L’Ardoise Restaurant Review, Paris

Reviewer: Foodnut.com


28, Rue Mont Thabor

75001 Paris, France, CA

+33 1 42 96 28 18

L'Ardoise Website

L Ardoise Paris France Exterior Decor

L’Ardoise is a charming French Bistro located on a quiet street in the 1st Arrondissement, a block from the Jardin des Tuileries, and not far from the Louvre. They have a very affordable 34€ three course meal as well as an a la carte menu. We ordered two of these meals, plus and extra entree. If you need an early dinner, this is one of the few that start dinner at 6:30pm. L’Ardoise is mentioned in many tour books.

L Ardoise Paris France Interior Decor

Decor, Vibe – Small unassuming storefront filled with French culinary art, simple paintings, country style. It was not too crowded during our dinner. Most of the diners were American tourists.

Menu Pictures (Click to zoom into any picture)

L Ardoise Paris France Menu

Website Menu

L Ardoise Paris France Amuse Bouche Toast Sardines spread

Amuse Bouche of Toast with a fish spread


L Ardoise Paris France Petit Pots de scampis Scampi in small pots

Petit Pots de Scampis au beurre – Scampi in eight small, super hot pots with a crispy toast on top of each. Shrimp were pretty big and drenched in a red wine sauce. Excellent and not buttery.

L Ardoise Paris France Tuna Tartar Tartare de Thon

Tartare de Thon au ginger bre et basilic – Tuna Tartar with greens, and too much basil and ginger. This dish was pretty generous but was created in a form that made it not very delicate. Make sure you like ginger and basil!

L Ardoise Paris France Filet de canette Duck Breast

Filet de Canette des landes aux peches – Duck Breast was cooked to a just right “medium” = medium rare. Very good flavor and nice apricot flavored jus. Very well done pan fried potatoes.

L Ardoise Paris France Lamb Fillet in herbs Filet d agneau

Filet d’agneau en crepinette aux herbs, gratin de potato de terre agria – Lamb Fillet Wrapped with herbs was very tender and cooked to a medium rare. Mint leaf on top with some liquor flavor. This went well with the scalloped potato gratin with cheese.

L Ardoise Paris France Veal Shank Jarrett de veau

Jarret de veau braise au vin blanc et a L’estragon – Veal shank braised in white wine and tarragon was huge and slow cooked ala stew. It was like having a tenderloin that tastes like ox tail stew. Decent mash potatoes with a slight buttery flavor.

L Ardoise Paris France Fromage Cheese

Assiette de fromage de chevre di fraconais – Four chunks of very high quality cheese with some frisse salad. Aged, bitter, creamy…



L Ardoise Paris France Nectarine Soup Soupe de nectarines

Soupe de nectarines au citron – Nectarine Soup with Lemon sorbet. Nice fresh fruit with way too sour lemon sorbet. Soup was too sweet too. A Weird combo.

L’Ardoise had good service that could have been better and more friendly. We had to ask for many items. They did speak English. The prices are reasonable and the food good, but not good enough to travel longer distances for.

English menu available. They took reservations by email. Metro: Concorde

Restaurant Map:

L'Ardoise Overall Rating: (Very Good 2.5)

Come Back?

Food Rating: (Very Good)
Service Rating: (Average)
Atmosphere Rating: (Good)
Value Rating: (Very Good)

Guide: 0 = poor, 1 = Below/Average, 2 = Good, 2.5 = Very Good, 3 = Excellent , 4 = Extraordinary

Alcohol:Full Bar
Hours:Noon - 2:30pm, 6:30pm - 10pm. No Lunch Sun. Closed Mon, August.
Prices:34€ (3 course)

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1 Comment

  • Gregg & Agnes
    June 2, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    We just returned from Paris and ate ate L’Ardoise on two of our five nights. For starters my wife and I would highly recommend the Raviolis of langoustine. Both of their duck dished are very good as well. The one we particularly liked was the one that comes in the small iron pot consisting of two duck legs. This sause too is out of this world. We also had the beef with the incredible sauce. I forget the name of the dish but it is the one that they will tell you can not be well done in that it won’t taste as good. They kind of tell you that it is rare but mine was medium rare and OH sdo good. It was served with broiled small potatoes cut in half. Do not miss their cream brulee either for dessert.

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