Ensconced in the Eiffel Tower’s spectacular metal structure are two pockets of culinary heaven - Eiffel Tower restaurants Le 58 Tour Eiffel and Le Jules Verne. With exquisite views, these unique eateries provide guests with the rare opportunity to dine atop one of the world’s favorite landmarks. Sip on a glass of wine as you watch the sunlight bounce off the metallic lattice of the Eiffel Tower, savor a traditional French meal, and witness the City of Lights sparkle in the night sky.
Aside from outstanding views, pairing your Eiffel Tower ticket with a meal comes with several other perks. From how dining at the tower can help you skip the long lines to which menu items can’t be missed, discover everything there is to know about the Eiffel Tower restaurants with our in depth guide.
For more tips on how to choose the best Eiffel Tower experience, check out our Ultimate Guide to Planning the Perfect Eiffel Tower Visit.
Eiffel Tower Restaurants
There are 2 restaurants located on the Eiffel Tower. On the tower’s first level, 58 meters high, Le 58 Tour Eiffel is the less formal option of the two. Open for lunch and dinner, the restaurant offers chic, picnic-style lunches as well as traditional, 3-course French meals. Situated on the second floor is the Eiffel Tower’s Michelin star Le Jules Verne restaurant. Sophisticated and classy, a meal here offers, arguably, the best view in the entire city. Run by world-famous chefs, both Eiffel Tower restaurants offer culinary experiences unlike anywhere else in the world.
La Bulle Parisienne
The first floor of the Eiffel Tower used to feature the Le 58 Tour Eiffel, but is now home to the chic La bulle Parisienne. The French-style bistro offers a wine bar and full course meals and will remain open every day until Spring 2020. Known for its simple and flavourful cuisine, the restaurant is a popular choice among visitors for a quick bite under the open skies. If you have a reservation at the La bulle Parisienne, you'll also get access to a private elevator that will take you to the first floor.
The cheaper option among the two restaurants on the Eiffel Tower, La bulle Parisienne’s menu includes a platter of assorted culinary marvels, made from the products from the Ile-de-France region and France. The meals usually include an assortment of Charcuterie, a delicious soup, Truffade (potatoes with Cantal cheese) and a fruit tart or pastry (Tropézienne or Paris-Brest) and a glass of wine. It is the perfect choice for a budget meal on the Eiffel Tower as you enjoy the stunning vistas of Paris. The unique feature of the restaurant is that the tables are inside a marvelous dome.
Dining in the warmth of a Dome
Dining inside the dome or "bubble" is a refreshing experience. Decorated with a lush hanging garden and gorgeous lanterns, the dome offers the opportunity to dine with magificent view of the Paris skyline. At night, the dome is illuminated to look like a mini igloo.
The terrace, just outside the dome, hosts quite a few kiosks selling savory food and takeaways, and the Eiffel Tower winery - Winery Parisienne. The winery is famous for its delicious wine as they use organic grapes from the largest vineyard estate in the Paris region.
What to do after your meal
After a delectable full-course lunch, you can climb to the second floor via the stairs and admire major Parisian attractions from the observation deck. You can also buy an Eiffel Tower summit ticket from the second floor and enjoy an eagle's view of the French Capital.
The restaurant is moderately expensive. Lunch and dinner starts at €45 per person. Dinner starts at €94 per person and €20 per child.
The restaurant has a vibrant family atmosphere during the day. Smart casual is the recommended attire for lunch. In the evening, sophisticated and elegant semi-formal wear is suggested.
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Le Jules Vernes Restaurant
Le Jules Vernes sits like an exquisite jewel atop the Eiffel Tower. Located on the second floor, it offers a more upscale and exclusive gourmet experience. Eiffel Tower’s Second Floor is home to the Michelin-star Le Jules Verne restaurant. Previously run by Alain Ducasse, an accomplished chef with 18 Michelin stars, culinary endeavors at the Le Jules Verne are now spearheaded by Frédéric Anton, Jules Verne’s new chef who is a three-star chef and a “Meilleur Ouvrier de France”. During the day, guests can enjoy naturally bright ambience. By night, a muted, sensual ambiance takes over.
Inside the Restaurant - Enjoy an Exclusive Vantage Point
A part of the restaurant is being renovated by architect Aline Asmar d'Amman, founder of the Culture in Architecture studio, who aims to infuse Jules Verne with the timeless elegance of French decorative art. Apart from offering superb vistas of the Parisian skyline and famous landmarks, Le Jules Verne is arguably the best vantage points to admire the École Militaire located less than a mile from the Eiffel Tower. The grandeur of the military academy, with its Corinthian columns and statues, truly comes alive at night as the entire building is lit up with golden lights.
Menu Highlights and Price Range
The restaurant features a more luxurious and upstate dining experience and is quite an expensive affair. Le Jules Verne offers traditional French cuisine with some subtle restyling and 6-7 course meals are available for lunch and dinner. A 5-course meal starts at €190 per person, while a 6-course meal starts at €230 per person. There is also a 3-course lunch menu, available on weekdays, which starts at €105 per person.
Le Jules Verne requires semi-formal to formal attire. T-shirts, shorts, and sportswear are not allowed.
Is It Worth It? - The Pros and Cons of Pairing your Eiffel Visit with a Dinner
1. Skip-the-Line Access to the Tower
The Eiffel Tower is one of the most visited tourist attractions in the world; as a result, entry lines can leave visitors waiting for up to 3 hours during peak season. Fortunately, booking a meal at the Eiffel Tower comes with a huge perk - you get skip the long entry line! Each restaurant has its own elevator, reserved only for restaurant guests. This means that a dinner reservation guarantees skip-the-line access.
My husband being the romantic, purchased tickets to take me to Dinner at Eiffel Tower. Ohhh I was sooooo excited. As we had pre-booked tickets, we skipped the huge line and up the lift we went. Upon entering 58 we were greeted by a big line of waiters, ready to show us to our seats. Perfect - we got a window seat. I would do this all over again and again. I highly recommend - if you are travelling all the way to Paris - this is a MUST DO. You will not be disappointed.
Sarah, Tripadvisor 2019
2. Exclusive Dining Experience
The Eiffel Tower restaurants provide guests with the best view in all of Paris. Meals run on the expensive side, but when you factor in the advantage of skipping the long entry line and the overall once in a lifetime opportunity of dining in the Eiffel Tower - the experience is well worth the cost.
From the second you pass under the shadow of the Eiffel Tower you know you are in for a magical culinary experience. The view and food was incredible. Very expensive but worth it for a once in a lifetime experience.
Micheal Rob, Tripadvisor 2019
3. Authentic French Dining
Both restaurants serve up delicious food prepared by renowned chefs. In fact, the Michelin star Le Jules Vernes is run by Alain Ducasse - a talented chef who has earned an impressive 21 Michelin stars in his career thus far! Both restaurants offer traditional dishes, reinterpreted by their masterchefs.
This is an Alain Ducasse Michelin star restaurant in the heart of arguably the most romantic city in the world, with exceptional food and service. What more need I say?
Having tried a couple of the best restaurants in France, we're confident to say Le Jules Verne was up to par. We did the tasting menu, and the quantity and quality did not disappoint, especially given the price point (relative to some of the other Michelin star tasting menus). In short, it's a filling, exquisite meal at an expensive but reasonable price.
Laura Janet, Tripadvisor 2019
1. Not for Budget Travelers
Le 58 Tour Eiffel is the cheaper of the two Eiffel Tower restaurants, yet the cost of lunch starts at around €42. This is a rather expensive meal if you’re on a tight budget. However, if you’re anyhow thinking of getting elevator access tickets - it’s well worth going for this option. For only €6 more than any online skip-the-line tickets, you can enjoy priority entry, plus a meal with a view.
2. Limited Availability
Tickets for this dining experience have to be booked well in advance. Reservations fill up weeks in advance, so if you’re unsure or wish to go there on an impromptu plan, it’s not likely that you’ll get a table. So do book ahead if you’re interested in this experience.
Eiffel Tower Meal Combo Experiences
A meal at one of the Eiffel Tower restaurants is an incredible experience in itself. But add a romantic cruise on the Seine River, a tour of the Louvre Museum, or, toss in a thrilling cabaret show - now you’ve got yourself an even more unforgettable experience!
Eiffel Tower combo tickets offer all-inclusive experiences, at a great cost. If you were to book each experience a la carte, you’d end up having to pay a lot more - especially if you opt for skip-the-line tickets, which you’ll anyhow get with a combo ticket.
Mid-June to early September
9 AM - 12:45 AM, last elevator ride to the top leaves at 11 PM
Similar stair access timings
Rest of the year
9:30 AM - 11:45 PM, last elevator ride to the top leaves at 10:30 PM
Stair access timings: 9:30 AM - 6 PM
There is no shortage of ways to get to the Eiffel Tower. The Metro has two lines that have stops in close proximity to the Eiffel Tower i.e Line 6 and 9. Additionally, you can use the RER Train and get off at the Champs de Mars station.
Buses 82, 42, 87, and 69 operate to the Eiffel Tower. You could also get to the Tower by using any of the Batobus boats. This means of transport gives you a different view of the Tower from the water.
A sunny afternoon, a dusky twilight, or a sparkling night, no matter what time it is, a meal at one of the Eiffel Tower restaurants guarantees an unforgettable experience. Feel like royalty with exclusive priority access, savor fabulous French cuisine by renowned chefs, and enjoy panoramic views of one of the world’s favorite cities.
For more tips on how to choose the best Eiffel Tower expereicne, check out our Ultimate Guide to Planning the Perfect Eiffel Tower Visit, or if you're looking for other exciting experiences in the City of Love, check out our city guide.