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Dinner Cruises in Paris on the Seine

A tourist sightseeing barge outside Notre Dame CathedralDine surprisingly well as you enjoy the sights of Paris

Cruising down the Seine with the floodlit monuments and bridges of Paris as a backdrop, while you dine on surprisingly good food and drink surprisingly palatable wine, has to be one of the most memorable Paris experiences, all the more so if you and your partner are romantically inclined...

You may have initial doubts about food quality, but it's interesting to note that although foreign tourists do take these trips, the companies market them mainly to the French, and on the two we've been on, locals were in a decided majority. Look at the french websites and you'll note that there is a great emphasis on food quality; certainly our experience is of good quality French cuisine and very respectable wines.

Bateau Mouches | Bateaux Parisiens | Vedettes de Paris | Yachts de Paris | Marina de Paris | Capitaine Fracasse


Bateaux Mouches
(for full address and contact details see our Bateaux Mouches page)

The Compagnie des Bateaux Mouches has several "restaurant cruisers" but if you want the best menu it's only offered on their 200 seat "Jean-Sébastien-Mouche", which has a pleasant open upper deck where you can take some air after the meal and enjoy the passing scene.

Dinner is available throughout the year, with the boat leaving at 8:30 pm and returning at 10:45 pm. You can embark from 7:30 - 8:15 pm, and the dress code is jacket and tie.

Lunch is served on Saturday and Sunday, and on holidays. Leaves at 1 pm, returns at 2.45 pm. You can embark from 12.15 pm onwards. And as an extra bonus, a child's meal is offered free with every two adult bookings.

  • Menu "Excellence": €140 per person (dinner)
  • Menu "Prestige": €99 per person (dinner)
  • Menu "Douce France": €55 per person (lunch) €29 children less than 12 years old


Menu "Excellence"

This is the premium menu on Bateaux Mouches' "Jean-Sébastien-Mouche", but it will give you an indication of the kind of thing you can expect for the price. Check out the websites of the other companies (links on our corresponding pages) for details of their menus.

(menu à la carte)

Aperitif and Amuse-Bouche

Starters

Pan-fried slice of foie gras, roasted pears and licorice juice
Mini vegetable nems with minty young shoots (1)
Tender crab cake, dill and red onions
Breaded sweetbread, morels and their natural juices
Fresh salmon burger mi-cuit, mesclun salad

Main Courses

John Dory fish fillet with celery cake
Sea bass roasted on its skin with carrot tournedos
Pan-seared thick-cut beef with truffled mashed potatoes
Vegetable couscous and tofu cubes in its broth (1)
Fillet of squab confit with sweet potato and parsnip purée

Trio of seasonal cheeses

Desserts

Milk chocolate dome with salted butter caramel
Puff pastry strips and lemon yogurt
Vanilla bavarois with chocolate ganache
Speculoos delight with a glazed fondant heart
Paris Brest revisited

Coffee or tea, cognac

Wines (1 bottle for 2 people)

Blanquette de Limoux AOC Castel Mouche, Vieilles vignes de l’Amiral
Château Grand-Ormeau, Lalande-de-Pomerol
Sancerre blanc, Chavignol

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Mineral water, fruit juice


Bateaux Parisiens logoBateaux Parisiens
(for full address/contact details see our Bateaux Parisiens page)

Bateaux Parisiens offer both lunch and dinner cruises, with a choice of services. Their lunch cruises have musical themes on certain dates, so you get your meal followed by an hour-long concert (e.g. 'La Bohème Musical Cruise'). As far as I know, they run all year.

Dinner Cruise

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A singer and three musicians entertain you on this cruise with a variety of French and international music for listening to or dancing. There is a menu with a choice of five starters (including a vegetarian dish), six main dishes (including one for vegetarians) and five desserts.

  • Etoile Service: €99
    You will be served a Kir blanc de blancs white wine aperitif with savoury petits fours, followed by selected Chardonnay Vin de Pays d’Oc* and Médoc* wines.
  • Elegance Service: €130
    Aperitif: glass of Champagne with mini cakes is followed by selected Chardonnay Vin de Pays d’Oc* and Médoc* wines. Panoramic table down the centre of the boat.
  • Privilege Service: €160
    Aperitif: glass of Champagne with cheese puffs is followed by Mâcon - Solutré, Puisseguin St-Emilion, Château Teynac wines*. You will be seated at a window table.
  • Premier Service: €195
    You will be seated at a round table in the front of the boat with a hostess available throughout the cruise. Aperitif: a glass of pink Champagne with cheese puffs is followed by selected Mâcon - Solutré, Saint-Estèphe, Château Morin wines*. A glass of champagne is served with dessert.

These prices include the cruise, the meal, drinks and entertainment.
*One bottle of each wine for four people.
Proper attire required (no jeans or trainers)

Timetable

Boarding from 7.45 p.m.
Departure of the cruise: 8.30 p.m.
Return to quay: 11 p.m.

Cruise Route

Boats:

Le Diamant 320 table settings for individuals or groups on regular cruises
Le Cristal II Table settings: up to 480 persons on private cruises
L'Onyx up to 240 passengers
Le Symphonie up to 170 on private charter.

You can't be certain which boat you're on, the decision concerning which boat is used is made on the day of the cruise.

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Lunch cruise

  • Etoile Service : €55
    Kir white wine aperitif and selected Pays d'Oc IGP Chardonnay, Minervois, Château Remaury* wines to accompany your meal.
  • Select Service : €69
    A Kir blanc de blancs white wine aperitif and selected Pays d'Oc IGP Chardonnay, Médoc, Terre des Granges* wines to accompany your meal. Your table will be by a window.
  • Premier Service : €89
    You will be seated at a round table in the front of the boat.
    Aperitif: glass of Champagne with mini cakes followed by selected Pays d'Oc IGP Chardonnay, Médoc, Terre des Granges* wines.

These prices include the cruise, the meal, drinks and entertainment.
*One bottle of wine for four people.

Proper attire required (no shorts)

They also do Musical Theme Lunches every now and again, e.g. 'La Bohème Musical Cruise'.

Times:

Boarding from 12.15 p.m.
Departure of the cruise: 12.45 p.m.
Return to quay: 2.30 p.m.

Cruise Route

Boats:

The boats used are the same as for the dinner cruise, and similarly, the decision on which boat is used is made on the evening of the cruise.

Vedettes de Paris logo
Vedettes de Paris
(for full address and contact details see our Vedettes de Paris page)

Dinner Cruise - Evening on the Seine

These go every day (except 14 February, 14 July, 31 December). Basically a more intimate style of evening than the bigger boats. As mentioned above, the boats don't offer so many places, and you get to sit alongside panoramic windows.

Prices:
€81.00 per adult €32.00 per child (under 12) Wine not included.
Embarkation from Marina de Paris (near Musee Orsay) at 8.45 pm, departure at 9.15 pm. Return to the quay at 11.15 pm.

Reservation necessary
by phone on +33 1 44 18 19 50
by fax on + 33 1 47 05 74 53

 

Some ideas for cruises on the Seine from our affiliate, Viator

Paris by Night: Dinner at Les Ombres, Seine River Sightseeing Cruise and Cabaret Show
Soak up the Parisian 'joie de vivre' on an unforgettable night out, comprising a 3-course dinner, a Seine River sightseeing cruise and an iconic French cabaret show at the Moulin Rouge or Lido de Paris.
Departure Point: Central Paris, or optional hotel pick-up. Starting from USD $255.06 per person

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