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Permanently Closed - La Parisienne Bistro and Cafe

4.4
205 reviews
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$30 and under
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French
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About

This restaurant is permanently closed. Permanently Closed - Offering a contemporary interpretation of French and Belgian cuisine and located in the heart of the business district in downtown Richmond, La Parisienne Bistro and Cafe is committed to providing an enjoyable dining experience to its guests in a modern and warm setting. Come unwind at our bar during our daily happy hour with one of our fine wines to finish your day...or start your evening!
Bring your dancing shoes for our Salsa events every 2nd and 4th Fridays!
Our staff is friendly, attentive, and genuine. Come and enjoy an evening of authentic French food, great wine, and good friends!
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
French, Belgian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 2:00pm

Happy Hour - Tuesday - Friday: 4pm - 7pm

Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00 pm
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Phone number
(804) 225-0225
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Cedric Payne
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Private party facilities
Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting an after work event, La Parisienne Bistro and Cafe can create a memorable event for you and your guests.
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Private party contact
Private Event Coordinator: (855) 502-4437
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Catering
La Parisienne offers an extended catering menu for breakfast, lunch and after hours events.
Please check out our menus in our website or on Facebook!
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Canal St and 10th
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Parking details
Street parking & James Center 1 parking deck (entrance on 10th Street between Cary St. and Canal) every weeknight from 4pm to 3am for dinner patrons. Parking is NOT validated on the parking deck.
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Entertainment
Salsa night every 2nd and 4th Friday!
Free lessons from 8:45 to 9:30pm
Dance from 9:30pm to 2am with DJ Kevlar!

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Special events & promotions
Salsa Night every 2nd and 4th Fridays starting at 8:45pm!
Tango every 1st WEDNESDAY night from 7-11pm and every 3rd Friday 8:30pm until 11pm!
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.4based on all time ratings
4.4
food
4.5
service
4.2
ambience
4.1
value
Noise · Moderate
92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined on December 17, 2016

We were unaware of this little gem located behind the James Center. My husband bought a groupon so we tried it and we're well pleased. The menu was very original. The server was French and attentive without being overbearing. The decor was inderststed, the lighting perfect and the ceiling high.

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5.0Dined on December 17, 2016

We have visited this restaurant several times over the few years it has been open and have become "regulars". The owner and his staff are extremely personable and always attentive to your needs. The food is always well prepared and if necessary, the seasoning can be adjusted to taste. They offer a nice assortment of French prepared dishes in a cozy and relaxing atmosphere. Parking can be found on the street (depending upon the time you visit), or across the street at a nearby parking deck.
Reservations are welcome and are suggested. Bon appetit!

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5.0Dined on December 16, 2016

Had another wonderful dinner! Took daughters and their Mothers-In-Law for
special thank you dinner and everyone was delighted.

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5.0Dined on December 9, 2016

Great bar. Brussels spout appetizer was amazing. The wait staff was extremely accommodating without being intrusive.

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5.0Dined on December 7, 2016

I have been here several times and taken friends and family who loved it. I think this is
a hidden gem that I consider to be one of the best, if not the best restaurant in Richmond.

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5.0Dined on December 2, 2016

Everything was delicious. The crepes (both savory and dessert) were a little too rich for me or I would have given it 5 stars. The staff was excellent. The wine was very good and reasonably priced.

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5.0Dined on November 17, 2016

Food was prepared perfectly and the service was excellent.

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5.0Dined on November 5, 2016

For a Saturday night, only six (3 couple) were dining. Very surprised by the lack of customers. The waiter was excellent and the food was outstanding. Maybe the restaurant caters to a business customer during the week. I highly recommend this restaurant. Perhaps it is the location of the facility.

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4.0Dined on October 27, 2016

Very good food and excellent attentive service. The dessert cocktail that was suggested was truly delicious.

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4.0Dined on October 19, 2016

The music was of particular delight to us. Very French and lovely. Our chocolate mousse was exceptional.

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5.0Dined on September 30, 2016

Fabulous meal! La Parisienne is a gem. From appetizers to desserts, everything was delicious.

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3.0Dined on September 15, 2016

My party's reservation was not honored. When we arrived there was no table for us and we stood waiting for a table.

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4.0Dined on September 10, 2016

They did not recognize our reservation. Monsieur was quite rude about this and kept bringing it up, even though Madame was sweet and seated us.

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4.0Dined on August 24, 2016

Had a wonderful meal on the patio. A slow night for the restaurant so we received lots of attention. Earlier visits have been on one of the event nights...extremely popular and quite vibrant!

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5.0Dined on August 19, 2016

This was our third dinner at La Parisienne and we continue to be impressed by the food and the staff. Their location in Richmonds financial center makes them a very busy lunch location. Hence, our choice to eat dinner their instead. They are much less crowded for dinner and parking in the area is much easier after 6:00pm.
Their soups are a delight. We had butternut squash soup - delicious! I had the lamb with root vegetables for an entrée and my wife had the salmon. They were both excellent. We will definitely return again soon.

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4.0Dined on July 29, 2016

Great cheese board
Nice and helpful staff
We sat in a nice booth but would have preferred to have sat at the window(s)
Over all great local fresh ingredients! And nice server

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2016

The waiter, whom I assumed was the owner, was very kind and made much conversation throughout the night. The food was AMAZING. We had appetizers, salad/soup, entrées, dessert, wine - the works. Everything tasted wonderful! The price was reasonable for being downtown Richmond and for the delicious food and great service. We also had a groupon, so that was even better.

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2016

Food quality was right on. Service was outstanding. There was bad weather that night and there wasn't anyone else there.... Come on Richmond this place is a great place. Parking deck is 3$ after 6 across the street. There honey infused butter that comes with the bread is amazing. The views of downtown Richmond are very nice. Everyone was very helpful and pleasant to talk to.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2016

Love this place!! Food always great, service is awesome!

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2016

It was a great experience, but I would only consider it for special occasions.

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2016

La Parisienne is always great to eat at. I've come here for everything from a casual dinner to holiday party for 20 guests to graduation celebration. They never disappoint! Ali and Jamil are excellent and even have patience with my bad attempts at French :). This most recent time they made me fresh squeezed lemonade even though it wasn't on the menu. Great service, great food and Greta ambience.

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3.0Dined on June 11, 2016

Not a bad experience, but I would not go out of my way to go back. On the plus side, the décor was very trendy and attractive, the staff was friendly On the negatives, they were "out" of one of the two entrée specials for the evening (despite our arriving early for dinner and the restaurant being nearly empty), and my dining partner and I thought our food was only so-so. The restaurant has lots of potential...but not there yet.

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5.0Dined on May 31, 2016

The food was delicious, especially the Crepe bites and dipping sauce. All of us ordered different meals and thy were presented very nice. The Sweet Crepe's were tasty and large enough to share if need be. The wait staff was attentive and we shared some laughs with our waitress. All in all a Great Time Was Had By All👍

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2016

This was a lovely find. Outstanding, friendly service and absolutely delicious food.

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2016

A beautiful restaurant, with amazing food, and great service. It was a truly enjoyable experience.

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4.0Dined on May 16, 2016

I always love an excuse to visit. Having a potential client work close by was this reason. Perfect location for a lunch meeting! I ordered the salad with smoked salmon. It was delicious despite the toughness of some of the pieces of salmon. Just wish they had been cut a little smaller to help...

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2016

Outstanding food and service! Will definitely be back!

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5.0Dined on May 8, 2016

I took my mother to La Parisienne for Mother's day brunch. We had a wonderful time! They were doing a pre-fix menu which included 3 courses and complimentary bubbles for mothers. The food was delicious and the staff was attentive a friendly. The owner greeted us as we entered and checked on us during our brunch. It was a nice touch and made my mother feel extra special. I will definitely be going back to try their regular menu.

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4.0Dined on May 8, 2016

We had a great Mother's Day experience. We were not expecting a different menu due to securing a last minute reservation, but the maitre de worked with us. The food was abundant and delicious.

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5.0Dined on May 8, 2016

The owner of the restaurant greeted me at the door held the door for me and was very very accommodating
It was my first Mother's Day without my mom the staff as well as the owner understood that and were more than gracious I would suggest anyone stop by this wonderful establishment and enjoy a fine dining experience

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2016

My family and I are always on the lookout for a good French restaurant. THIS IS IT. The food was delicious and our server was FANTASTIC. Like.. Seriously, I'm not exaggerating. This guy was probably the best I've ever seen. He was attentive, super friendly, and made awesome suggestions that made the overall dinner very very good. It's kind of pricey (but not overbearing) so it wouldn't be somewhere I go too often. But for special occasions? Definitely. And will I be recommending this place? Absolutely!

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4.0Dined on April 23, 2016

We were visiting Richmond for the weekend and looking for a place to eat before a show. Found this restaurant just a few blocks from our hotel. The waiter was friendly, helpful and informative about the menu. The chef came out to check on everyone and make sure he understood the orders as the waiter was by himself and doing everything. The "chips and dip" were excellent and a different kind of appetizer. The bread fresh and warm. The duck entree was delicious. Unfortunately we were too full to try desert. I highly recommend them to people who live in town as well as out of town guests.

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2016

Fantastic service, just the right amount of attention. Delicious food with sizeable portions. Very good cocktails and wine.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2016

There was not one thing about La Parisienne that we did not like. It was excellent - from the service, to the food, to the wine, to the ambiance. When baked chicken is elevated to that level of delicious (moist, tender, full of sweet mustard flavor), one knows that the lamb will be superior. It all was. Highly recommend it for food, wine, and the late night floor show on Friday nights. Very chic and fun!

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5.0Dined on February 19, 2016

The food has been excellent every time my wife and I have gone to La Parisienne. We went on a Friday night, and ordered the Brussel sprout appetizer, a giant steak, and dessert. Additionally, we were able to decide the accompanying wine by obtaining a taste of each (which worked out great). Lastly, the chef came to our table to recommend a different doneness for the steak (he was right, of course). All in all, it was among the top 10 meals I have had in Richmond and a great experience as well. We went on a 3rd Friday, so the Argentinian tango group arrived at the end of our meal and we were able to dance a bit. A true GEM!

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2016

Staff was far too busy qnd bustling. Loud. I was served gloppy macaroni and cheese (!) with my fish entree - hardly French. My husband's steak was excellent but desserts were a tremendous disappointment...taseless and prepared hours ahead. The room was cold and made colder each time the door opened. Butcher paper on the table tops is not elegant, either.

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4.0Dined on February 13, 2016

I took my girlfriend to La Parisienne for our first Valentine's Day together. Atmosphere was great and food was some of the best we've ever had. Staff were friendly and our waiter was actually from France. 10/10 would dine there again.

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5.0Dined on February 13, 2016

Great meal. Wonderful evening.

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5.0Dined on February 13, 2016

Booked on Saturday, which happened to be Valentine's Day. Restaurant had Prix Fixe menu, so can't comment on normal selection. Food was delicious, good ambiance, great service, etc. As we now Uber through town to food and entertainment, worries about parking/logistics fade from consideration. We'll be back to try them again on a normal night, but first impressions were very positive.

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4.0Dined on February 13, 2016

I reserved a slot for Valentine's Day weekend with the impression that the full menu would be available. One day before our reservation, I received a phone call informing me that the full menu would not be available for our visit and that there was a flat price of $59 per person. We still went and were pleased with a four course meal and a great experience, but I think I should've been informed about the special pricing sooner. We could've had a better dining experience had I not felt the cash in my wallet smoldering.

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