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“Excellent dining experience, arguably one of the best in Paris. Don't skip!”

Le Grand Bistro Breteuil
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Ranked #3,868 of 17,515 Restaurants in Paris
Price range: $53 - $96
Cuisines: French, Seafood
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Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Tour Eiffel / Invalides
Reviewed May 17, 2013

In our numerous Paris dining experiences - through the years - Le Grand Bistro Breteuil is going to stay with us as one of the most - if not the most - memorable and the most enjoyable. The place belong to the high-quality restaurant empire of the Dorr family, which includes, among others, the famous restaurants Le Bar a huitres, Le Bistro des deux theatres and others. Even when compared to his other establishments, Garry Dorr's Breteuil is distinguished by its impeccable service, great food in both presentation and quality and unbeatable prices.
The location is a tad off the tourist map of the central Central Paris; it is a few minutes walk from the Invalides and sits in the middle of the chic and quiet 7e arrondissement. During our last stay in Paris in April 2013, we lived at rue de Sevres and it took us about 5 minutes walk to get to Le Grand Bistro.
The on-line reservations could be made either via LaFourchette.com or the restaurant's own Web site.
The interior is chic, yet cozy, comfortable and inviting. The candle-light ambiance creates a romantic environment.
First and foremost: one thing has to be said clearly. We guarantee Le Grand Bistro offers the most competitive, the lowest prices possible for a real Paris haute-cuisine institution. The restaurant offers 3 different 'fomules' or prix-fixe menus. We opted for the most 'splurgy' one, the Menu Grand Bistro, which for 49€ (per person) includes a complimentary aperitif, an appetizer, a main course, a dessert, a bottle of wine, and Lavazza coffee. Now, unlike other places which limit their prix-fixe to a few items on the menu, Le Grand Bistro gives you all the choices you see on their A La Carte. And there aren't any little hidden trick as 'additions' or 'extras' either.
Now, the food is not just good. Every dish and its components come from a carefully and skillfully selected high quality ingredients combined with a high-end preparation.
Our appetizers were a generous portion of LE POÊLON DE 12 GROS ESCARGOTS DE BOURGOGNE (Helix-pomatia, au beurre d’ail doux, recette du Grand Bistro) and an amazing and robust Le gateau de pommes de terre XXL au goie gras de canard. Both appetizers are highly recommended.
The main courses were LE TARTARE DE BOEUF «SELECTION HUGO DESNOYER» and it was the most delicious Steak Tartare we tasted in years, attentively prepared to your liking at your table side, and then flattened in a unique way. Our duck main course, LE MAGRET DE CANARD ENTIER DE CHEZ PATRICK ESPINET
(Sauce aux morilles, gratin dauphinois) was not just above and beyond, it was hard to believe it was a duck and not the best possible cut of filet mignon, for it wasn't chewy at all; simply the most tender and delicate duck meat we ever tried.
Their desserts are a thing in itself. The apple pie (LA TARTE FINE POMMES BIO JULIET ET GLACE VANILLE DE BOURBON/Sucre filé, glace maison turbinée minute) demonstrated a highly creative and eye-pleasing food presentation resembling of an elaborate architectural pattern, and this is added to its filling, authentic, home-made taste. The other dessert LES CRÊPES «SIGNATURE» (Flambée à votre table au Grand Marnier Rouge) was a more classic yet still terrific Parisian dessert.
The wine selections included in the prix-fixe is decent, one can easily find their good dinner matching.
The welcome and the service are one of the best we have experienced in Paris in a multitude of restaurants. Definitely A+. And the price tag of €98 is a modern Paris miracle.
We will most assuredly come again, our next time in Paris. And you do the same, go to the Ivalides area, take a stroll on its magnificent Esplanade and have a good time. A great one.

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Reviewed May 17, 2013

Here the Frnech cuisine is excellent and inventive. Service friendly. Just a bit dear in terms of price.

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Reviewed May 8, 2013

This had been our favorite restaurant in Paris for many, many years and we would come here several times in one visit. Having a chance to spend two months in Paris, we were excited to return. We went once and never went back.
The restaurant has now been turned over to the younger generation of the family and they seem more interested in show than quality. The food was disappointingly average and the presentation was overly pretentious. There were fewer choices on the inclusive menu. Carving at the table in the small exterior section regularly held up customers trying to leave or arrive causing an awkward back up at your table. The crème brulee dessert was served at the table by merely pouring a little liqueur on the sugar top and flambéing it. It took a proper crème brulee and turned it into a grainy disappointment. The service was also less friendly and personal despite all the hovering.
There are too many options in Paris to waste both time and money on showy mediocrity.

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Reviewed May 6, 2013

I went in this wonderful restaurant the 30 april the menu is a classic of french cousin, I ate fois very good and escargot, like main course fillet of beef, fantastic too, the service was verygood high class, the decor and toilet fantastic.
Dessert I took tart du pomme (apple cake) with vanilla ice cream cover with delicius cage of caramel.
The list of wine is very wide.
I really raccomanded this restaurant to try the real french food.

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Reviewed April 27, 2013

Unusually we didn't check this place out before going and just happened to be wandering round the area which was full of families relaxing on the grassy area of the long boulevard. It was around 7pm and the bistro was empty when we arrived but within an hour it had filled up and was buzzing. We had the set price menu with wine included. All the food was very good (foie gras on potato cakes, steaks, fish dishes, snails in garlic sauce). There was a sparkling wine to start the meal and then a bottle of sauvignon blanc with the main course. The only thing that let the place down was the surly waitresses who were at times very unprofessional. It didn't stop a great evening out though and we'd definitely go back.

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Thank M_Laws_UK
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