When I went to Paris with my mother, I wanted to continue surprising her on the trip. So I covertly booked a dinner at 58 Tour Eiffel.
The reservations were pre-paid, which made it easier to surprise her without having to play “catch the bill first”. It was about 100 euros per person for dinner and wine.
I honestly did not expect much from the meal since I knew we were paying for the view–which was from the first floor of the Eiffel Tower.
But first, we almost didn’t make it because well….
The Tour de France was going on.
Luckily, that caught everyone else. So when we arrived in a taxi and I broke into a run out of it, everyone else seemed to be experiencing the same thing. In fact, we were one of the first people seated for our time!
Here’s the menu we were given for the meal (click to make bigger).
My mother and I have similar tastes, so only our appetizers differed.
For the package we got, they automatically brought out mineral water:
For the first course, my mother got the prawns and avocado:
I ordered the foie gras.
For the entree, each of us got the leg of lamb and “Potatoes Anna”:
By the dessert, we had been chatting with the waiter and he brought us complimentary extra glasses of champagne. We were so excited, we just dug right into the dessert–and it’s my policy not to stop a fun moment for a food photo (which is why I think I have none from my honeymoon 😉 ) but just imagine a gorgeous stacked chocolate cake with ganache on top.
All in all, the meal was much better than I expected for being an Eiffel Tour restaurant. The food wouldn’t compete with spending $140 at a New York City restaurant per person for food and drink–but I’d definitely pay over $100 for what we got. Plus the atmosphere was amazing. If I come back with Bill, I’ll take him here too.
The views afterwards were great too, since we now had access to the Tower without waiting on line:
And afterwards, we found a carousel downstairs:
This made the evening even more surreal and so much fun. I totally recommend doing it!
I have no regrets for the cost of the meal and we had a memorable evening that culminated in me singing opera for my mom on the steps of the Paris Opera (long story).
But for two New Yorkers, born and raised, this city offers a magic we’ve never felt before. And I’m glad I got to share it with my mother.