French >The Paris
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.
Stellar service out shines slow kitchen..
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.
Food EXCELLENT -- Service POOR. 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.
The Paris ruined what I needed for a great evening. I hope the business deal still goes through.. 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).
Amazing World Class Dining Experience in Salt Lake City.
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.
Great tasting food.. First time at the paris. The atmosphere was very romantic, and the servers knew what they were selling. They had an excellent wine list, and the appetizers melted in my mouth. The only downfall was the parking!
A nice restaurant, but not up to par with prices.. 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.
Visit the Paris Bistro...it's simply fantastic!!!. 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.
Excellent ambiance, cozy and classy. 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.
The salads are fantastic, and large servings as well.. 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.
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