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One of the oldest and best gourmet restaurants in Paris, Ledoyen is a historical landmark situated in the eastern part of the Champs-Elysees. Pierre-Michel Doyen, son of caterers, turned the humble country inn into a luxurious restaurant in 1791. It soon became a popular hangout and meeting place of artists, cultural personalities, and revolutionaries throughout the ages.

Some of the notable persons in history who dined in Ledoyen include no less than Robespierre, Saint-Just, Danton, Marat, and Napoleon Bonaparte, where it is said that have met Josephine de Beauharnais. Robespierre and Saint-Just reportedly dined in Ledeyon two days before their execution on 26 July 1794. The 19th century Impressionists also frequented the restaurant including Monet, Manet, Degas, Pissaro, and Cezanne. It was also a favorite hangout of writers such as Zola, Flaubert, de Maupassant and Goncourt.

The original two-storey pavilion underwent a major renovation in 1830 until 1842 into its famous neoclassical look with surrounding gardens and trees that it retains up to this day. In 1994, a restoration of the interiors and exteriors gave it a more up-to-date ambiance.

Today, the building is owned by the City of Paris and operated by the Carré des Champs Elysées Company. Head chef Christian le Squer, who is a three-star Michelin holder, serves a wide array of classical French and contemporary haute cuisine to a varied clientele including famous ones like Hilary Clinton, Paris Hilton, and Ivana Trump. The menu is divided in six parts: Les Entrées, Spécialitiés, Les Poissons, Les Viandes, Les Fromages and Les Desserts.

Chef Le Squer is one of the most renowned chef in France and trained in various gourmet restaurants including Le Divellec, Lucas Carton Taillevent, the Ritz, and the Opera at Inter-Continental, before becoming head chef at Ledoyen. He is known for his use of high-quality products prepared purely and simply with a touch of exoticism.

Restaurant Name
Michelin Ranking


Restaurant Address
France, Paris, Carré des Champs-Élysées
Restaurant Phone

+33 1 53 05 10 01

Restaurant Fax

+33 1 47 42 55 01

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