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Paris Restaurant advice!!!

I need a little help

We have reservations at Le Cinq and Le Grand Colbert and it's a habit of mine to go to Brasserie Bofinger every time I am in Paris. I just need one more restaurant to round out this trip. I'll admit I more concearned with atmosphere than amazing food....that said I still want a good restaurant.

Aux Lyonnais maybe???

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  1. Let me suggest Jules Verne at the Eiffel Tower. Service is excellent. I have been there twice and wouldn't mind going back. Although it will seem overpriced, the food is of excellent quality. You also have to consider where you are eating; the surroundings will be a constant reminder of that.

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    1. re: Ademius

      My daughter and I had an unforgettable lunch at Jules Verne last June. I highly second this recommendation. Food was very good, service impeccable, you certainly can't beat the view,and although Parisiennes may look down on it as touristy, it was altogether worth every euro.

      1. re: Ademius

        Jules Verne is FAB!, but be sure to reserve well in advance.

      2. Are you going to Le Cinq for lunch or dinner? I'd be very interested in your opinion afterwards.

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        1. re: orangewasabi

          We are going for dinner on the 26th. I will post my humble novice review after I return. Jules Verne? I've only heard terrible things about that place!

          1. re: Addendum

            The NY Times reported that Alain Ducasse has signed on to run Le Jules Verne...story said he planned to close it this summer to revamp. No mention of current plans until then.

        2. Be careful or you may get served SNAILS!

          1. Not knowing what the nature of the complains is all I can say is that if money is not an issue and you understand that you will pay for the place and the ambiance, Jules Verne will be a very good experience.

            When I was there, I saw a man leaving the restaurant with his family. They did not eat there, they got up from the table all flustered after realizing how expensive the establishment was.

            I know this because as he was walking out, he said something like "I am not paying more than 20 euros for a steak." He was dressed in jeans. I am inclined to think that those are the kind of people that would complain about it.

            I had a very expensive lunch for four at about $800. More than what I expected; but the service, the food and the overall experience were worth it.

            If you can, forget about the money and enjoy the experience. You will be treated very well.

            1. Some ideas, listed in alphabetical order, to go along with what you've already received:

              Atelier MaƮtre Albert Rotissiere
              1, rue Maitre Albert
              75005 Paris

              ----> It all depends upon what you mean by "atmosphere." This is more modern in decor than many French restaurants, this Guy Savoy-owned place is really delicious and has a very good wine list.

              Au Bon Accueil
              14, rue de Monttessuy
              75007 Paris

              ----> Old-styled decor inside, or sit outside along a narrow street within sight of the Eiffel Tower. Great food.

              Restaurant Suffren
              84, avenue de Suffren
              75015 Paris

              ----> One of the best raw-bars I've ever found in Paris, within walking distance of the Eiffel Tower, with a wide variety of seafood salads and entrees, too. Red-and-black are the dominant colors of the decor, and it's always vibrant with people and staff . . . .

              1. A hearty second on Au Bon Accueil. A white-table place with elegant service and wonderful food at extremely reasonable prices. Loved the wild boar.

                1. Thank you all....I added Au Bon Accueil for our last dinner and Taillevent for lunch on the day we leave.....anyone know how long to expect a lunch service at Taillevent to take?

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                  1. re: Addendum

                    depends on what you order and how you eat.
                    we had the E190 lunch with matching wines and were there from 12:15-4:30. I think we could have done it a wee bit faster, but not much, I was moving a lot slower by the 3 stage dessert than I had been at the initial soup. If you drink, I highly recommend the wine pairings (two for E117)

                    1. re: Addendum

                      My God, whatever you do, don't rush lunch at Taillevent. That would be a crime. I'd allow at least three or four hours if your going to really enjoy yourself. If you don't have that much time, be sure to tell them advance what your time constraints are. But a lunch at Taillevent is to be savored over the course of an afternoon.

                      1. re: Mike C. Miller

                        We were planning on doing the E70 Lunch and I was going to allow 2 hours - is that rushing it? We have 12:30 reservations and a 6:50 flight.

                        1. re: Addendum

                          When we had the 70 Euro lunch, we were there for about 3 1/2 hours, with drinks while looking at the menu, coffee after, etc. If you tell them your time problem, they will pace the meal to your needs (I'd mention it when confirming the reservation).

                    2. I would recommend two restaurants. La Table de Joel Robuchon and Les Ombres. La Table is Joel Robuchon's newest restaurant in Paris. It is beautiful and the food is clean and delicious. He also gives you the option of ordering tapas or large plates. Les Ombres is located in the Musee du Quai Branly (a gorgeous museum also worth a visit) and looks directly up at the Eiffel Tower. It's worth is just to look, but the food was good too: classic french.

                      1. Hot and climbing the charts, for good reason, but somewhat unknown, is Apicius. Fantastic food located in an old Chateaux. Beautiful and delcious. This is where the "branche" Parisians are heading now:


                        1. I must humbly dissent from those favoring Jules Verne. If you want a skyscraper experience, go to the Tour Montparnasse instead. I went to JV and TM six months apart, with the same American couple who visit us regularly from Washington, DC. The TM experience, both food-wise and service-wise, was 100 times better than the JV experience. Plus, the view is better, as it is located on the southern edge of central Paris and one can see the entire city. Prices about the same (i.e., overpriced).

                          1. Guy Savoy!! We celebrated our 10th wedding anniv. there. Amazing dinner. They have a bread sommelier(sp). The dinner was somewhere between 18 and 25 courses with a bunch of matching wines. We spent over $1400 for two and it was worth every penny.