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Les Jules Verne@Tour Eiffel or Ciel de Paris@Montparnasse Tour?


My travel buddy and I are headed to Germany, Austria, and Paris in December for a Rick Steves Best of Munich, Salzburg, and Vienna tour, with additional days in Vienna and a few days in Paris.

She suggested we try lunch or dinner at Les Jules Verne@Tour Eiffel for a unique dining experience.

I have looked at the website, but not sure if it is worth it. You might get a decent view of the city, but the Eiffel Tower is iconic and part of that great city view. Eating there, you lose that unique view.

Other travel friends have suggested Ciel de Paris@Montparnasse Tour, which would offer a great meal and a great view of the city including the Eiffel Tower.

I'm not a total foodie, so I don't have to have a fussy meal or bragging rights about eating at LJV. But, I do like a great dinner with a great view of the city. On our last trip to Paris, we tried RSE's recommended Le Petit Troquet near our lodging, the Hotel du Cadran-who also recommended it and booked the reservation for us. It was great! If that helps.

Opinions on either place or others? Thanks for any suggestions!


Posted by
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I can't speak to the food in either place, I'm not a "total foodie" either. But I agree with your logic about the views.

Posted by
3926 posts

We just booked dinner there for our April trip. If you remember to PM me after May 7 I can give you our review.

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Definitely Jules Verne if you can afford it. The cuisine is not in the same league - neither is the price as far as I know. And yes, you will not see the Eiffel tower from Jules Verne, but you will be having dinner IN the Eiffel Tower, which is arguably cooler.
You can see the Eiffel Tower from many other places...

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We ate dinner at Ciel de Paris several years ago and liked it. The view of the Eiffel Tower lit up at night is spectacular.
The meal was fine from our point of view but we, like you, are not foodies. As I recall, it was a bit pricey, but we knew that going in. You can pay extra to be seated right at the window, but in my opinion that's not necessary since you can see fine from virtually anywhere in the restaurant. I have no qualms about recommending Ciel de Paris.