Being the largest city in Washington, expect plenty of activities to do in Seattle. You can explore like a local, take a nature hike, go sightseeing, go on a shopping spree or live luxuriously at the big hotels in the city. Of course, it’s a must to try the best restaurants in the city. With thousands of restaurants available in the area, it can be pretty hard to look for the best one. This is why we’ve picked out some of the best and we choose restaurants that offer French-inspired cuisines. Here are the top 10 French restaurants in the Seattle area.
1. Loulay Kitchen & Bar
Loulay was named after the chef’s hometown called Saint Hilaire de Loulay in France and they use only fresh and local ingredients for their dishes. Brunch, lunch, dinner, dessert and even cocktails are served to both locals and visitors alike. They also offer chef specials such as the Quiche du Jour and Eggs Benedict du Jour. Another highlight of visiting Loulay are their exceptional wines. They have quite a large selection of New World and Old Wine. In fact, they are the only restaurant in the area that offers what they call a Suite of Wine. While dining, you get to also taste three different wines served in half bottles.
Loulay Kitchen & Bar
Address: 600 Union Street, Seattle, WA 98101
Average price for two: 70 USD
Website: Loulay Kitchen & Bar
2. Red Cow
Red Cow serves homemade French dish like the charcuterie. Local seafood and a wide variety of steaks are also available for diners choose from. Additionally, Red Cow has happy hours and offers group dining. You should try their steak frites that comes with a sauce of your choice. Also, try the delicious Filet Mignon and the Teres Major. The Coq au Vin is also a must-try, where chicken thighs are braised in red wine. Speaking of wine, Red Cow offers plenty to their visitors including the Bordeaux and Sud-Quest and Burgundy.
Address: 1423 34th Avenue, Seattle, Wa 98122
Average Price for two: 60 USD
Website: Red Cow
3. Bastille Cafe and Bar
You’ll find some French artifacts at Bastille such as the Parisian Metro Clock and the chandelier in the Back Bar. When you visit them between the months of June and September, you’ll have a chance to have an intimate dinner at the Rooftop Garden. All the ingredients will be from their own garden and they vary every week. Some of the dishes you will get to enjoy are the Pici Noodles with mushroom and cured duck yolk, the Grilled Wild King Salmon with lovage yogurt and greens, and the delicious Honey Roasted Rhubarb ice cream for dessert. They also offer deliveries.
Bastille Cafe and Bar
Address: 5307 Ballard Avenue Northwest, Seattle, WA 98107
Average price for two: 80 USD
Website: Bastille Cafe and Bar Name
4. Le Pichet
At Le Pichet, you get to enjoy regional and traditional French food, wine and coffee. Inside, it’ll feel like you’re in an old diner — it has a rustic and cozy ambience. Their specialties are the Cabillaud roti a la mode boulangere and the Poulet roti a votre commande garniture a la basquaise, which make for a meal good for two guests. The latter takes about an hour to prepare but is well worth the wait as it is really delicious and a must-try at Le Pichet. For the entree, try the Magret de canard fume de salade a la frisee et aux lentille vertes, a duck breast on a salad.
Address: 1933 1st Avenue, Seattle, Washington 98101
Average price for two: 50 USD
Website: Le Pichet
French-inspired cuisine and hand-crafted cocktails at Gainsbourg will charm you. They have happy hours where you get to pay only a dollar for all beer, wine and cocktails. From the French-inspired menu, you can have the Charcuterie with the chef’s best selection of gourmet cheeses and meat, and olives. Try their own version of Poutine too, with diced shallot, mushroom gravy and frites with shredded Gruyere. The French dip is another must-try. Just add a dollar if you want Gruyere cheese with it.
Address: 8550 Greenwood Avenue North, Seattle, Washington 98103
Average price for two: 60 USD
6. Boat Street Kitchen
Here at Boat Street Kitchen, you’ll get to try a wide variety of French dishes both in-house and through their catering services. for they also hold caterings. You may also enrol in one of their cooking classes to learn how to make their delicious meals. Brunch, lunch and dinner are served at the Boat Street Kitchen. The menu also changes seasonally. For starters, try their roasted baby peppers and wilted spinach for the entree. For your lunch meals, try the Dugeness Crab Sandwich on a Petit Croissant or the Chile Braised Beef Short Ribs.
Boat Street Kitchen
Address: Boat Street Kitchen & Bistro, 3131 Western Ave, Ste 301, Seattle, WA 98121
Average price for two: 40 USD
Website: Boat Street Kitchen
7. Place Pigalle
Three things stand out from the Place Pigalle: delicious food, award-winning wine drinks and beautiful views. Imagine dining with the Elliott Bay as the backdrop — it is a picture-picture scenery indeed. The restaurant also caters for large parties and reservations are made online. They have a seasonal selection that you must try such as the House-Cured Salmon with Dill and Gin, Duck Confit and Dungeness Crab Cakes. Also, it wouldn’t hurt to try the delectable Daily Pasta Special. Classics like the Roasted Chipotle Chicken Sandwich and Escargot de Bourgogne are also recommended.
Address: Pike Place Market, 81 Pike Street Seattle, WA
Average price for two: 95 USD
Website: Place Pigalle
8. Voilà! Bistrot
Situated near the Madison street, Voilà! Bistrot, a restaurant that serves authentic French specialities, is one of the best French restaurants in town. Their wine selection is really good and they have happy hours too. Also, try the Grilled lamb sausage called le Barbes or the Le Parisien. For dinner, go with the Saumon a la Ciboulette, a grilled salmon with chives and lemon or the Boeuf Bourguignon, beef with bacon, Yukon potatoes and red wine sauce. Don’t forget the Cafe Liegeois, or, the coffee ice cream, for dessert. A glass of Monbazillac dessert wine is also a good idea.
Address: 2805 E Madison St, Seattle, WA 98112, USA
Average price for two: 60 USD
Website: Voilà! Bistrot
L'Oursin is a French restaurant whose menu changes seasonally. That said, they also offer a multi-course tasting menu that is available from Tuesdays to Saturdays. Chicken au vin Jaune with turnips, winter greens and potatoes are a must-try, together with the Rockfish Grenobloise with capers and lemons. For wines, their selection is huge. Try the Franck Millet Pouilly-Fume or the Domaine Bergerie Cremant. Both are really good. The restaurant also accepts reservations and holds events for their guests.
Address: 1315 E Jefferson St, Seattle, WA 98122
Average price for two: 60 USD
10. Belle Epicurean
If you’re looking to start your day with a hearty French breakfast, check out Belle Epicurean, a French bakery in Seattle with an extensive breakfast menu filled with only their freshest breads. For lunch, the bakery serves salads and sandwiches. A choice of Spiced Olive Oil, House Smoked Tomatoes and Thai Curry Hummus are available. They also have happy hours, from 3 pm to 6 pm. You can have wines or a glass of draft beer. That said, don’t forget to try their pastries and French Macarons, Cinnamon Brioche Bun and Pain au Chocolat.
Address: 3109 E Madison St, Seattle, WA 98112
Average price for two: 25 USD
Website: Belle Epicurean
Bon appetit in Seattle
You’ve probably seen the popular attractions in Seattle such as the Space Needle, Pacific Science Center, Park Place Market or the Seattle Aquarium. You have also perhaps dined at American or Asian restaurants in the Seattle area. But have you checked out the area’s French restaurants yet? Check out these 10 amazing options and you’ll be saying “Bon Appetit” in no time!
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