I would like someplace very special to celebrate my 50th birthday next July-great food and lifetime memorable experience.I thought the Jules Verne with the view might be the choice. Any comments for suggestions? Price no object.
Jules Verne is not worth it. Got taken there for a "surprise" birthday dinner in 2004. We weren't dressed enough (in my opinion) and got very cursory service, with OK food but nothing special.
In contrast, ate at the Tour Montparnasse restaurant a couple of weeks ago, with the same friends who took us to the Jules Verne in 2004. It was 100 times better, both in terms of food and service, and the view was better -- since it's farther south, you see more of the city.
If price is no object, there are many places to consider. A pleasant recent discovery was Les Ormes (one star) with its menu at 49 euros. Very good, and a much better restaurant than Le Bellecour, also a one star which was in the same location until its owner retired a few years ago.
If I really wanted to celebrate I would go to Taillevant. It is the almost perfect restaurant. The food is wonderful, the setting understated but lovely and tasteful and the service quite possibly the best in the world. For something a little more over the top, try Lasserre with its lovely decor, food and roof that opens to the stars. It is 17/20 in the Gayot guide. The chef is highly praised. Enjoy yourself and let us know where you go and what you thought.
It really depends on what's most important to you. If you want the spectacular view, you're hard-pressed to find better than in the Eiffel Tower, though the restaurant at the top of the Tour Montparnasse has a fabulous view as well. We had dinner at the "lesser" Eiffel restaurant (Altitude 95), sat at the window overlooking the Trocadero and watched the sunset. That in and of itself is a memory that will last a lifetime. The food ranged from mediocre to excellent (dessert was excellent, mains mediocre, starters good). Depends on how much $$ you want to spend for your experience, too. We had a spectacular evening at La Tour d'Argent (which is freqently berated around here)...but the view of the sunset over Notre Dame, being treated like royalty for 3 hours, the sheer history of the restaurant, and some memorable food (not all of it, but some of it), plus a tour of their famous wine cellar, made for a once-in-a-lifetime experience for our 20th anniversary. But it was $500 for both of us (my mother bankrolled that, so we didn't take that hit!).
If you don't require a view, but want a gorgous dining room, look at Le Grand Vefour or L'Ambroisie. There are others, I know, but my brain isn't working at the moment!!
Happy birthday, too! Paris will be the perfect place to celebrate!