Ooh La La: Fine French Fare in Orlando
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 »
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."
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. "
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. "
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. "
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."
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. "
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!"
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. "
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. "
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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