Do you love French food? We do too, and that's why we dedicate ourselves to finding the best places to enjoy French cuisine in Fort Lauderdale. Sometimes chain restaurants just don't suffice, and the desire for the unique and delicious French food can only satisfy. Well, surrounding you are some of the finest French restaurants in South Florida, all of them run by some of the finest French chefs with well-known names and equally well-known reputations. We at 10Best have diligently scouted out these top eateries, and we've listened to our readers and their reviews of Fort Lauderdale restaurants. We share the places that get great buzz, like Wilton Manor's fun and friendly Le Patio and a Las Olas favorite, St. Tropez Bistro. We showcase the ever-popular Sage French Cafe and Lighthouse Point's Le Bistro Restaurant. We have listed those that have proven themselves over time, like La Bonne Crepe and the legendary Cafe de Paris, and 33rd & Dine. Then there is the lovely and out-of-the-way La Creperie, perfect for a quiet dinner any time of the week. And don't forget the truly unique Dania Beach favorite, Le Petit Cafe. We also want to point out good neighborhoods for French restaurants in Fort Lauderdale - Downtown, for instance, and a few welcoming neighboring suburbs. Ft. Lauderdale is an exciting city with so many of these hidden gems. So when the craving hits, and it certainly will, we'll make sure you get your French fix!
La Creperie is a truly lovely and quaint restaurant which has been serving traditional recipes direct from Britanny since 1992. Located in Lauderhill on University Drive between Oakland Park Boulevard and Commercial Boulevard, this cozy and friendly country French atmosphere which basks in old world charm, offers a delightful menu of quiches, soups, salads and a handful of authentic French dishes such as Canard du Jour and Frog Legs Provencal. La Creperie also offers a Thursday special for two with available items that simply must be tried. For a romantic dinner, casual family dining or even a private room which will accommodate parties of six or more, this real taste of French cuisine will please your palate! (954-741-9035)
Le Petit Cafe
This top rated French restaurant is a local favorite where French and American cuisine are offered in a pleasantly casual setting. Bring that special someone or the entire family for an experience that will surely draw you back. Start out with a choice of appetizer then take some time to decide on the entree. Of the many offered, choose from Brook Trout with Lemon & Parsley, or perhaps Veal Marengo in a Tomato Sauce or perhaps everyone's French favorite, Beef Bourguigon with Red Wine & Mushroom Sauce, every selection will all be tempting. stay for dessert. With a selection of Creme Caramel, Chocolate Mousse or Pastry Du Jour, just to name a few, this will be the ideal way to end an ideal evening. Also available is a mouth-watering lunch menu, stuffed crepes and dessert crepes. (954-967-9912)
When the majority of patrons at Le Patio are repeat customers and referrals, what more needs to be said? That is true test of a great restaurant. Winner of the Best Place to Close The Deal Award in 2011 and Best Outdoor Dining Award in 2010, this fun and memorable eatery is located in the fabulous island city of Wilton Manors, not far from the beach. With this city's high number of popular restaurants and happening nightclubs, Le Patio is a must-do for delicious food and a fun atmosphere that is welcoming to all. Owners Vero and Jean are renowned for their creative combinations of spices and sauces, and they place a high priority on the integrity of their dishes, and in keeping their customers happy and coming back for more. ((954) 530-4641)
Le Bistro Restaurant
Delighting patrons within its wonderful menu of French classics and clean cuisine, and followed by impressive reviews and a loyal following of locals, Le Bistro Restaurant is an amazing French eatery to grace South Florida. Located just north of Fort Lauderdale in beautiful Lighthouse Point, it is well worth the pleasant drive. Le Bistro is exactly what you think of when you think of a French restaurant with delectable items such as Beef Wellington, Medallions of beef au poivre and Tuscan style roasted filet of snapper. Many selected items are prepared light and flavorful. Chef Andy Trousdale prepares these specialties gluten free, fat free or low calorie. ((954) 946-9240)
La Brochette Bistro
A true treasure in the near-by suburb of Cooper City, La Brochette Bistro was opened in 1993 by Aboud Kobaitri and he has been delighting patrons with his exquisite eclectic menu of French favorites. La Brochette Bistro has an extensive list of delightful favorites such as French Fried Calamari, Baked Escargot, and Carpaccio of Beef Tenderloin and, of course, everyone's favorite, delicious French Onion Soup. Chef Kobaitri has a splendid variety of evening specials which include the freshest available seafood, including Roasted Italian Bronzini, and favorites such as Kurobuta Pork, which is Japanese pork grilled with a unique raspberry chipotle. La Brochette Bistro awaits! (954-435-9090)
Sage French Cafe
Join award-winning chef Laurent Tasic for the very finest in country French cuisine. With an elegant, bistro-style atmosphere, Sage French Cafe is a cherished local favorite. With two locations, one in Fort Lauderdale and the other in near-by Hollywood, this establishment features such delightful entrees as Daube de Boeuf, brie-topped Steak Maurice and roasted duck doused in a heavenly honey raspberry sauce. Perfectly prepared crepes, including the Crepe Languedoc with garlic sausage, cheese, apples and tomatoes, are equally as impressive. End your delightful meal by pairing purely sinful desserts like crème brulee with a smooth, rich espresso for the perfect finish. (954-565-2299)
La Bonne Crepe
With a list of awards and endless praise, La Bonne Crepe continues to please. If you like the idea of savory crêpes served in an ambience reminiscent of a quaint French bistro, then this restaurant's setting is for you. Located on the beautiful Las Olas Boulevard, with both indoor and outdoor seating, La Bonne Crepe is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner; this charming French restaurant specializes in French pastries, including more than 50 kinds of crêpes, as well as pancakes, waffles, French toast and signature omelets. The lunch and dinner menus feature traditional French dishes like Coquille St. Jacques and Frog Legs Provencal. (954-761-1515)
About Dale Mack
Dale Mack has been involved in Fort Lauderdale tourism and promotions for over twenty years. Working for Travelhost Magazine in Dallas, Texas, he was especially drawn to the edition published by the Fort Lauderdale Associate Publisher; the city's beauty, its energy and the fun-in-the-sun atmosphere. When an opportunity came to relocate to Fort Lauderdale by another company, Dale accepted. He has spent the last eleven years discovering "the Venice of America" and South Florida itself.
Dale is the author of three children's books and numerous articles. He has also worked as a copywriter for the South Florida real estate market.
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