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Le Grand Colbert

#596 of 14,283 Restaurants in Paris
Certificate of Excellence
$$$$
Neighbourhood:
Opera / Bourse
French, European, Gastropub
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2 rue Vivienne, 75002 Paris, France
+33 1 42 86 87 88
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12:00 - 00:00
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Sun - Tue 12:00 - 00:00
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Fort Worth, Texas
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81 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Took my wife, daughter and adult granddaughter because of the Nicholson/Keaton movie. Absolutely beautiful décor and truly French. However, service was slow and erratic (even for Paris). Steaks were tough, lamb just adequate and shrimp had to be returned as one was undercooked and slimey. Escargot very good, desserts nice. Priced reasonably. 2 appetisers, 4 dinners, 3 desserts, bottle of... More 

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Ocala, Florida
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21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Lovely sense of 1950's Paris. Great decor, staff and food. For Paris, quite reasonable. 15 minute walk from the Opera and a wonderful experience, surrounded by Parisians

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Paris
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119 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Dined here 17th May,been before many years ago. Brasserie is superb,amazing decor.Food was great as was the service. We had escargot,foie gras,roast chicken,braised beef,beef fillet all simple but tasted fantastic,for dessert we had creme caramel,salted caramel ice - cream. Service was great,this is an ideal classic brasserie to have a great meal in fantastic surroundings.

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Iver Heath, United Kingdom
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56 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Last night in paris seen reviews for this restaurant and was recommended by family well worth visit from the moment you walk in décor is fantastic waiters lovely and very helpful with drinks and menu nothing to much trouble dry martini vodka twist was beautiful only needed one fillett steak well done gorgeous chicken lovely tender veg spinach green beans... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

I ate here with my sister after seeing a ballet at the Opera House. It's a close walk and makes for a delicious meal! I recommend trying the escargot and the duck! Delicious.

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Los Angeles, California
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Our family of four made an 8:30pm reservation for the day after Easter April 2017. We were greeted warmly and seated promptly on arrival. I love the appearance and style of this special restaurant, with its many palm trees and fine wood accents. This was my sister's third visit but a first for the rest of us, and every course... More 

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Buffalo, New York
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65 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Everyone comes here because it's a lovely restaurant and known in the movies. The food is actually very good, but the service was bad. Lots people we know have said they were ignored by the staff, and it's true. It's a short walk from the Louvre and past some lovely boutiques that make the walk worthwhile

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Newport Beach, California
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My girlfriends and I had such a fun evening having dinner at Le Grand Colbert. I ordered fish and when my entree came out it was the whole fish. It was delicious! We all ordered desserts and everything was incredible! This was one of the most fun evenings of our trip!

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St. Catharines, Canada
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18 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I had such high hopes for Le Grand Colbert, I had been here 9 years ago and just loved it. I had such great memories of the restaurant that I wanted to bring my husband to it. We have been in France two weeks now and have had lively meals throughout our visit. We loved the wine and the escargot.... More 

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North Carolina Mountains, North Carolina
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a classic French bistro with a beautiful interior. When you walk in, you immediately understand why it was chosen to shoot a scene of the movie "Somethings Got to Give". Unfortunately, I doubt the food would measure up to Jack Nicholson's standards. The service was very good but the dinner was just average. It has actually been several... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
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  • Value
    Atmosphere
Cuisine
French, European, Gastropub
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 - 00:00
Monday
12:00 - 00:00
Tuesday
12:00 - 00:00
Wednesday
12:00 - 01:00
Thursday
12:00 - 01:00
Friday
12:00 - 01:00
Saturday
12:00 - 01:00
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
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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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 another. The area is most famous for the Palais Garnier opera house and glamorous department stores.
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