L’Ami Louis

L'Ami Louis restaurant in Paris photo by Food Snob | parisbymouth.com

Practical information

Address: 32 rue Vertbois, 75003
Nearest transport: Arts et Metiers (3, 11), Temple (3)
Hours: Closed Monday & Tuesday; Open Wednesday-Sunday for lunch & dinner
Reservations:  Book many weeks in advance
Telephone: 01 48 87 77 48
Average price for lunch: More than 100€
Average price for dinner: More than 100€
Style of cuisine: Classic French

Reviews of interest

Patricia Wells (2012) “For sure, the décor at this 1930’s bistro  — which has been a worldwide icon since the 1950’s — rates as among the most dilapidated in Paris. Dingy, dark, faded, ramshackle. But, OH that roast chicken. The L’Ami Louis secret, of course, is kitchen’s oak-wood fired oven, offering a sweet, soft, and yet intense heat, making for a succulent bird that is up there with the best – if not THE best – in Paris… A place that every Paris Food Lover should experience, at least once.”

Simon Says (2011) “Le poulet frites est un des meilleurs de la capitale… un foie gras très banal, servi de façon spectaculaire en deux grosses tranches  prix tout aussi déridants : 58 euros…Il y a à Paris beaucoup de bistrots épatants, mais celui-ci est singulier dans sa dimension mondaine…”

Vanity Fair (2011) “… L’Ami Louis really is special and apart. It has earned an epic accolade. It is, all things considered, entre nous, the worst restaurant in the world.”

Food Snob (2009) “…there is something so attractive about the rustic excess and heartiness of it that it is hard to ignore…”

3 Comments on L’Ami Louis

  1. Hi Allison,

    Unfortunately, there’s no secret to getting reservations at some of these hard to book places (beyond paying a concierge to do the calling for you). You just have to call and call and call and call… it’s a pain, but we all do it.

    Good luck!

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