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Tour d'Argent Restaurant In Paris

The Tour d'Argent restaurant is probably the most well known place to dine in France, if not throughout the world and is also the oldest restaurant in Paris that started out as an upper class inn for the aristocrats way, way back in the 16th century.

It has a reputation for being one of the best and the most famous of all the gourmet restaurants that held three Michelin stars for over thirty years, and although it has lost a couple of stars in recent years, it is still just as popular as ever, for a luxury haute cuisine meal.

The Tour d'Argent is owned by Andre Terrail and has been run by the same family for around a century, and with the film Ratatouille, which is the Pixar animated movie, it was loosely related to this restaurant, which has also made this restaurant even more popular recently and especially because you can also get a map for the Ratatouille film tour of Paris.

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But it is well known for a number of things including the signature dish of canard au sang, which is often just known as Caneton Tour d'Argent and this is literally pressed duck, where the duck is actually cooked in its blood and every duck is numbered.

Upon entering you are greeted by the doorman and first of all experience the ground floor where there is a small museum all to do with gastronomy and fine table art, which is called the Tour d'Argent Musee de la Table.  This is also where there is a bar and you are served your aperitifs prior to going in the lift to the main dining room and is a great area to experience more about the history of the Tour d'Argent.

One reason this place is so popular is due to its location, as the restaurant is situated on the sixth floor with fabulous views of the Notre Dame Cathedral and the River Seine, plus from certain windows in the evening you can see the lights shimmering on the Eiffel Tower in the distance.

This has always been one of the best gourmet restaurants in Paris where you can get to see letters and comments from some of the very famous clientele that have visited in the past, which includes presidents such as Bill Clinton and Franklin D Roosevelt, through to royalty such as Queen Elizabeth II and famous celebrities like Charlie Chaplin.

Another major point is that the Tour d'Argent has one of the best wine cellars in the world with around 400,000 bottles, along with some very rare vintages and treasures that were saved from the German occupation during World War II when owner Claude Terrail bricked up a section of the cellar.

The ambience is very romantic and very traditional, where the waiters and other staff are dressed in tails, the silver cutlery is by Christofle accompanied by fine china and Reidel stemware.  There are Murano glass ducks that are positioned on the tables and made especially for the Tour d'Argent you can also purchase them in the boutique, which is across the road.

When presented with the menu's, this is very traditional with the lady receiving the plain menu and the gentleman receiving the one with the pricing!  The wine list is another story and like reading a book as there are so many references with not many selections for under 80€!!

But the wine cellars at the Tour d'Argent is another fantastic experience if you are lucky enough to have a tour, and this is usually provided to those that have experienced some of their finer vintage wines.

Obviously, by now you have probably gathered that this is not a cheap place for eating in Paris, but lunchtime is a more reasonable option than the evening, yet whatever option you choose, this is a fine dining experience that you will never forget.

Restaurant Guide Key Points

The Tour d'Argent is open from on a Wednesday to Sunday from noon until 2.30pm.  They are open in the evening for dinner on a Tuesday through to a Sunday from 7pm until 10pm, however they are closed all of Monday and for two weeks during August.

The dress code is very smart and for the men a Jacket and tie is required and it advisable to wear your best clothes possible.

They provide a Dejeuner or lunchtime menu that is 75€ per person not including any drinks.

However, if you wish to sample the duckling there is a supplement of 26€ extra per person and the cheese board is an additional 18€.

An evening meal is around 200€ per person not including drinks depending upon your choices with seasonal choices such as foie gras, truffles, scallops, lobster, etc.

Reservations are required and we would suggest booking at least a month or so in advance and if you would like a table next to one of the windows, then it would be advisable to book at least a couple of months or more in advance of your visit to Paris.

The nearest Metro station is the Pont Marie.

Address & Contact Details:

La Tour d'Argent
15-17 Quai de la Tournelle

Telephone: 1 43 54 23 31

Tour d'Argent Restaurant

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