French

Sometimes, the urge to have French food strikes, and nothing satisfies until you get it. When that happens, count on 10Best to point you in the direction of Los Angeles's best French restaurants. We understand the desire to have a great meal, and we work hard to bring you the top places to eat in Los Angeles. We vet restaurants carefully for quality, and when we recommend popular eateries like Mélisse or tell you that Julienne gets good reader feedback, you can believe it. From West Hollywood to Sherman Oaks, we'll make sure you get - and eat - what's best.

10 Cafe Stella
The eccentric, homespun decor of Cafe Stella seems fitting for this French bistro located in the hipster-friendly neighborhood of Silverlake. Evenings include dim lighting to set the mood amidst a menu of quintessential French dishes ranging from moule frites to steak au poivre. The eatery features an outdoor patio if you're looking for some fresh air with your steak frites. (3236660265)

9 Café Bizou — Sherman Oaks
Excellent French cuisine and reasonable prices are standard at this casual cafe, where high ceilings, exposed brick walls, and fresh-cut flowers add a touch of romance. Featured dishes include California-inspired seafood and pasta entrees, including ahi tuna and braised short ribs. A $2 corkage fee and a "bring your own wine" policy allow you to have a marvelous French dinner for fewer francs than you might anticipate. Expect a crowd, especially on weekends. (818-788-3536)

8 Julienne
A favorite with romantics, this cafe offers intimate terrace seating as well as a more traditional dining room. The intriguing international menu changes seasonally, and might include parmesan-crusted swordfish with lemon caper sauce, and grilled chicken and roasted corn tostada. Breakfast is popular, with items like salmon hash and bread pudding French toast making regular appearances. But the desserts are the biggest draw — freshly baked cookies, scones, cakes, and tarts are all tempting, or try the chocolate zinfandel pate. Most items are available for take out at the gourmet shop. (626-441-2299)

7 Mélisse
Traditional French decor and high-end tableware complement the cuisine at Mélisse and foster elegant, memorable dining. The menu changes frequently to take advantage of seasonal produce, and entrées may include dry-aged cote de boeuf roti for two with potato-leek torte or roasted squab with seared foie gras and citrus jus. For dessert, try a chocolate soufflé or crème brulee. The wine list is exceptional, and several selections are available by the glass. Dinner tasting menu $95 with no wine pairings; carte blanche menu $145 without wine pairings. (310-395-0881)

6 Ortolan
Extravagant preparations and a striking space help this WeHo establishment stand out from the rest. Whether you opt for the 11-course prix fixe dinner (entire table only; wine pairings available) or choose something from the à la carte menu, you'll encounter creations like egg and caviar cooked in hot ash, seared escargot, cauliflower panna cotta with black truffle, or roast squab with macaroni gratin. The main dining room is elegant and quiet; snag a seat at the 24-foot-long communal table in the lounge if you're looking for a livelier experience. If you're vigilant, you may even catch sight of actress Jeri Ryan, a co-owner along with fiancé and chef Christophe Émé. (323-653-3300)

5 Sona
This elegant, hip, and modern New French spot delights diners with 6- and 9-course tasting menus, as well as an extensive à la carte offering of first-, second-, and third-course plates. Make your way past the burbling water sculpture and granite decanting station to your table, and prepare to savor dishes like Maine lobster risotto, Tahitian shrimp with chorizo onion marmalade, and venison with blackberry jelly. Sweet treats include sweet-and-sour lemon verbena cheesecake and watermelon basil seed granita. Wine pairings are available for each tasting menu. (310-659-7708)

4 La Crêperie Café
Bustling like a true Parisian bistro, this charming spot is a hit with locals, due mainly to an extensive menu of sweet and savory crepes. Whether you're in the mood for a Rusticana crepe (ham and mushrooms in an oregano-white wine-cream sauce) or a Royal (Nutella and strawberries), La Crêperie Café has the right combination of flavors and ingredients to tempt your tastebuds. For something different, look to the selection of paninis, pastas, and chicken, steak, and seafood entrees. (562-434-8499)

3 Frenchy's Bistro
French natives Andre and Valerie Angles bring their knowledge of authentic Continental cuisine to their cozy restaurant. Seasonal menus include dishes like phyllo-wrapped chicken and artfully prepared pheasant, but perhaps the most popular dishes are duck a l'orange and braised lamb with Provencal mashed potatoes. Highly recommended dessert soufflés are flavored with items like Grand Marnier and chocolate, and the wine selection is at once affordable and extensive. (562-494-8787)

2 Mistral
Before traditional bistro fare was so fashionable, this delightful restaurant was plying guests with incredible cuisine. Today, it remains a local favorite — and one that most locals don't want you to know about! Steak frites, roasted chicken with potato puree, ahi tuna tartare, and of course, onion soup are a sampling of the menu's comforting classics. Dark, romantic atmosphere distinguishes the restaurant — the only indication that you're still in the States is that you leave via Ventura Boulevard! (818-981-6650)

1 Cafe Beaujolais
A hidden gem in the city of angels, Cafe Beaujolais offers an authentic French culinary experience with none of the snobbery. From the authentic French waiters to the delicious cuisine, this is a must visit. Dishes include all the perennial french favorites, from duck to rack of lamb to the more traditional steak frites. Mais oui! C'est magnifique. ((323) 255-5111)


From Our Partners

Maps and Directions

1
Cafe Stella 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: European, French
Dining Options: Smoking (outdoor area), Take Out
Neighborhood: Silver Lake
COST: $$$
2
Café Bizou — Sherman Oaks 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Family Friendly, Parties / Private Rooms
Cuisine: European, French
Neighborhood: Sherman Oaks
COST: $$
3
Julienne 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, California, European, French
Dining Options: Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms, Take Out
Neighborhood: South Pasadena
COST: $$
4
Mélisse 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Catering, Disabled Accessible, Parties / Private Rooms
Cuisine: Continental, European, French
COST: $$$
5
Ortolan 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms, Sommelier
Cuisine: European, French
Neighborhood: West Hollywood
COST: $$$
6
Sona 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Disabled Accessible, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms, Pastry Chef, Sommelier
Cuisine: European, French
Neighborhood: West Hollywood
COST: $$$
7
La Crêperie Café 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Live Music, Parties / Private Rooms
Cuisine: European, French
Neighborhood: Long Beach
COST: $$
8
Frenchy's Bistro 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms
Cuisine: European, French
Neighborhood: Long Beach
COST: $$
9
Mistral 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms
Cuisine: European, French
Neighborhood: SHERMAN OAKS
COST: $$
10
Cafe Beaujolais 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: European, French
Neighborhood: Eagle Rock
COST: $$