Le Grand Bleu restaurant in Paris
In a lovely location by the Canal Saint-Martin and the Jardin du Port de l’Arsenal, the Grand Bleu restaurant specialises in sea food dishes and has a vegetarian option, but there is also a bar open all day every day to relax and admire the pleasure boats in the marina.
About Le Grand Bleu Restaurant
The Grand Bleu has a lovely setting overlooking the Canal Saint-Martin and the Jardin du Port de l’Arsenal that stretches down to the Bassin de l’Arsenal, which is now known as the Port de l’Arsenal marina, home to many pleasure boats.
This restaurant in Paris also has a lovely large terrace where you can enjoy a drink in the sun or make use of the large green sun umbrellas to provide much needed shade on those lovely summers day.
But even if you visit Le Grand Bleu during the winter months or on a wet day, you can utilise the main restaurant inside, yet still enjoy the lovely views out of the large picture windows, which overlook the greenery.
The French Cuisine at Le Grand Bleu
You will discover classically prepared French cuisine with a Provencal touch within this restaurant, which is mainly focused on seafood dishes such as fish soup, salmon carpaccio marinated in dill or skate with capers.
Other delights on the A la carte menu could be Bluefin tuna, sole meuniere, sea bass with fennel and vegetables of the day, plus they have tempting desserts including seasonal fruits, chocolate fondant and vanilla ice cream and even crispy mango with strawberries when in season.
Yet there are also vegetarian dishes available and for lunch on a weekday they provide a Formula where you can opt for a starter and main course or main and dessert for a set price with a specific selection to choose from.
But even if you do not wish to have a meal, then you may be pleased to know that the bar is open daily throughout the day and evening, so that you can enjoy a glass of wine or other drink in a relaxing setting by the canal.
Visiting the Grand Bleu restaurant in Paris
The Grand Bleu is open for lunch from 12.30pm through to around 4pm and then of an evening for dinner from 7pm, yet as mentioned above, the bar is open throughout the day from lunch time.
And located within the 12th Arrondissement, this tends to be a popular place due to its unique location, so reservations are highly recommended, although because of its situation, the food is more expensive than some of the other restaurants within the area.
We would also like to point out that the menu is in French, and it seems that the wait staff do not speak much English, so it is an idea to be prepared before you go if possible, and parts of the restaurant are not accessible to the disabled, like some of the terrace seating, yet you may be pleased to know that dogs are allowed.
But when it comes to getting to Le Grand Bleu, you will find it very close to the Place de la Bastille square in Paris, and hence the nearest Metro station is the Bastille stop via lines 1, 5 or 8. However, the Quai de la Rapee Metro stop via line 5 is also nearby in the opposite direction near to the River Seine.
- Visiting Port de l'Arsenal
Address and Contact Details
Le Grand Bleu
Boulevard de la Bastille
Port de l’Arsenal
Ile de France
Tel: +33 (0) 1 43 45 19 99
Tourist attractions close by
- Place de la Bastille
- Canal Saint-Martin
- Jardin du Port de l’Arsenal
- Pavillon de l’Arsenal
- Passerelle Mornay Perdestrian Bridge
- River Seine
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