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Le Grand Colbert

) #595 of 14,328 Restaurants in Paris €€€€ French, Seafood, European
2 Rue Vivienne, 75002 Paris, France
+33 1 42 86 87 88
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  • Excellent41%
  • Very good32%
  • Average13%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible4%
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French, Seafood, European, Pub, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly
2 Rue Vivienne, 75002 Paris, France
Neighbourhood: Opera / Bourse
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Reviewed 2 days ago

I had a lovely dinner here. The food was very good, and the staff were friendly, helpful, and attentive. We had a wonderful time. We also happened to see a famous person at the restaurant. It was quite a fun and special evening.

Thank DaunB
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We arrived at 7:30 early for our 8 pm reservation. Not many people were there. We had the Chateaubriand with a potato gratin which was outstanding. The service was great. By the time we finished dinner at 9:30, the restaurant was packed full. I've eaten...More

Thank Katie B
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Me and my wife visited this place on Thursday evening which was not too busy. We heard this was a restaurant where Something's Gotta Give was filmed and I thought it was very fancy. In any case, the food and atmosphere was nice. For dinner,...More

Thank Ruben S
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Old World charm and atmosphere. Service was impeccable. We had reservations as did the couple that entered the restaurant in front of us. My wife and I were dressed up in a dress and suit. The couple in front of us were in very casual...More

1  Thank 19ns49
Reviewed 4 days ago

very friendly place to eat: the staff were really good with us as we had a 2 yr old. The hotel scores so low as this is not a baby friendly restaurant and we had no choice other than to take our little one. No...More

Thank M T
Reviewed 6 days ago

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....More

Thank Greg U
Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Thank whipwyatt
Reviewed 1 week ago 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...More

Thank citiguyparis
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...More

1  Thank pamelairwin
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.

Thank KOForward
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 |
Absolutely--and don't be late!
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What is the dress code?
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Response from esl1067 | Reviewed this property |
Go as you are!
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What is the dress code?
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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
  • Value
Average prices
US$17 - US$56
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
Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 01:00
12:00 - 01:00
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.