Le Jules Verne
Pilier Sud, Eiffel Tower, Champ de Mars, Paris, 75007
- Recommended for:
- Couples, Culture vultures, Foodies, Honeymooners, Design and architecture, Great views / scenery, Romance, Sightseeing, Special occasions
Expert review of Le Jules Verne
It's hard to think of a more extraordinary setting than 123 metres up Paris's most iconic landmark. The Jules Verne was reborn in 2007 when superchef-entrepreneur Alain Ducasse took over the kitchens and gave the dining room a suave chocolate-coloured makeover by his favourite designer Patrick Jouin. The restaurant is reached by its own lift in the south leg of the Eiffel Tower and although coming here dressed up for a smart meal when everyone else is milling around in T-shirts and shorts feels a little odd, the sheer magic of the setting makes the atmosphere less stuffy than many of Paris's gastronomic restaurants.
Since being taken over by Alain Ducasse, the food is once again a reason to come here. Ducasse protégé Pascal Féraud puts a contemporary touch on French luxury cuisine, with a brilliant play of textures, perhaps marinaded sea bream with caviar, scallops with different coloured cauliflowers, a truffled take on ham with chicory. Finish with the bolt-shaped chocolate dessert, created in hommage to the 2.5 million bolts that hold the tower together.
The comfortable, understated setting with leather chairs, clever lighting, and plate glass windows allows you to gawp at the view through plate-glass windows while offering glimpses of the Eiffel Tower's iron structure and machinery. Popular with both foodie globe-trotters and Parisians out for a celebration. Reserve well ahead, though it's easier to get a table at lunch time, paradoxically when the views are best.
There are 105 staff in the kitchens and dining room. Waiters have a typically Ducasse blend of enthusiasm and professionalism; all speak English and they don't bat an eyelid when people take snaps or get up to gawp out of the window.
Halfway up the Eiffel Tower – say no more.
Weekday lunch costs 85 euros, otherwise expect to blow about 200 euros.
More information on Le Jules Verne:
- Price guide:
- French, Modern
- Pilier Sud, Eiffel Tower, Champ de Mars, Paris, 75007
- 01 45 55 61 44
- Lunch, Dinner
- Opening times:
- Mon-Sat 12.15pm-1.30pm, 7pm-9.30pm.
- Accepts Credit Cards:
- Always essential
- Free tags / Keywords:
- Eiffel Tower, Alain Ducasse