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More than a century of gastronomy at Le Chapon Fin
Founded in 1825, the Chapon Fin was one of the first ever three-star restaurants (it was one of the first 33 establishments to be awarded three stars by Michelin in 1933). In the early twentieth century 5 rue Montesquieu was a destination for the cream of society: wealthy Bordeaux merchants, passengers from transatlantic liners, or the glamorous clientele of the Café Anglais in Paris on their way to holiday resorts on the Basque coast...anyone who was anyone would be sure to dine at the Chapon Fin.
A VERY REFINED CLIENTELE
In 1901 the Chapon Fin acquired its unusual grotto style interior, created by Alfred Duprat, and became very French and refined in its style, with exquisite food from the promising young chef, Joseph Sicard. Toulouse-Lautrec often came to dine with his friend, the journalist Paul Berthelot. Sacha Guitry swore by the tournedos diplomate, while Sarah Bernhardt was a great fan of the ortolans...
The Chapon Fin has always managed to maintain its reputation and charm, and is still among the Michelin's guide establishments.