This beautiful restaurant is still family owned and run. It
was taken over by Jean-Claude Vrinat, the Son of Andre, back in 1973, which is when they
received their third Michelin star and then his daughter Valerie Vrinat joint Taillevent
in 1987 at Les Caves Taillevent, which is a wine store
they opened. In 2001 they also opened a far less formal restaurant more like a bistro in Paris called L'Angle du Faubourg, but unfortunately
Jean-Claude Vrinat passed away at the start of 2008 and the Taillevent Company has now
passed to Valerie to continue the traditions.
Situated in the 8th Arrondissement, this is a top haute cuisine restaurant in Paris close to the famous Avenue des Champs Elysees and is often
referred to as a monument of the city that has become a part of the history of Paris with the Arc de Triomphe also being only a short walk away.
Although there have been some subtle changes to the decor by lightening the wood panelling
and changing the colours slightly, this is still a very cosy and plush restaurant that
held three Michelin stars for over thirty years.
There are actually two dining rooms downstairs and the first, called The Trianon Dining
Room has round tables and is a very light airy space which has the feeling of being close
to nature. The second is The Lamennais Dining Room, which has a more traditional and
quiet, yet warm atmosphere with light oak and contemporary works of art and in both you
can admire the shining Christofle
cutlery and sparkling glassware presented on the pristine white tablecloths.
Upstairs where you ascend a beautiful and ornate staircase there are two small dining
rooms, which are utilised for private functions that you can book and the first called the
Saturne Dining Room can accommodate between 11 and 32 people, whereas the second Guimet
Dining Room is for between six and ten people.
The chef Alain Solivérès along with his team of 17 cooks, 5 pastry cooks and the head
pastry cook produce some fantastic dishes such as Bretton lobster, foie gras with spiced
bread and ginger, red snapper with black olives, Scottish salmon with lemon and olive oil,
plus some delights from the South of France where he originates like langoustine ravioli,
risotto with truffles and frogs legs and roasted lamb with gnocchi.
The gastronomic delights incorporate both traditional cuisine and contemporary cooking
methods utilising the freshest possible seasonal products that makes for an ever changing
menu and along with the remarkable wine cellar at Taillevent, the service and expertise is
as good as it gets in any of the gourmet restaurants
Restaurant Guide Key Points
Taillevent is open for lunch from 12.15pm and Dinner from 7.15pm.
They close on a Saturday and Sunday, all national holidays and during the month of August.
The dress code is smart and for the men a jacket is required. They would prefer a
tie as well, but this is not compulsory, although you will find most people dressed up to
the nines, even in dinner suits.
Reservations are required and can be done via telephone during a weekday from 9am, but
bear in mind that you may need to reserve a table at least a month or two prior.
For groups they require written confirmation of the booking, a deposit and if there are
more than eight guests then one single menu must be established for the whole party, but
the private rooms upstairs can be utilised and there is no additional charge for these.
There is a lunch menu for 70 per person called the menu dejeuner and an A la Carte
menu with an approximate cost of 120 not including drinks.
Plus for an evening there is also a discovery menu that is 190 per person and
includes eight courses but does not include drinks.
They have a tremendous wine cellar with over 3,000 references, plus many of the wines can
also be served by the glass, prices starting from 10.
Taillevent also have a doorman and valet car parking service, so you don't even have to
worry about where to park your car, however, if arriving via public transport, the nearest
Metro station is the George V.
Address & Contact Details:
15 Rue Lamennais
Telephone: 1 44 95 15 01
Fax: 1 42 25 95 18