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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

The traditional French brasserie is not dead; far from that! Indeed, the Grand Colbert maintains this tradition in a beautiful place that I really recommend to visit at least. We had the pleasure to share a large plate of seafood which was not only very...More

Thank Eric S
Reviewed 2 days ago

Since the service here is daily non-stop - We love to come here in the late afternoon... we have the place (nearly) to ourselves... usually, which is our favorite treat to ourselves. We order the same thing every time - our favorites from their menu:...More

Thank Mary K
Reviewed 2 days ago

We dined at le Grand Colbert two weeks in a row. One week with one set of family and friends and the next with another set of family and friends. The first week, the restaurant was really on it's game. Their service was great and...More

Thank KAGM58
Reviewed 3 days ago

the service is excellent. friendly, attentive. dessert was very good. I had the chicken, my wife the veal.. the veal was pretty tasteless and chicken was overcooked. it is a charming, theatre district French atmosphere..

Thank Mizzou-rah-Mizzou
Reviewed 4 days ago

We dined at Le Grand Colbert to celebrate our last night in Paris. The movie "Something's Gotta Give" inspired our choice to dine here, and I am so glad that we did! This is easily one of the most beautiful restaurants I have ever dined...More

Thank clinhard
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Not much to say, foods nice, staff are nice and location is good. Tad expensive but to expected considering the infamy of the restaurant.

Thank Matthew S
Reviewed 1 week ago

Had reservations which placed is in "the booth" without even having to ask. That began our lovely experience. It was a very hot June night and this Californian was gasping for ice water. They even brought us an ice bucket! We worked our order out...More

Thank Donna C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We decided to walk from our apt on the Ile Saint Louis. We got lost and almost turned around but we are so happy we didn't. We thought this place would be touristy but wasn't. Obviously there were repeat French customers near us because the...More

Thank bigredbadger
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is the best place to savor an elegant old Paris bistro. The spacious interior, a leasurely lunch unusual for Paris. Starters of oysters, melon and prosciutto, and smoked salmon were perfect for a hot summer day. Excellent wine choices and good friendly service made...More

Thank rdmdds1
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We dropped in here for dinner after our local guy booked it. If it's a French experience you want then this is a must visit. The staff were great and offered traditional French silver service. The food was fab and a great choice of fish...More

Thank DoozeUK
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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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$58
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, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
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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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