Best French Restaurants in Vancouver: Indulge and Find Romance

Natasha John

By , Local Expert, Vancouver
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French food evokes a certain je ne sais quoi and when you're in the mood for it, nothing else will satisfy. Gooey french onion soup, rich beef bourguignon, comforting country pates, savory sweetbreads and creamy creme brulee are just a few of the dishes that come to mind.

Le Crocodile has been a fixture in both Vancouver's fine dining and French cuisine scene for decades. It's built its success on exquisite food, impeccable service and fabulous wine cellar. Expect to receive five star service and a memorable meal at Le Crocodile. If you're celebrating something special, Le Crocodile is a lovely choice.

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    Les Faux Bourgeois

    • Cuisine: European, French
    • Average Main Course Price: $19
    • Neighborhood: East Side

    Les Faux Bourgeois' dishes are affordable, but don't compromise flavor, quality or serving size.

    Local Expert Tip: "If you're planning on going on a weekend during peak hours, make a reservation a couple of weeks in advance. Otherwise, you may not be able to get a reservation until after 9pm."

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    Le Crocodile

    Order the tomato and gin soup. They have refined this classic soup and you will find Le Crocodile's version to be tr?s magnifique!

    Local Expert Tip: " Le Crocodile is not budget friendly, so make sure to bring your wallet."

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    La Régalade

    • Cuisine: European, French
    • Average Main Course Price: $20
    • Neighborhood: West Vancouver

    La Régalade beef bourguignon rivals what you would find in France. The portion is generous!

    Local Expert Tip: "La Regalade is located close to West Vancouver's Ambleside Beach, where an evening stroll along the Seawall is better than a night-cap on a nice evening."

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    Salade de Fruits Café

    You don't often see rabbit on menus in Vancouver, but it's a classic French ingredient. Salade de Fruits Cafe does a delicious cuisse de lapin confit.

    Local Expert Tip: "They are closed Sunday and Monday, but open the rest of the week for lunch and dinner and weekend brunch."

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    Twisted Fork Bistro

    Like any good French bistro, Twisted Fork makes their bread in house and the desserts are sinful.

    Local Expert Tip: "There's often a wait for brunch on the weekend, but it is worth it. Grab a coffee from a coffee shop near by and it will make the wait go by a little more quickly."

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    Le Parisien

    Even if you don't have a sweet tooth, the creme brulee at Le Parisien will convert you. It's decadent, but not overly sweet.

    Local Expert Tip: "They're open for lunch on weekdays and brunch on weekends."

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    L'Abattoir Restaurant

    • Cuisine: European, French
    • Average Main Course Price: $30
    • Neighborhood: Gastown

    L'Abattoir offers a unique take on French food that's unlike any other restaurant in Vancouver.

    Local Expert Tip: "Their wine list is fabulous and will not disappoint your palate."

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    Provence Marinaside

    The antipasto menu has plenty of tasty choices, but the chili squid is something else at Provence Marinaside

    Local Expert Tip: "If the weather is nice, stroll around the Seawall after breakfast. After all, it's just across the street!"

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    Pied-a-Terre's St. André triple creme cheese with strawberry jam and toasts is so worth saving room for, even if you've had an appetizer and main.

    Local Expert Tip: "If you're in the mood for Spanish tapas, one of their sister restaurants, Sardine Can, is a solid choice! "

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    Bistro Wagon Rouge

    Most dishes at Bistro Wagon Rouge are under $20. Occasionally, special dishes will be more, but they're well worth it.

    Local Expert Tip: "If you're just looking for a drink and a small bite, the bar is comfy and has a handful of stools."



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