Tour D'Argent: overpriced tourist trap??
i dont know if it still has any Michelin stars.
It still has one of /if not THE best wine cellar in Paris. But when I asked a couple of Paris foodie friends about it, they said (independently) "If only one could just go there for a drink. The view is spectacular, but the food is so dreadful."
I've not invested, so no first hand report.
I used to live right down the street from it. i know it's more a destination restaurant than a local bistro, but it still seemed odd to me that the only person i ever talked to who'd eaten there had flown in from the states to do so. (and thought it was just 'enh - much preferred bistro cote mer down the street).
Here is a recent video review (in French) from François Simon: http://francoissimon.typepad.fr/simon...
They just renovated the place and they have a new chef. Apparently the food is quite decent, clearly overpriced, and indeed there is the incredible view and the wine list to be compared only with Taillevent's.
It's clearly not a food destination place (it hasn't been in thirty years), but it has other appeals and it is not a pure tourist trap. Food lovers have much better places to go, clearly.
My godson wanted to propose to his then girlfriend at a romantic place. I called the Tour d'Argent, arranged everything and paid for it. They were graciously received and treated: table by the window, the quenelles du brochet, the duck etc. It was perfect. That is the kind of event it is for. (She said yes.)