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Le Jules Verne, Paris

Address: Eiffel Tower, Champ de Mars

Tel: 33-1-45-55-61-44

The most spectacular view in Paris finally has the food to match. Alain Ducasse has taken over the famed Jules Verne restaurant on the second tier of the Eiffel Tower, debuting a new menu and enlisting designer Patrick Jouin to make over the interiors. The perched dining rooms now have a smart palette of sand and caramel, and when you step out of the elevator, your first sight is the busy kitchen brigade framed by a picture window. Despite Ducasse's having opened three restaurants this year, neither he nor his cuisine show any sign of fatigue: Lobster salad is garnished with truffle remoulade and slivers of Granny Smith apple to create a precise starter with wonderful texture and balanced acidity, and the sea bass fillet comes in a classic and luscious sauce Dugléré. Wild strawberry tart with coconut and a tiny scoop of lime sorbet shines. Service is formal, but also warm and charming. The $114 lunch menu is actually an excellent buy, since à la carte prices are much steeper in the evening (entrées, $100–$130).

Information may have changed since date of publication. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.

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