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Chez L’Ami Jean

Chez l'Ami Jean restaurant in Paris

Chef Stéphane Jego was an early star of the bistronomie movement, elevating traditional bistro fare with the sort of techniques and emphasis on quality ingredients that one might expect from finer dining. His simple, cheerful dining room at Chez l’Ami Jean has not wavered in quality, even though the dining room is filled with visitors expressing delight in foreign tongues. Meat and fish options abound (vegetarians beware), but wild game is the star when in season. 


27 rue Malar, 75007
Open Tuesday-Friday for lunch & dinner
Open Saturday for lunch only
Closed Sunday & Monday
Reservations online or at +33 1 47 05 86 89



11 thoughts on “Chez L’Ami Jean”

  1. We went a couple years ago (everything was a couple years ago), and were deeply underwhelmed. The serving sizes were enormous, the food merely ok, and the service and atmosphere loud and annoying. The fake camaraderie with the front of house staff was grating. We can’t imagine why anyone would enjoy this experience.

    Thanks for sharing – everyone is different! But Emily and I went together in January and it was very, very good. I was impressed that a restaurant which has been in the spotlight for so long, and is so popular among tourists, was still making such incredible food. – Meg

  2. My wife and I ate at the restaurant in the fall of 2018 – two observations: I was happy to see a restaurant kitchen filled with female Chefs – and second, Chef Stephane Jego runs a tight ship with a focused attention to detail – the food looks delicious when it arrives, it tastes great, and the prices are reasonable for a Bistro – and yes, the iconic rice pudding dessert is indeed “heaven in a bowl!”

  3. I so hate being the one to disagree in a thread like this, where fulsome praise is being lavished on the restaurant — indeed I can scarcely find a negative comment in the bunch above. How could our meal have been so awful, I wonder? The set menu is 75 euro; we went a la carte and were served tasteless, rubbery partridges for close to 40 euro, along with a marginally better (extremely tough) duck for around the same price. I just don’t know what to say — this wasn’t a matter of taste, all three of us couldn’t believe what we’d been served. The service hardly could have compensated, too; we arrived on time at 7, and the waiter was in a massive hurry to get us out before the 9:00 rush. In the interest of total candor, and to establish some bona fides, let me here briefly enumerate some virtues: the soup was exquisite, the rice pudding was delicious (and insanely portioned — our single serving could easily have served about six people). Still, they couldn’t make up for a truly lousy meal, which at 250 euro for three people (soup, two appetizers, three rubber birds, one dessert and a bottle of Chiroubles) is quite disappointing. Off night? I have no other explanation. (Because how could so many PBM’ers be so wrong?)

  4. Guessing it’s not one for veggies? My quest for a “foodie” venue that is inventive with non-meat products continues…

  5. Delicious!
    We had the “business” lunch – 4 courses including dessert. Amazing asparagus & lobster bisque to start and the mashed potatoes with the main course were like none other I’ve ever experienced.
    Never in a million years would have gone inside if I hadn’t read the reviews here.
    Glad we did though! At almost $200 US for 3 it was spendy – but worth it.
    I also use a wheelchair – one small step in and no access to the restrooms but the staff was very accommodating.

  6. They have changed the menu for the evenings.
    Now there is a reduced menu à la carte and a degustation menu 75€. I have the impression that the menu prices have also gone up quite significantly as well since last year (20-25€ entrees , 30-40€ mains). As much as I like the food, I won’t be going back at those prices nor for the screaming chef that makes for a very tense ambiance en salle.

  7. LOVED this place. We got the mid-priced tasters menu (it was around EUR 50 per person) and it was delicious. First course, they brought out the soup bowls with croutons and bacon, green onions in the bowl. Then they poured on a delicious creamy concoction. Rice pudding was indeed very special. Everything was greattttt.

  8. We truly loved the place. The service was…erratic, but the servers were cool. None of it had a truly negative impact, they were still fun and interesting, good recommendations and a great experience.

    But all of that matters pretty little to us. The food was great, excellent throughout. The sullen “renowed chef” seemed to have earned his spot to us. Every dish was ranging from great to amazing. It was a true delight.

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  10. Usually the idea of an open kitchen is a good one. It allows the clientele to see what’s going on, feel that the cooking and eating are a symbiotic relationship. Not at l’ami jean. Worst idea ever. As the chef has to scream to be happy, it makes the whole meal stressful. I know I’m the minority but I can’t stand l’Ami Jean – the service is atrocious (nasty waiters please apply), you are seated on top of your neighbors and the food is okay but frankly not that special – and not worth the price. It used to be a nice Basque neighborhood place, now it has become chic and frankly not a pleasant experience. To be skipped until the “renowed chef” calms down.

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