We really wanted a dinner reservation to enjoy the view of the Eiffel Tower via their glass ceiling but unfortunately we didn't plan far enough in advance so we did lunch instead.
This resto is on top of the Musee de quai Branly. This is one of those places that has very good food but is also expensive and not necessarily good value especially once you convert the prices from euros back to Canadian dollars. We ordered mains and dessert. My scallop main was perfectly cooked scallops on a tiny bed if greens that cost €33. My hubby's salmon steak was slightly better value for the portion received. Dessert was a lovely berry Mille feuille and chocolate dessert.. It was a nice splurge on a semi rainy day.
What a view! The Eiffel Tower was right in front of me!
We had a reservation for dinner. Some people told me that this restaurant was one of the tourists stops, and I should have gone to a place that had more Parisienne local flavor. Yea, but It's ok, I am an American tourist who is deeply in love with Paris. I had to feel Paris, Paris, and Paris! So, the location, table setting, and the view of the Eiffel Tower, everything was perfect to me to end my very quick visit to Paris.
We ordered Artichoke Soup and Wasabi Carpaccio for appetizers along with a glass of white wine called "innocenti" that was very smooth. The presentation was beautiful. I didn't taste wasabi at all although I saw green dots on the fish. But it's not a big of a deal.
For the main, we ordered steak and fish dish (I can never remember all the fancy names of dishes). They also brought complimentary potato chips and potato dip. This dip was almost like mushed potato, but much more creamy. The fish was very well cooked and chopped mushrooms were laying underneath of it.
While enjoying the meals, the light show of the Eiffel Tower started. Beautiful!! They light up the tower every hour at night, and it's really worth to see.
The desserts were good, too. Cheese and slice of baguette and Chocolate Moose.
This cheese (supposedly camembert) had the most disgusting smell I've ever experienced. I ignored the cheese and enjoyed my chocolate moose.
The wine was excellent and the meal was delicious. The view was beautiful and very memorable. When we were leaving the restaurant, the hostess asked if we wanted to go out to the patio to get a better view of the tower. She spoke to us in English with the French accent with a very pleasant attitude. We of course accepted the offer and went outside. The tower was right in front and very romantic. I'm definitely in love with Paris.
View- AMAZING. Food- alright. Nothing super special. Also the waiters were extremely rude and never came back to check on us as well. After I asked twice for another beer, still nothing. It took over 2 hours to eat dinner because that's how slow it was... Even with very little crowd. But again.. The view was incredible.
My sister and brother-in-law took my hubby and me here for my birthday dinner a while ago. I remember 4 things about this experience: 1) The food and service was fantastic. 2) Server complimented the hubby on his French (he is French and we found it hilarious). 3) The view is fantastic. 4) Saw Matthew McConaughey and his then girlfriend and now wife, Camila Alves (posing up a storm) also dining here. A memorable experience to say the least!
I booked a month in advance and got the best table in the house. The service was excellent, the plates were beautifully presented and delicious, the wine recommended was perfect, and, did I mention, the view is even better than Tour d'Argent. Expensive? Of course, and worth it. We will return.
Visiting Les Ombres was on our must do list while in Paris. Reservations were booked for 7pm, and we were the first guests to arrive.
The hostess greeted us and was very friendly inviting us to go outside on the balcony and take pictures. Great idea! Afterwards we were seated at a great table with the view of the tower. Very romantic!
Our waiter was very pleasant, and was bilingual (french/english), and was all around happy.
We were served complimentary pita chips with what tasted like a cream cheese dip, sprinkled with chives and oil. Very good.
The hubby got the 3 course four 65 euros: asparagus soup, scallop curry and the crousti-fondant chocolate sorbet, which was amazing! The desert especially was fantastic!
I did not go with the 3 course, but opted for the salmon dish with artichokes and truffles. Absolutely amazing! Bread was served complimentary with the meals.
We were also served what tasted like creme brule bites after desert which was also complimentary.
Service was fantastic, bottle service was great, and our server was pretty fast at topping up our glasses.
Washrooms were nice.
The only downside of the night was waiting for the bill. We waited, and waited and waited, and waited...
Tip, ask for the bill when they bring you desert if you are in a rush to get somewhere after the meal.
You are paying for the view and not the food.
A bit of a trendy upscale tourist trap. We left with a 400 euro bill for four and did not enjoy more than one dish and one dessert.
You are rushed as they want to turn two settings for the tables each night. The food is pricey because of the view and ambiance but they don't try very hard to make the food memorable.
What we did enjoy was the escargot ravioli (starter) and just peach dessert. I'd say go for a drink and maybe apps but don't get suckered into a full overly priced below mediocre food trap.
Bummer. With GOOD food and the view this place could be a solid 5 stars every time.
Dining at Les Ombres I would say is a must when you visit Paris. My boyfriend and I considered making reservations at the restaurants inside the Eiffel but chose Les Ombres instead which I'm so glad we did. Our hotel booked the reservations for us and we were seated at the best table with the best view since we made it early for dinner. The service was impeccable and so was the food!
We started with the lobster which was good, for our main I had the roasted beef and my boyfriend had the scallops. Everything was so delicious!! For dessert I had the cheesecake and my bf had the banana pastry...we were both so full but had to have every last bite of dessert.
If you have the chance to dine here and the weather is nice, sit outside and enjoy the view!!
Our party of eight arrived early and ordered a bottle of champagne to celebrate two of our group's birthdays. While waiting for the drinks to arrive, we stepped onto the roof deck for photos of the Eiffel Tower. Upon our return the servers had given our tables in the lounge to other guests. We should have known this was an omen of bad things to come. We were finally seated about 15 minutes after our 9:30 reservation. We sat waiting for our server to bring menus and take drink orders. And we sat, and sat and sat. After being ignored for one hour and complaining three separate times to three different people, our group of eight stood up simultaneously and strode out of the dining room. Our server (we assume since he never actually came to our table) chased after us and our friend Danny told him, in so many words, that his staff had ruined his big birthday celebration. As we left, I looked back to see the hostess yelling at the server as if to say "why does this keep happening?". I felt particularly sorry for the other groups of well-heeled diners who we're sitting glumly in their seats being similarly ignored. How angry our group would have been if we had stayed and endured the tortuous service while being simultaneously ignored, offended and over charged. We went on to have a glorious meal in the Latin Quarter, happy to have not been duped by the frauds pretending to be restauranteurs at Les Ombres. The name of this pathetic establishment should be Les Losers. Zero Stars!
It was our last day in Paris and we decide that we want to have a great dinner at a fancy restaurant. My family and I decided on Les Ombres because it was close to our hotel, and there was a spectacular view of the Eiffel Tower. No one could deny that the view was magnificent. Everything else was the worst I have experienced in Europe.
The service was absolutely terrible. Paying an average of 40 euros per dish, I would expect much, much better service. We were seated and for a good 20 minutes, we were not approached by anyone to offer a greeting or water. After waiting such a long time, we flagged down a waiter, who then sent us our waitress for her to take our order. We were then offered some bread while we waited for our food. Fine.
When our food came, my mom and dad were sharing a meal, as we wanted to save room for dessert. We asked the waitress for an extra plate, for which we waited 10 minutes and never came. We tried to flag down two other servers to get our extra plate, and they just walked right past us. We finally got someone's attention and my dad explained to this guy that we were quite upset that the waitress forgot about my mom's plate for one, and that the servers were unresponsive when we wanted help. This guy was very rude and dismissive to my dad and simply said "ok". We finally got our plate after 20 minutes of trying. My dad was very upset at the fact that the servers seemed like they didn't really care, and how dismissive the last waiter was towards him.
Our waitress came by to the table to ask us how our meal was, and of course, our experience was very tainted due to the lack of attention and follow through with simple requests, and how rude the waiter was to us. We explained to her what had happened and she was apologetic, but really, our experience was pretty much a 0/10 by then.
By the way, the food was mediocre at best. My lamb was overdone, and the bacon wrapped on the outside had the texture of rubbery fat, which made it very hard to slice the lamb. I removed the bacon and didn't eat it.
My sister had the albacore tuna, it was also overdone though the flavour was okay.
My cousin had the squid risotto, kinda bland and nothing special.
Mom and dad had the veal, and it was actually quite nice, but again, food tastes like crap when you're not having a good time.
We asked our waitress to speak to the general manager, not to get free stuff, but to let him know that we were treated very poorly during this meal. We told him the situation and clearly, he didn't give a number 2. He offered to give us complementary champagne WITH our dessert- This meant that he wasn't about to give us some free dessert, but only champagne when we ordered dessert.
We we'rent about to give them anymore money so we told him we didn't want to stay for dessert because the experience was a very, very bad one. He didn't care. He said sorry for the poor experience though.
He brought us champagne anyway, which we didn't drink. Again we didn't want free stuff. We just wanted to express how terrible the service was and to let off some steam and let it be known. We didn't tip a dime and left.
I wouldn't recommend this place to anyone. Take your money somewhere else. Its just not worth it!!!!!
Amazing view of the Eiffel tower, nice and roomy for Paris with good private tables. Service was top notch both in english and french.
Food is a little pricy for what it is, but tasty and well presented.
My wife and I were really looking forward to having dinner at this restaurant but after eating there we realized that we had made a Hugh mistake! Except for the view of the Eiffel Tower (which you can see without experiencing the poor food terrible service and insane prices) there was nothing that I can say good about Les Ombres.
My meal was 95% fat and bone. When I called over the waitress who then called over the manager, he whisked it away and then return to tell me that he wouldn't charge me for the meal because the sous chef never looked at it when he plated the meal. He never looked at it? Even McDonalds looks at their sandwiches...
He then offered dessert on them and I accepted only to discover at the end that I was charged for the dessert! After a brief but heated exchange, I gave him my credit card and just told him to settle the bill I wanted to leave. It's amazing how they can understand English when they want to and are confused when it suits them. Bottom line, they should have been embarrassed with the meal they served, but they weren't...
Ma femme et moi étions vraiment impatients de pouvoir dîner dans ce restaurant, mais après avoir mangé, nous avons réalisé que nous avions fait un Hugh erreur ! Sauf pour le point de vue de la Tour Eiffel (que vous pouvez voir sans éprouver la nourriture de mauvaise qualité service horrible et insensée des prix) il n'y a rien de ce que je peux dire sur Les Ombres.
Mon repas a 95% de graisse et d'os. Quand j'ai appelé à la serveuse qui a fait ensuite appel au manager, il a filé il de côté, et ensuite revenir pour me dire qu'il ne voulait pas me facturer pour le repas car le sous chef jamais regardé quand il plaqué le repas. Il n'a jamais cherché à elle? Même un mcdonald'S examine leurs sandwichs ... Il a ensuite offert le dessert sur eux et j'ai accepté uniquement à une amende à la fin que j'ai été facturé pour le dessert ! Après une brève mais vif échange, je lui ai donné ma carte de crédit et lui ai dit de régler la note que je voulais laisser. Il est incroyable de voir à quel point ils peuvent comprendre l'anglais quand ils le veulent.
Ligne du bas, ils devraient avoir été gênés par les repas ils ont servi, mais ils n'étaient pas dans le contrat de bail embarrassé et ne s'est pas excusé ...
great view of the Eiffel Tower and a great little spot to snap a photo while you wait on your dinner order, but overall: overrated.
the food was mediocre, at best with only 2 items really shining out as pretty good (the escargot ravioli and the "just a peach" dessert). Everything else was forgettable.
The wine was okay, but pricey for what it was.
Actually, the entire meal was pricey for what it was.
There were 4 of us at dinner. We each ordered an appetizer, an entree, and a total of 3 desserts to share. We had one bottle of wine and one half-bottle of wine. The bill was over 400euro ($600).
The view was nice, but certainly not worth the price of the meal.
You can get a view of the Eiffel Tower while wandering around the area and you can get a MUCH better meal a tons of other places. Dont fall for this pricey tourist trap.
Delectable food here. Stunning view of the Eiffel Tower. Makes much more sense to eat here rather than "IN" the Eiffel Tower, the view is perfect. You don't get a view of the tower if you are in it!! We made a later reservation so we could catch the Eiffel Tower light show, and everything worked out perfectly. Staff was extremely attentive and welcoming. Price shmice, every part of the experience was worth every penny. Highly recommended!!
The view's a stunner of course, but the food's overpriced for the cuisine and portions & presentation...staff was pleasant and accommodating-glad we dined there once.
Went there for early dinner. We were seated promptly and had a table next to a large window with a spectacular view of the Eiffel Tower. Food was good, service was excellent and didn't feel rushed at all. After the meal, we went outside onto the terrace to take pictures. Great place to start your evening off in the city of light.
I had never heard of Les Ombres but the hotel concierge told me it would be great. He was right. Seated at a window with a fantastic view of the Eiffel tower. After drinking a bottle of 1994 La Grande Dame enjoyed a pretty nice dinner of rabbit, chicken and lamb. Never felt rushed, daughter was treated excellent (3 yo) and service was excellent. It was expensive and better meals can be had in Paris but the overall expertience rocked!
I don't know about you guys, but when I was a young girl, I dreamed about a handsome man sweeping me off my feet, taking me to Paris and dining next to the Eiffel Tower. Then I grew up going to college and coming out into a bad economy, and accepted that's probably not in the cards for me. Fast forward a couple of years to adulthood, and voila! It came true after all :). Anyway, the point is this is an experience of a lifetime! It's pricey, but what isn't in Paris really... or anything in euro... I ate my way through Paris and this was the best dining experience ever! Sophisticated atmosphere and the food was really good. The chef sent us a few sample dishes as we were waiting for our main entree. The best view of the Eiffel Tower at night, which is literally your entire view (without the view of the crowd). Just perfect.
Very good food and very pricy. Service is not great but a good experience overall.
In a very cosy and cool atmosphere, come and eat fine meals while sipping fine wines. Every hour, enjoy the illumination of the Eiffel Tower .
The restaurant with the BEST view of the Eiffel tower, but the Rest of the 'experience' is Def. not worth the money.
People who are fussing about the quality of the food and service are frankly out of their minds. This is an outstanding restaurant, and with a 65 euro 3 course menu I wouldn't call it overly expensive, especially considering the food is very well done and the view is superb. It's not the best restaurant in Paris (whose bill would be way over 65 euros), but it is very much a "special occasion" restaurant with probably one of the best views of any restaurant in the city. And the service is professional, courteous and warm.
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