Taillevent prices and dress formality?
Visiting Paris for the first time, I've read a lot of posts here and am really looking forward to the trip! I made reservations to Taillevent for dinner. The lunch looks great and for a reasonable price, but I'd much prefer going for dinner.
The online menu doesn't have prices. Can someone give me an idea of what the appetizers/main courses go for? If I order for the a la carte menu, for example, an appetizer and main course each for two, share a desert and have a couple glasses of wine, what kind of price range am I looking at? Also, what is the dress code? Will I feel out of place without a jacket?
They demand that you wear a jacket but they will give you one if you need. Re prices, see brian d's recent report. It is expensive -- count 50 eur per first course, 80 per main, 25 per dessert. 200 euros for an average meal with non exceptional wine (which is hard to do given their wine list).
We have visited France several times and our dinner at Taillevent remains one of the highlights. By all means, break out the jacket and tie and enjoy a spectacular meal. The best bet is to go with the tasting menu (190 each) and have them pair 2 1/2 bottles of wine (our red was a premire cru Bordeaux that was heaven!. Hell yes it will be pricey ..about 550 euro, but in my opinion well worth it. If it helps, picnic a few meals to offset the total cost and skip a day of shopping. You will NOT be disappointed.
If this is your first visit to Paris then I must congratulate you for choosing Taillevent.
By all means, do wear a jacket and a tie. This is one smart and elegant place so I believe you will feel out of place should you not dress-up.
I also recommend you try their "Menu Decouverte" at €190 per person.
It is well worth it.
They can match wines with each course or you can choose a bottle or two in which case the sky's the limit as far as prices are concerned... .
If you choose to stay "reasonable" then the whole experience will probably set you back at more or less €300 p.p .
Did you know they have two rooms: Le Trianon and the Main Room.
They are both lovely.
Why would you not want to wear a jacket and a tie? This is Paris, not Santa Monica. A dinner on this level involves dressing up and showing respect for it and those in the dining room around you. It's possible that they will still seat you without a jacket but I guarantee you that everyone in the dining room will know that you are an American. This is a consideration that Europeans do not have.
Price? With the Euro @1.59.6 today and, with AMEX charges, @ $1.63 you are looking at US $250-300 per person + wine + small tip. Probably US $750-800+ for dinner for two. Perhaps remarkably, not an exaggeration.
The same dinner six or seven years ago with the US dollar at .83 to the Euro was slightly more than half of this.
re: Joe H
We were there last November and, sadly, saw a table of men not wearing jackets, let alone ties. Money can't buy you class, I guess.
The four of us had the "menu decouverte" (190 euros), two bottles of wine and either 4 glasses or a bottle of champagne, can't remember. The euro was at about $1.46 then, and it worked out to $1800.