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Nov 1, 2009 04:58 PM

Can someone explain this reservation website to me?

We're thinking of being brave and going for dinner on 12/24 or 12/25 at 58 Tour Eiffel. I'm not expecting anything fabulous, but I hope it will be an experience we will all remember, particularly our 8 year old. It's possible to make reservations on line, but once I've given them my date and time, I get to this page

They seem to be suggesting that we pick a menu and pay for dinner even before we've arrived. Are they kidding? How are we supposed to know now what we'll want to eat then? And should I assume the 20 euro charge for a la carte goes towards the actual cost of dinner or is that some kind of fee before we've eaten anything? What if we pick 2 ALC meals and a children's meal and then get there and realize we prefer to order differently?

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  1. I suggest that you ask the desk at your hotel or the manager of your apartment to make this reservation for you and to confirm any special holiday restrictions. I would certainly want to understanding them before committing.

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    1. re: mangeur

      It's not even a special holiday thing. The same page pops up for dinner reservations on a random Tuesday in November. I can always call or email the restaurant directly, rather than going through this service, which does the reservations for the Bateaux Parisian and other tourist attractions.

    2. So I took a look at this website. They are not giving you the choice. The site is asking you to prepay for a set meal. No a la carte option was available when I looked up your dates. Has nothing to do with the holiday. For other restaurants, the 20 Euro a la carte charge is clearly a pre-payment, not an additional charge for the privilege of using the website. I can't tell you what would happen if you try to reserve through another means. Notice this website supports just a limited number of shows and restaurants aimed at the most touristic of enterprises.