A combination of fine cuisine and stylish wooden decor has made Claude Terrail's restaurant one of the most fashionable in Paris. Young, talented ... More
Tour d'Argent (La)
A combination of fine cuisine and stylish wooden decor has made Claude Terrail's restaurant one of the most fashionable in Paris. Young, talented chefs ensure that the menu is of consistently high quality, and prices are what you would expect to pay for its sublime offerings of duckling, foie gras and lobster. It also has an exceptional wine cellar. Situated on the sixth floor of a luxurious champagne-coloured building, the restaurant offers stunning views over the Seine and the rest of the city.
We dined at Tour d'Argent during the Vietnam War and were seated next to the peace negotiating team for North Vietnam. Their table seating about 10 was dissatisfied with the meager size of the caviar bowls and Madam Nu had them deliver the caviar in a hugh serving bowl! At the time we couldn't help but wonder about the starving people in Vietnam engulfed in misery whilst their dignitaries engorged themselves at the expense of the masses. So much for collective farming! However, our meal, service and quality were of the highest order and with a after dinner liqeur in the candlelit wine cellar below capped a truly wonderful epicurian evening. Not to be missed under any circumstances. B. Jerome & J. Parker, Gainesville, Florida
For any visitor to Paris lunch at Tour d'Argent is the experience of a lifetime. The view of the Isle d'City & Notre Dame is breathtaking. You will never wonder - not even for a monment - if you are anywhere except the very heart of Paris. Yes, the food is wonderful. What to order? Duck, duck and more duck. Don't miss this historic eatry.
I took my wife for her birthday, plus our daughter and two teenaged cousins, last summer. The waiters were extremely friendly, taking the girls over to another window to see the light show on the Eiffel Tower. The wines were excellent and the food was very good. I will have something other than the duck next time, which will be my wife's next birthday. It was expensive but worth it. I recommend dinner after dark, which is late in July. I asked the sommelier to choose the wines for us. They were superb. Everybody should try the duck but the rest of the menu looks great and I will sample it next summer. Expensive but worth it.
Whatever critics may see (Sometimes I wonder where they go for dinner) it remains one of the most exceptionnal restaurants in the world.
The view is great of course but I was personnally impressed by the food and even more the wine selection. They have an English Sommelier, his name is David Ridgway!
I can't help but be awed by the history of the place - going back to the times of Cafe Anglais. The view from the dining room is also superb, overlooking the Seine and Notre Dame.
The wine cellar, with its 500,000 btl collection, is enough to floor most people. The wine list looked like a volume out of an encyclopedia even 10 years ago, and clearly has improved as the collection has grown.
My favorite remains the Foie Gras des Trois Empereurs, where silky-smooth foie gras with black truffles is scooped out of a bucket with a dinner spoon, and laid out on the plate before you. It is hands down the best foie I have ever had.
The specialty of course is the caneton, which are shared by two people. You each get a little card with the history of the pressed duck, imprinted with the serial number of your caneton (since they started numbering them years ago).
Despite its recent decline in status (downgraded to 1 star by Michelin), I still consider La Tour d'Argent one of my favorite places in Paris.
Everything about "La Tour" is top notch. Outstanding food, excellent service, wonderful views (go at sunset if you can). Those who wrote negative reviews clearly wouldn't recognize a world class restaurant if they trippd over it, and would have been better suited eating at Hamburger Quick. Yes, it is pricey, but no more so than any other world class restaurant of similar stature. Well worth the visit!
Enter this restaurant and feel like you are royalty. The surrounding are beautiful, service top-notch,but I found the food overpriced, and my soup and fish arrived cold at the table. Not to mention that that 1/2 cup cost 50euro!!
Glad I can say I ate there, my companions loved their duck. But I had way better meals everywhere else in Paris.
An evening at la Tour d'Argent is more than just a dining experinece. Originally founded in 1582, it's a walk through history, a place to catch one of the best restaurant views around, and an opportunity to taste some of the best wines in the world.
The food is good, albeit overpriced, and you could do as well at top restaurants elsewhere in paris or major U.S. cities.
The view overlooking Notre Dame, however is amazing, and the 8-inch thick wine list is unparalleled. The serice was perfect, and the sommelier helpful in recommending wines from among the 450,000 botlle cellar (buddy up to the sommelier and he may give you a tour of the legendary cellar after dinner).
The restaurant's patron, who hid his top wines from the Nazis in WWII by making artificial walls in the cellar, still makes the rounds and greets all his guests.
WAY over priced.. the place badly needs a face lift, Service was horrible. It was like going to a Duck fast food restaurant.. Many better places to eat in Paris. They are living off their old reputantion!!
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