Le Louis XV (restaurant)
Template:Infobox restaurant Le Louis XV is a French restaurant in Monte Carlo, Monaco. Run by chef Alain Ducasse, it holds three Michelin stars. It has been featured in lists of the world's top restaurants.
Le Louis XV is the flagship restaurant of chef Alain Ducasse. It is located inside the Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo, in Monte Carlo, Monaco.<ref name=indyireland2012>Template:Cite news</ref> He opened the restaurant in May 1987, having been challenged by Prince Rainier III of Monaco and the Société des bains de mer de Monaco to win three Michelin stars there within four years, becoming the first hotel-based restaurant to win that level of the award.<ref name=visitmonaco/> Ducasse won the three stars for the restaurant 33 months later, some fifteen months earlier than his objective.<ref name=visitmonaco>Template:Cite web</ref>
The wine cellar contains around 400,000 bottles of wine.<ref name=fodor>Template:Cite web</ref> A number of food trolleys are used by the waiters, including for champagne, cheese and one holding herbs to make herbal teas at the tableside.<ref name=indyireland2012/>
Several chefs who went on to lead Michelin starred restaurants underwent training at Le Louis XV, including Alexis Gauthier and Clare Smyth.<ref name=gauthier>Template:Cite web</ref><ref name=firstfemalemichelinstars>Template:Cite news</ref>
Food critic Paolo Tullio described Le Louis XV as one of the "great French restaurants".<ref name=indyireland2012/> In 2003, The Guardian identified it as one of the top five restaurants in the world. Howard Jacobson was sent to review it by the newspaper, who thought initially that the dishes served were "droll" but changed his mind when he tasted them.<ref name=greatwriters>Template:Cite news</ref> He enjoyed the ambiance of the place, and thought that the numbers of staff gave it an air of professionalism.<ref name=greatwriters/>
Fodor's travel guide described Ducasse's cuisine as "superb", while also describing the interior of the restaurant as "magnificent".<ref name=fodor/> Le Louis XV holds three Michelin stars. It was included in the first published list of the world's 101 top restaurants by The Daily Meal in 2012.
It has also been included in The World's 50 Best Restaurants by Restaurant; in 2003 it was ranked the third-best restaurant in the world behind the French Laundry and El Bulli, by 2006 and 2007 it had dropped to eighth place, dropping to fifteenth in 2008. It had a significant drop in rankings in 2009, falling to 43rd place.