For those seeking French fare across the city, look no further than these charming bistros and brasseries. Each spot fits the bill for romantic date nights or casual lunches with friends over classics like steak frites, croque monsieurs, and escargots, all washed down with a bottle of Bordeaux of course. Here now are 12 charming French bistros and brasseries in Los Angeles.Read More
12 Essential French Bistros and Brasseries in Los Angeles
Bouillabaisse, steak frites, croque monsieurs, and escargots
Petit Trois Le Valley
Ludo Lefebvre’s second Petit Trois in the Valley goes far beyond the limited counter service seating of the original, with plenty of space and all-day service that makes diners feel like they are transported to the heart of Paris. Expect fun twists on American classics like the breakfast sandwich, the Mec Muffin, and the signature burger, the Big Mec.
Chef Dean Yasharian takes French technique to the Los Angeles suburbs with Perle in Pasadena. The easygoing bistro serves classic French fare including steak tartare, escargots, and what may be the best tarte tatin in town.
This charming Los Feliz spot does all-day bistro fare in a rustic farmhouse-style storefront right on Vermont. Loupiotte Kitchen, which is owned by longtime Parisian restaurateur, Sarah Bessade, serves up basics like soft-scrambled eggs and pain perdu for breakfast, with options ranging from quiche to a goat cheese salad for lunch.
Tesse’s French-esque menu takes inspiration from both France and California. The food starts with a strong charcuterie selection, followed by wide-ranging apps and mains that hit a slew of French flavors. Think comforting crab simplissime, aromatic black truffle cavatelli, chicken vol au vent, and aged New York strip steak with duck fat fries.
Mr. T Los Angeles
Style just oozes from this Paris transplant, with a bustling dining room and loud music bouncing off the modern industrial space. This is a hip French restaurant done right in Hollywood, with celebrities and well-heeled folks enjoying plates of street food-inspired fare, from lamb kebab and cheesy croquettes to a terrific uni-topped rice bowl.
Far more than just a specialty grocery store in the Original Farmer’s Market, Monsieur Marcel is also a full-service restaurant set just across the walkway. With a plentiful wine list, oysters, cheeses, and all the classics, there may be no better way to refuel from an arduous day shopping at the Grove than at this friendly spot.
Stationed in what feels like the restaurant epicenter of LA, République is more popular than ever. Those weekend lines for breakfast and lunch are an initiation into LA dining, but well worth the wait. Approaching République for dinner is best with reservations, which will ensure a faster route to oysters, roast chicken, duck breast, and housemade bread with pan drippings.
Oriel in Chinatown is simply a beautiful room to behold. They’ve kept things simple with a wonderful wine list and tight menu of onion soup, charcuterie, ratatouille, escargots, and beef bourguignon.
Those looking for an under-the-radar, relaxed bistro meal can find one at the Fairmont in Century Plaza in Century City, where the wide multi-faceted dining room serves tweaked classics from morning to evening. French onion soup, chicken liver mousse, and the hefty burger are menu highlights.
Enter Bicyclette’s underground world of candlelight and bistro snacks, from staples like soft egg and caviar in the shell to simple bread and stellar Normandy butter. From there, diners can wind through robust wine lists and seafood-packed bouillabaisse to simple preparations of beef short rib, duck leg confit, and cassoulet. For some of LA’s best French food in an unbeatably cool and low-key environment, this is the spot.
Camphor feels like a world away from the rest of the Arts District, in part because it sits well off of E 3rd Street. The place also exudes its own kind of chic industrial French charm, a dim mix of houseplants and gold trim that makes the place feel like an occasion at any time. The food is meant to match, weaving from caviar and pommes souffle starters to clams with garlic and parsley butter. Entrees include elegant versions of trout almandine, lobster, and steak au poivre. Be sure to stick around for dessert, too.
Chef Dave Beran’s Pasjoli strikes the perfect balance between upscale and relaxed. Settle into this Santa Monica bistro for refined takes on French classics like braised short rib and roast sturgeon with pink peppercorn jus. In addition, the whole pressed duck is back with a front-and-center presentation for the dining room to see. Save room for the chocolate souffle.