French haute cuisine at its very best, chef Del Burgho's finely prepared foie gras, freshly made ravioli and other delicacies have earned the ... More
French haute cuisine at its very best, chef Del Burgho's finely prepared foie gras, freshly made ravioli and other delicacies have earned the restaurant three stars in France's gourmet bible, the 'Michelin Guide'. Expect kid-glove service, elegant tables and clientele to match. The wine list, under the loving stewardship of Jean-Claude Vrinat, is one of the finest in the country, even if few bargains are to be found! Jacket and tie are de rigueur for men.
My husband and I have been blessed with trips to Paris 2-3 times a year and we always make Taillevent a stop. The food is amazing, allow your server to guide you! The wine is also beyond fabulous, and their sommeliers are quite friendly and helpful. The interior is elegant and calm, although it retains a vibration of excitement just from patrons anticipating their experience. Because this is not a simple meal, it IS an experience. My husband is fluent but I, sadly, am not. Never have I felt out of place or awkward. Jean Marie has always been so friendly and dare I say, "down to earth"?! For such an elegant, elevated Frenchman, he has never made this American feel as if I don't belong. In fact, he's always made me feel as though Paris is another home. We return in June, and again in July. Taillevent is on our itinerary for both trips. It is a place I will share with my children and friends for the remainder of my life. It is Paris as it truly is. Friendly, yet reserved. Elegant, but accessible. Superior, always.
We always look for the best chef in the place that we travel to. Taillevent has a spectacular ambience and service but our dinner on 04/06 was TASTELESS, the dishes looked very nice but no FLAVORS . WE eat crab and I looked for the "can"we ordered St. john and again the "chef flavors"were not there. But because this restaurant has a professional management they immediately tried to make it up and they served us uncredible cheeses and wine glasses and did not charged for the dishes that we complaint about.Congrats to the mgt.but we were sorry for dinner overall.
Taillevent is a wonderful restaurant it ranks as Paris's
outstanding all-around restaurant,challenged only by
Lucas-Carton and Pierre Gagnaire.
It's in a grand 19th-century town house off the Champs-Elysées,
with paneled rooms and crystal chandeliers.The place is small,
which permits the owner to give personal attention to every
facet of the operation and maintain a discreet atmosphere.
Chef Alain Solivérès joined Taillevent in 2002.
He is highly creative in the preparation of culinary
delights and emphasizes use of fresh ingredients that are in season.
He proceeds with a stealthy tread,he discretely brought with him some
accents from his native South such as a risotto with épeautre
(a rare kind of wheat) accompanied by girolles mushrooms, a
langoustine ravioli, a roasted lamb with gnocchi and a Saint Pierre with basil.
He creates many classics, such as grilled scallops with green olives
and chorizo, lobster boudin (sausage), and sea bass in a spectacular
A dish of asperges vertes poelees au jus de truffles
saw a plate of perfectly cooked. asparagus that had been
lifted by a delicate sauce that had been infused with
truffles. An artichoke soup was also very mild, very
beautiful and very flavoursome.
If you have a chance to dine in this restaurant I suggest you should try
the famous Poulette de Bresse en Cocotte lutee. The chicken was cooked
perfectly and served very simply. Once again, nothing to challenge you.
Nothing on the edge.
The menu changes frequently and includes eight-course meals.
The service is flawless and the exceptional wine list is well priced.
The owner often talks with a customer to ensure that the food and service
are acceptable. Miss Vrinat will always assist you with her
pleasant charming smile a memorable dining in a wonderful restaurant .
This place is another world in the moment you'll step inside. Here is what you can expect:
+ Nice, friendly atmosphere
+ Very professional service (but quite unpersonal)
+ Food is great, but definitely not unforgettable! Many countryside french restaurants is probably better
+ Nice interior, very comfortable
+ Many fantastic wines to choice
- Unless you are a french famous person, forget any respect from the staff
- The staff is VERY sarcastic, be prepared for it or just do not play their game
- Extremely suitable for a business lunch/dinner, but with your beloved one try something else
Nice experience, but next time we'll go elsewhere.
once in a lifetime - go for a 3 hour lunch. My estimate is that this is a top 12 restaurant in all of France. The Chef has moved recently to Le Cing at the 4 Seasons - which is my other favorite restaurant.
By A Yahoo! Contributor, 4/1/08
Can't get in without booking 6 months in advance. I thought lunch was a great idea if you're vacationing -- took from 12:30 to 3:45 - about 7 courses and about $370. for 2 and worth every single cent -- go -- do it --
Have dinner at Le Cing in the 4 Seasons George V another nite (about $550 for 2) and unforgettable - not a rip-oof -- rather a memory of a lifetime - really -
Without a doubt Taillevent is the best restaurant in
the world. The amazing surroundings, the impressive
service (never too much, always correct) and of course
the food! Having been lucky enough to have dinner
there several times over numerous trips to Paris I
have to admit it is an experience that remains with
you well after the event. The menu options that exist
are amazing to say the least. Each course is a delight
to see and taste. The wine list is a joy to read and
choose from - and while it is complete with some
excellent options that are expensive - they are very
good at selections that are reasonable as well.
While there I have never been rushed - the table I
had was mine for the evening. As far as the cost
is concerned - the 'prix fixe' price is truly a bargain
in terms of the entire experience and worth anyone's
time and money for what is the most amazing
evening any true gourmet will experience.
The recent passing of the owner is a truly sad
thought. He was there each and every time I dined
there and was the ultimate host - making sure your
coat was quickly taken (without a check number or
ticket) and would then escort you to a table. Jean
truly believed that you were a guest in his home.
I am sure that the talented staff will keep it that
My wife and I escaped a New York City Thanksgiving for a week in Paris. Our destination was secret, even my own mother had no idea where we'd gone.
Among our plans was Thanksgiving dinner at Taillevent on what was also my wife's birthday. We were greeted inside the restaurant's door by Jean-Marie Ancher, who exudes easy grace of cosmic dimensions, and things got better, and then even better.
I won't bother describing the multi-course menu offered save to say that each morsel was magnificent. Owner Jean-Claude Vrinat made an attentive appearance at our table to wish my wife happy birthday. This gracious gentleman raises hospitality to an artform.
The cheese course of our tasting menu was a room-temperature roquefort sorbet that my wife found, "counter-intuitive." I whispered this to M. Ancher. The staff sprang into action as an alternate cheese course was immediately served to us both while he stood by to ensure she was entirely satisfied.
Perhaps our ultimate review of our Taillevent experience is this: each year we we design and produce our own Christmas cards. A photo of us is always included, usually at one of the several baseball stadiums we visit each year. This year, the photo is of my wife and I at her birthday dinner at Taillevent, seated between Mssrs Vrinat and Ancher, my wife aglow from the pleasure of the experience.
Outstanding food and service. One of our great dining experiences, but of course bring lots of money. We were only able to get a reservation for lunch, but if you try to book a few months in advance you might get a dinner time.
Without question - one of the 5 great meals of my life. The dedication to a hybrid of 70% classique (a la Escoffier as an anlagous aside) mixed beautifully with a contemporary
'take' on adventure.
Absolutely first-class and absolutely delicious . . .
You must try it once (or many times if you can afford $700. for two often at lunch.)
Jean Claude Vrinat must be the most gracious and attentive restaurateur in the world!
My wife and I have dined at Taillevent every year for several years, and it only gets better each time.
Chef Alain Soliveres' cooking is imaginative, yet classic, and maitre d' Jean Marie Ancher is friendly, affable, and never misses a detail.
We feel privileged every time we have an opportunity to dine at Taillevent. Not to be missed!
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