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Le Grand Colbert
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Ranked #596 of 17,420 Restaurants in Paris
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $18 - $59
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Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations
Neighborhood: Opera / Bourse
Description: 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.
Orlando, Florida
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5 reviews
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“A fantastic place!”
Reviewed July 6, 2013 via mobile

Mom and I went to Paris in April and she's a huge Something's Gotta Give fan. The food was superb and the service was excellent. I highly recommend you have the duck and the creme brûlée.

  • Visited April 2013
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Seattle, Washington
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55 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Delicious food and great ambience”
Reviewed July 5, 2013

We had a delicious lunch here in a splendid ambience. As non-meat eaters, it was wonderful to find many seafood options on the menus along with an abundance of vegetables.

I recommend it highly!

Visited July 2013
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Harrison, New York
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“Something's Gotta Give”
Reviewed July 2, 2013

Four NY women travel to Paris for a girl's weekend. Fans of the movie "Something's Gotta Give", we knew we had to have dinner at Le Grand Colbert. Well, to say the least, it was spectacular, the food, as well as the ambiance.. From the moment we walked in, we were doted upon. Francois, the charming maitre d' made certain our entire experience was memorable! The roasted chicken was moist and succulent and the potatoes au gratin were excellent. The escargot was cooked to perfection, and the creme brulee made a perfect end to a perfect meal. We spent four hours at our table and never felt rushed. Truly a night to remember.

  • Visited June 2013
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Bordeaux, France
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54 reviews
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“Very good lunch”
Reviewed June 23, 2013

We had a Christening in Paris and were a large group. We had booked at this very nice looking restaurant. The decoration inside is superb. Food is amazing, service could be improved. I started with a Salmon tartare and then a blanquette de veau aux girolles (veal in a muchroom sauce). It was divine. The Pomerol 2010 red was very good. I highly recommend this restaurant.

  • Visited June 2013
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Sarasota, Florida
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“Go for the movie”
Reviewed June 18, 2013

"Something's Gotta Give" was filmed here, and the restaurant trades on that. It's beautiful and classically "ooh la la", but the food is mediocre and expensive. You won't see Diane Keaton or Jack Nicholson or Keanu Reeves here in person, but you will feel the romantic tug of the atmosphere so it's fun for that alone. If you're in Paris for two weeks or more it's worth a single visit but not a re-visit.

Visited July 2012
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