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Le Grand Colbert

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, Seafood, European, Gastropub, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
2 Rue Vivienne, 75002 Paris, France
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We ate here to celebrate our last 1st Anniversary. The atmosphere was perfect. Very romantic, very French. The food was ok. It didnt blow me out of the water but it was alright. We probably won't go back but I'm very happy we have the...More

Thank Jordan B
Reviewed 2 days ago

We wanted to come here not only because it is featured in the movie Somethings Got To Give but also because the menu and reviews indicated it would be a traditional experience. The atmosphere of the place is like this with banquettes and mirror dividers...More

Thank Monika S
Reviewed 6 days ago

We were 2 couples celebrating a special birthday and this place did not disappoint. The service was great, the food was great and the atmosphere was wonderful. The temperature was in the 90's outside but it was pleasantly cool in the restaurant. The selection on...More

1  Thank DiegoFlorida
Reviewed 6 days ago

Yes, we went because of the scene from Something's Gotta Give. But that's not the only reason to go to this special art deco brasserie on the right bank. It is a beautiful setting. The wait staff is professional, helpful and just the right amount...More

Thank PaigeTraveler
Reviewed 1 week ago

Perhaps as it has been around for years and is a very popular brasserie, the wait staff seem to think they owe little duty to serve. The place itself is lovely, the food's quite good and the wine's expensive, but, if you do go, please...More

1  Thank SteppieC
Reviewed 1 week ago

Everything was just 5 star right from the start. This was the highlight of our stay in Paris last week. Just like the scene from our favourite movie , this was just amazing to go there. Cant say anything negative at all!

1  Thank David C
Reviewed 1 week ago

Wonderful old style brasserie with excellent service and great food. For lunch, I had the seafood linguine and my wife the veal. Both were delicious and perfectly cooked. A very relaxed atmosphere with super service, this is the third time we have been there. Highly...More

Thank Robert D
Reviewed 1 week ago

Apart from the premises which are fantastic, and exactly how you imagine a French brasserie, and the service which was impeccable,we found two of three dishes in the three-course menu substandard, especially given the price of 40 euros. Nothing wrong with the oysters, but the...More

Thank P I
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We've eaten here a few times in the past, with most experiences very good. This time everything was served perfectly and wait service was excellent. We were both very pleased with our different fish dishes, and the desserts are always excellent.

Thank William P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The restaurant is excellent. Very good decoration. People polite. And food is excellent. The cost x benefit is good.

Thank augustoh1
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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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
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
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.
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