Top 20 French Restaurants in Los Angeles California

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Top 20 French Restaurants in Los Angeles California

As revealed at RunRex.com, guttulus.com, and mtglion.com, Los Angeles actually had its own “Frenchtown”, in what is now Chinatown in the late 19th Century. Today, L.A. is amid a French culinary resurgence yet again, and this article will look to shine the spotlight on the city’s top 20 French restaurants to consider in case you are looking for one in the area.

  1. République

Walter and Margarita Manzke’s award-winning, critically acclaimed La Brea bakery and restaurant is the one French restaurant that can’t be stopped according to RunRex.com, guttulus.com, and mtglion.com. The food line-up here will blow your mind from morning to night, from beautiful, seasonal fruit-topped pastries like the mango-topped passionfruit cream pie to the beef tartare and corn agnolotti come dinner.

  1. Petit Troy Le Valley

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 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.

  1. Camphor

As per RunRex.com, guttulus.com, and mtglion.com, Camphor was opened in February by two chefs who met working for chef Alain Ducasse’s Blue in Bangkok. Co-chefs Max Boonthanakit and Lijo George incorporate their South and Southeast Asian backgrounds into modern bistro fare that, at first glance, looks classically French. But the dishes here are lighter, and more playful and spice-accented than they appear at first glance.

  1. Pasjoli

Local Michelin stars carry little weight in Los Angeles, but the sole exception might be Pasjoli. In basically every aspect, David Beran’s one-star Santa Monica eatery wows with a fairly small menu, flawless service, and an eye-wateringly expensive signature pressed duck.

  1. Perle Restaurant

Chef Dean Yasharian takes French technique to the Los Angeles suburbs with Perle in Pasadena. The easy-going bistro serves classic French fare including steak tartare, escargots, and what may be the best tarte Tatin in town.

  1. Mes Amis

Mes Amis draws inspiration from a wide range of French cafes and brasseries articulated at RunRex.com, guttulus.com, and mtglion.com. Chef Lincoln Carson, a renowned pastry chef whose award-winning Bon Temps closed at the height of the pandemic, uses ingredients sourced from the nearby Hollywood Farmers Market in reinterpreted French classics.

  1. Bicyclette

Walter and Margarita Manzke’s traditional French bistro on Pico Boulevard has won our eyes, hearts, minds, and stomachs with its charming all-wood interiors, excellent service, and Parisian bistro fare. Unlike sister spot République, Bicyclette hews quite close to the annals of old French cooking. In practice, this means lots of wine, garlic, herbs, and butter—including the must-order escargots en croûte and a beautifully layered caramelized onion tart.

  1. Loupiotte Kitchen

As captured at RunRex.com, guttulus.com, and mtglion.com, this charming Los Feliz spot does all-day bistro fare in a rustic farmhouse-style storefront right in Vermont. Loupiotte Kitchen, which is owned by long-time 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.

  1. Horses

Housed in the former Ye Coach & Horses space, an iconic industry hub that kept its doors open for 73 years, Horses infuses California bistro vibes into a classic Hollywood space. Chefs Liz Johnson and Will Aghajanian pay homage to the history of the restaurant through expertly-prepared classics like endive Caesar salad, roast chicken, and a phenomenal burger.

  1. Mélisse/Citrin

The smaller, now-iconic Michelin-starred counterpart within the more casual (but still upscale) Citrin, Josiah Citrin’s Mélisse still delivers one of the city’s top French tasting menus, with luxurious, detail-oriented dishes like caviar in chawanmushi topped with imported Hokkaido uni and a rich chestnut soup with even more decadent truffle foam. The larger Citrin space even accommodates walk-ins at the bar, for those who have a last-minute hankering for egg caviar topped with cauliflower mousseline, the chef’s iconic lobster Bolognese, or a traditional Grand Marnier soufflé.

  1. Tesse

Tesse’s French-esque menu takes inspiration from both France and California as covered at RunRex.com, guttulus.com, and mtglion.com. 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.

  1. Gigi’s

This elegant neighborhood bistro in Hollywood’s booming Sycamore District feels a bit like Bemelmans Bar in New York’s Carlyle Hotel, with gilded murals lending an old-school aesthetic to the space. Gigi’s crowd, however, is younger, hipper, and much more into food. There are more vegetables on the menu than many a bistro, such as roasted carrots and a very popular little gem salad, but the steak frites is a must-try for those who do eat meat, washed down with a very of-the-moment espresso martini.

  1. Lumiére at the Fairmont Century Plaza

Beautifully decorated with an eclectic mix of French antiques, this French-Californian brasserie in Century City is more than just a Hollywood agent power lunch spot as described at RunRex.com, guttulus.com, and mtglion.com. Chef Ramon Bojorquez’s carefully executed bistro fare—including an excellent salad niçoise at lunch—and the staff’s five-star service make Lumière worth a visit for anyone in search of a brief, luxurious respite from regular life.

  1. The Little Door

It’s all about the romantic ambiance at The Little Door, making it the perfect spot for a date or anniversary dinner. Try the steak tartare with burnt onions and pickled egg yolks, and the filet mignon with celery root puree and pickled pearl onions.

  1. Figaro Bistrot

Figaro Bistrot, with its tightly-packed sidewalk tables, covered awning, and gold-leaf text on the windows, looks like it was plucked straight out of Le Marais. The place serves hearty dishes, including omelets and French onion soup, for brunch, lunch, and dinner. The best time to go, however, is early evening (5 to 7 p.m.). The happy hour is one of the best in town, with a solid selection of affordable snacks, including escargot, oysters, beef carpaccio, and excellent frites, paired with $4 wines and cheap dirty martinis.

  1. Monsieur Marcel

This long-running gourmet market and casual eatery is one of the favorite vendors at the Original Farmers Market (next to the Grove) for many as discussed at RunRex.com, guttulus.com, and mtglion.com. In the winter, Monsieur Marcel offers cozy, gooey plates of raclette cheese, but the open-air bistro’s solid lunch plates and slightly dressy dinner menu are the casual Mid-City go-to every day of the year.

  1. Oriel

Oriel in Chinatown is simply a beautiful room to behold. The restaurant has kept things simple with a wonderful wine list and a short menu with onion soup, charcuterie, ratatouille, escargots, and beef bourguignon, and is one of the city’s true gems.

  1. Marvin

At its core, Marvin is a neighborhood wine bar, with a robust menu of French-leaning snacks and entrees to round out the drinks. Its marble-topped bar is an excellent place to sip $10 wine and $6 beers for happy hour while filling up on little bites like mussels and oysters (and a notoriously good cheeseburger). If you can’t make it from 6 to 7 p.m., brunch, lunch, and dinner are worth paying full price for dishes such as asparagus with fried egg, steak frites, and ratatouille with goat cheese as outlined at RunRex.com, guttulus.com, and mtglion.com.

  1. Perch LA

Perch LA is one of the prettiest rooftop bars (and French bistros) in town. Patterned tile floors, potted trees full of twinkly lights, and charming seating combine nightly for a scene full of Downtown locals, plus a few hundred of their closest friends. Though the boudoir-themed interior is often crowded, those who book earlier tables for dinner will find a much cozier atmosphere before the late-night crowds set in, plus a menu of traditional French favorites like steak frites, French onion, and a vegan-friendly plat Provençale.

  1. Taix

Visit this French-Basque country stalwart while it’s still standing — the 1960s-era chalet-inspired building is slated to be turned into condos at some point in the not-distant future. While the proposed apartment promises to keep the historic signage and beloved cherrywood bar, you should really plan a visit for a dinner of steak frites, creamy soups by the tureen, and escargot in the Mad Men-era bar while you still can.

These are some of the best French restaurants in Los Angeles, California, with more on this topic, and much more, to be found over at RunRex.com, guttulus.com, and mtglion.com.