The Delicious Eiffel Tower! Dining Above Paris At Jules Verne With Alain Ducasse!

Remembering a great meal at….

The Eiffel Tower!

Paris Eiffel Tower

It is, of course, one of the greatest structures ever made – and one of the best places to visit when you are in Paris – here are two great reasons!

The View!
First, how can you beat this view from the second level of the Eiffel Tower:

Eiffel Tower view from Jule Verne restaurant

Second, The Jules Verne Restaurant!

As you look up at the beautiful Eiffel tower, note the second level. That is the main viewing deck – and it is ALSO the Michelin 2-star Jules Verne restaurant that sits right on top of it!

Eiffel Tower Paris restaurants

Paris Jules Verne restaurant

How Do You Get To The Restaurant?

The great thing about eating at Jules Verne is you take a private elevator to the restaurant, and therefore you can avoid the long lines that form to get to the observation deck!

Paris Eiffel Tower secrets

And yes, when you go to the Jules Verne restaurant, you go straight up the middle of the tower!

Eiffel tower Jules Verne

As you get ready to board, you notice that it looks like you are about to go on a roller coaster!

Eiffel Tower Paris travel secrets

And as you rise, you see the iconic steel beams going by…

Eiffel Tower secrets

And then you arrive – and Jules Verne is a very beautiful restaurant – very formal and classy…and yes, expensive as well, but the food is terrific – and I am about to show you…here is Alex as we waited for a glass of champagne…

Jules Verne restaurant Paris travel

Our table was right against the window – because of the structure of the tower, you will see steel beams outside, but there are plenty of great views of Paris from your table:

Eiffel Tower travel secrets

You literally are gazing down on the most beautiful city in the world!

Eiffel Tower Paris observation deck

As you can see from the picture above, just below where we ate lunch is the observation deck – for me, that is why Jules Verne is such a good idea – you see everything from inside with great food to boot!

Time to check out the menu – Jules Verne is one of acclaimed French Chef Alain Ducasse’s restaurants, so the food is imaginatively prepared and beautiful to look at – and, as you can see, pricey:

Jules Verne restaurant menu

The “Amuse Bouche”:

After champagne, we were brought a great starter – fresh pea served atop a pea puree and herbs:

Jules Verne amuse bouche pea dish

Jules Verne Paris amuse bouche peas

Then it was onto our appetizers:

I started with crab and minutely diced vegetables, topped with a touch of crunchy marinated turnip…

Jules Verne crab dish paris

Here was Alex’s appetizer – butter-poached langoustines topped with a tempura french bean and diced vegetables:

Jules Verne restaurant langoustine

Jules Verne Paris menu

As great as the food tasted, and as you can see it was also immaculately presented – we kept looking back outside at the amazing Paris skyline!

classic Paris Architecture

And here is a closer view of the iconic Paris architecture…the classic french look of the buildings below…

Eiffel Tower view of Paris from Jules Verne

Now onto our main course – Alex had turbot that was poached inside a cabbage leaf, served atop a “cookpot” of root vegetables – and topped with caviar:

Jules Verne main dish with caviar

Alex made sure we documented all of our courses:

Jules Verne restaurant Alex Duda Paris

I had roasted quail with fava beans and fresh baby lettuce:

Jules Verne Paris lamb main course

Jules Verne Paris two star restaurant lamb dish

Here’s another view from out table as we readied ourselves for dessert!

Eiffel Tower view from Jule Verne restaurant

Alex had a pistachio cake topped with fresh raspberries, slices of fresh coconut – and gold flake!

Jules Verne gold flake dessert

Jules Verne Paris gold flake fruit

I had their version of a pineapple upside down cake with almond ice cream and fresh sliced coconut…

Jules Verne dessert Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower view of Paris from Jules Verne

You can also see the Basilica of Sacre Coeur in the distance…

best Paris views

Finally done, it was just a matter of finishing our wine!

Eiffel Tower Jules Verne restaurant Alex Duda

John Rieber Alex Duda

And then we stepped outside, and went down a small flight of private stairs, and we walked around the entire tower, getting additional shots of the city…

Paris iconic architecture

We made sure to take a lot of pictures while we were on the main observation deck:

Alex Duda Eiffel Tower

It’s also a great view of the Seine, flowing through Paris…

Paris Seine river

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Eiffel Tower view of Paris

Paris vacation Alex duda John Rieber

After we finished taking our pictures, we headed back up to the restaurant for coffee – and one more look at the view…this really is the best way, in my opinion, to see the city of Paris from the Eiffel Tower…

lunch view at jules verne

This was our second time eating at Jules Verne, and it is well worth the cost…a great way to see Paris and have a great meal at the same time!

Eiffel Tower Jules VErne Restaurant from ground

Eiffel Tower Paris travel secrets

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19 replies

  1. I agree …. if you have the pocket, it is absolutely THE best way to experience le Tour Eiffel and it’s spectacular views of the City of Lights. Your choices looked excellent …. put me down for those langoustes 😉

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  2. Wow, incredible views, beautiful pictures, and delicious food 🙂 Hopefully, I get to see that one-day 😛 🙂

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  3. Oh WOW – what an incredible trip and meal. It does awesome, and now I have another trip on my bucket list.

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  4. My daughter was just in Paris a few weeks ago. She went to the Eiffel Tower and her photos were gorgeous! It looks like your experience there was even more incredible. I’m jealous!

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  5. Wow…the views are stunning and the food looks really awesome. I totally agree with you John definitely the way to see the views of Paris and the Seine 🙂

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  6. Reblogged this on johnrieber and commented:

    Sunday wanderlust with some food as well


  7. While in Paris our concierge assisted my party of four with the difficult to obtain reservation. We arrived twenty minutes early and began the process to enter. We were greeted by the host to confirm our reservation and after a security check, proceeded to wait on line for the lift. At only eight guests to fill the elevator, this task can be daunting. At last our time arrived to ascend the 123 meters above the city of lights to the second level. The view was simply breathtaking! An aperitif of champagne commenced our special occasion celebration. Although the menu was limited, the choices were well diverse, either from the a la carte or degustation menu. To start, a gift from the chef, duck cream with figs was delicious. Next was an entree of boned chicken and duck foie gras, beautifully presented with a garnish of pickled miniature vegetables that ringed the plate. The highlight of the meal was the plate of blue lobster from Brittany, accompanied with cocoa beans and legumes. Other guests in my party dined on equally well prepared, Tournedos of beef with duck liver and black truffle sauce. And the slow cooked pork loin with Savoy cabbage and soufflé of potatoes was also divine. For dessert, what would you expect but the chocolate tart accompanied with minted chips of ice. The wine list was extensive with selections topping out at over $ 5000 per bottle. We opted for a wonderful selection from Graves for $ 100. Not to be overlooked was the outstanding service at this epic venue. After dinning we exited for a stroll around the perimeter of the tower to feel the open air and take it all in! We then descended down in the lift and back to the ground level. I can now say Le Jules Verne has been checked off of my bucket list of restaurants, and truly exceeded all expectations.



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