L’Ami Jean is my top pick in Paris right now. It is so so so so SO good! This restaurant is solid with seasonal delicious Basque food at affordable prices. Choose one of their succulent meat dishes for two (could easily serve four) or a perfectly prepared fish entrée or let one of the waiters choose your menu so you can get an idea of the region. The atmosphere in the restaurant is fun and inviting, but they are very serious when it comes to cooking. Bring your appetite…


The restaurant was orginally opened in 1931 by a Basque nationalist. One would never guess from the strings of garlic, peppers, legs of hanging jambon, Basque rugby player photos, pelote memorabilia, and Basque berets displayed on the wood paneled walls. I wrongfully assumed that Basque food was heavy and was so impressed after my first meal that I’ve been bringing friends and family back since. (Thanks Carrie & Sylvie for dragging me out that night long ago!). This is a fun restaurant and it is always packed so a reservation is necessaire.

C’était vachement bon!!!!

L’Ami Jean

27 rue Malar, 7th arrondissement

Tel. 01 47 05 86 89

Closed Sunday, Monday

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