Ooh La La: Fine French Fare in Orlando

A.D. Thompson

By , Local Expert, Orlando
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True proponents of French dining know that just because it’s ooh-la-la doesn’t mean it has to be cha-ching. Sure, the most upscale venues are expensive, but for every $60 chateaubriand you might enjoy during a given special occasion, there are a hundred reasons to enjoy an exceptionally good cup of coffee alongside superior pastry – two things the French do very, very well. Submitted here for your perusal, a sampling of what Orlando has to offer by way of Paris, Lyon and other beautiful, well-known places in the land of luscious wine and superior cheese. From casual eateries such as Le Café de Paris in Dr. Phillips to quaint...  Read more »

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    Paris Bistro

    With delicious food and atmosphere, inside and out, Paris Bistro oozes romance right down to the Park...  Read more »

    Local Expert Tip: "Vive le brunch! Paris Bistro offers a great deal: $11.95 for two courses every Saturday and Sunday."

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    Le Coq Au Vin

    • Cuisine: European, French
    • Average Main Course Price: $32
    • Neighborhood: South Orange Ave

    A veritable Orlando institution for French cuisine in Orlando, Le Coq au Vin does it right, from crispy...  Read more »

    Local Expert Tip: "Le Coq au Vin prices its menu in smaller and larger portions. Nice for diners who are watching their waists, their wallets or both. "

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    Chefs de France

    • Cuisine: European, French
    • Average Main Course Price: $40
    • Neighborhood: Epcot ®

    Open for lunch, with Disney character interaction served alongside rich French fare, Chefs de France is a soft-entry into fine dining for wee ones.

    Local Expert Tip: "Like so many Disney fine-dining establishments, Chefs de France can fill up fast, whether you're planning to do "Bon Appétit from Chef Remy" or not. Reservations are highly recommended. "

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    Café de France

    With intimacy to match its fresh French fare and a quaint Park Avenue location, Cafe de France was made for date night.

    Local Expert Tip: "Cafe de France closes after lunch to prep for the dinner hour. Plan your visit accordingly. "

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    Le Cafe de Paris

    • Cuisine: European, French
    • Average Main Course Price: $8
    • Neighborhood: Doctor Phillips

    Great coffee, deadly pastries and charming hosts bring everyday France to your everyday suburban strip mall. C'est magnifique!

    Local Expert Tip: "For supreme decadence, try the chocolate croissant. With layers so delicate, you'll wonder how they managed to get all that butter in one pastry."

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    Chez Vincent

    Chez Vincent has received many titles over the years, including "Best New Restaurant" and "Best Desserts."...  Read more »

    Local Expert Tip: "Hannibal's on the Square is a newer counterpart to Chez Vincent, a sleek, beautiful lounge with an impressive menu. Stop in for a drink before dinner. "

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    The Venetian Room

    For relaxed elegance, superior service and phenomenal cuisine, the Venetian Room is a top choice for special occasion meals.

    Local Expert Tip: "This is one of Orlando's most popular venues for Valentine's Day. Book early!"

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    Monsieur Paul

    • Cuisine: European, French
    • Average Main Course Price: $40
    • Neighborhood: Epcot ®

    Rich, delicious cuisine in the Paul Bocuse tradition makes Monsieur Paul an undeniable hit for authenticity...  Read more »

    Local Expert Tip: "Schedule your meal accordingly and you just might have a brilliant view of IllumiNations, EPCOT's nightly fireworks show, from your table on the second floor. "

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    Cafe 906

    Little, local and family-run, Cafe 906 is a great place for breakfast, lunch and practicing your French with the friendly proprietor.

    Local Expert Tip: "Three words: salted pound cakes. These decadent food-stuffed breads hold savory treasures in the form of cheeses, pepperoni, olives and more. Nom. "

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    Benjamin French Bakery & Cafe

    Crisp salads, fresh croissants and a prime location in lovely Thornton Park make Benjamin's a pleasant post-park spot for people-watching.

    Local Expert Tip: "Benjamin's also offers a small selection of gourmet products, oils, vinegars, salts, candy and the like, which make great, quick gifts for the foodie of Francophile in your life."



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