When you combine the fresh seafood and farm-to-table options available in Seattle with classic French techniques, you create cuisine that is a one-of-a-kind experience. Here are some of the best restaurants which you’ll want to try on your next visit to the Emerald City.
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You’ve got several French options around the Pike Place Market, but this restaurant is by far the best of them.
There is a specific lunch and dinner menu, as well as items that are available all day long if you arrive a little early.
Take advantage of the cheese board and always order the local oysters if they happen to be on the menu.
In South Capitol Hill, this French cafe and bar offers you a more laid-back atmosphere. Watch soccer matches, read an international paper, and enjoy a cup of coffee as you kick your feet up and relax.
The chef does some amazing things with the locally raised free-range chicken, but the pork sausage with grilled apple, cabbage, and Gruyere is ridiculously tasty as well. If seafood is what you’re craving, then the fruits de mer en bouillabaisse is what you’ll want to order. You can order as late as 1:30am.
This small French bakery and cafe is the perfect breakfast spot in Seattle. You can also take advantage of their Friday-Sunday weekend brunch on a sunny day with a meal out on their patio as well.
Chef specials are based on seasonal ingredients at their Queen Anne location and a lunch menu is also available if you prefer.
Their brioche breakfast sandwich with tomatoes, apple-wood bacon, a fried egg, and Gruyere with mixed greens will start your day off right at just $7.95.
This is the place to go in Seattle if you want French wine. More of a wine bar than a full restaurant, you can still pair your favorite regional wine with steak tartare or poisson en papillote and still come away feeling quite satisfied.
If you love authenticity and want a cozy atmosphere with your glass of wine, then head to Virginia and Stewart to find your bliss. Happy Hour can be a bit busy since it’s located right across from the Federal Courthouse in South Lake Union, but otherwise you’ll find this to be a friendly, potentially romantic experience.
This is the place to go in Seattle if French pastries are what you want.
Many of their sweet treats are local favorites, whether it’s just a croissant you want or fruit danishes and galettes. Don’t overlook their savory pastries if you’re feeling a bit hungry for a filling lunch.
The best quiche in Seattle is found right here and it pairs perfectly with one of their Gruyere and onion pastries. Make sure you grab a ginger biscuit [just $2.10] for a snack later in the day.[Image courtesy of TripAdvisor]
If you want the white table cloth experience, then the views of Elliott Bay from Pike Place Market are what you’ll want. They get the classics right, with the duck confit being the best that you’ll find anywhere in the state.
It’s still a casual environment even with the more formal dining arrangements, but make sure you put in a reservation if you want to dine outside. On a nice evening, this restaurant fills up fast.[Image courtesy of TripAdvisor]
Cafe de Paris
You’ll need to make your way north to Edmonds for this unpretentious family-owned French restaurant which sits just a couple of blocks off of the Kingston-Mukileto ferry.
You can’t go wrong with their lobster bisque or their beef bourguignon and there are several crepes available for dessert and they’re all simply superb. It can get a bit slow on a busy evening or if there are ferry delays and there are some classic Pacific Northwest dishes with a French twist on the menu which might put off some cuisine purists, but overall this is one of Seattle’s hidden gems.
C’est Si Bon
You’ll have to plan a day trip to Port Angeles to enjoy some of the best haute French cuisine in Western Washington, but it’s so worth it. They’re only open for dinner, so you’ll have plenty of time to explore Hurricane Ridge and the Victorian charms of nearby Port Townsend.
Make sure you order their signature French Onion soup. You’ll then want the Dungeness crab souffle, often locally caught. The Cornish game hen with mushroom stuffing is a solid second choice and then pair your entree with your favorite French wine. It is a fine dining experience with prices to match, but one of the best meals you’ll have in your life.
This French bistro and lounge pays homage to the creative spirit of Serge Gainsbourg, although it isn’t the easiest place to find. It’s on Greenwood Ave North, tucked between a nail salon and a cellular/satellite TV affiliate just north of 85th.
The lights are dim, the atmosphere smoky, and the vegetarian croque-monsieur one of the best things you’ll ever eat in Seattle. You’ll also want to try the macaronis et fromage with roasted garlic and thyme for just $12. A brunch stop for their roasted beet hash is also a solid choice.
Voted as one of the best places for sliders in the city, this eatery by Michael Mina in downtown offers lunch box delivery and several menus, including a pre-theatre menu, so you can stay on schedule.
The Neah Bay halibut and fallow venison are both great choices if you’re wanting a classic French dinner. If you’re hungry for lunch, the “Tomato Soup Fondue” is the best signature item on the menu. For a modern take on French cuisine, consider the “Pork Meatball Parm.” A 3 course lunch is just $24.