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#274 of 6,979 French in Paris
#405 of 15,480 Restaurants in Paris
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Louvre / Palais-Royal
0.2 km from Domaine National du Palais-Royal
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The oldest restaurant in Paris (1784-85) is a unique place: two magnificent Directoire rooms open onto the garden through arcades with their fair share...
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The MICHELIN Plate: Good cooking
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Reviewed 2 March 2020

One of the finest restaurants in the world. Having dined at some of the best restaurants in the world, this is our absolute favorite! From the romantic and lush decor to the divine cuisine and faultless service, nothing is left to chance. Chef Guy Martin...and his team of delightful professionals provide the most memorable dining experiences. The selection of wines is outstanding and the cuisine is nothing short of heavenly. Le Grand Vefour is an unparalleled dining experience! Go!More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed 20 February 2020

I had a good experience the last time I was there, at lunch, a few years ago. Since then, I'd been meaning to revisit in the evening with my wife on a special occasion. It's a beautiful jewel of a restaurant. We reserved well in...advance and got seated at the worst table in the restaurant, the one with a seat having a 'splendid' view of the kitchen door. I suppose someone has to sit there, and I obviously drew the short straw. My less charitable wife concluded that we got seated there because we didn't come through a hotel concierge, everyone else in the 2 rooms seemed to be a visitor to Paris. The restaurant stresses on the confirmation mail that 'sportswear is not allowed. A formal dress code is desirable, as well as for dinner, the wearing of jacket for gentlemen'. Apart from us, there was one table of Americans where the gents were wearing jacket and tie, half the rest of the male diners had a jacket on, and the rest of the crowd was pretty casual. There even a couple of people in jeans and sneakers though admittedly, it was decent pair of jeans (ie not ripped, stonewashed, patched etc). This shows a slip in standard that was to be repeated throughout the meal. Some words about the sommelier and wine service. We received the wine list before the menu and the sommelier came to take our wine order before we ordered the meal (not the aperitif order, the wine order). When he came back to take the wine order after we ordered the meal, he hadn't bothered checking what we had ordered. My wife being slightly indisposed that evening was going to stick to one glass of wine, which meant I had to go by the glass. There are 4 or 5 choices in red or white, all of them showing a peculiar lack of imagination or effort. For example, take a big well-known but decent regional producer, chose something at the bottom of the price list (10-15euro) and that's what is offered. No offers of matching wines with the dishes chosen. Whilst my white wine was served without comments, the sommelier decided to give me some information about the extremely ordinary Bordeaux that accompanied my main dish. Unfortunately, he assumed that I was a total ignoramus about wine and the unwanted basic (and wrong) explanations were delivered in a pretty condescending manner. At no point, we were asked if we would like another glass, or if we'd like a glass of sweet with our dessert or a digestif. Basically, they didn't care and couldn't be bothered. The meal was correct in general (see later) but not in the least memorable. The raviolis I had really enjoyed before were no longer special. Service was very inattentive, despite a lot of running around in the room. We had to call for service quite a few times - fine in a bistro but unacceptable at this level. There as a bit of a shambles with the dessert. We received the dessert, what looked like a pre-dessert, the mignardises all together, quickly followed by a sugar overdose (chocolates, and other assorted bonbons, as well as a fairly tasteless 'bundt' cake. The sugar overdose was always there, but after an excellent meal, you'd smile at the gimmick. After a mediocre meal, this was basically annoying. Nothing we ate, dessert included, was memorable. The restaurant even managed to mess up the bill/taxi routine. As usual, I asked for a cab when paying the bill, and the cab arrived before they processed my payment. This is a sad and tired restaurant that has lost all enthusiasm and love for the job. The general 'ennui' and total lack of care was deeply prevalent at all levels: tired food, bad service, a sommelier that has decided the clientele wasn't worth any effort and a general air of condescension that made one feel not particularly welcome. As a final note, I ended up throwing up part of my meal in the middle of the night. Since I didn't eat any seafood that night, it must have been a bad egg or a turned cream. I would normally forgive a restaurant a bad experience, even at this level (everyone is allowed an off night) but this was wrong on so many levels that a new chef that actually cares needs to take the reins. Until then, it's adieu Le Grand Vefour from me. Raymond Olivier must be turning in his grave.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed 9 January 2020

Fourth visit to Le Grand Vefour over the past decade, and I am sorry to write that things have changed for the worse. Very commercialized, sommelier pushing for the most expensive wines, and pouring wine in a water glass, mistake with an order. These things...would not have happened in the past. Food was good, but lacking the creativity of some of the other two starred restaurants we tried during our stay in Paris.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed 30 December 2019

Me and my wife have eaten in many star adorned restaurants - both in Paris and in many places throughout Europe and the US. Our expectations for this emblematic venue were high, but we also were prepared for a setback - you never know... But...we were, fortunately, wrong! A big part of visiting Le Grand Vefour is of course the setting, the ambiance and the great history. And it is indeed a very "cosy" environnement. Seating in the small and beautiful dining room is cleverly arranged, so that most guests have contact with the room and a great view over the lovely restaurant interior and what's going on. As is customary in a two (and three) star Michelin restaurant, the staff is numerous. So is also the case for GV (or else they wouldn't have their two stars). Personnel on the floor are around 10 and they all know what to do... The staff is kind, relaxed and calm and knows exactly what to (and not to) say to the gusets. Impeccable. So is, évidemment, the food. We went for lunch and for the food and service the 115 EUR, I dare to say, it is a bargain. Extremely affordable for cooking in this high quality category. The lunch menu is commendably short: three starters and three mains. Followed by an amazing cheese table and then a parade of desserts. The Daurade starter was a fantastic creation which I will have in memory for a long time - which is certainly not common even with greater upscale restaurants. "Poulpe dans une tranche de barbue" was simply a stunning dish. The "filet de Canette" was not stunning, but in the same range of absolutely high class cooking. Guy Martin holds his position as a top chef. The cheese selection is astonishing in variety and quality. A real experience (although not reflecting the cooking class itself of the GV, since it's not "cooked"). Desserts.... what to say. Great. A complete sugar bomb of course. A heaven for the sweets lover. Aside the dessert a pre-dessert was served and the "main dessert" was accompanied by various marmelades, pralines etc. In my opinion and for my own taste a bit too much. But I'm sure many will love it. The wine chart is a catalogue and the cheapest wines starts around 70-80 EUR. For the range of top wine offered the prices are realistic. We had a beautifully balanced Sancerre for under 100 EUR. On the whole one of our best meals and certainly an experience. We will surely go back!More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed 29 November 2019

Without doubt one of the finest dining rooms in Paris. The service was beyond compare as was the food.This was my second visit to Le Grand Vefour and as always I was nervous about going back to somewhere which had delighted so much on the...previous visit. I need not have had any concerns. Astounding food, from the Cauliflower Veloute to tingle our taste buds to the marshmallow at the end......just in case we were hungry! Every course was delivered by very good natured waiters. The wine was exquisite. I will have no hesitation about returning to this amazing establishment. Thank you and well done to the whole team at Le Grand VefourMore

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed 19 November 2019

It's a bit difficult to find this Parisian gem. The general location is easy, but finding it in the galleries takes patience. I've been going here for at least 25 years, but people have been going here for hundreds of years and you can see...brass name plates of the luminaries who've dined here at the tables where they sat. The food is wonderful as is the service and ambience. I only award the five circle excellent rating to world class, very special restaurants where dining is a wonderful overall experience. As do all the great restaurants they constantly serve little "extras" from the beginning to the end of the meal.More

Date of visit: February 2019
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Reviewed 9 November 2019

This is an iconic Parisian Restaurant with history predating the revolution. My spouse and I were supposed to have dinner here on our honeymoon but the attacks of Sept. 11th forced changes to our itinerary. Finally 18 years later I took my wife to lunch...on her birthday. She did not know where we were going but once inside she realized. It was emotional for couple reasons but mostly because she felt under dressed-the staff reassured her and we had an extraordinary experience like something out of a movie you could only make in Paris, our lunch ended with half the restaurant applauding. I could talk about the delicious and appealing food and show pictures but I think others have said it better and take better photographs. For me it was really the whole experience that was beautiful; the staff, the location, the history, the company, and of course the food. I rated Value a 5 that is not because this is inexpensive but if you are not timid about spending for a delightful dining experience Le Grand Vefour is worth every Euro and more, it is a treasure in the heart of the city.More

Date of visit: June 2019
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Reviewed 30 October 2019

Lunch was surprising lacking in flavor and creativity. We can’t believe this restaurant has 2 stars. This was the worst meal we had in two weeks of dining in France, There is a lack of refinement in the cuisine and service, and the room is...very noisy. The mushroom soup was barely warm and lacking in flavor, the fish totally overwhelmed by a strong sauce and the cheese course was unremarkable. I A real disappointmentMore

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed 28 October 2019

I turned eighty on the 18th of October and chose the Grand Vefour for the occasion. It was a remarkable change from our usual Paris bistro meals which have pleased us so much over the past decades(we stopped chasing stars long ago).The elegant decor ,history...and lively patrons added to this dining experience. I`m pleased that we returned for this slow paced, multi course feast where the care and attention to detail enhanced the enjoyment of this special meal.More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed 28 October 2019 via mobile

An absolutely beautiful place with ok service and good food. Not what I imagined what a Michelin ** would be. I was underwhelmed.

Date of visit: October 2019
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For 2 persons, our bill came to €810. The meal was very good. The service was excellent and friendly.
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I disagree with the previous 2 replies and I would not take the fact that there was no comment to an inappropriate footwear as a sign of approval. With a sport jacket and jeans, you will probably be "under-dressed" but i do... More
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Not everyone wore a tie but all we observed wore coats. It is not a casual dress type of place .
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