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La Villa d’Este Restaurant and Cabaret in Paris
Located close to the famous Champs Elysees, this restaurant and cabaret venue provides a delightful setting, whether you just wish to enjoy their sophisticated French cuisine for lunch or enjoy a complete dinner and cabaret evening where you can even dance afterwards.
About Villa d’Este Restaurant and Cabaret
Originally created back in 1930 by Baron d’Este who was an heir of Italian aristocracy, he purchased the venue for one of his mistresses, and although it was first a venue for tea dances, after World War II it became a venue for dinner shows in Paris and kept the name of the baron.
You will find that the Villa d’Este has a sumptuous, elegant and chic decor, which is quite fitting for its location just off the Avenue des Champs Elysees, and offers an ideal setting for a romantic meal for two.
However, it is also a place to get together with friends in a warm and unique atmosphere to enjoy a cabaret show with entertainers such as comedians, singers, dancers and show girls with their fabulous costumes.
Cuisine at the Villa d’Este Restaurant in Paris
The average cost of a starter at the Villa d’este restaurant is around €18 as of 2014 and could be Duck Foie Gras with fig marmalade and toasted bread, Prawn spring rolls with ginger and coriander and a sweet and sour sauce or Burgundy Snails in a garlic and herb butter.
The cost of a main course varies dramatically depending upon what you order, but it could be Chicken breast fillet with a lemon confit and seasonal vegetables for €14, a Black Angus beef steak with pepper sauce and fries for €26.50, a red label salmon steak with juice, mashed potatoes and herbs for €21, Sole Meuniere for €39.90 or a Risotto with prawns and vegetables for €22.25 as of 2014, just to give you some ideas.
Desserts are also very tempting and again vary in price with an average of around €10 but could be pancakes with orange juice and Grand Marnier, Profiteroles with vanilla and a hot chocolate sauce, a Normandy apple tart, etc.
However, La Villa d’Este gourmet restaurant in Paris does offer an express lunch formula of a starter and main course or main and dessert of €20 with specific items on a set menu to choose from.
But how about enjoying an evening dinner with cabaret show at the Villa d’Este, and as you have already read, this is possible and there are various menus to suit most budgets with a cabaret show in Paris that lasts just over two hours and provides some incredible artists and entertainers along with the traditional show girls.
The first option is a three course meal with a glass of wine called the Paris Etoile at a cost of €70 as of 2014 and you get two choices per dish, whereas the Menu Arc de Triomphe at €91 provides three different choices and a glass of champagne to enjoy with the show. The next called the Menu Champs Elysees is €120 and again it is a three course meal, but with more expensive delights on offer and you get a half bottle of wine per person, plus a bottle of Champagne to share between two people, but we would like to point out that all of these dinner show formulas have a set dessert.
However, the ultimate dinner show experience at the Villa d’Este is €150 per person as of 2014, and is more like a degustation menu where you can have a starter such as a Trio Gourmand with Foie Gras, salmon and prawns. You then have an additional course before you have your choice of a main course, which is then followed by an assortment of cheeses before you have a choice of dessert. The wine is also more classy, and of course, you also get a bottle of decent Champagne to share between two.
Visiting Villa d’Este in Paris
Located in the heart of the 8th Arrondissement just a short walk from the Arc de Triomphe and the avenue des Champs Elysees, this gourmet restaurant in Paris is open for lunch from noon, and is also open of an evening for dinner, with a cabaret on certain nights that starts at approximately 9.45pm.
This is a chic restaurant, and you can expect to often see business people here for meetings and luncheons, and Parisians also love dressing up when they go out for an evening, so smart attire is recommended, as are making reservations. But when it comes to the dinner show spectacle or cabaret, then a booking is required prior, and we would also like to point out that the cost of menus does change for specific dates such as national French holidays, so this is also worth checking.
But because of its location, getting to the Villa d’Este is very easy and if you have your own vehicle, then parking is only 50 metres away. However, if you are utilising the public transport in Paris, then the nearest Metro station and RER train station are located at the Place Charles de Gaulle square via lines 1, 2 and 6 on the Metro and line A for the RER trains. However, in the opposite direction on the Champs Elysees itself, you have the George V Metro station via line 1.