Altitude 95 , Eiffel Tower
Hi! Has anyone eaten at Altitude 95 at the Eiffel Tower? Normally, it's not something that I would consider, but we're taking my parents to Paris and I thought that they might get a kick out of it... Any recommendations???
My husband and I ate there last summer and I was hesitant because it's gotten such a bad rap for being a tourist trap. But my in-laws went there and insisted we go, too, so we did. We made reservations months in advance and wound up with the best table, at the window, overlooking the Trocadero. We watched the sun go down and it was breathtaking. Worth the price of the evening to sip a kir royale and watch the sunset!!
On another travel board, a resident of Paris said that she and her husband eat there on occasion to enjoy the view and they recommended the seafood platter. We ordered a small one and it was huge, fresh and very good. I enjoyed a green bean and saucsisson salad. Our main dishes were OK. The desserts were quite good.
Surprisingly, there was a table of French speaking businesspeople eating near us, apparently entertaining some of their clients. It wasn't ALL tourists. :)
Go for the view and the novelty of eating in the Eiffel Tower. Don't expect stellar food, but it's not abysmal either. I'm sure your parents will enjoy it!
YES - Eating at the Eiffel Tower is a wonderful experience!
The food at Altitude 95 was very good (Avocado with Grapefruit and Shrimp) (Duck Confit) and you can have a champagne toast on the Eiffel Tower while watching the sunset over Paris from the Eiffel Tower
Altitude 95 closed for renovations and is apparently opening as 58 Tour Eiffel at the end of March. No reservations can be made at this time. Altitude 95 had decent food and the view was very nice. It was crowded and a little noisy, but the idea of having a meal in the Eiffel Tower is fun.
The Jules Verne restaurant re-opened last year after renovation and is meant to be more upscale than Altitude 95/58 Tour Eiffel, and is more expensive. Reservations can be made on-line (google the restaurant and there is a dedicated site). The weekday prix fixe menu is ~80 euros and costs significantly more on weekends/holidays and for dinner. Wine adds quite a bit to the total. It has a dedicated entrance and elevator (you have to wait with the other folks in line for the other restaurant) and it is at a higher level on the tower and offers access to the tower. I've been twice to Jules Verne, before and after Ducasse took over, and enjoyed both times with the most recent at Christmas last year. It's quiet with exceptional service and it was just awarded a Michelin star.