Chez l'Ami Louis

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Chez l'Ami Louis (French pronunciation: ​[ʃe lami lwi], Our friend Louis's) is a restaurant at 32, rue du Vertbois, in the 3rd arrondissement of Paris, France, founded in 1924.

The restaurant, which has been called "the world's most famous bistro"[1] and "the worst restaurant in the world",[2] has only twelve tables and serves meals in a traditional French setting. It was founded by the chef Antoine Magnin, who died in 1987.[3] Gault Millau said of him that he had "an eagle eye for choosing produce" and that the meat and poultry he served was the best in Paris.[1] The current host is Louis Gadby.[4]

L'Ami Louis specializes in traditional French cuisine, including lamb and foie gras.[5] Notable clients have included Francis Ford Coppola and Alice Waters, who has named it as her favourite restaurant.[1] L'Ami Louis has been visited by Bill Clinton and Jacques Chirac[5] and was the venue for the 60th birthday party of writer Anthony Dias Blue and the 70th birthday party of R. W. Apple, Jr..[6]


  1. ^ a b c Ruth Reichl, Paris Bistro is a Rare Pleasure at dated 17 September 1997
  2. ^ A. A. Gill, "Tour De Gall" at Vanity Fair dated April, 2011
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  4. ^ New York magazine, vol. 30, issues 25-28 (1997), p. 41
  5. ^ a b Chez L'Ami Louis Archived 6 March 2011 at the Wayback Machine at
  6. ^ Todd S. Purdum, R. W. Apple, a Times Journalist in Full, Dies at 71 dated 4 October 2006 in New York Times online

External links[edit]

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Coordinates: 48°52′01″N 2°21′30″E / 48.8670°N 2.3582°E / 48.8670; 2.3582