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Is this restaurant worth going to?

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    fai jay (fai jackson)

    I still love to have Sunday brunch. The view is worth the price of the meal. The food is pretty good and the service excellent. Of course, it is not what it once was, but better than most.

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      1. No way!! Over-rated! Decline in 'total packsge' quality - reason why Michelin removed a star?!

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        1. re: Charles

          The Tour d'Argent was a great restaurant 50 years ago (before my time, garnered from contemporary reviews of it)) and has been declining since then. I suspect their renowned wine cellar is still the best around. With all the negatives, one might want to be a contrarian and try it. You might catch it in a turnaround. I will be in Paris tomorrow but I admit the Tour d"Argent is not on my list.

          1. After reading the 5 posts so far as I write this, I thought I would offer my little imput that the two times I've visited Paris I also thought about going but was warned not to and so didn't. But looking back with 20-20 hindsight, I think I should have gone for a least a drink at the bar and maybe an app there (assuming they'll let you do this) so I could at least check out the restaurant, its menu, THE wine list, and the view.

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            1. re: JBC

              I forgot to add that whatever you decide either:

              1) Not to go.

              2) To go for a full meal.

              3) Just a drink at the Bar to check it out.

              I would be interested in your decision and your review after going if you do. So please post either way.

              1. re: JBC

                I have decided not to go. I heard that the canard du sang is very famous there and it is a must try, but my time in Paris is so short (2 days) I had to cut something out. I have chosen L'Atelier Du Robuchon and L'epi Dupin. The rest of the meals will be wherever my excursions take me.

                1. re: Anoko

                  We adored Robuchon. Be sure to get the "discovery menu" and let them take you on a wonderful culinary journey.

            2. Chiming in a little late (I was away from computer for a few days)...

              My answer to your question is "it depends on what you're looking for." If you're looking for the absolute best food in Paris...no. If you want a sense of history, theater and majesty...and a view of the sunset over Notre Dame...and to be treated like royalty...and to visit the most wonderful wine cellar...and to enjoy some pretty good traditional French food...then YES. Our evening there was magical. The food ranged from good to wonderful.

              Now, our evening there was a gift for our 20th anniversary, so the fact that someone else paid the bill probably helped. But it's a memory that will last a lifetime. We took our time leaving, visiting the wine cellar, which was an experience all on its own, and then spending time in the lobby, looking at decades of photos of dignitaries who had eaten there. It really was like going back in time. Sometimes, even for a chowhound, it isn't "all about the food."

              Here's a link to my review from last June. Scroll down as it's toward the end of a 3-day report.

              Link: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

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