1500 S 1500 E, Salt Lake City, UT 84105
The Paris Bistro
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Cuisines: American, French, European, Continental
Good For Groups: Yes
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11/17/2011Provided by Citysearch -
My family and I have frequented this restaurant on many occasions and I used to also recommend this restaurant to my colleagues at the University of Utah as an elegant place to bring conference guests. Although we had begun to notice that the quality of the place was dipping, the ambiance always compensated.
Our recent experience began with a rude, condescending, haughty waiter, Taylor, that actually turned out to be the manager. We asked a simple question and received a convoluted answer and when we asked for clarification, Taylor proceeded to treat us as if we were kindergarten students that had messed up his sand box. We were on the verge of leaving after our appetizers were churning in our stomachs, when we decided to try to change to another waitperson. As a punishment for not listening to instructor Taylor, we were left without any service for half an hour. Finally, Lindsay was gracious enough to accommodate our needs, despite the fact that she had practically the entire restaurant to serve with the exception of two tables.
The Coq au Vin was dry, bony and had no sauce. It wasn't even worth taking leftovers home.
We don't mind spending over $100 for a relaxing atmosphere and good food, but this experience was exactly the opposite.
I live abroad and my parents live in the Avenues in Salt Lake and we will never recommend this establishment to anyone. We were severely disappointed.
Une mauvaise exp
09/24/2011Provided by Citysearch -
I've been going to this restaurant (albeit infrequently) since it opened. I loved it because the food was so reliably haute bourgois/bistro/brasserie cuisine. No longer as of tonight....ordered an amazing appetizer; a wild mushroom tartine with black truffle. I was sooo anticipating my special. The Coq au Vin. I've eaten this in loads of French restaurants, including in France and it was awful. I can say I am 50 and I have never returned a meal....lol..it was over salted, very dry and served on lasagna noodles!!!!
Then I had a word with the owner and the chef after they refused to take it off the bill...well, they did. The are not gentlemen nor are the proper restaurateurs. I've had a better exchange of ideas with Raymond Blanc and he has way more credentials than these guys do. Stay well clear for the money.
10/05/2009Provided by Citysearch -
I eat here often. The steak is amazing, as is the tuna. The risotto dishes are creamy and perfect--especially good with large butterflied shrimp which are always tender and juicy. Even the chicken dish (served with seasonal vegetables) is mouthwatering. But don't get me started, you don't have to spend a fortune here, after a film or gallery stroll, a simple dinner with good wine on the patio: their burger or wood fired pizzas (believe it or not) are the best secrets in town. Order coffee after your meal and they bring out a french press full of aromatic java (enough for two). The atmosphere is warm, the whole place glows with an amber light.
09/11/2009Provided by Citysearch -
This place is simply amazing!!! The most stunning steak au poivre I have ever had in the united states, and quite frankly comes second to none of those I tasted in France!!!!
The only steak tartare this side of the country....
The best frites, ever!!!
.... And for the Love of God, indulge in a dessert!!!!
I have lived in the Harvard/Yale area for a number of years now and have always driven or jogged by The Paris Bistro. Since a lot of my friends rave about this place, I have always wanted to come in and try it out with my wife, and unfortunately have not had a chance to do so until a couple of days ago....
I was conquered!
What a jewel of a restaurant!!! It felt like being in the French capital without having to deal with the occasional pompous parisian attitude of some French waiters! The decor, the banquettes, the antique bar and art deco ballerina statuette made us feel like we had magically and instantaneously traveled to the city of light without having to deal with airports and crowded airplanes...
Everything about our experience turned out to be fantastic: the service was prompt and almost invisible, our water glasses were always filled to the rim, the food was to die for... so in tune with the season! I had a stuffed round zucchini filled with quinoa and local vegetable wich I was told were all grown right here in Utah. I am not a vegetarian, but could just as well become one if only all vegetarian foods tasted like the meal I had that night. I enjoyed a glass of rosé which paired perfectly well with my zucchini.
The irony of my visiting the Paris bistro is that my wife and I had just returned from a business trip to Brussels and Paris during which we spent oodles of money on hotels and Michelin starred restaurants. Despite the small fortunes we spent abroad on food and lodging, we have not experienced anything as great as the experience we had that night at the Paris Bistro....
And to think that is was right here in my back yard for all these years!!!!
I now have a new favorite restaurant as well as a new ""destination"". I shall return often!
I just stopped by at the Paris the other night for a quick drink and an appetizer and ended up spending the whole evening sitting at the bar conversing with total strangers about wine and politics!!!
I have been going to The Paris for years for I ADORE their zinc bar, and their oh so Parisian ambiance. Every time I cross the door's threshold, I am transported far away from the land of Zion... I think we are very lucky to have such a treasure in our neighborhood
Everything here is so spot on... the service, the food, the music, the decor.... Food does indeed take a little time sometimes, but then again, since everything is made fresh and to order, I just have yet another glass of wine and salivate in anticipation!
08/14/2009Provided by Citysearch -
We did not have a reservation and felt like we were intruding by the way we were treated.
I found a long hair in my salad and when I pointed this out to the waiter I was told that none of there chefs had long hair. I expected to have the waiter apologize and get me a new salad. Not debate who's hair it was I pulled from my salad as my friend was turning green while trying to eat her dinner.
We waited over an hour for our food even though there were only a few other tables taken. When I'm paying that much money for a nice dinner I expect better service and better food.
08/04/2009Provided by Citysearch -
We were some of the first people in the door, but we waited 1.5 hours for our entrees (there were 2 of us, and many large groups came in well after us and were served well before us). The risotto was not properly cooked--the texture was horrible, and it tasted like something you would get out of a Western Family box. The meat was cooked beyond recognition. When we asked the waiter the reason for the lengthy delay in preparing the food, he said that ""it takes a long time to cook food."" If they were cooking the meat for this long, that would explain it.
The sturgeon was the lone bright spot--and it was very good. I will give it one more shot, but we were sorely disappointed that a restaurant with so much potential would screw it up so badly.
07/16/2009Provided by Citysearch -
We love the paris and frequent there often. Recently, we dined and had wonderful food and service. However,the unfortunate part was the obvious owner Eric. He was treating his staff like they were ""little errand boys"". He was yelling, obnoxious and rude. We were watching in awe wondering how someone could treat people like this, I know from experience they dont do that in Paris!!!! To top it off, there was a hair in a salad (which is bad) . He proceeded to hold the hair in the air, dangling for all staff and customers to see. WOW. We were shaking our heads, paid our bill and got ready to leave. Eric's wife quietly stood up and helped my disabled friend out the door while Eric was still making a scene yelling at the chefs in the open kitchen. Food and atmosphere good, service good, owner bad......I would love to just tip the staff
05/19/2009Provided by Citysearch -
My wife and I came to the Paris a few of weeks ago for a late night dinner. We noticed on the door that the restaurant closed at 9:30 and it was already 9:20. Without a reservation we were afraid that we may be turned away or the service would be poor and speedy due to our late arrival. We were pleasantly surprised when a young man quickly came to the door and opened it for us with a warm greeting. He then proceeded to quickly reset the table we had requested (near the window,) sit us down and get us some water. Shortly after, Joel approached our table and recommended us FANTASTIC wine and dinner options. We did not have anything particular in mind so we took his recommendations openly. Throughout the course of the meal my wife and I were again pleased with the amount of attention we were receiving from our server Joel and the bus-boy Brandon who was actually the one who greeted us and sat us for dinner. Our Appetizers and Main courses were perfectly spaced for my wife and I to enjoy them and still have time to relax and enjoy each others company. We decided to skip desert because we were stuffed with delicious red meat and wine. After signing our very reasonably priced bill and heading for the door our bus-boy made sure to open it for us and wish us a well on our travels home. The Paris Bistro comes highly recommended from us and we will be sure to dine there again soon.
02/22/2009Provided by Citysearch -
Paris Bistro is one of my favorite SLC places for business and pleasure. As mentioned by others, service can be a bit slow, but with good company this has never been an issue. In the summer & early fall it's nice to sit outside.
Their (open) wine list is limited, but pretty good. Excellent marinades; try the lamb.
02/05/2009Provided by Citysearch -
I am a new resident of Salt Lake City having moved here recently from San Francisco. A coworker recommended The Paris Bistro for a romantic date night for my husband and I. We arrived at the Paris and were quite pleased with the inviting and warm atmosphere. We were promptly greeted by our server, Kristina, with water and a friendly smile. Both the wine list and menu at the Paris are quite extensive and we first asked Kristina for recommendations on wine. With her suggestions, we chose our wine and were presented our bottle. We were so happy with Kristina's wine suggestion, we put it in her hands to choose our first course. After enjoying our Mushroom Tartine, we moved on to our entrees. Kristina suggested the duck breast and the lamb as they would compliment our wine.
As we were waiting for our entrees, Kristina was extremely attentive to our table although she was busy with a full section. About twenty minutes had passed and we still were without entrees. When Kristina came by we asked her about the status of our dinner. She explained that the kitchen was quite busy and assured us our entrees would be out as soon as possible. It took another twenty minutes for our entrees to get to our table, but when they arrived, they were delicious. Thankfully, during the wait for our food, we got to enjoy the energy and spirit of the Paris Bistro. Patrons and staff alike seemed to be enjoying the fine food and service. We decided to forgo dessert and were presented our check.
All in all, it was a wonderful experience and has given me a new perspective on dining in Salt Lake City. I look forward to seeing what else this city has to offer me. I also look forward to dining again at the Paris Bistro but will maybe think again about coming on a weekend since the kitchen was so backed up. I suggest this restaurant to anyone who enjoys great service. Also to anyone who enjoys fine food, as long as they don't mind waiting, and waiting, and waiting for it.
01/07/2009Provided by Citysearch -
I came to the Paris for a Christmas dinner with friends. The food was excellent. If you go make sure to get the duck breast or their steak au poivre; the creme brulee is perfect, just like home. But everyone thought that the service was awful, we were constantly having to flag down our servers to order more drinks. Our server Keller had no problems adding a nice gratuity to our bill, that was the icing on the cake. A little advice to our server: if you are going to recommend an expensive bottle of wine atleast know how to describe it or know where it's from. Our busser that had to help him with our table gave us better service. The only positive to the dinner was that my husband and his two friends had to pay for it. My husband and I lived in France for almost 6 years; the closest the service at this place could get to a French dining experience is the Epcot Center. Too bad the service can't live up to the amazing food and ambiance of the Paris. I could only give the Paris 2 stars because our server completely destroyed what could have been an amazing dining experience. Next time we come in I'll have to get that busser to serve us.
12/14/2008Provided by Citysearch -
About a month ago I took two friends to The Paris. I wanted to impress them, so I took them to what I thought was one of the nicer restaurants in SLC. I got there earlier than my two friends but still desired to be seated so that I could have an appetizer. So, I stood in front of the receptionist for what seemed like five minutes. Finally, she raised her head and said; may I help you. After a while my friends came and we ordered. When my order came it was absolutely wrong. They weren't even close. The waiter, Mr. Colin, did offer to correct it, but that would of taken another half hour, yes I said a half hour, to cook and we just didn't have time. The mistake was made and there was no way to correct it. So, we three ate. During our meal, Mr. Colin did not come by to check on us until we were done. We passed on desert. The waiter brought the tab, it was $130, for three people. I tipped him ten percent, because he screwed up my order. The waiter got VERY angry and demanded that I tip him the usual twenty percent. I, not wanting to make a scene in front of my friends/business partners, I tendered the twenty percent. Afterwards, both friends told me they had never seen a waiter act that way. NOTE: I have attempted to contact the manager/owner, Erik DeBonis. He has not returned my phone call or my email. So, my recommendation is to stay away from this place, the food is OK but the service is poor. I personally will never go back. There are too many up scale places in SLC to waste my time at The Paris. By the way, the majority of the cooks aren't even French. So how do they know what French food is suppose to taste like? Try Tuscany's or The Bombay House (near 21st and Foothill).
10/26/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I am from the Bay Area in Northern California and was visiting Salt Lake City on business and a local food writer that I know recommended The Paris as the unofficial ?Best Restaurant? in Utah. In her words, ?The Paris is like a great restaurant that you would find in San Francisco unlike any other restaurant you will find in Salt Lake City.? Being a ?foodie? and also being in the industry, my expectations where extremely high.
First, when you walk through the doors of The Paris from the quaint historic neighborhood you feel as though you are walking into the doors of a classic bistro in St. Germain on the Left Bank in Paris, France. From the mahogany paneled walls to the burgundy banquets to the zinc bar to the amber lighting and to the woderful world music, you are transported in time and space. Secondly, as soon as we arrived a hostess greeted us with an exuberance of hospitality. She sat us in the center of dining room of the restaurant where the energy of the place overtook us. Our server was very professional and extremely knowledgeable, guiding our table through an extraordinary French culinary journey from the aperitifs to the cuisine to the wine. The dining experience was flawless. I must say that I did feel like I was in San Francisco at a restaurant that was a cross between Zuni and Boulevard. Upon my return home I was curious why my friend said The Paris was Utah?s ?Unofficial Best Restaurant?, so I got on-line and to my surprise The Paris has received very little local recognition in the 8 years it has been open. I then checked to see if AAA had ever rated The Paris and I was happy to see that The Paris restaurant was just awarded the coveted AAA 4 Diamond award granted to only 3% of the nations restaurants (there are 28,000 AAA restaurants rated). If you are ever in Salt Lake City and you like food, do your self a favor and take at trip to The Paris. It?s a great way to get your Paris, France fix in here in America.
05/22/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I really enjoyed The Paris, I thought the relaxing atmosphere was nice but there were plenty of shortcomings as well. First of all, it is WAY overpriced for a restaurant of this setting. I waited about 5 minutes for a hostess to show up, who at that time was working as a hostess and as a waitress. Is that what you expect from a restaurant with those kind of prices? No. Our waitter was professional and kind. Food was exceptional. But I really expected more. I spent over a $100 for two people and we did not order that much either. The point is, it's a nice place, but way overpriced. There is a lot of room for improvements. I will definately stay away until I hear of some significant changes.
04/06/2008Provided by Citysearch -
My Partner and I took our Grandma for a nice date and decided on visiting the Paris Bistro. Needless to say we were NOT disappointed. From the simple and straight forward online reservation option to the charming atmosphere, the Paris was a delight. We were promptly seated and the staff was very professional and courteous. I have a kille Morgan Valley Lamb, my Partner the New York steak and Grandma enjoyed a very nice lasagna. Our meal was served within an acceptable time and exactly as ordered. We will without doubt return to the Paris.
10/30/2007Provided by Citysearch -
This is my first time reviewing and I'm happy to see so many positive responses on the Paris Bistro (although I'm surprised that there were 1 or 2 star comments, likely from those who have never visited or eaten in Europe). I really do love this cafe for its beautiful ambiance, professional staff and of course great food. We came here on the night we got engaged and now it's one of our favorite places. We've never had to make reservations during a week night and just really enjoy the food and atmosphere. Last time we were there I asked the waiter if they had a good creme brulee just for future reference, we were quite full, and a few minutes later the waiter came with a gorgeous dish of creme brulee on the house. We'll continue to frequent it. Some reviews have mentioned slow service, but if you want fast service, go to a fast food joint. This is more of a dining experience ... and very European. If you haven't travelled Europe, you wouldn't understand the pace of eating over there, and they have replicated the ambiance and feel right here in Salt Lake.
09/04/2007Provided by Citysearch -
My husband and I recently moved from Columbus, Ohio, to Salt Lake City. Columbus has many fine restaurants, and chefs with international acclaim, and I was certain we were going to have a problem finding anything comparable here. To my surprise we were told about The Paris and it has become our restaurant of ""choice"". The food is consistantly excellent, the wait staff is wonderful. We dine there twice a week, and find we look forward to each dinner as though it were our first. From the huge hamburger to the wild salmon everthing I've ordered is excellent.