Party Earth Review At Chez Gladines, waiters carrying plates of food chant “Chaud! Chaud! Chaud!” (“Hot! Hot! Hot!”) throughout the night, both to clear space as well as draw attention to the steamingly awesome plates of food in their hands... ... read full review
30 Rue des Cinq Diamants
Place d’Italie, Corvisart
01 45 80 70 10
Daily noon–4pm and 7pm–2am
13eme, Paris –
At Chez Gladines, waiters carrying plates of food chant “Chaud! Chaud! Chaud!” (“Hot! Hot! Hot!”) throughout the night, both to clear space as well as draw attention to the steamingly awesome plates of food in their hands.
This bar and restaurant is hot in every sense of the word, from the delectable dinners and desserts to the young and restless clientele. Sure, the décor is plain and the tables are crowded, but it hardly matters because the heart of the experience is the food.
In fact, the restaurant attracts such an enormous crowd every night of the week that police make special rounds at the request of neighbors who can’t put up with the racket anymore.
People who arrive after 8pm should be prepared to spend as much time outside the restaurant as inside, because although the space is quite large, it is no match for the mass of patrons clamoring to get in. The best bet is to leave one’s name with the barman, order a bottle of wine, and join the rest of the customers waiting out on Rue des Cinq Diamants.
Once customers have finally made their way into the cozy restaurant, they’ll find themselves seated at a long table with checkered tablecloths and a mostly French crowd with whom they’ll share bread baskets and conversation.
There may not be much else to warrant a trek to the 13th, but in-the-know patrons make an exception for Chez Gladines, where the food is cheap, the portions are large, the wine flows freely, and the desserts are not to be missed.
Although you may have to wait to be seated, you’ll find that not only are the food and service worth the wait, but even the wait is worth the wait! The crowd cools its heels outside, sips wine, and mingles in the street, and everyone is open and ready to chat – and the conversation just gets better once inside. To avoid the wait, go around 2pm for lunch.
Students, budgeted foodies, large groups of friends, casual locals, and tourists off the beaten track, 20s and 30s.
Ambient music, conversation, and mingling.
Menu is a combination of Basque dishes and the cuisine of Southwest France, including traditional meat and cheese dishes, Basque potatoes, and enormous salads filled with cheese, meat, and veggies. Credit cards are not accepted.
Basque potato dishes €5–€7, salads €7–€9. Wine €2.30/glass, €12+/bottle.
This place is packed every night of the week. Weekdays are popular when many other bars and clubs are quieter.