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French Bistro Icon Maison Giraud Closes For Massive Palisades Development

Here’s what we know about the Pacific Palisades’ biggest shutter

Maison Giraud, Pacific Palisades
Maison Giraud, Pacific Palisades
Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

Looks like it's the end of the line for Maison Giraud in the Pacific Palisades, at least in its current form. That's word from this note floated around from the Giraud team themselves, who passed along a link to a cautiously worded Mail Chimp page over on their own Facebook account, bidding their fans adieu.

The note was also sent along to newsletter subscribers, and reads in part:

Au Revoir, Les Amis! Thank you for an amazing run!

Below that, the message states that Maison Giraud will be closing its doors thanks to some longstanding construction happening in the Palisades. A massive new build called The Village is underway there, courtesy of the Caruso development team behind The Americana and The Grove. The plan, as Curbed notes, is to transform a sizable chunk of the heart of the Palisades into a walkable shopping and dining space, complete with a retro 1950’s main street appeal.

That (for now) leaves Maison Giraud out in the cold. Longtime chef/owner Alain Giraud asks in the note for fans and friends to "come join us for a final meal" before the official Sunday, July 10 send-off, and extols the virtue of the restaurant’s ongoing cooking classes and private catering.

But here’s where things get tricky: the note specifically clarifies things with a phrase "before we close our doors for a short while", indicating that this is really just a temporary shutter. A call to chef Giraud confirms that while the current restaurant is going away, there are plans to open up again once the Caruso development is finalized.

In the meantime, Giraud says, the Maison team will hopefully open up a more casual storefront space elsewhere in the Palisades, likely a takeaway option. Again, nothing is confirmed with that new, smaller outfit or a return to their existing address, but in theory both will be coming down the line at some point, which means folks in the Palisades won't have to wait long to once again enjoy Maison Giraud.

Maison Giraud

1032 Swarthmore Avenue, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272 (310) 459-7561 Visit Website