Paris: Septime

Bertrand Grebaut & Théo Pourriat’s casual little charmer is also a World’s Best 50 and a 1-star Michelin restaurant, which makes it one of Paris’ toughest rez. The set menus highlight seasonal products and the natural wine list is extraordinary.

Insider Tip:

Early for dinner or want to keep the late lunch going? Their La Cave du Septime wine bar/bottle shop around the corner opens at 4pm.

What to Order:

The set tasting menus are excellent values especially with the natural wines on offer.
Menus change with the seasons & product availability.

The set menus are organised in progression of produce, to seafood, to pork/red meat, cheese and/or dessert.

Example: Raw Bonita fish/beets/fleur de sel, Wild asparagus/turbot/artichoke, Pintade egg/green asparagus/beaufort cream, Apricots/honey/granola/thyme, Milk-fed veal /salty trout eggs, Mushroom/oyster/sorrel/foie gras bouillon, Pan-seared squid/peppery oil, Slow-cooked pork/Pontoise cabbage/anchovy cream, Fromage blanc ice cream/pumpkin puree.

Getting In:

It is damn near impossible. Since it checks a lot of boxes for a lot of people the demand far exceeds the 20+ seats. The wait list is sometimes 50+ deep.

Reservations open every day for the next 3 weeks. Phone from 10am-12pm/ 5.30pm to 7.30pm on opening days OR use the reservation link (below.)

There are two bar seats, it might help if you try requesting them for the first or last service.

What to know before you reserve:

People ask me if it will live up to the hype having stalked the online reservations for months. All I can say is that Septime does what it does…the experience isn’t going to be any different than if it was easy to get a reservation. Set your expectations lower than “better be worth it” so that you see their genuine pleasure in welcoming you.

Straight-talking no nonsense time. Septime will disappointment if:

…You are a picky eater, have aversions or more than one food restriction.

…It is a SET menu which means they’ve ordered ONLY the food for the menu THAT day. If you ask them (even in advance) to make all kinds of substitutions, not only are you missing the point of letting them do what they do,  you’re asking a LOT of the kitchen. In NYC maybe everyone can change the chef’s menu, but in France, good luck with that one. You are better off reserving somewhere else and making someone else’s day that literally eats everything. Even Beyonce learned, they aren’t a vegan restaurant, they aren’t a vegetarian restaurant, they are Septime. Please don’t try to change them. They are wonderful as they are.

Exception, shellfish allergy. Shellfish “season” is October – March. Ask at the time of booking so they can plan in advance, it will be too late once at the table.

Other Businesses They Own:

Clamato – Their easy-going restaurant next door features all seafood.
Septime La Cave – Their bar nearby is perfect for tapas & natural wine.


Respect Your Reservation:

They will call to confirm your booking the day of so PUT THEIR NUMBER IN YOUR PHONE THE MINUTE YOU RESERVE… why am I screaming at your in caps? Because of 6 years of seeing people who arrived to find their table given away because they didn’t know that Septime was trying to call them to confirm earlier in the day.

Have your concierge call to confirm also to be safe…or/and in case you need to cancel, do so in advance.

If they don’t hear from you or if you don’t show up, not only do they lose business, they deny others who want to dine.

If you don’t confirm your table, they cannot guarantee your booking, and fifteen minutes after the time of your booking, the table can be replaced.