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#2,283 of 6,979 French in Paris
#3,781 of 15,480 Restaurants in Paris


French, Tunisian, Algerian, Moroccan, Mediterranean
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Reservations, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Table Service

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0.3 km from Les Halles
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Reviewed 6 October 2019

The dirty little secret of travel to Paris is that it is becoming harder and harder to find a good meal there. The traditional bistros seem to have lost their will to do anything beyond grind through the paces and the great temples of gastronomy...are so refined and rarified that the wisps of high design which come to you on the plate hardly seem to qualify as food. After a week of trying in vain to find something satisfying at all levels of the spectrum my wife and I happened upon this charming, casual neighborhood place near the Rue Montorgueil and had a transcendently rich and flavorful couscous, prepared with care and love and served with a warm welcome. Sat outside surrounded by ancient buildings and were happy at last. Highest recommendation.More

Date of visit: June 2019
Reviewed 11 April 2019 via mobile

Definitely the best in the area. I tried the couscous mechoui. The broth has a variety of vegetables above average compared to the other couscous restaurants in center Paris I visited. Yes, this one really deserves my five stars.

Date of visit: April 2019
Reviewed 1 April 2019 via mobile

Had a really nice dinner in this down to earth, friendly and authentic North African restaurant. The couscous just exceptional as well as meats, especially Berberi selection including fabulous grilled merguez sausages. Visited by many locals on Sunday evening. Highly recommended.

Date of visit: March 2019
Reviewed 21 November 2018 via mobile

Could not have expected better from this family run business nestled into a cute area of Paris. Try the grilled merguez and tue mechoui! To die for.

Date of visit: November 2018
Reviewed 20 May 2018 via mobile

It's incredible. Very good Algerian food. Baby friendly. The eat and the desserts are an experience.

Date of visit: May 2018
Reviewed 3 March 2018

We we to Au Clair de Lune at the recommendation of a local Parisian and we were not disappointed. The semolina is fluffy, the broth is both delicate and flavorful, and the meats are delicious. The restaurant was full of locals and the waiters were...very friendly to us even though we spoke English. Highly recommended!More

Date of visit: October 2017
Reviewed 3 November 2017

Apart from the fact food actually stank, one of the waiters was openly disdainful to ethnic minorities. Amazing that such behaviour still exists and is tolerated. Poor quality hygiene and shoddy outfit in every way. A regrettable mistake to enter the doors of this place.

Date of visit: November 2017
Reviewed 27 May 2017 via mobile

My 1st coming at Clair de Lune took place 50 years ago. My father knew the owner Mr Maames. We came back regularly to backstreet rue Française for unforgettable family meals. I've kept the tradition over time. Hardly a year goes without visiting Clair de...Lune and its friendly team. For lunch on the quiet tiny terrace when it's sunny and there are a few of us. Or sitting inside the simple cozy old-style restaurant. Of course we all believe that Clair de Lune offers the best couscous in Paris, the fluffiest semolina, the tastiest broth, the spiciest mechoui. That Gris de Boulaouane is fresher than anywhere, mint tea is more perfumed, pastries are sweeter. The heart has its reasons ...More

Date of visit: June 2016
Reviewed 21 March 2017

Excellent family run restaurant with friendly and attentive staff. English translated menu available. Although classed Algerian we thought the atmosphere was very Parisian with mainly local people. Quite a few were eating tempting cous cous based meals but as visitors we went for the more...traditional frogs legs, hock ham and potato nest, beef and veal. Each meal was superbly presented and the flavours were outstanding. We paid €35 each for two courses, wine and lager. This restaurant tucked away in a corner location in Chatelet is only a few minutes walk from the rail terminal. The family have been running the place since 1954 and the grandson is proud of this heritage. We will be back and you will not be disappointed.More

Date of visit: March 2017
Reviewed 5 September 2016 via mobile

Was recommended this Algerian Restaurant by good friends that have been here many times. No disappointment at all. The entrée and the mains were perfect.

Date of visit: September 2016
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  • Au Clair de Lune is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
    • Food: 4
    • Service: 4
    • Value: 4.5
    • Atmosphere: 4