terraces ( inside or outside )
It is a 3 part question. What terrace restaurant is your favorite for the view. Secondly, What is your favorite terrace restaurant for the food?
Or is it possible that the terrace restaurant actually qualifies for best view and food, in your opinion?
Not sure if by "view" you would be looking at elevated vantages, but (very expensive) Jules Verne is way upstairs in the Eiffel Tower, and the 56th floor of the Montparnasse Tower has a restaurant with a view also:
(Note: I think I've read that the chef at the latter had recently changed, which may help on the food review).
re: non sequitur
Since you kindly referenced me, I'll add what I always do as the resident curmudgeon here, the Tour Montparnasse Resto (ciel de Paris) is most notable because one can see all Paris, including the best shot of the Eiffel Tower, but not the worst building in town - because you're in it.
And not bad food either.
re: John Talbott
Hilarious! Can't wait to see this building. Or to NOT see it. Since I can reserve far enough ahead to request a table with a view, it may make sense for me, not sure about the OP.
My logic in visiting Ciel de Paris is to pay 30E for a view with food, instead of 13E for the view alone (the cost of entrance to the observation deck) - like getting the meal for 17E. Though if I do go with that 30E menu, I may leave a little hungry...
Similar logic directed me to a lunch at Jules Verne about 10 years ago, when it seemed much more affordable. Either I am a lot poorer, or JV's costs have skyrocketed: 98E for 3 courses - zut alors!
Note that reservations are made at the restaurant's own website (http://www.cieldeparis.com/fr/reserva...), and not at the website for the building (http://www.tourmontparnasse56.com/en/...), where you will find the restaurant described, but no useful link to reserve.
In addition to Le Jules Verne which I find overrated and Ciel de Paris which I kinda like for the same reasons as JT:
The Terrasse Bar of the Hotel Raphael on the avenue Kléber in the 16th... open from June to Sep... not sure what the food menu will be this summer... my company occasionally has events there (even off-season) and the food quality has been very good... stunning view of Arc de Triomphe and good views of Eiffel Tower from some tables;
La Maison Blanche in the 8th... a bit of a see-and-be-seen scene and a popular venue for the après-théâtre crowd and Triangle d'Or fashionistas/ plutocrats... strange tiered architecture and terraces on 2 levels with views of Eiffel Tower, Les Invalides, and the river from some tables.... food varies from above average to very good but unsurprisingly pricey (50 € for a 2-course lunch !);
The rooftop terrasse on 7th floor Galeries Lafayette/ Coupole main store on the boulevard Haussmann... for the past couple of years, the site of summer pop-up restaurants that have varied from very good to mediocre... not sure what's going on this summer... but even if no pop-up, the views are spectacular... there's also a not very exciting café on the 6th floor with views;
Déli-cieux, the rooftop cafeteria on the 9th floor of Printemps department store on the boulevard Haussmann... unremarkable self-service food (but ok for a mid-morning or late-afternoon snack... drop-dead gorgeous views... finding a place in the shade is sometimes difficult;
Le 7, rooftop bar of the Hotel Terrass on the rue Joseph de Maistre near Montmartre cemetery in the 18th... summer months only...a rather banal menu for lunch but well-priced and above-average quality... and cheese platters and other nibbles at night... fab pano views... very popular so must book even for cocktails and nibbles;
Le Zyriab, the rooftop restaurant of the Institut du Monde Arabe in the 5th... Lebanese cuisine... inconsistent quality and service but I've tended to have pretty decent if somewhat overpriced meals there... in the past, it has been open for tea in the afternoon and this would be my suggestion... gorgeous, gorgeous views of the Seine and Notre Dame's backsides.