Have tickets to go up the Eiffel, but when we come down we would like to grab a bite at a nearby restaurant or cafe with a good view of the tower. Any suggestions, especially moderately priced ones? Love to be able to sit, relax & see it out up.
We will be doing the same next month. Not sure how their tower views will be, but we are leaning towards Le Septieme Vin, or Cafe Constant.
Café Constant is great but it has absolutely no view of the Eiffel Tower. I'd rather eat there than some of the less expensive places that I have been to with a view. It's hard to explain but because where the Tower is sited and the fact that restaurants are on the ground floor, there tend to not be a lot of restaurants near the Tower with a view of the Tower and the ones that I have been to with a view were extremely mediocre (Chez Francis and Café de l'Homme) and around a 20-minute walk from the Tower and were overpriced because views cost money. You could try Les Ombres (15-minute walk from the Tower) which is good and is located in the Musee Quai Branley but it is not moderately priced IMO -- remember, views add to the price. If you are willing to go away from moderately priced, take a look at Monsieur Blue in the Palais de Tokyo (20-minute walk so not super close). It's not my favorite and I don't think anyone can really relax there because it is such a see and be seen scene but I have suggested it to friends and they loved it. You could also look at L'Oiseau Blanc (30-minute walk), which is the rooftop restaurant of the Peninsula hotel so enough said there on moderately priced.
If you’re willing to take a Metro ride with at least one change, Galeries Lafayette has a moderately priced restaurant on the top floor (more like a cafe with different stations ie salad bar or grill etc). There is absolutely no atmosphere, except for the view of the Eiffel.
If you poke around near the Palais de Tokyo mentioned above you can find spots with interesting views of the tower and decent fare. I think a picnic in the backyard of the city modern art museum fits the bill, and you have skateboarders doing tricks to share the space with...
I just remembered a relatively casual and not expensive place with a nice terrace with a view of the Eiffel Tower and the shocker is that it serves pretty good food: Le New York on Avenue New York. Good for burgers and fries and salads and not a fancy food place.