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Le Grand Colbert

#601 of 14,888 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 1 week ago via mobile

Dining at Le Grand Colbert transports you to a time and place where elegance is de rigeur. First knowledge of this superb restaurant was watching Diane Keaton dining at Le Grand Colbert in "Something's Gotta Give" - I knew I had to go there. The...More

Thank MontyandMe
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went to Le Grand Colbert because of the movie (of course). Fortunately we had little expectation. Previous reviews prepared us for the inevitable. Please do not bother with this place if you like food and genuine service. Too many great places in Paris! Food...More

1  Thank ewolkomir
Reviewed 1 week ago

The salmon starter should be at the couvert, not as a starter.. nothing special. Main courses were ok, but poor presentation. Deserts very bad! Poor service, not very attentive, the waiter made a mistake with the wine, which is normal, but then took a very...More

1  Thank PauloCamila
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Inspired to visit this institution for The first time since watching “something’s gotta give” I was very nicely welcomed to a very nice corner table in the middle of the restaurant. Beautiful decor typical French brasserie and a menu to Match, with all the classics....More

Thank christopheschroeder
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

So my mother really wanted to come here because of the movie somethings gotta give. We made a reservation two days in advance because it was supposedly booked. We arrived at the restaurant and was seated in a small corner that we could hardly fit,...More

1  Thank Erin P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The restaurant was pretty packed when we arrived about 20 minutes early, but were still able to be seated which was awesome of them. I picked this place based on reviews but was reaffirmed by my French friend who told me this was her parent's...More

Thank Wangenator
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place has been around a long time and is quite a tourist trap since being part of the set of a well known Hollywood film. Aside from that the food is fine but the service very mixed ranging from the buffoonery of one particular...More

Thank 977mike
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Restaurant's food was somewhat disappointing, as if the restaurant understood that its clientele was not terribly versed in excellent and creative cooking, The phyical space was beautiful of course and that alone makes for a wonderful evening, but I had hoped for much more, but...More

Thank vines368
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Good food, good and quick service on a good convenient location. Plus is one of the few places around you can still have dinner late

Thank YTenorio
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

What a disappointment. Had not been here for several years but had wonderful memories. What a let down. Terrible food for tourists and sub standard service .never again

Thank PaulFloren
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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Rosita K
6 December 2017|
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Response from roe577 | Reviewed this property |
A little pricy, but not over the top. Worth it for the atmosphere and experience..
13 May 2017|
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Response from Katherine B | Reviewed this property |
Absolutely--and don't be late!
Deana C
30 March 2017|
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Response from Donna C | Reviewed this property |
There's not a dress code but we didn't see any jeans or flipflops or tennis shoes. We also went to "celebrate" so we weren't of the mind to wear grubbies. :)
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$18 - US$61
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 PM - 12:00 AM
12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
12:00 PM - 1:00 AM
12:00 PM - 1:00 AM
12:00 PM - 1:00 AM
12:00 PM - 1:00 AM
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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