Frog & Rosbif, The

Frog & Rosbif, TheFrog & Rosbif, The
Frog & Rosbif, TheFrog & Rosbif, The
Brewery, Eatery

116 rue St-Denis
Paris, 75002

01 42 36 34 73 | map

Notes: Opening hours: 12.00 - 02.00
Getting there: Metro line 4 Etienne Marcel; Bus lines 29/ 38/ 47
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Ratings by Shanex:
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Rated by Shanex from France

4.01/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

May 08, 2017
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Reviewed by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75
I believe that the Frog & Rosbif is the first in the Frogpubs chain (there are now 10 locations). The Frog is, of course, French while the Rosbif is English which helps to explain the English pub decor and beer styles (although they have branched out greatly). There are 7 taps and an additional 4 beers in bottles. I'll assume that most of the beer is coming from their brewery (Bâtiment CA. Parc d'activités Spirit / Séverine. 5 rue Séverine, 93380. Pierrefitte-sur-Seine.) although there is an active brewery in the basement. The food is an odd international mix although it seems to mainly be American pub foods (nachos, samosas, Mozzarella sticks, quesadillas, wings, gyozas, fries, burgers, fish and chips, bbq ribs). The prices are typically Parisienne, and the food is far from fantastic. The beer is OK. So why go? It's got to be the football, right? They've got all of the important matches, and they show rugby as well. There's also a lot of seating along the street in an area with a lot of pedestrian traffic if people watching is your thing. If you happen by I'd suggests you stop in but it's certainly not a destination in my opinion.
Dec 31, 2021
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Reviewed by Act25 from New Jersey

3.39/5  rDev -11.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5
On a rainy 3-3-20, we managed a weekend in Paris in the rain, and found this place to be OK for lunch, but way behind BrewDog Marais for beers.
Service was great, you can sit outside on a lovely square (triangle).
Jun 06, 2020
Rated: 4.05 by HopBelT from Belgium

Oct 26, 2019
Rated: 4.45 by mecmd from Tennessee

Sep 26, 2018
Rated: 3.57 by West_Chester_Ale_Tester from Ohio

May 20, 2017
Rated: 3.75 by Stardusthotel83 from Washington

Feb 10, 2017
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Reviewed by blackngold54 from Illinois

3.86/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3
Stopped by one night on my recent vacation. Needed to find some hops on my vacation to Europe. Bar tender was very nice, happened to be from England. He gave me some history. Juicy Pale Ale was pretty good. Place was very busy, there was a football game on. Did not have any food. I would certainly recommend it if you are in the area.
Apr 08, 2016
Rated: 3.16 by dougbreathe from France

Feb 15, 2016
Rated: 3.8 by jakemn91 from New Mexico

Apr 10, 2015
Rated: 3.75 by 31Sam13 from New Hampshire

Mar 13, 2015
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Reviewed by Bouleboubier from New Jersey

3.46/5  rDev -9.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.75
very comfortable, open space... obvious British design in mind...

bartender didn't know how to make a vodka and coke (which the chap next to me ordered, please), but he was otherwise super nice and friendly... the blond chick that took over for him once his shift ended didn't bother to even ask me if I wanted another beer - did have an empty glass for 10+ minutes - she ended up causing me to want to leave, even though I did intend to try a fourth one of their house brews (yes, there is surprisingly a brewery in the basement)

the beers were ok... but I suppose it's impossible to botch a blanche/wit in the Franco-Belgo zone - the one they serve here was their best beer, quite tasty...

somewhat surprisingly, fries are a let-down everywhere in this town... this place is no exception... the ONE battered filet that came with my fish & chips plate was, admittedly, pretty crispy and delicious... a waitress not even serving me saved the day by dropping off a bottle of malt vinegar after my plate was dropped - nice job!

the staff behind the bar doesn't seem to be on board with the concept of this joint, or with the concept of proper bartending... maybe I caught them on a bad night
Feb 26, 2015
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Reviewed by ManUtdSooner from Alabama

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
Great staff. Took very good care of our family while we visited Paris. Terrific place to watch soccer and have a pint. Ask for a beer punch card. It's good for a free pitcher!
Oct 19, 2014
Rated: 3.96 by parris from Massachusetts

Oct 05, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by AlexM from California

Sep 10, 2014
Rated: 4 by aoampm from Hawaii

Aug 05, 2014
Rated: 4 by DuffDaddy from Florida

Nov 11, 2013
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Reviewed by kaneel from England

3/5  rDev -21.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3
A nice place, rather normal actually. They do the effort to brew their own beers; they are rather okay but nothing more nothing less.

This is certainly not the best place in Paris for real beer lovers but nonetheless not bad at all if you're around and don't know where to get some beers apart from the usual ones you'd find.
Aug 25, 2013
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Reviewed by dstc from Florida

4/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4
Located within walking distance of Pompideau (which is near the apartment I rented). I walked over for a few beers in between loads at a nearby laundromat. Was early evening and not too crowded yet.

Nice building on Rue St Denis, you can check out the prostitutes then step in for a brew! I sat at the bar which was welcoming and chatted with a bartender who spoke perfect English.

Did not eat anything but ordered a couple of beers. Started with the Inseine (APA) which was tasty and had a nice hop flavor. Then I had a pint of the Dark de Triomphe (stout) which was enjoyable as well. Neither were mind blowing but were both good, solid beers.

Worth checking out.
Jan 03, 2012
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Reviewed by Boto from Connecticut

4/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4
I visited here for lunch the other day. With most places in France seemingly to sell only 1664 or Heineken on draught, I was looking forward to getting a decent beer. I wasn't disappointed. While they may not be award winners, they were well brewed and tasty. The price for a pint (6.50 euro) was also right in line with other Paris establishments. The wait staff was very friendly. The pub itself was modeled after an English pub, and it seemed a pretty good take on it. The food was right out of an English pub also. I had the fish & chips which were good. It was Sunday, and they were also offering an English breakfast for brunch. I would definitely stop back here again.
Jun 16, 2009
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Reviewed by thierrynantes from France

3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5
Visited in 2003.
The Frog and Rosbif is situated within walking distance of the Beaubourg museum and the Forum des Halles of the St Denis street. It serves are own real ale, brewed in the basement from British ales. Despite their funny names (Dark de Triomphe, Froegaarden, Frog Natural blond, Inseine, Parislytic ...), the real ales are well served, a choice of 5 differents beers (little glass with 8 cl.). The pub also serves classic beers (not very interred). It's also possible to give a tour of the brewery visible at the bottom of the stairs (not enought space).
Oct 08, 2008
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Reviewed by Billolick from New York

3.44/5  rDev -9.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5
Not far from the Pompideau center musuem, les Halles and several other stops most tourists make in we walked a few blocks through a seady red light zone kind of area and then found this corner spot. Large windows looking out onto the Paris street scene. Tries to be something it is not, the beers were quite good however and the service friendly enough. When in Paris...go to an English pub kinda place??...If in the immediate area its almost worth a visit, but be sure to avoid the lower part of Rue St. Denis....
Aug 30, 2008
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Reviewed by descartes from Oregon

3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.5
Located on the edge of the red light district, this pub is a mixed bag. True they offer a good selection of their own beers but outside of this they offer only corona. The food was not very good but the atmosphere was stellar, South Africa vs. Australia in a cricket test match. I guess it depends on what you want but with the scaricity of good beer in paris you could do far far worse. When I visited they had the five following beers on tap:

Frog Natural Blond
Dark De Triomphe

I had the Froegaarden and Dark De Triomphe and didn't find either to be anything special but since each Pub brews their own, the quality of drinks may very from Frog pub to Frog pub.
Dec 26, 2005
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Reviewed by TheJudge from New York

3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4
Stumbled on this place while moving from bar to bar up St. Denis, killing time before dinner. Fairly quiet when I came in, it is a nice size place in a questionable area. Sat at the bar and had a couple (a blonde and a dark). They had 4 or 5 Brewed on premises. Paris is sometimes a difficult place to get a good beer, with so much emphasis on the wine. The service was so-so, but it was paris. Beer was tasty. So much so that I stopped by again after dinner for a night cap. Very crowded in the evening (a Thursday night).

All in all, I will try and get back here next time in Paris. Perhaps even to eat, although with all the excellent restaurants in town, that may be asking too much. And there were some very interesting bars on St Denis. it seems to be foreign beer lane, with a belgian beer bar, an australian bar (with aussie bartenders and 2 dozen aussie beers), an irish pub, a mexican bar, etc.
May 12, 2005
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Reviewed by tjd25 from France

3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5
A few tables outside for those who enjoy the nice odors and noises of the city. I sat inside. Quite cozy atmosphere with nice wooden tables and chairs. A bit brighter than The Frog at Bercy Village, a bit less intimate maybe, but quite attractive nonetheless. After two pints there, I didn't want to leave. The selection is the usual Frog selection, but each beer is brewed on premises, so it gets a little different in each location. I thought the Froegaarden here was far from being as tasty as the one at Bercy Village. They also messed up on their menu, giving wrong descriptions for two of their beers.
The service, as already mentioned in other reviews, was kind of slow during happy hour (the only period of time when prices are really decent), but I ended up appreciating that: we got a free pint because the waitress had forgotten us (and it wasn't like we waited thirty minutes either).
I wanted to try their food pretty badly, but unfortunately had no time. Standard pub fare, with prices that seemed decent, but I couldn't see how much you got in your plate.
Overall, a good place to stop between 6 and 8pm.
Oct 02, 2004
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Reviewed by Dogbrick from Ohio

3.35/5  rDev -12.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4
The Frog & Rosbif is located in a kind of seedy area of Paris, like a combination red light district and college town. Inside they have done their best to capture a British pub look and feel. Both servers we dealt with even sounded British. We were there during a big soccer game so the place was smoky, loud and packed with people. The seating area is toward the front, basically a lot of wooden tables and chairs. The bar is all the way in the back. they have a board on the wall that describes their different beers.

The beers are all fairly low ABV and average tasting. They have a regular offering of 4 as well as a seasonal. When we visited the seasonal was Froegaarden and it was definitely the best one. They do not offer a sampler but when I asked for one they brought me 5 full sized glasses, each with a sample in it.

The service here was very slow, even by Paris standards. It is not really the fault of the servers, more to management who had this place severely understaffed, and there is really no excuse for it when they are planning on being busy. Getting refills was next to impossible, and we waited for our bill for a very long time after we had finished eating.

The food is pretty good pub fare. We had good old fashioned burgers and they were well made.

Overall, this place was a bit of a letdown for being the only brewpub we visited in Paris. The beers were less than stellar and the service was lacking. Still, I can see the potential of this place and would definitely give it another try, hopefully when they are not so busy.
Apr 14, 2004
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Reviewed by Andreji from Texas

4.36/5  rDev +14.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5
Completely different from the Frog and Princess in the 6ème, the rosbif gives a much more sober atmosphere in contrast to the studenty atmosphere around the mabillon area. as an informative, not offensive fact, this place is located around the homosexual area so the people inside are mixed.

The service is ok, although some foreign waiters with random accents might not be a good way to practice your french. The selection, as all frogpubs, varies as for production. Still, most frog brews are always good enough. Great place to watch the football matches with random english people.
Dec 03, 2003
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Reviewed by tang214 from Texas

4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4
Great little English style pub right in the middle of Paris. My hotel was right down the street so when I wasn't out doing stuff or when I was just relaxing in the evening I would hang out here. They had very excellent beer that is brewed on-site. There were several British people that worked and hung out there even one Austrailian, so its not all French people. The service was just right. It was very authentic and seemed to be quite popular with the students even though it was on the other side of town from most of the schools. They had quite a wide range of things on the menu, but unfortunately I did not try anything. If you are ever in Paris and looking for a good little brewpub then try this place.
Apr 06, 2003
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