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Escargot at Perle in Pasadena.
Escargot at Perle in Pasadena.
Cathy Chaplin

14 Essential French Bistros and Brasseries in Los Angeles

Bouillabaisse, steak frites, croque monsieurs, and escargots

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Escargot at Perle in Pasadena.
| Cathy Chaplin

Los Angeles is in the midst of a certifiable French moment. With Margarita and Walter Manzke’s Bicyclette Bistro now open and Lincoln Carson’s Mes Amis on the horizon, a taste of the City of Light is as easy as ever in the City of Angels.

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 14 charming French bistros and brasseries in Los Angeles.

Removed: Papilles, Belle Vie Food & Wine, Cafe Stella, Barbette

Added: Perle, Loupiotte Kitchen, Gigi’s, Pasjoli, L’Appart by Air Food

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Petit Trois Le Valley

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13705 Ventura Blvd
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
(818) 989-2600
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Ludo Lefebvre and partners Jon Shook and Vinny Doloto already had an LA legend on their hands with Petit Trois on Melrose and Highland. Their sophomore effort in the Valley goes far beyond the limited counter service seating of the original, with a massive 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.

2. Perle Restaurant

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43 Union St
Pasadena, CA 91103
(626) 460-8819
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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.

Perle restaurant Pasadena
Perle
Perle

3. Loupiotte Kitchen

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1726 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 445-2738
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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 and pain perdu for breakfast, with options ranging from quiche to a goat cheese salad for lunch.

Loupiotte Kitchen

4. Tesse

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8500 Sunset Blvd ste b
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 360-3866
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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, ticking off everything from crispy veal sweetbreads to pork belly cavatelli and a 34-ounce dry-aged ribeye.

5. Gigi's

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904 N Sycamore Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038

Executive chef Matt Bollinger, who previously cooked at Jean-Georges and Trois Familia, serves well-worn and beloved French fare at Gigi’s. Look for approachable dishes like a country pate, Parisian gnocchi, and halibut beurre blanc, along with showier takes like the Regiis Ova caviar with potato chips and a seafood tower that blows past the expense account minimum.

Banquettes and booths with illustrations at Gigi’s Hollywood.
Gigi’s
Wonho Frank Lee

6. The Little Door

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8164 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 951-1210
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It’s all about the romantic ambiance here.. Try the steak tartare with burnt onions and pickled egg yolks, and the filet mignon with celery root puree and pickled pearl onions.

7. Monsieur Marcel

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6333 W 3rd St #150
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 939-7792
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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.

8. République

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624 South La Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(310) 362-6115
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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 should not be done without reservations, which will ensure a faster route to oysters, duck breast, and housemade bread with pan drippings.

Inside the colorful and soaring dining room at French restaurant Republique. Elizabeth Daniels

9. Oriel

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1135 N Alameda St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 253-9419
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Oriel in Chinatown is simply a beautiful room to behold. They’ve kept things simple with a wonderful wine list and short menu with onion soup, charcuterie, ratatouille, escargots, and beef bourguignon.

Oriel Chinatown
Oriel
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10. Le Petit Jardin Cafe

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1456 S Robertson Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90035
(310) 278-5294
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Over its four-decade history, Le Petit Jardin changed venues and went through a few owners. This daytime neighborhood staple cranks out breakfasts, crepes, salads, and open-faced sandwiches which are best eaten on the outdoor patio.

11. Pitchoun

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545 S Olive St
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 689-3240
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Fabienne and Frederic Soulies of Downtown’s Pitchoun uses their family’s traditional French recipes to bake their bread and pastries every day. Beyond an expansive pastry counter, sit down for a casual lunch of tartines and salads.

12. L’Appart by Air Food

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130 E 6th St
Los Angeles, CA 90014
(213) 628-3158
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Don’t be put off by the slightly quirky name, this funky and inviting French spot is an offshoot of the now-closed Air Food in Santa Monica. The vibe feels like dining in someone’s Parisian apartment, while the food hits all the classic notes with duck confit, croque monsieur, and the like on the menu.

13. Pasjoli

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2732 Main St
Santa Monica, CA 90405
(424) 330-0020
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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 steak au poivre and halibut meunière. Save room for a chocolate souffle for dessert.

The tall room with brick and golden bar.
Pasjoli
Wonho Frank Lee

14. Chez Tex

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218 Main St
Venice, CA 90291
(310) 314-1314
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France meets California at chic Venice eatery Chez Tex. The mom-and-pop restaurant feels right at home in the hip neighborhood with its blend of California and French flavors, from skirt steak and chicken paillard to housemade veggie burgers and chickpea salads.

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1. Petit Trois Le Valley

13705 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

Ludo Lefebvre and partners Jon Shook and Vinny Doloto already had an LA legend on their hands with Petit Trois on Melrose and Highland. Their sophomore effort in the Valley goes far beyond the limited counter service seating of the original, with a massive 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.

13705 Ventura Blvd
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

2. Perle Restaurant

43 Union St, Pasadena, CA 91103
Perle restaurant Pasadena
Perle
Perle

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.

43 Union St
Pasadena, CA 91103

3. Loupiotte Kitchen

1726 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Loupiotte Kitchen

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 and pain perdu for breakfast, with options ranging from quiche to a goat cheese salad for lunch.

1726 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027

4. Tesse

8500 Sunset Blvd ste b, West Hollywood, CA 90069

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, ticking off everything from crispy veal sweetbreads to pork belly cavatelli and a 34-ounce dry-aged ribeye.

8500 Sunset Blvd ste b
West Hollywood, CA 90069

5. Gigi's

904 N Sycamore Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038
Banquettes and booths with illustrations at Gigi’s Hollywood.
Gigi’s
Wonho Frank Lee

Executive chef Matt Bollinger, who previously cooked at Jean-Georges and Trois Familia, serves well-worn and beloved French fare at Gigi’s. Look for approachable dishes like a country pate, Parisian gnocchi, and halibut beurre blanc, along with showier takes like the Regiis Ova caviar with potato chips and a seafood tower that blows past the expense account minimum.

904 N Sycamore Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038

6. The Little Door

8164 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

It’s all about the romantic ambiance here.. Try the steak tartare with burnt onions and pickled egg yolks, and the filet mignon with celery root puree and pickled pearl onions.

8164 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048

7. Monsieur Marcel

6333 W 3rd St #150, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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.

6333 W 3rd St #150
Los Angeles, CA 90036

8. République

624 South La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Inside the colorful and soaring dining room at French restaurant Republique. Elizabeth Daniels

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 should not be done without reservations, which will ensure a faster route to oysters, duck breast, and housemade bread with pan drippings.

624 South La Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036

9. Oriel

1135 N Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Oriel Chinatown
Oriel
Wonho Frank Lee

Oriel in Chinatown is simply a beautiful room to behold. They’ve kept things simple with a wonderful wine list and short menu with onion soup, charcuterie, ratatouille, escargots, and beef bourguignon.

1135 N Alameda St
Los Angeles, CA 90012

10. Le Petit Jardin Cafe

1456 S Robertson Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035

Over its four-decade history, Le Petit Jardin changed venues and went through a few owners. This daytime neighborhood staple cranks out breakfasts, crepes, salads, and open-faced sandwiches which are best eaten on the outdoor patio.

1456 S Robertson Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90035

11. Pitchoun

545 S Olive St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Fabienne and Frederic Soulies of Downtown’s Pitchoun uses their family’s traditional French recipes to bake their bread and pastries every day. Beyond an expansive pastry counter, sit down for a casual lunch of tartines and salads.

545 S Olive St
Los Angeles, CA 90013

12. L’Appart by Air Food

130 E 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

Don’t be put off by the slightly quirky name, this funky and inviting French spot is an offshoot of the now-closed Air Food in Santa Monica. The vibe feels like dining in someone’s Parisian apartment, while the food hits all the classic notes with duck confit, croque monsieur, and the like on the menu.

130 E 6th St
Los Angeles, CA 90014

13. Pasjoli

2732 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405
The tall room with brick and golden bar.
Pasjoli
Wonho Frank Lee

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 steak au poivre and halibut meunière. Save room for a chocolate souffle for dessert.

2732 Main St
Santa Monica, CA 90405

14. Chez Tex

218 Main St, Venice, CA 90291

France meets California at chic Venice eatery Chez Tex. The mom-and-pop restaurant feels right at home in the hip neighborhood with its blend of California and French flavors, from skirt steak and chicken paillard to housemade veggie burgers and chickpea salads.

218 Main St
Venice, CA 90291

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