There are some restaurant outings that call for a degree of privacy. Whether you're planning a business dinner or a birthday with friends, here are four restaurants in Paris with a private lounge or secret table, where to dine out of sight.
1. Le Meurice - for a view of the kitchen
To enjoy an exceptional experience, book "The Chef's Table" at Le Meurice (for 4 to 8 people). Located in the basement of the restaurant's elegant building the secluded space offers an exceptional view of Jocelyn Herland's kitchens through an internal window. But if you require yet more privacy, you can always "lower" the blinds as desired and chat quietly amongst yourselves.
Where? Le Meurice d'Alain Ducasse, 228 rue de Rivoli, 1er arrondissement de Paris.
2. The mezzanine at Le Café de l'Homme and Eiffel Tower Views
Want a degree of privacy without totally cutting yourself off from the rest of the dining room? Opt for the mezzanine of the Café de l'Homme, a space with capacity for about 15 covers overlooking the restaurant. It comes with the added bonus of Frédéric Vardon's delicious cuisine, who also composed the menu, along with breathtaking views of the Eiffel Tower.
Where? Le Café de l'Homme, Place du Trocadéro and from 11 November, 16e arrondissement de Paris.
3. The Secret Table at Lili at The Peninsula Paris
Chinese restaurant, Lili at The Peninsula Paris, offers a hidden secret table in the basement of the property, directly overlooking the kitchen. The perfect place to watch the masters at work while feasting on duck and other delicacies, including seafood and shellfish that you can choose directly in the pool of the house.
Where? Lili, The Peninsula Paris, 19 avenue Kléber, 75016 Paris.
4. The Secret Table at L'Oiseau Blanc
Also at The Peninsula Paris, restaurant L'Oiseau Blanc has its secret table available only on sunny days. Perched on the rooftop of the hotel, this table for two offers breathtaking views of the rooftops of Paris, the Eiffel Tower, and the Sacré Coeur. You'll taste Christophe Raoux's cuisine and have a personalized service from a master sommelier.
Where? Table Secrète de L'Oiseau Blanc, The Peninsula Paris, 19 avenue Kléber, 75016 Paris. (Menu unique à 600e par personne)
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