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“Your Mileage May Vary” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of La tour L - CLOSED

La tour L
Price range: $22 - $37
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Dining options: Reservations
Neighborhood: Opera / Bourse
Maryland
Level Contributor
61 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Your Mileage May Vary”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 14, 2013

We walked by La Tour L multiple times a day every day for several weeks baffled that it was nearly always empty notwithstanding the stellar reviews here on TripAdvisor (27 of 29 reviewers say "very good" or "excellent."). Indeed, several other recent reviewers have noted that it was empty or nearly so on their visits. Why would such a good restaurant be so consistently empty? We decided to try it to find out. Oops.

Our so-so starters were followed by a mediocre veal marengo main that was bland and made with what seemed to us a not very high quality meat. Another main dish, Brochette de St Jacques, used four of the smaller scallops we've seen in a restaurant along with a fairly flavorless if too heavy white sauce. The profiteroles to finish were at least a bit better.

Other reviewers have clearly had better luck, and we certainly appreciate the possibility that La Tour L simply had an off night, but wow, THAT's an off night. For our part we're inclined to conclude that the empty tables had it right.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Food
Helpful?
1 Thank Not_The_Donald
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31 reviews from our community

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  • English first
  • French first
  • Russian first
  • Any
English first
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Level Contributor
47 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“absolutely fantastic”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 17, 2013

This place was a find. Definitely not touristy, so I had to try to figure things out in bad french (no english menu). But the food was heavenly, the atmosphere classy and romantic without being snobby, and the service incredibly attentive. And when my boyfriend did not know how to eat the escargot, the waiter came over and showed him without any hint of judgement or attitude! Very reasonably priced considering what you got (prix fixe 3 course meal for 28 Euros); I would highly recommend it

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank treasurepv
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West Malling, England, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Still a Gem!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 11, 2013

Still in my view one of the best value, excellent quality restaurants in Paris. Never fails to deliver really good food ( the hot frois gras is some of the best I have tasted) with warm genuine service. Steak is fabulous as is the duck - probably not the best venue if you are vegetarian It is a bit tucked away but that adds to its charm. Will continue to recommend and visit this charming establishment

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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1 Thank Louise G
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Odessa, Ukraine
Level Contributor
190 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
“Just Perfect”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 16, 2013

We had dinner twice in La Tour L. And both times it was perfect. For sure it’s my favorite restaurant in Paris at the moment and I will be happy to be back.

The restaurant is located close to Opera and it’s easy and WORTH to find it.

It was almost empty both times but it didn’t’ scare us off. Because interior is quite warm and romantic, service is really great, food is excellent, wines are wonderful.

“Menu” was a nice surprise for us – you can choose almost anything A la cart but pay as for “menu”.

If you like duck breast – try it there! And if you doubt how you like it - just let them cook it “as they like it in France”.

It’s the right place to order cream-brulle especially if you’ve never tried it before. The best cream-brulle in Paris I think (or at least one of the best). It goes with a little glass of white wine with vanilla and cinnamon taste (special knights’ time recipe) and it will make your day, believe me!

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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3 Thank lubitelj r
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Perth, Australia
Level Contributor
439 reviews
336 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
“What a treat!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 9, 2013

Thanks to Louise G's review on Trip Advisor, when stymied for a restaurant (the one we wanted to drop in to was packed), using the busy restaurant's wi-fi, we quickly reviewed La Tour G. On quick inspection, it was empty at 8.30pm, but encouraged by Louise's review, we took our party of seven inside.

Warmly greeted, we were sat in a comfortable booth, and ordered two bottles of wine, and chose from the Menu de Prince (main and dessert).

All agreed that the food was excellent, and all I heard were 'ooohs' and 'aahhs'.

Make no mistake, this is a cracking restaurant which you would do well to seek out!

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
Helpful?
2 Thank bizcoach27
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