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Le Grand Colbert

#550 of 14,619 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 yesterday

We were shown to a table in the middle of the restaurant (which was not busy as it was 16h). We were polite as one is if one is a normal human being, and my friend (who is French and although no longer living in...More

Thank Kalotaxiditoujours
Reviewed 6 days ago

We found this lovely restaurant last minute and i'm so glad that we did! The restaurant is beautiful inside and the service was very good! We were recommended a lovely bottle of red wine and had the snails, onion soup and frogs legs to start....More

Thank Mh1256
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I had high expectations for this restaurant. Unfortunately it is the sort of place I would call a touristic trap. Don't get me wrong, the restaurant its is beautiful and I was so happy to be there. But the food was so dissapointing. The starter...More

1  Thank Mrsnoela
Reviewed 1 week ago

The food and ambiance was very good, however the service (even for France) was noticeably poor . . . If you are not French. The French patrons received excellent attentive service, while we had to pour our own wine refills and flag someone down if...More

1  Thank sandpark77
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Overall wonderful! The staff is a little full of themselves and many times during the evening seemed unconcerned about the clients. Our waiter was a bit of a snob. Roasted chicken and filet were terrific and the ambiance was my picture of "old Paris" worth...More

Thank roe577
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We having been coming to this restaurant for over 12 years and it never fails to disappoint. Lovely atmosphere, fantastic staff and a great selection of shell fish and seafood food. The chocolate profiteroles are a must coming with a silver jug full of melted...More

1  Thank WellTravelledby2
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a legendary restaurant of Paris, one should have a dinner at least once in a lifetime. Seafood, poultry, anything you order comes with old French style. At last PARIS = Le Grand Colbert in gourmet mind.

1  Thank NUMCE
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were in Paris and staying just five minutes from this wonderful French restaurant. We had early reservations at 6:30 on a Sunday evening. The decor is lovely and the service was great. We began with escargot in garlic butter which were delicious. We chose...More

1  Thank DJ S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went for my wife's birthday to celebrate and we could not have chose a more perfect place. All the staff and in particular our waiter were incredible. Our meal was delicious. But the cake with flares they brought out at the end of our...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lovely dinner! The restaurant is quintessentially French. The roast chicken was perhaps the best I ever ate!

1  Thank hotpret
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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Response from Katherine B | Reviewed this property |
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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
  • Value
Average prices
US$18 - US$60
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
Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 01:00
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12:00 - 01:00
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
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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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