With all of the restaurants near the Eiffel Tower, it can be hard to discern the best from the worst. We’ve done the research and picked some of the finest places to dine at while taking in the culture of Paris.
Le Violon d’Ingres: You’ll need to book a reservation about a week in advance for Le Violon d’Ingres, but that’s to be expected considering its location and cuisine. Serving buttery, rich French dishes like almond-crusted sea bass with remoulade sauce, soft boiled eggs, and pan seared fois gras with an extensive accompanying wine list, it’s a much sought after restaurant in the Eiffel Tower area. For dessert, you’ll find pots de crème and a warm vanilla soufflé with a caramelized salted butter sauce; don’t miss a chance to have a meal here after a day of sightseeing.
Semilla: Semilla’s modern, open kitchen and excellent wine continue to bring patrons in by the masses. Though expensive, their beet carpaccio, lentil croquettes with curry, and venison with quince and celery root are worth the price. The appearance may seem deceiving at first, with exposed piping and a very metallic feel, Semilla delivers with excellent food, wine, and desserts. It’s open for lunch and on Sundays, so if you’re out on the town and need a place to relax, make a reservation at Semilla.
Le Jules Verne: Fitting for a dinner with a significant other, Le Jules Verne serves some of the finest Parisian eats. Reservations, and a suit and tie, are required, but it’s all worth it especially since it’s located on the second floor of the Eiffel Tower. Menu staples include chicken with crayfish fricassee and jus and lobster with celery root and truffle, and for dessert, pink grapefruit soufflé, and strawberry and coconut shortbread with mascarpone sorbet. They have a weekday a la carte, smaller-portion lunch menu, so get a truly unforgettable French dining experience at Le Jules Verne.
Brasserie de L’Isle Saint-Louis: Overlooking the Siene and Notre Dame at the top of the Ile Saint-Louis, Brasserie de l’Isle Saint-Louis is one of the best brasseries in the area, having been managed since the 50’s. Full of character and a timeless atmosphere, it’s serving casual dishes like sauerkraut with sausages and bacon, tripe terrine with white wine, and haddock with boiled potatoes or sauerkraut. With an outdoor terrace with views of the left bank and the Pantheon, this restaurant is hard to beat for an informal, affordable Parisian meal.
Au Bon Accueil: Au Bon Accueil, a chic, small bistro with a comfortable dining area and sidewalk tables with an Eiffel Tower view. Although it’s closed weekends, during the week you can find items like lobster with mushroom risotto, salmon, and lamb chops, and smaller dishes like their mashed potatoes and foie gras poelle.