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Le Grand Colbert

#1,626 of 14,974 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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French, European, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
2 rue Vivienne, 75002 Paris, France
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Reviewed today via mobile

Wife and I went to dinner at the Le Grand Colbert and had another wonderful dinner. The service was top notch as wait staff was attentive and unpretentious. Their foie gras is without a doubt some of the best in all of Paris. Wife had...More

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We wanted to go here due to the prominence of this restaurant in the movie Something’s Gotta Give. It was indeed delightful. Service was prompt and efficient, wines were delicious and the food was wonderful. The roast chicken really is fabulous and the frog legs...More

Thank Patrick C
Reviewed yesterday

Service staff was entertaining and engaging, food was very good, and a memory or two of the movie scenes shot there. All in all, it added to the unique Paris experience!

Thank Mike S
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This restaurant was recommended to us and we were anxious to visit. We have visited Paris at least 20 times and we do have our favorite Bistro’s. I ordered escargots and they were just warm with no garlic, Parsley, butter, basically dry. The sole was...More

Thank Nalioto
Reviewed 4 days ago

Magnificent gilded restaurant...a classic. Decor is stunning and food is almost as good, especially traditional Parisian fare. I had frog's legs, lobster, and creme brulee--all delicious. Service was extremely friendly--a little French helps, but not really necessary. Prices are very reasonable considering central Paris location....More

Thank charlese595
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Traditional French brasserie food in a stylish art deco setting. Can't go wrong with it. Booking in advance required.

Thank Des A
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was a lunch aniversary with my wife and our children. When we did the reservation, we mentioned if they could organize something nice, but never got an answer and the table was as all the others. Because of the movie, we expected to have...More

Thank juankiu
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went to Le Grand Colbert back in November, 2017 and I thought I had given it a very good review. I’ve been meaning to amend my review because two days later, I discovered that we had been misinformed about tipping. We specifically asked whether...More

1  Thank Linda F
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Booked a table for two at the "famous" table. used in the film with Dianne Keaton. This place has lots of old school charm. Great service and is very French. There is a vast selection of wines. The service was good. Be adventurous with your...More

1  Thank Gary C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Having seen the film, dining in this restaurant is a must. The atmosphere is exactly as you expect, the food and service are both excellent, yes its an iconic restaurant so not the cheapest, but certainly worth vising at least once in a life time...More

1  Thank Chris M
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
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12 March 2018|
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Response from Laura I | Reviewed this property |
I made my reservation one week in advance-no problem!!
4 March 2018|
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Response from mikeywwes | Reviewed this property |
Yes menus are in English and waiters are very helpful. Go ahead and try the frogs legs. Snails are ucky.
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13 February 2018|
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Response from ggak | Reviewed this property |
it's a great place and I am sure it would be perfect for Christmas.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$18 - US$61
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
Romantic, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
12:00 PM - 1:00 AM
12:00 PM - 1:00 AM
12:00 PM - 1:00 AM
12:00 PM - 1:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2 rue Vivienne, 75002 Paris, France
  • Location: Europe  >  France  >  Ile-de-France  >  Paris>  > Opéra / Bourse
  • Neighbourhood: Opéra / Bourse
  • Phone Number: +33 1 42 86 87 88
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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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