This renowned, classic brasserie is housed in the Galerie Colbert. Sporting repainted friezes, fabulous gilding and fine Cafe de Paris-style lamps, ... More
Grand Colbert (Le)
This renowned, classic brasserie is housed in the Galerie Colbert. Sporting repainted friezes, fabulous gilding and fine Cafe de Paris-style lamps, this wonderful 1830s brasserie, now a listed building, looks as good as new. One of this fashionable district's most popular eateries, there's a constant buzz about the place and classic fare features on the menu: beef or fish dishes and choucroute. The fabulous seafood platter costs around EUR32.
We have visited this establishment on numerous occasions over the past 8 years or so. On each occasion we have had excellent food and service. The ambience is quintisential Parisian brasserie. The staff will always make you feel welcome and are prepared to spend time making recommendations. Our daughter was made to feel especially welcome when she was a toddler and continues to feel at ease whenever we visit. Frank is the best Maitre d' in Paris. The Grand Colbert will forever be our favourite restaurant in Paris.
Went for dinner with a group just before New Year's Even 2005. The food was only so-so but the ambience was spectacular. The waiter was a bit condescending and abrupt but not enough to ruin my dinner. Food was served quickly - unusual in Paris - and portions were HUGE. Ordered the legume salad for the entree and it could feed 4 people. Main course and dessert were also in big portions. I would go back for lunch this time, if only to experience the atmosphere once again. It's a good place to people watch.
Well, I saw it in a movie and I thought it would be a great place to go to...
I was so excited...
But the ambiance was crowdy,
the decor was less than average,
the food was not exceptional,
and the service was more than awful,
I will never do it again,
I wanted Diane Keaton poses and I got them ...
We ate at Le Grand Colbert in January. The service and decor were exceptional. The food is standard French brasserie fare so do not expect 5 star dining here. They are well known for their traditional provincial dishes. My husband had an Alsace dish which he thought was very good and my beef dish was ordinary. I would go back and try a house specialty next time around.
It has the appearance of a traditional, stylish Paris bistro, which along with the film tie-in enables it to sucessfully attract the tourists.
Eating there is unfortunately quite dreadful. It clearly doesn't need to try. We found poor quality ingredients (eg, the stringiest, toughest fillet steak I've ever seen), badly cooked and served in a real slapdash manner. The recommended wine was revolting.
You can do absolutely miles better than this in Paris. Definitely one to avoid.
I've been going to Le Grand Colbert for years and unfortunately it has changed. Not only was the food and service miserable, but the staff also bullied the American diners for additional tips, even though it was "servis compris". What a waste of a beautiful environment.
I've been to Paris seven times and this is one of the best value restaurants in the city. It's decor is superb, along with the food and service. The rinelles de saumon and pork were excellent.(The people giving it one or two stars have no clue about food, service and the Parisian way of restaurant life.) Their lunch prix fix menu is a Parisian bargain at 19 Euros (August 2006). If you want a true Paris experience, come to this place and soak up La Belle Epoque. I'll go back here every time I'm in Paris.
p.s. yes, the "donut" toilet is interesting, we need this in North America!
i recently took my daughter to paris for her 9th birthday and enquired at the hotel where we staying if they could recommend a restaurant/ bistro that would be fitting to take my daughter to, seeing it was her first time in paris and we were not too sure of local cuisine. They recommended le grand colbert and i must say that the experience was wonderful from start to finish. as my grasp of the local language is in the lower leagues...that is, not very good would be a high estimation, the service we recieved was second to none. Management and staff made us feel so welcome and my daughter was taken aback by the way in which she was looked after.Dinner also included some brief french lessons from waiting staff(free of charge) with the manager overseeing everything to a t. an absolute pleasure.
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