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Train Bleu Restaurant In Paris

The Train Bleu is one of those unusual restaurants that you sometimes come across, as it is situated above the Gare de Lyon Railway station in Paris and is a great place to enjoy traditional French cuisine.

The Paris-Lyon-Mediterranean Company built the restaurant for the Universal Exhibition in 1900 and first opened in 1901 by the French President, Emile Loubet, it was originally called the Buffet de la Gare de Lyon.  But in 1963 it was then renamed Le Train Bleu as a tribute to the luxury trains that transported wealthy Parisians to the French Riviera and since 1972 this building and restaurant has had historical monument status.

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Train Bleu Restaurant In Paris

Besides the history of the Train Bleu Restaurant, it is an extremely popular place to dine and in fact famous people like Brigitte Bardot and Coco Chanel have dined here with around 500 dinners being served every day and this particular restaurant in Paris has even been used in films.

The restaurant is situated inside the Gare de Lyon train station in the Bastille area of Paris and from the concourse there is a wide, curving staircase that leads to the dining room and the Big Ben Bar, but this is not the place for a quick snack before you jump on the train, it is far, far more.

This beautiful and ornate building has 41 paintings on the walls and ceilings and the most famous ones represent the different landscapes of regions in France that were seen from the trains of the Paris-Lyon-Meditteranean Company network.  Also, this building has gilded arches and ceilings, parquet flooring, wood panelling, leather-upholstered seating, crystal chandeliers that reflect the brass fittings and large arched windows that look onto the train platforms below.

Train Bleu is a mix between a Parisian Brasserie and a gourmet restaurant with a mood of elegance and tranquillity, and being well served by public transport, plus easy access through several underground car parks that are available, it is the ideal place for meeting up with friends or for business meetings, or just to experience a great meal out.

Restaurant Guide Key Points

The Train Bleu restaurant is open to every day of the year from 11.30am through to 3pm for lunch and from 7pm through to 11pm for dinner

Last orders are usually taken no later than an hour and half before closing time and the cost of a meal is anything upwards of around ?45 depending upon the type of dishes ordered.

Traditional French food with things such as foie gras, salmon, snails, rum babas, veal cutlets, oysters, leg of lamb, etc.

The Big Ben Bar, which is next to the main dining room will welcome you from 7.30am through to 11pm on weekdays and from 9am through to 11pm on the weekends and on national holidays.

There is also the Big Ben Bar Brunch available within the Big Ben Bar Lounges every Sunday from 11.30am through to 2.30pm.

Buffet brunch around 35€ per person, but there is a 50 percent discount for children under the age of 12.

Yet between breakfast and lunch in the bar lounge you will be able to obtain drinks such as coffee, home made fruit juices, fine teas, etc, along with snacks like croissants, baguettes, selections of French cheeses, smoked salmon, pastries and many other delights.

Train Bleu is suitable for all the family and completely non-smoking.

The dress is usually smart casual, although you will often find men in suits.

Address & Contact Details:

Le Train Bleu
1er Etage de la Gare de Lyon (First Floor Gare de Lyon)
Place Louis Armand

Telephone: 1 44 75 76 76
Fax: 1 43 43 97 96

Train Bleu Restaurant

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