La Tour d'Argent has had a rocky time in recent years with the death of owner Claude Terrail, but chef Laurent Delarbre has found his footing, and there's no denying the splendor of the setting overlooking the Seine. If you don't want to splash out on dinner, treat yourself to the three-course lunch menu for a reduced price of €75; this entitles you to succulent slices of one of the restaurant's numbered ducks (the great duck slaughter began in 1919 and is now well past
the millionth mallard, as your numbered certificate will attest). Don't be too daunted by the vast wine list—with the aid of the sommelier you can splurge a little (about €85) and perhaps taste a rare vintage Burgundy from the extraordinary cellars, which survived World War II.
Apr 10, 2009
La Tour d'Argent is somewhat of a chameleon, on one hand the duck with peppercorns was wonderful, on the other hand, the service was a little overbearing, the location is to die for, overlooking the Seine and Notre-Dame but it reminds me of a Grand Dame a little down on her luck: she is trying to keep up appearance but you can tell all is not well. They do know how to make Duck, and if you don’t care for duck, you probably should not eat here.
They have been preparing duck since 1850’s and your duck comes with a numbered certificate, ours was number 1,076,084…I think the duck’s name was Bob. It is clear that they were once a great restaurant and they have the potential to do so again. They seem to be stuck in the 60’s and the world palette has changed since then: very heavy, but well prepared meal is a little out of touch with their main competitors in Paris, Guy Savoy, Alain Ducasse. A little innovative leadership, a little lightening up on the service and the menu and they could be great again. I am rooting for them.
Nov 19, 2007
Last trip to Paris we went to three "great" restaurants: Guy Savoy, Taillevent, and La Tour. This one isn't great anymore. Food was ok but the service was awful. Pretty tough to ruin the view of Notre Dame at night, but our servers managed to do so. Maybe we were too American.