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???
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).
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.
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)
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.
Some ideas, listed in alphabetical order, to go along with what you've already received:
Atelier Maître Albert Rotissiere
1, rue Maitre Albert
----> 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
----> Old-styled decor inside, or sit outside along a narrow street within sight of the Eiffel Tower. Great food.
84, avenue de Suffren
----> 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 . . . .
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.
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.