Following other chefs in Paris such as Alain Senderens that used
to run the Michelin starred Lucas carton, which he renamed Senderens and took away the stars, Christian
Constant wanted to make his food not just inviting and enjoyable, yet affordable,
especially in this area, which is renowned for being plush and expensive.
Situated in the 7th Arrondissement in Paris near to
the Eiffel Tower, this restaurant can accommodate
about 60 people at a service and has become known as one of Paris's must try places to
The dishes are based on the accents from the South-West of France with a modern twist and
whatever your budget, there is going to be something suitable, plus Le Violon d'Ingres
does cater for Vegetarians, but this should be arranged prior.
There is an A la Carte menu, which is only 45 without drinks plus there are other
options such as a daily specials menu and a set price meal with only a main course and
Without compromising on quality, one of the reasons Christian Constant has been able to
reduce the cost of his meals by over half, is by not supplying items such as lobster and
replacing this with crab and not having a cheese board, only one specific selected cheese
at a time. Also the dining experience is far more relaxed with the cuisine served
direct from the kitchen and no more carving at the table.
Some of the dishes you may find on the menu, but dependant upon the seasons, may include
rib of beef cooked a la plancha with a gratin of macaroni, spider rock crab with fennel
cream and herring caviar, spit roast turbot with baby potatoes and a mousseline sauce or
the signature dish of Woodpigeon, cooked a la plancha with fricassee of girolles mushrooms
and sweet garlic, yummy!
As well as Le Violon d'Ingres, Christian and Catherine Constant also run and own other restaurants in Paris called Les Cocottes and Café Constant that are also situated on the same
This particular bistro style restaurant is sophisticated with a lively atmosphere
and is a wonderful place for a classic yet informal French meal, which is why so many
people return time after time.
Bistro and Restaurant Guide Key Points
Le Violon d'Ingres is open on a Tuesday through to Saturday for lunch from noon until
2.30pm and for dinner from 7pm through to 10.30pm.
They are closed on a Sunday and Monday.
Reservations are required via either phone or fax, however, even if you don't have a
booking it is worth giving them call on the off-chance that you may be able to get a
Le-Menu-Carte is 45 with a choice of 5 starters, 6 main courses and cheese or four
desserts. Alternatively you can order a main course and a dessert for 34 or you can
order from the daily specials, where there are 4 seasonal starters and 4 main courses,
which range in price from 13.
The only credit cards accepted are American Express, Visa, and JCB.
The dress code is basically smart casual and Le Violon d'Ingres is suitable for all the
family, plus the staff also speak English.
The nearest Metro station is the Ecole-Militaire on line 8.
Address & Contact Details:
Le Violon d'Ingres
135 Rue Saint-Dominique
Telephone: 1 45 55 15 05
Fax: 1 45 55 48 42