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Le Grand Vefour Haute Cuisine Restaurant

The Grand Vefour haute cuisine restaurant is housed in an elegant 18th century building that has been a restaurant for well over 200 years and has got to be, without a doubt, one of the most romantic restaurants in Paris.

Originally established in approximately the year 1780, the decor of this elegant restaurant with its gilt-edged mirrors and chandeliers is now a protected historical monument and this was the place where Napoleon Bonaparte dined with Josephine, but since that time, it has been the place for many celebrities and today it is still a gourmet restaurant where famous people go to wine and dine the evening away.

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Le Grand Vefour Haute Cuisine Restaurant In Paris

Located in the former Caf? 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, saut?ed 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 without drinks.

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
75001 Paris

Telephone: 1 42 96 56 27
Fax: 1 42 86 80 71

Le Grand Vefour Haute Cuisine Restaurant

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