After working at Clarke's for a while, Joe Allen opened his own
place called Allen's on 73rd and Third, then two years later sold it and opened Joe Allen
on 46th Street and it was six years later that the Joe Allen Paris opened.
Although he had originally thought about the St Germain des Pres or Montparnasse areas, he
felt these seemed a little too upmarket, then when driving through the Les Halles area of Paris it just felt right and decided this was the area
in the 1st arrondissement of Paris, which is close to the River
Seine, a hop across the river to the island where the Notre Dame Cathedral is situated, and a short walk to The Louvre museum in
Today there are actually four bars and restaurants in Paris, New York, London, and
Miami Beach and this particular Paris restaurant has a decor in true American, Manhattan
style from the green awning over the entrance to a photograph of the only triple dead heat
in the history of racing, which was at the Aqueduct in the June of 1944 and apparently
this picture is in most New York bars! The walls are brick and covered by movie
stills that were purchased on Sixth Avenue, there is also a jukebox and of course the
traditional American red checked tablecloths.
Even though you can still get the all American cuisine like a burger or steak and chips,
there is much more on offer at this Paris restaurant.
Some of the other delights on offer include a Brunch with scrambled eggs, bacon, ham or
sausage, pancakes and roasted rosemary potatoes, smoked salmon and cream cheese with a
toasted bagel, grilled barbecue chicken with coleslaw and a baked potato, grilled tuna
with pesto sauce, sauteed spinach in olive oil and fresh tomato sauce with basil, grilled
skewered skirt steak, cilantro chimichurri sauce, rosemary potatoes and oven roasted
tomatoes, pan fried calf's liver with bacon and mashed potatoes, roasted pepper salad with
feta, tomatoes and black olives, cheese quesadilla with jalapenos, cream, tomato salsa and
guacamole, spinach salad with mushrooms, tomato, bacon, avocado and a blue cheese
dressing, grilled tuna salad nicoise, and much more to temp you
Joe Allen always has a daily special for a very reasonable cost, and when it comes to the
bar, you can obviously get the French wines but also enjoy
cocktails such as the Bloody Mary and beer such as Stella.
This is a very friendly and welcoming establishment with a great atmosphere that is very
laid back, plus, because it is open late, it is also popular with the theatre crowd, so
there is always a very mixed clientele, yet you will often hear a lot of English spoken
and even the staff speak English as well.
Bar & Restaurant Guide Key Points
Joe Allen is open seven days a week and there is even a terrace that is open in warm
The restaurant is open from noon through to 1am and the bar is open from noon through to
They also hold annual events, which are the Superbowl in January, Independence Day on the
4th July, a Halloween Party on 31 October and a Thanksgiving Meal in November, that are a
great way of having some fun with your friends.
The average cost for a main course is around 18 and for approximately this same cost
you can get a very popular brunch, which is served on a Saturday and Sunday from noon
through to 4pm but they also do supply a set meal three course option, which is an
approximate cost of 30 plus.
The Joe Allen Restaurant and Bar is suitable for all the family and there is no particular
dress code, just casual attire will be fine.
Now we would like to say that although reservations are not required, you may have to wait
at the bar with a drink before being seated, but for a dinner we would highly recommend
that you do book a table, especially if this is for a later meal.
The nearest Metro station is the Etienne Marcel on Line 4.
Address & Contact Details:
30 Rue Pierre Lescot
Telephone: 1 42 36 70 13
Fax: 1 42 36 90 80