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Le Grand Colbert

#557 of 14,644 Restaurants in Paris}
$$$$French, European,
2 Rue Vivienne, 75002 Paris, France
+33 1 42 86 87 88
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  • Excellent44%
  • Very good32%
  • Average13%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible4%
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All hours
CUISINES
French, European, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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$$$$
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2 Rue Vivienne, 75002 Paris, France
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Great evening and delicious dinner. French traditional cuisine perfectly cooked and excellent service. Unpretentious, welcoming, elegant yet unstuffy atmosphere.

Thank yesenia f
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was well awaited evening dinner for a very special occasion. I was extremely disappointed at the oriental maitre de that initially served us and sat us at our table. The food was magnificent and the waiter was so welcoming. Would I make a special...More

Thank Derek G
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited Cafe Colbert for a birthday dinner with friends and we really enjoyed the experience. Our welcome at the door was welcoming and the service throughout the evening was faultless. We had three courses each choosing a wide variety of items on the menu....More

Thank _ragarratt
Reviewed 1 week ago

This restaurant exceeded my expectations. Francois was gracious, food good and atmosphere lovely. I went beacause of the movie but left with a lifetime memory. A must do!

Thank Linda M
Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife, cousin, sister (all different people I assure you) and I had dinner here last week while on vacation in Paris. The food was excellent ... all our starters, entrees and desserts were excellent. They have a very good wine list. The wait staff...More

1  Thank Jon W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Although a little hard to find, it was wonderful to finally be here. Ordered the braised beef with mashed potatoes. The braised beef was soft as butter, with a wonderful sauce it was cooked in, served with carrots, onions and parsley. The mashed potatoes comes...More

1  Thank dunkla
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Booked our reservation less than 1-day in advance and while that meant a late seating, it was perfect for us. Despite the perceived rudeness of the reservation service, we arrived 30 minutes early and were seated immediately. Dinner followed a full day with business and...More

1  Thank sea-ag
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Food was very good but nothing spectacular. We had a nice time though. Nice waitstaff very friendly, although our waiter said he had a dessert treat for us and brought out a grand mariner soufflé. Unfortunately we didn't like it and I'm not sure why...More

Thank Amanda G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We became aware of this restaurant after watching Somethings Gotta Give. After the Opera we didn’t have a reservation but after a very short wait the staff set a table for the 8 of us. For starters we ordered the Hot Foie Gras with Rhubarb,...More

Thank WanderlustHrts
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A Parisian brasserie, I love this kind of place and this is the real deal. Efficient service, full with guests, traditional French dishes, ok prices, wonderful interior, good location. I cant think of anything to critisize. We had oysters, fish and coffee. The innocence landed...More

1  Thank Lars L
Nearby
Opera / Bourse
The neighbourhood around Opéra and Bourse is a belle
époque paradise of grand boulevards, refined arcades,
and mass-market art-nouveau entertainment. Here,
modern day workers continue to take advantage of the
legacy that nobility and finance left in the 19th
century. Brightly-lit brasseries, theatres, and
cinemas sit side by side with French bistros
predominating in one area and Japanese restaurants in
...More
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Response from Katherine B | Reviewed this property |
Absolutely--and don't be late!
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Response from StarfishJourneys | Reviewed this property |
As in most places in Paris, the dress is smart casual. Trousers over jeans, long-sleeve shirts over t-shirts, sport coats or pullovers are fine, leather shoes. Tie or not it's your choice. But leave your athletic attire at... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
USD 18 - USD 59
Meals
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
Good for
Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Monday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Thursday
12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Friday
12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Saturday
12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2 Rue Vivienne, 75002 Paris, France
  • Location: Europe  >  France  >  Ile-de-France  >  Paris>  > Opera / Bourse
  • Neighbourhood: Opera / Bourse
  • Phone Number: +33 1 42 86 87 88
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Description
At the beginning of its construction in 1637 by Guillaume de Serrant (using plans by Le Vau) the building was a town house. It was sold to Jean-Baptisite Colbert in 1665 then to Philippe d’Orléans in 1719. In 1806 he was busy trying to raise money for the treasury until the building’s sale in 1825. The town house was torn down to make room for the building we see today as well as the opening of the Galerie Colbert in 1825. The Galerie Colbert at this time was a competitor to its neighbor, La Galerie Vivienne. In the same vicinity several fashion and perfume stores as well as reading rooms opened up. It was under the reign of Louis-Philippe that a new store opened it’s doors under the name, Au Grand Colbert. The name was kept until 1900 when it was turned into a restaurant. It was, up until it’s closing a few years ago, one of the “hot spots”, the best deal in Paris. Under the influence of the National Library, the owner, all of the original details were renovated in 1985 at the same time as the Galerie Colbert. You can find in the large room an architectural volume which is quite impressive, walls as high as 6 meters, relics, in particular, sculpted pilasters and their consoles. You can also admire paintings in a Pompeian style of which there are very few examples in Paris. The mosaique floor, exactly like the one in the Galerie Vivienne, is worth admiring. Today, Le Grand Colbert has now been listed as an historic monument and has been managed by Joel Fleury since August 1992 and his business team. They welcome and serve a cosmopolitan clientele among which are actors, top models, designers, movie stars, businessmen, tourists and some regulars. This client diversity has given Joel Fleury the statute of Grand Brasserie Parisienne. His chef proposes a full menu and offers a choice of traditional brasserie meals where typical French dishes are mixed with original recipes that have an exotic touch.
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