Four hundred feet above the city a star hangs above Paris. Le Jules Verne restaurant is situated on level two of the most iconic landmark in the world — the Eiffel Tower. Not only is the view magnificent, but for ten years super-chef Alain Ducasse hold on to a Michelin star for his food and service
However, in September 2018 we learned that changes are happening at Le Jules Verne. Alain Ducasse was unable to renew his 10-year lease and there is now a new star on the Eiffel Tower. Or rather, two new stars, in the form of chefs Frederic Anton and Thierry Marx. The pair hold five Michelin stars between them — Anton with three stars at Le Pre Catalan in the Bois de Boulogne and Marx with two stars at Sur Mesure at the Mandarin Oriental hotel.
Frédéric Anton is going to take the helm of the kitchen at Le Jules Verne. But, to get off to a fresh start, the restaurant is being completely renovated. That means it's now closed and will re-open in spring 2019.
This is exciting news and we expect Le Jules Verne to be better than ever with the talents of Anton and Marx stirred together. So, stay tuned! Meanwhile, here's what we had written about the restaurant under Alain Ducasse.
First and foremost, when dining here there's no waiting in line at the Eiffel Tower. You enter at the South Pillar, where a private lift whisks you up to Jules Verne 410 feet (to be exact) above ground. And, after dining, you get VIP access to the second floor viewing deck through a private entrance, with no additional costs or tickets. We can attest that it's a real bonus to be able to skip the lines at the Eiffel Tower. (Once you're on the second level you can also buy a ticket to get to the very top.)
As you enter the restaurant, peek into the kitchen to see where the magic happens with a team of chefs bustling as they prepare your Michelin-starred meal. During the day, the giant windows provide unobstructed views and natural light. In the evening, with the lights of the city below, you'll feel you're in the center of the Parisian universe.
The evening's six-course dinner menu — using the best ingredients prepared with classic French techniques — delivers unbridled luxury dishes like brioche with foie gras, grilled lobster, caviar, hot chocolate soufflé with chocolate ice cream. A sommelier will explain the six wines carefully chosen to pair with each of the courses.
If you prefer to dine at lunchtime, you'll be delighted by marinated salmon with citrus, roasted guinea fowl with peaches, or seared lamb with purple artichokes and Provencal olives. For dessert, the selection might be roasted figs with ice cream, or an Eiffel Tower inspired concoction, L'ecrou Croustillant au Chocolat de Notre Manufacture a Paris — a crispy tower nutty chocolate cake with a shiny ganache coating, made at Ducasse's chocolate confectionary.
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Our table was next to a window, best seats in the room. The food was the best meal we had while in Paris, the service was amazing, and the wine was personally selected to go with each course, I would definitely do it again on my next visit. The staff even presented us with a bag of gifts before we left. Great experience!"
– 5-Star Review
Amazing views. Le Jules Verne offers whatever you expect from a Michelin-starred restaurant. It is fine dining at its best with works-of-art dishes that are served by friendly, efficient and knowledgeable staff, with the added bonus of experiencing everything at 123 metres high up in the sky with amazing views of Paris and the River Seine below."
– 5-Star Review
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Remember, you're in Paris so you want to look your best. Men should wear a suit or a sports jacket and trousers (not jeans). For women likewise, dress to impress. Here's your chance to channel your inner classically-dressed Parisienne. Naturally, T-shirts and shorts are interdit (not allowed).
It's recommended to arrive at least 15 minutes early, as you must go through security at the Eiffel Tower. Make sure you have your printed reservation to present when you arrive at the South Pillar. It's the only way you'll get immediate access to the restaurant's private elevator.
In France, there is a 19.6% service compris (service included) amount added to your bill. This means that there is no sense in adding an extra tip. By law, servers will receive this service compris amount on their paycheque.
Avenue Gustave Eiffel 75007
South Pillar, Level 2 (Pilier sud deuxieme etage)
Jules Verne is wheelchair accessible and is air conditioned.
Metro – Bir-Hakeim. Get a spectacular glimpse of the tower as you cross the river from Trocadero, since this is one of the only Metro lines that runs above ground.
Metro — Alma. You come up out of the Metro next to the Eternal Flame sculpture and walk across the Seine on the Pont d'Alma. Then it's a short but breathtaking walk to the Tower. South Pillar, Level 2 (Pilier sud deuxieme etage)
Metro – Trocadero. Arrive on the Right Bank, cross the Trocadero plaza, and walk across the bridge.
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