• La mère Catherine

The restaurant

The Restaurant La Mère Catherine is pleased to welcome you everyday from 09:00 am to 00:00 pm, in an outstanding historical place!

At our table, in a traditional Parisian “bistrot” environment, you can taste our authentic French cuisine, in our dining room, on our terrace or in our garden, in the heart of the charming Montmartre in Paris, just next to the Sacré Coeur Basilica.

The atmosphere is ensured by the talent of our singers accompanied on the piano, who will make you spend unforgettable evenings to the beat of traditional French songs.

The Restaurant La Mère Catherine is the ideal place for Paris lovers, as well as for the organization of conferences, business lunches or dinners, or any other group meetings. We adapt to any request and do our best to make you enjoy your moments spend with us.

The restaurant

In the heart of Montmartre in Paris

just next to the Sacré Coeur Basilica...

In the heart of Montmartre in Paris, just next to the Sacré Coeur Basilica Ideally situated on the famous Tertre square surrounded by painters, our Restaurant “La Mère Catherine”, perched on the top of the Montmarte Mound (Paris’s tallest hill), offers appealing surroundings, away from the Parisian commotion. The charming narrow streets will get you to our terrace from where you can get advantage of this neighbourhood, full of nostalgia and melancholy.

A unique atmosphere

La Mère Catherine offers a time travel thanks to the authentic decoration of its establishment and its welcoming and steeped in history environment. Danton’s quotations on walls remind us of the Revolutionary Parisian times and the paintings impicturing Montmartre will let us stay in the magic atmosphere of a traditional Parisian “bistrot”.

Our service-minded and mindful staff will do anything possible to let you have the most delightful moment enjoying the most delicious cuisine. Let the sweet melodies played by our singers and musicians offer you a moment of escape, every evening, thanks to their varied musical programme with songs of yesterday and today. 

Do not hesitate to ask them to interpret your favourite pieces. They will be pleased to put their talent at your service. 

An exceptional French cuisine

After climbing the Montmartre Mound, you deserve a good and heartwarming meal! That is exactly what offers La Mère Catherine with its French cuisine of quality. On our terrace at Tertre square, in our dining room or in the garden, we invite you to savour meals of French tradition, cooked with passion by our Chef. Let yourself be seduced by our Onion soup or by our Mussels, unless you are more tempted by our Frog legs or by our home made Duck Lever. For dessert, you should taste our Upside down Apple Pie or our home made Puff Pastry filled with Ice-cream. In order to accompany those gourmet dishes, a great selection of wines is at your disposal to the delight of your taste buds.


La Mère Catherine was part of several events that left their mark on the history of Paris.  Our restaurant has kept all the character of an establishment with a rich and memorable past.

Founded in 1793 by Catherine Lemoine, this place was used as a presbytery by the priest of Saint-Pierre de Montmartre church, dating back to the XVth Century. Danton also met his disciples there, during the French Revolution.

This Restaurant also faced the battle of Paris on March 30th 1814, which marked the end of military operations of the French Campaign and the collapse of the Napoleonic Empire. During the Napoleonian conflicts, the invading Cossacks slipped off to have a drink at “La Mère Catherine” but, having no permission of their senior officers, they exclaimed “Bistro! Bistro!” (Hurry! Hurry!), expression that gave its name to the current French “bistrots”.

During the 50s, La Mère Catherine was the most popular and one of the most renowned restaurants in Paris and became an obligatory stop for tourists and an appealing place for Parisian people. Today, La Mère Catherine has not lost its charm and has managed to preserve a decor that is respectful of its history, while the comfort of its guests is continuously improved. 

Groups :

You are organising an event?

Whether you are a firm, an association, a travelling agency, or whether you simply want to organise a great meal with your relatives, we greet your guests over a menu you would had chosen. We are ready to listen to any kind of requests in order to be sure that your stay at Montmartre will leave you the best memories.

In order to organise with us a customized meal up to the event you are preparing, call the 00 33 146 033 269. We will be pleased to help you plan your project.

Our Group menus are available in English, French, Russian, Polish and Chinese. Ask for them by e-mail at: lamerecatherine@free.fr.




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