - Edit

Came here in 2015 and loved the quirkiness of the place and the food was gorgeous.
Found the refurbishment to have lost that quirk although still as busy.
Menu hasn't changed much if at all and although it has vegan options clearly marked one of the dishes which was marked vegan had honey in it and a couple of the vegetarian dishes contained Parmesan which isn't vegetarian.

Cons: staff not overly friendly

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One of my best place - Edit

I love that place and it is very well located next to Notre-Dame church. I went there in June 2016 with my 18 years old daughter.
The place is pretty big for Paris ; it has a second floor for larger groups and nice restrooms.

Anecdote : I forgot my money and bank card and I realized that as I was about to pay (panic!)
The lady offered me kindly to leave my daughter there and get the money. Because, she was so nice to us during the course of the meal that I figure I could trust her with my daughter.
So while my daughter was offered internet and a drink I was running like crazy in subways and taxis to the other side of town to get my money.
I went back to Paris in December 2016 and I promised myself to go back this time with my colleague. What a disappointment; it was closed for renovation. Luckily, I found out with the Happy Cow Ap, so we didn't have to get there for nothing.
Nice place for a romantic dinner and to take a walk after by the Seine or take a Taxi-Bike drive to leave from there as we did.
Good sizes, choices and portions for the money.

Pros: Romantic, Notre-Dame, Seine

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Disappointing - Edit

I've been lucky enough to eat at some fantastic veggie and vegan restaurants and this isn't one for my list I'm afraid. I found it quite bland and the atmosphere was pretty dull. The staff were courteous and attentive but we didn't see a smile at any point. I had a plate that mostly consisted of tofu in a variety of forms (smoked, fried, burger) and a mismatch of salad and cooked vegetables with a small bowl of raw cabbage in the middle topped with a minuscule amount of fig. There was also a small lump of brown rice and it just didn't gel together at all, it all tasted fresh but it was crying out for some seasoning and fresh herbs. We had 2 mains and a half carafe of house wine for 50 euros and were done and dusted in 40 minutes. Simply not the place to go if you want an atmospheric meal with outstanding veggie food and flavours.

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A disappointing establishment... - Edit

I first went to the Grenier de Notre Dame back in 2004, and went numerous of times, every year. But lately, the place lost its charm, the food became a sad experience, and the service got ... bad.
I used to like their happiness and enthusiasm, which clearly vanished lately, as they take a solid advantage to be the only vegetarian restaurant (with seats) near Notre Dame. Overcrowded, often. But still, a sad, sad time there.
The menu must change, and as for the service, don't expect friendly staff. That's a very negative comment I am writing as for me this is a key ingredient of the food experience. I will come back the day I hear they are fabulous, like they once were. I know they can improve :-)

Pros: Healthy, Location, Options for different diets.

Cons: Boring food., Bored staff., Sad atmosphere.

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renovation much needed - Edit

the place is going to be closed soon for renovation. I belueve menu should be reconsidered. many ingredients were not fresh, kitchen tried to hide that woth spices. undersalted - which is crucial for beans. portions were huge - interesting exception.

Pros: nice juice mix

Cons: out of most drinks on the menu, old ingredients, m

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L'un des meilleurs resto végétalien - Edit

Le 1er restaurant végétalien que j'ai testé ! Une super adresse à partager sans modération !

L'endroit est atypique, très "green" et old school. Le personnel est attentionné. La carte est, de A à Z, uniquement pour les Végétariens et Végétaliens. Les jus et boissons sont nombreux. Les plats et menus sont copieux et savoureux !

J'ai adoré :)



Updated from previous review on 2016-08-26

Pros: Ambiance, Cuisine (choix+goût), Service

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faultless - Edit

my new favourite place. friendly staff, lovely atmosphere and great food. a little on the pricey side but it's worth it. Try the Cassolette.

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Fuyez !!! Run !!! - Edit

Je suis allée dans ce restaurant il y a quelques mois, toute contente de tester un autre restaurant végétarien sur Paris mais quelle ne fut pas ma déception !
Mon plat, l'assiette spéciale protéines, était insipide (aucun ingrédient ne s'associait à un autre et tout manquait cruellement de saveur) tandis que celui de mon copain l'a rendu malade (son "cassoulet" était d'une acidité)...
De plus l'accueil (à peine bonjour, à peine au revoir) et l'ambiance étaient déplorables (le "patron" parlait extrêmement mal à ses employés).
Il y a beaucoup d'autres restaurant végétariens à Paris, ne perdez pas votre temps avec le grenier de notre dame !

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vegetarian delight in the shadow of Notre dame - Edit

Decided to try Le Grenier De Notre Dame as one the few vegetarian restaurants while in Paris. I have 4 more days left and I will be back. We made a reservation for 7 PM and were seated upstairs, which I believe I would have preferred. The menu has many options so it was hard to decide what to have. My partners starter was see lentil soup. It was delicious. My starter was the avocado and mango tartar. Amazing. Smile on our faces. For the main course we both had the vegetarian cassoulet. Filled with white bean, tofu, sextant in a herbed tomato sauce. This dish was good but not spectacular. We had no complaints about it except we felt the dish could have had a stronger flavor for the tomato sauce. For desert, my partner had chocolate mousse and I had apple tart with whipped cream. Both were good. As I mentioned previously, we will return.

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Beautiful restaurant, good food - Edit

I like this restaurant. Not the finest vegan food but good enough, and the restaurant is beautiful and the atmosphere very enjoyable, you feel like in a typical and a bit chic parisian restaurant, but not posh. There is also a small but beautiful terrasse. A large variety of assiettes, many are vegan and gluten-free. Many fresh squizzed healthy juices. A bit pricey but it's an expensive and touristic area, so it's a safe choice.

Pros: Nice restaurant, good food, healthy, good portions

Cons: not very creative food

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Popular vegetarian place - Edit

This restaurant offers a variety of items, but they end up similar. The components may taste fine, but they aren't put together to make a cohesive whole meal. As a result, the meal is rather uninteresting. The restaurant is popular, reservations are recommended, although we came early and were seated without one.

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Hmm - Edit

Das vegane Essen hat sehr gut geschmeckt.
Noch dazu ein frisch gepresster Saft!
Besser geht es kaum.

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best in Paris - Edit

This place was such a brilliant first dinner that we returned the following night. The lentil soup is creamy and perfect. The male server downstairs was so friendly and helpful with questions, remembering us from the first night. Definite love for this place - such a hidden gem.

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Excellent Vegan Dinner Near the Seine - Edit

This restaurant is a great choice when looking for a vegan or vegetarian meal near Notre Dame, the museums, etc. I had a tagine with cous cous, carrots, potatoes, chick peas, other veggies and a skewer of seitan. It was seasoned nicely and very filling - perfect after a day of walking around the city center. The menu is in French and English and clearly identifies the selections that are vegan.

Tip to find the restaurant: Rue de la Bucherie is a side street that is split in two with a small city square in the middle. On one side of the square you will find Rue de la Bucherie addresses #1 to #16. On the other side, you will find street address #18 (and up) where the restaurant is.

Pros: Tasty, good sized portion, Menu variety

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Great food, reasonable prices, close to Notre Dam - Edit

Funky, small café on a side street just around the corner from one of the busiest tourist spots in Paris. They have about 6 tables inside and 4 or 5 outside. If the weather is nice you eat outside. Varied menu and juices. Quite good and reasonable value. Not super cheap, but in that neighbourhood nothing is.

Pros: good food, fast, friendly staff

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Good lunch - Edit

Went here for lunch during a stay in Paris. Fairly priced 3 course meal (15,50) . Got two choices per course. Everything (except for 1 desert) on our menu was vegan. The total menu looked good - not extremely impressing, but good decent dishes.
The (vegan) apple pie was delicious!

Pros: Good lunch menu for fair price, Easy to reach

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great find! - Edit

Great find in a notoriously un-vegan friendly city! Not fancy, but my husband and I greatly enjoyed our meals.

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A little overpriced but nice building - Edit

As a vegan I was so pleased to find this beautiful little restaurant. The staff weren't to welcoming to us which caused us some concern. After looking at the vast options on the menu for vegans and ordering, our food came quickly but was bland and a little overpriced.

Pros: Beautiful Building, Vegan/ vegetarian friendly, Close to centre

Cons: indifferent staff, bland food, overpriced

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Nice Place! - Edit

Indoor and outdoor seating, very close to Notre Dam, on a quiet little street. I ate here twice, each with a group of people who were carnivores, vegans, and vegetarians -- and each time everyone was happy. I really liked the vegan cassoulet, and also the "le fernier" juice. Very friendly and helpful staff. Decent price.

Pros: Good food, Friendly staff

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A perfect day in Paris - Edit

Le Grenier de Notre Dame is absolutely amazing. The service is wonderful, polite, efficient, and welcoming. My mother and I were seated quickly and enjoyed a fresh and delicious vegan meal within our one hour time limit for our group tour. This was the perfect addition to a beautiful day in Paris--especially for a wholefoods vegan who was needing a substantial healthy meal. I highly recommended this restaurant for any vegetarian or vegan traveling to Paris!

Pros: Healthy and delicious vegan options, Friendly service, Beautiful environment

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Lovely place, amazing wine, okay food, insane pric - Edit

I heard about this place because it's been listed as one of the top vegetarian restaurants in the world.
But I don't like to have my impressions tainted by preconceptions so went in without assuming it would blow my mind.
The place itself is very nice, quite cramped but I don't mind that as it feels livelier than it otherwise might.
Staff are welcoming and accommodating so I only have praise for them!
The wine, though a little pricey, was fantastic. Finding vegetarian wine in France is difficult at the best of times so I'm happy to pay a premium, and here it is worth it.
I just wasn't impressed with the food though, my friends and I had a range which I sampled too so it wasn't just one lacklustre dish. There was nothing wrong with the food, it was all just a bit bland and uninspiring. If it had been half the cost I'd still have that criticism, but at the rates they were charging I felt especially hard done by.
There are many great veggie options around Paris. Don't buy the hype of this place.
It's fine but not for the money.

Pros: Range, Wine

Cons: Price, Lacking flavour, Price!!

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Losing its appeal after multiple visits - Edit

The location of Le Grenier de Notre Dame can't be beat for tourists - it's a stones-throw from Notre Dame and Shakespeare and Co. - but for vegans it's really not the best place to go in town. The food isn't bad, but it's not inspired and definitely feels repetitive after multiple visits, even when ordering different meals. With three vegans in our family we've pretty much ordered every option on the menu and none of them have been outstanding. Palatable, but forgettable. My son does love their avocado-mango appetizer, but unless you're just stopping in for a quick snack it's not much of a meal. The prices are also eye-popping for how dull the food is. I got the couscous this past visit, and while it smelled heavenly the flavor was nearly non-existent. I don't know how they managed to make it smell so spicy and sweet yet have it taste like cardboard. The apple tart (the only vegan dessert), which we've had three times, seems to only get worse over time. The first time it tasted good, the second mediocre, and this last time I only had one bite because it tasted burnt and underdone simultaneously.

The staff is polite, but our waiter (who has served us 2 out of 3 times) always seems a little exasperated (not rude, just not happy). I don't know if it's our speaking (we're American but always do our best in French) or his having to climb those ridiculous stairs all day, but I do wish I didn't feel like I was inconveniencing the staff by simply ordering a meal. Maybe it's just his personality? Like I said, not rude but certainly not as pleasant as servers in other Parisian veg*an restaurants we've visited.

Pros: Nice atmosphere, Great location

Cons: Bland food, Expensive

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Basic and a little over-priced - Edit

This restaurant has a nice, traditional French restaurant vibe that I enjoyed, and the staff was friendly. But I wasn't very much impressed with the food: it seemed to be very basic veg dishes. Vegan dishes are clearly labelled on the menu, which is good, but there didn't seem to be many choices for my vegan boyfriend.

Pros: nice environment, clean

Cons: boring food, overpriced

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