Everyone from Queen Elizabeth II to Orson Welles has dined in this venerable restaurant, famed for its history (a restaurant has stood here since 1582), its impeccable service, and its sweeping view of the Seine and Notre-Dame (still under scaffolding). And since the appointment of chef Philippe Labbé in 2016, the food’s back on track again (after a dip in quality), wooing well-dressed crowds with the promise of inventive French cuisine and the establishment’s coveted signature dish of pressed duck (each duck has been numbered since 1890). Five or six different waiters will visit your table at one time or another, accomplishing various tasks (opening wine bottles, pulling out your chair, and even leading you to the bathroom) with utmost professionalism and not a hint of snobbery. They then discreetly disappear into the rich decor as you gaze through the huge windows. The fixed-price lunch is a good way to enjoy this singular experience without busting your budget. Be sure to reserve at least a week in advance; jackets are required for men at dinner.