WE have eaten here, sometimes twice, on every trip to Paris for the last 5 years. Last time, we tried LRSH instead and were disappointed so this time it was back to the original. We invited friends who are in Paris for the first time so we were really hoping it was still everything it had been and it did not disappoint. Yes, it was packed and yes it was a bit loud, but the service was great. Very friendly and helpful and the timing of the meal was also perfect. The only disappointment was that they were out of the whole foie gras for 2. But once I got over the disappointment (and it was big as I looked forward to that foie gras the whole trip and we leave tomorrow!) we had a fantastic meal.
I would say that it's well worth the trek to the original as opposed to visiting the one in the city center.