Le Georges Restaurant on the Centre Georges Pompidou's top floor is a favorite spot among the jetset, and for obvious reasons: it affords an unbeatable vantage of the whole city through large windows, features a trendy fusion-cuisine menu, and boasts a design that makes you think you've stepped onto the set of Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey. Or perhaps you'll suddenly feel like you've stepped into an avant-garde art happening, circa 1968.
While the fare is just a head or two above mediocre, enjoying the views at Georges after a day exploring the Centre Pompidou's top-rate modern art collections is recommended. Make sure to reserve ahead as this restaurant is continually packed, especially for dinner and on clear nights. Specifically ask for a table outside or you may be disappointed; these tables obviously fill up the most quickly.
Location and Practical Information:
Address : Place Georges Pompidou, 4th arrondissement
To get to the restaurant: Take the escalators or elevator from the second floor of the Cenre Pompidou Forum (main hall). Reserve ahead for dinner: you may not be allowed up otherwise.
Metro: Rambuteau or Hotel de Ville (Line 11); Les Halles (Line 4)
RER: Chatelet-Les-Halles (Line A)
Bus: Lines 38, 21, 29, 47, 58, 69, 70, 72, 74, 75, 76, 81, 85, 96
Parking: Rue Beaubourg Underpass
Phone: 33 (0)144 78 47 99
Visit the website (in English]
Nearby Areas and Tourist Attractions:
Opening Hours and Reservations:
The restaurant is open Wednesday through Monday, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.
- Telephone: +33 (0)1 44 78 47 99
- Fax: +33 (0)1 48 87 81 25
Menu and Prices:
The cuisine at Georges is, typically, classic French and fusion with heavy Asian accents. It's on the expensive side: you can expect to pay around 35-80 Euros per person (excluding wine-- please note that price ranges may change at any time). Many of the dishes are reminiscent of Californian cuisine, with an emphasis on fresh seasonal vegetables. There are plenty of options for vegetarians or otherwise-health-conscious eaters. Some typical menu items may include:
- Sole Meunière
- Duck with Caramel and Coconut
- Vegetarian Spring Rolls
- Tuna with Coriander
The Setting and the Architecture:
Designed by Dominique Jacob and Brendan McFarlane, Georges is sprawling and minimalist, yet the design manages to come off as a tad whimsical. There are the stark white tables and chairs and single long-stem roses in vases on each table. The use of aluminum sheeting resembling the valves of a heart makes the space degrees intimate and warmer, despite the heavy use of metal and glass. The effect is slightly pretentious, but eye-catching.
Outside, a large terrace makes a summer mojito or caipirinha a must (bug-eyed designer sunglasses not required). Remember, a little bit of ostentation here means you'll fit right in.
The Panoramic Views: Très Romantique
I was almost tempted to talk about the sweeping panoramic views afforded from the outside terrace first. This is perhaps one of the most Romantic restaurants in Paris-- at least when weather permits sitting outside. Views from the Georges afford you a glimpse of monuments including Notre Dame Cathedral, the Sacre Coeur, and the Seine River. It's a simply breathtaking spectacle, especially at dusk.
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More Reviews and Information:
For objective traveler reviews on Le Georges and its fare, see this page at TripAdvisor.