The Two Eiffel Tower Restaurants – Le Jules Verne & 58 Tour Eiffel

Paris likes to put its historic buildings and monuments to good use. More than simply being famous or old or both, many of the attractions are utilized for activities that make them more a part of the city, and even more fun. For instance, some of the historic Gothic churches of Paris also are venues for classical music concerts. Or, in the summer, you might take in an outdoor opera performed at Les Invalides, home of the Tomb of Napoleon.

The Eiffel Tower follows suit with not just one, but two restaurants located on this, the most famous monument in the world. It's lovely to imagine dining on a classic French meal while gazing at the lights of Paris spread out beneath you. Our top pick, though, is booking a table at the magnificent Le Jules Verne. Let's find out more.

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Le Jules Verne, photo by Mark Craft

Both of the restaurants located on the Tower — at 200 feet and 400 feet above the ground, respectively — have seen important changes in the past year. Chef Alain Ducasse, who had been overseeing restaurants 58 Tour Eiffel and Le Jules Verne (one Michelin star), lost his lease on the spaces after ten years. The new chefs on the Tower are Frédéric Anton (Le Jules Verne) and Thierry Marx (58 Tour Eiffel).

We had a chance to dine at Le Jules Verne after it reopened following nearly a year of renovations. In short, it was fantastic. We've named it The Best New Restaurant in Paris as well as one of The Best Restaurants in France 2020.

Le Jules Verne

Le Jules Verne, photo by Mark Craft

Sometimes change is good, even at an historic monument. The renovation and reopening of Le Jules Verne restaurant on the second level of the Eiffel Tower was one of our top highlights of the year.

It was out with the decade-long-rule of Alain Ducasse and in with Chef Frédéric Anton, the talented Michelin 3-star chef and Meilleur Ouvrier de France (the country's top culinary award). Unlike Ducasse, who oversees a global empire of restaurants, Anton keeps his focus in Paris at Le Pre Catelan in Bois de Boulogne (3 Michelin stars since 2007) and now, the jewel of France, Le Jules Verne, 200 feet above Paris on the most famous monument in the world.

What Anton and his team have created is both impressive and unexpected — transforming a restaurant celebrated mostly for its views and location into a true culinary destination. This is multi-starworthy cooking in a space that's both dramatic and comforting. We think it's worth the trip to Paris just for the chance to dine here.

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58 Tour Eiffel

58 Tour Eiffel

Over time, we've sent a lot of visitors to dine at restaurant 58 Tour Eiffel on the first level of the Eiffel Tower. It's been a great recommendation, one that creates a truly memorable lunch or evening here in the City of Light. Currently, however, 58 Tour Eiffel is closed for renovation. But, if Chef Thierry Marx creates anything like Frédéric Anton did at Le July Verne, it's going to be worth waiting for!

We can't wait to see what happens there sometime in mid-2020. Stay tuned!

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