【Paris】Septime’s Little Sister Restaurant, “Clamato”


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The Michelin-starred restaurant, Septime, is one of the most difficult restaurants to book in Paris. And in 2013, Septime’s owner, Bertrand Grebaut, opened the restaurant called Clamato, to be Septime’s little sister that is just 2 buildings away from the main restaurant.

Clamato serves a variety of seafood, with its menu changing according to the respective seasons. The menus is based on the tapas-style, which allows you to share with your group and enjoy more dishes.

If you have kept missing booking for Septime,  Clamato will save you from the struggle. And you will like their simple and fresh seafood dishes.

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Casual and Laid Back Atmosphere

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Clamato has a simple design, inviting everyone, from single diners to large groups, interested in more casual dining.

A rustic-styled green door welcomes you into the white walled interior, with a plank ceiling. Inside, wooden tables and the soft sound of music await you, all combining to result in a very comfortable atmosphere.

The place is not huge and there are only 7 tables and a long bar counter. From the seats at the bar, you can see the chefs prepare the seafood, which is a great experience in itself.

The Splendid Menu

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Clamato changes their menu to match the respective seasons, therefore it is difficult to list a particular menu.
But make sure to try out their oysters and mussels.
Their crab croquettes also seem to be a fix item on the menu. The crab meat is hidden inside the crispy batter and the tartar sauce gives the dish a pleasant kick.

The various kinds of seafood (raw tuna, razor clams, octopus, mackerel, sea urchin, just to name a few) are dressed up with a variety of seasonings (from herb butter to curry mayo, vinegar and many more) and together they harmonise well with the added vegetables (salted plums, spiced eggplant purée, zucchini, pumpkin seeds) to make the perfect couple. It is like they are ready for the prom!

Those combinations are beyond your imagination and you will be able to understand why cooking is called an art, after you tried them.

If you can’t decide on what to eat, just ask the waitress for his/her recommendation. You can’t go wrong that way.

Fantastic Desserts and Alcohol

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means you can finish your meal with one of their excellent desserts. Their maple syrup tart with Chantilly cream, for example, is absolutely lovely. The cream is so smooth and light.

Their dessert lineup, just like their regular menu, changes quite often. Thus please explore the best one from the menu at your visit.

The seafood is always paired with white wine, with a good selection from which to chose. Their Bloody Mary cocktails are also wonderful.

Admittedly, those are a bit pricey, but at Clamato you will choose precious time over budget.


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They take no reservations and base on: “first come, first serve”. Clamato gets packed easily, and you will have to wait at least 30 minutes for a table, if you go there after 19:30. So, take that into consideration, when planning on eating there.

After giving your name to the waitress, you can kill the waiting time at the bar just across the road.

And one more thing, be advised that they run out of fish, sometimes, leaving you to choose from a limited menu. That’s why, I recommend you to go early, just in case.

Restaurant Details

【Address】80 Rue de Charonne, 75011 Paris
【TEL】+33 1 43 72 74 53
【Opening Hours】Wed – Fri: 19:00 – 23:00, Sat&Sun: 12:00 – 23:00
【Holiday】Mondays, Tuesdays
【Official Website】http://www.septime-charonne.fr/