Le Cafe de Paris 

Description: This is where you take your date when you can’t hit the City of Love. Duck confit and your favorite wine served in a chic, European-style cafe in the heart of downtown spells romance, and Nutella crepes and mimosas can make your morning. Don’t miss the assortment of decadent desserts and fresh-baked bread from the restaurant’s own Gaston’s Bakery. Regular dinner also make a great night on the town.

Hours:  Sun.-Wed. 7 a.m.-3 p.m.; Thurs. 7 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 7 a.m.-11 p.m.

Price:  $$-$$$

Features:  Think Boise First, Image

Dining Features:  Wine & beer, Patio, Open on Sunday, Online Menu, Breakfast, Best of Boise

Neighborhood:  Boise Downtown and Fringe

Reviews / Comments (5)

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Good bakery, homemade (baked on site) bread is sold to other places. That's a great starting point and hard to find. We loved our meal and dessert. We went back for breakfast and it was great. Nice servers, clean, casual but unique. Good place.

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Posted by laurabee on 02/05/2010 at 11:48 PM

Excellent for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Their sandwiches at lunch are very reasonable and great tasting while their duck is probably the best in boise. Very relaxed and tasty. The only downside is that the service leaves a lot to be desired at times.

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Posted by exoster25 on 04/28/2010 at 5:25 PM
★★★★★ ★★★★★

I went there for lunch on December 22, 2010. The ambience was what you'd expect from a French place catering to upper middle class people, what with the rustic look, thin hipster girl service staff, and wine rack in the back room. The food was almost uniformly disappointing. French onion soup was cold. This was so unacceptable that we had to send it back-- and we NEVER do this. Initially someone had blowtorched my wife's soup to achieve the nice crusty look. That's good, but I wasn't so lucky with my serving, and once both orders came back from their suntan in the microwave the soup was still bland and the cheese gloppy. The frites were pathetically undercooked-- nicely crusty on the outside, but rare on the inside-- and my wife's salad was unremarkable, just some leaves with a tasteless dressing. My son had a ham/cheese croissant that was competently prepared (the croissant was, I must say, pretty darn good), but the honeydew/canteloupe that came with it had clearly been sliced at least a day prior and left in the fridge. I do not want to judge my other son's fish sandwich because he wanted it totally plain, but I will say that the brioche on which it was served was pretty good. For $34 (2 adults, 2 kids, no drinks) I was not happy and would call Le Cafe de Paris long on style and short on substance. Sorry guys, but I just couldn't let this sit.

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Posted by girya411 on 12/23/2010 at 1:53 PM
★★★★★ ★★★★★

As I age, I have found that I am experiencing less ‘Perfect Days’ than I did when I was younger. Between the ages of 7 – 11, they were the rule rather than the exception to.

Today, however, was one – perfect that is. It was overcast, gray, but not too wet Monday morning. It was the 4th of October but it was the first day that actually felt like autumn (fall has become my favorite time of year as opposed to summer when I was a younger man). I needed to meet with a client to tweak her new website and we both were in the mood for a light breakfast.

I got to choose the spot and I was in the mood for good house coffee, buttery eggs, flavorful breakfast potatoes and crispy, thick lean bacon. Now there are a couple Boise eateries that can fill most and sometimes, even, all that bill; but none can claim the next two items only offered by Le Café De Paris: fresh, in-house made, aromatic, European, east coast bakery – Artisan bread and Pastries. Add these two items to your requirement list and all other establishments fall away.

Nestled right downtown Boise, across from the capitol building and just at the edge of the office district (read: a parking spot is always available nearby) Le Café De Paris is truly a Treasure ‘hidden’ in plain sight. I was running a few minutes late and arrived to find the owner visiting with my client at our table. I was immediately greeted warmly by the hostess/waitress and the owner as he graciously excused himself and wished us bon appetite. There were plenty of available tables at 9:30AM but nearly none by the time we made our departure at eleven.

The breakfast I described above was perfection and not a tad less exceptional than identical orders I’ve had there a half dozen times before (on weekends I am more experimental and will order new items knowing that even if I were to be disappointed, which I never have been; I could correct the situation by ordering one of their incomparable nutella croissants.)

Our meal lasted about 30 minutes and then we proceeded to break out our laptops and get down to business. Although I would not presume to keep our table if there had been a line, we were made to feel doubly welcome by our waitress who continually kept our delicious coffee hot and our water glasses filled. My meal was $8 and I promised our waitress a good tip for her graciousness in an effort to alleviate my guilt for having taken up a table for so long for a relatively small order. She good naturedly reassured me we were fine and as we readied ourselves to finally (and wistfully) leave… she filled my travel mug with one more cup of their excellent French joe. That, my friend, was the topper and made a great morning – PERFECT.

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Posted by eugeboy on 03/09/2011 at 9:12 AM
★★★★★ ★★★★★

Le Cafe will always have a place in my heart, but the last three evenings I have been in to share a dessert, I have been incredibly disappointed with the service. The waitress (same one) has obviously been in a hurry to close early on a Saturday evening and spent the majority of her time flirting with customers or chatting with friends instead of serving us. Obviously this doesn't invalidate the entire establishment, but it has been frustrating.

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Posted by tarragon on 03/10/2011 at 2:59 PM
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