The Clown Bar Paris

At a Glance:

Sven Chartier and Ewen Lemoigne's Clown Bar is the hottest address in town right now, and the darling of the food & wine industry who meet there several times a week to socialise for hours over many bottles of wine and lots of delicious sharing plates. Ewen's natural wine list is extensive, and Chef Sota's seasonal food pairings are brilliant...just brilliant. The veal brains and duck foie gras brioche are legendary. Don't laugh at the name, this historic property used to be the clowns' dining room & bar to the adjacent circus next door.

Sample dishes:

Duck foie gras brioche "pithivers", Caramelized pork belly crepe, Raw bonito/horseradish/tosazu, Poached veal brains in ponzu sauce, Langoustine beignets, Beef tartare/smoked Burrata/pine nuts, Riz de veau/puree potatoes, Panko fried bulot snails/spicy mayo.


The Clown Bar is not a quiet romantic restaurant – it is a popular fast-paced wine bar packed with people who all know each other table-hopping to say hello. If you prefer a calmer environment, reserve at their sister restaurant Saturne

As part of the buzzy wine bar ambiance, they use an a la carte menu format so that diners can order several plates to share, 4-6 plates (8-12 on the menu) are the norm. Don’t be surprised to see chefs and food industry folk ordering the entire menu, twice. They are there to socialise and not leaving any time soon.



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The Clown Bar

Date reviewed:

March 1, 2017

Reservation policy:

Reserve At Least 3 Weeks In Advance. Sunday Nights? Totally Rock & Roll, Packed With Food Industry.



Menu format:

À la carte


114 Rue Amelot, 11th Arr, Right Bank
Tel: +33 01 43 55 87 35


Wed - Sun: Lunch 12pm-2pm, Dinner 8pm-10:00pm

Nearest metro:

Filles du Calvaire, Oberkampf

The scene:

Cool & Hip, Wildly Popular, No Frills Just Good Food & Wine, Rock & Roll, See & Be Seen

The look:

Circus Chic

Who goes:

Food Industry, Visiting Foodies, Locals

The soundtrack:

R & B

Insider tip:

Reserve a place on the sunny terrace in warm weather.

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