Located in the former Café
de Chartres, this romantic and historical restaurant has still maintained much of the
original style and incredible mirror decorations along with its brass plaques positioned
at tables where some of the famous people have dined, like Napoleon or Victor Hugo.
Le Grand Vefour is located in the heart of Paris in
the 1st Arrondissement adjacent to the well known Palais Royal Gardens, near to The Louvre and is a two Michelin star gourmet restaurant run by Chef Guy Martin.
The food is traditional French cuisine and you will find that there are traditional
recipes from the French Alps on the menu. Some
of the glorious menu options on offer are dishes such as Breton lobster, ravioli with foie
gras and truffles, noisettes of lamb with star anise, cabbage sorbet in dark-chocolate
sauce, sautéed turbot served with oysters and carrots, frogs legs with sorrel sauce, and
much more to tempt your taste buds.
This restaurant has a lunchtime set menu called Les Dejeuners du Grand Vefour, an A la
Carte menu and a ten course tasting menu and the main dining room holds around 65 people
at a time, but, there is a charmingly restored private room available upstairs for private
functions that can be booked for between eight and twenty people.
However, although this traditional gourmet restaurant is said to be accessible to the
disabled, it is not if they wish to use the toilet, as the restrooms are actually situated
on the first floor, which is only accessible via stairs!
One of the great things about Le Grand Vefour in comparison to many restaurants in Paris is that you can arrange
to have a tour of the kitchen and the wine cellars, but obviously this would have to be
booked well in advance, just like dining here.
Restaurant Guide Key Points
The restaurant opens for lunch and for evening meals from 12.30pm to 2pm and 8pm to 10pm,
however it is closed on a Friday evening, all of Saturday and also closed all of Sunday.
Le Grand Vefour also closes from the end of July to the end of August, from 24 December
until after New Year and on other national holidays.
The set lunch menu, Les Dejeuners du Grand Vefour is 88 not including drinks but
does include an appetiser, main course, cheese and dessert.
The ten course tasting menu, called Menu Plaisir is a cost of 268 not including any
drinks and the A la Carte menu is an average cost of around 220 but again this is
There is an excellent selection of wines available and the
Sommelier is quite happy to provide recommendations for what would be best with each dish,
however, the costs are reasonably high, with a limited selection of wines under 70.
The dress is smart or formal wear and a jacket and tie is required.
Le Grand Vefour has valet parking and the restaurant is air conditioned, but to be able to
enjoy a haute cuisine meal here, you will need to consider booking well in advance,
sometimes several weeks, especially for an evening meal.
The staff are very helpful and are able to speak not just the French language, but also
English and some speak Spanish and Italian.
The nearest Metro station is the Palais Royal.
Address & Contact Details:
Le Grand Vefour
17 Rue de Beaujolais
Telephone: 1 42 96 56 27
Fax: 1 42 86 80 71