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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED C'est la Vie Restaurant Review: C'est la Vie may have the distinction of being the only true French bistro on Magazine Street's restaurant row. Owner Sebastien Baudin, who hails from southern France and operated kitchens and restaurants throughout his native country, doubles as the chef. He offers a fairly straightforward menu that is consistently well executed. From the blue cheese-steamed mussels to the goat cheese salad with diced bacon and shallots, to the grilled salmon with red peppercorns and white wine, nothing disappoints in this compact establishment. Interestingly enough, although in France one might expect smaller portions, the food at C'est la Vie is generously plated, course by course. All of the pastries are made in house daily, so dessert is a special treat. One constant on the dessert menu is the textbook tarte Tatin. Bring a good bottle of French wine with you, because for the moment the restaurant does not have a liquor license. Corkage is a fair $5 per bottle after the first two bottles, for which no corkage is charged.