Update: Unfortunately, Les Vins des Dames has closed.
Surrounded by chatter and the clinking of glasses while sitting under wooden beams and between stone walls, is an undoubtedly good start to an evening. And when the wine selection is vast and the food menu offers both small shareable tidbits and healthy, hearty options, you’re definitely onto a winner.
Tucked into Batignolles neighborhood, the small cave-cum-restaurant Les Vins des Dames on Rue des Dames is a great little find. Cozy and comfortable, the staff is welcoming and invested in your enjoyment of their wines and food, so much so, that they follow up on their recommendations and watch you try it, and walk away smiling when you acknowledge that oui, their suggestion was spot on.
Our party started by sharing Beef Tataki and Oeuf Cocotte, both very tasty, before splitting into different camps for the main course: An entrecôte with a gorgeous sauce Bearnaise, an enviable plate of seared tuna and vegetables, and a mouth-wateringly juicy helping of beef cheeks and beans.
As we went on the third Thursday of November, the wine of the night was Beaujolais nouveau. Two bottles between the three of us should give you an indication of just how light and lovely it was. But the cave also has plenty of other wines and champagnes at, for Paris, incredibly reasonable prices.
If you’re looking for an authentic atmosphere, lovely surroundings, delightful waiters, and, of course, good wine and delicious food, look no further!