The oldest restaurant in Paris, “A la petite chaise” , inaugurated in 1680, has seen the great men of our history at its table.

The oldest restaurant in Paris

The oldest restaurant in Paris

The restaurant “A la Petite Chaise” was inaugurated in 1680 under the reign of Louis XIV, in a building built a few years earlier, in 1610. Its name is due to the deformation of the old French “chèze” which meant house. At the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century, artists and theater people such as Musset, George Sand, Chateaubriand and also Toulouse Lautrec made La Petite Chaise their favorite table.

The oldest restaurant in Paris

Prestigious clients

The cuisine served is traditional, with dishes such as duck breast or beef tartare. The greatest lords came to feast in this restaurant; in particular, the regent Philippe d’Orléans, and his friend and confessor, Cardinal Dubois organized parties there in gallant company. The regent was the friend of Vincent Maynon, secretary of Louis XIV, owner of “La petite chaise”. Vincent Maynon married, on August 16, 1699, Catherine Hourdin-Mansart, daughter of the first architect of the king, who created, among other things, the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles. the existence of the restaurant since 1680.

The oldest restaurant in Paris

Traditional French cuisine

Appearing a bit more modest than the other restaurants on the list, La Petite Chaise has nothing to envy them for all that. The restaurant offers traditional cuisine to a clientele made up of gourmets from the political, literary and artistic worlds who are always very regular at this famous restaurant in a relaxed atmosphere. The menu announces onion soup au gratin, skillet of six Burgundy snails with aniseed garlic butter, poached eggs and smoked breast with wine sauce, grilled sea bass fillet, sea sauerkraut and its white butter, duck breast and roasted apple, roast rack of lamb, or grilled fillet of beef with pepper sauce.

A la Petite Chaise

36 Rue de Grenelle, 75007 Paris

Metro : Sèvres-Babylone

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