La Baleine Restaurant Paris

This gourmet restaurant in Paris serves French cuisine in an idyllic setting within the Jardin des Plantes, which is open for lunch and afternoon tea, and certain evenings with reservations.

About La Baleine gourmet restaurant

La Baleine is located within an old pavilion on the edge of the Jardin des Plantes close to the Menagerie Zoo Historique de Paris, and when you translate the name to English it is The Whale, and the restaurant was named after the whale skeleton that was originally on display within the Galeries d’Anatomie Comparee et du Paleontology that is also in these gardens.
La Baleine restaurant
The old pavilion with its original architecture was dedicated to the preservation of cetaceans, which are marine animals including whales and dolphins,  and today the crisp, elegant and modern decor of La Baleine carries this theme with large pictures and drawings of whales.

There are also two terraces that you can enjoy in the warmer months for a gourmet lunch or an afternoon tea, and one of these is a spacious courtyard area, whereas the other terrace on the sunny side of the Jardin des Plantes overlooks the Menagerie and the Wallabies of the zoo.

The Cuisine at La Baleine

When it comes to the French cuisine at this gourmet restaurant in Paris, you will find starters such as shrimp and crab meat served in a glass with an avocado mousse and alfalfa sprouts or a Caesar salad and marinated fried tuna with garlic bread, and these range in cost from around €7.50 up to €12 as of 2018.

Main courses at La Baleine could be fish and chips, a Charolais beef burger with cheese, bacon, tomatoes and rocket salad accompanied by chips, Goose confit with gravy, honey, mushrooms and garlic or Roasted salmon with courgette crumble accompanied by curry, cream or Lillet blanc, which is a type of aperitif wine, and these range in cost from around €17 up to €23 as of 2018.
As you can no doubt appreciate, the menu does change and therefore the dishes mentioned are for reference only, however, The Whale restaurant also provides formulas or either a starter and main course or main course and dessert for €21 and three course option for €26 as of 2018, with a specific menu for this option.

Visiting the Baleine restaurant in Paris

Located within the botanical gardens in Paris of the Jardin des Plantes only a few steps from the Menagerie zoo, La Baleine restaurant is open for lunch and afternoon tea from noon until 3:30pm daily all year round.

It is also open certain evenings of the week for a gourmet dinner experience, although it is not normally open during the winter, yet from April through to September this restaurant is open daily for an evening meal from 7pm through to 10pm.

However, when we last checked reservations were highly recommended and often required for a weekday meal, so we would always recommend checking prior to just turning up, although there are no reservations taken at weekends, on National French holidays or during the school holidays.
La Baleine restaurant patio
Tables inside La Baleine restaurant
But private functions can also be arranged, whether it be for a wedding, cocktail party, dinner for large groups, etc and for more information on these you would need to telephone +33 (0) 6 12 41 96 86, so again, it is wise to check first, prior to just turning up at The Whale.

Access to La Baleine

Now when it comes to public transport, you will find Le Baleine restaurant in the 5th Arrondissement of Paris close to the River Seine and there is a Batobus water bus shuttle service dock nearby.

Other forms of transport include the Gare d’Austerlitz train station in Paris that serves the RER C line, the TER, Intercities trains and the Metro via lines 5 and 10, yet the closest Metro station is the Jussieu stop serving lines 7 and 10.

The bus lines 24, 57, 61, 63, 67, 89 and 91 along with the Noctilien Night Bus Service via Lines N02 and N31will also get you near to the Jardin des Plantes, but there are also the bus tours in Paris such as l’OpenTour that will get you close to the gardens and the restaurant.

Alternatively, if you are travelling into Paris with your vehicle, then you may be pleased to know that there are two car parks located within walking distance, one right by the Jardin des Plantes and the other by the Gare d'Austerlitz, yet there is also a Velib station for the self service bike hire scheme located very close to this historical garden and La Baleine restaurant.