Le Connétable

Critics' choice
© Camille Griffoulières
The Marais

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Landlord! A pitcher of your finest ale! Given that a connétable was an Earl in charge of the royal stables, you half expect this place to turn out to be a Middle-Ages-themed tavern in the heart of the Marais. Which isn’t too far from the truth: this characterful bar with its exposed beams is set in the former mansion of the Cardinal du Retz, and is the HQ of night owls of all ages. Nightly gigs, courtesy of small groups of French singers, draw in the crowds; once inside, the atmosphere will keep you pinned to your seat as your tab racks up.

During the day, the Connétable is a different entity entirely: a chic Marais restaurant, where you don’t just roar in looking for a drink. While the upstairs dining room is open, the atmosphere is hushed and the clientele senior. In the purest tradition of French cuisine, the menu is mostly good meat and fish (sliced turkey with ceps, for example), generously accompanied by sautéed potatoes with garlic and good robust wines – come here to enjoy good quality local products that value good taste over good health.

The bill stings slightly, but is still reasonable for the area.

 

Venue name: Le Connétable
Contact:
Address: 55 rue des Archives
3e
Paris

Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11.15am-3pm; Mon-Sun 7pm-2am. Gigs daily at around 8-9pm
Transport: Métro : Rambuteau
Price: A la carte (starter, main, dessert, drink) €45-50

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Paul Orr

This is the one restaurant I think about form my Paris trip. It looks like a low end pub type of place but goodness the food was stunning. My wife and I cannot wait to go back to Paris and go to Le Connétable. The atmosphere is one of a pub, the table a little rocky. But I don't care for atmosphere. I care about how good the chef is and this was the best. I was talking to another patron who was there from Sweden and even he commented Le Connétable was the best he has been to. You wont be disappointed. Sure if you want 15 waiters swarming around you like bees this is not the place for you. But if you want excellent flavors, this is the place to go.