Hi, I was hoping to get some suggestions for a trip I'm planning for four adults in May. Most of us have't been to France for a decade, so we're very excited! We'll be staying around the Republique/Arts et Metiers area, and I'd welcome any recommendations for that area or along the canal, but I'm specifically writing to ask about a restaurant near the Chaillot Theatre or Eiffel Tower.
We're seeing a performance that will end around 9pm on a weeknight. I liked the thought of sitting on Girafe's magnificent terrace, but their second seating doesn't start until 10pm and I'm a little put off by the terrible reviews online. The service sounds...REALLY bad, does anyone have experience with this? I don't often visit restaurants with awesome settings because the food and service are always terrible. Anyone think the overall experience at Girafe worth the price and hassle of a later reservation? Another option would be to cross to the 7th, have dinner, then walk over to see the Eiffel Tower's light show at 11pm. The restaurant I was looking at for dinner in the 7th is...Pottoka, which also seems to have iffy reviews in the last few years, though I like the menu more than Girafe's.
On the weekend, we're thinking to visit an exhibit at Atelier des Lumieres in the 11th. I haven't bought tickets yet, so dates and times are flexible. Are there any restaurants I should plan to visit before/after? (Le Servan is minutes away -- but we will be visiting the Bords de Mer restaurant the Levha sisters helped create in Marseilles the week before, so maybe I should seek out something else?)
We're planning to visit the Parc de Belleville one evening and then walk to Mensae for dinner. Is Mensae still a solid choice? Are there better options near the park, or even back near Republique?
As for our preferences: one member of our group is fairly picky about proteins (no offal or sweetbread, no rare/raw meats or seafood, no runny egg yolks, nothing too hot), so I'd rather avoid no-choice menus for her sake. Price-wise, I'm most interested in dinner options under 50EUR per person (not counting drinks), though definitely tell me if there's something more expensive that's worth the splurge. We're open to any/all cuisines, though we're from California so some of the seafood fusion stuff seems...not especially exciting to me. We prefer places that are a bit casual, though again would be willing to bend that rule for the right restaurant. One member of our group can't stand for long periods, so I'd prefer places where we can book a table (and be seated within 15 minutes).
Any feedback would be welcome, thanks!
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