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 Atlanta'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 Atlanta. We vet restaurants carefully for quality, and when we recommend popular eateries like Anis Bistro or tell you that Atmosphère Restaurant gets good reader feedback, you can believe it. From Buckhead to Emory, we'll make sure you get - and eat - what's best.
We've covered all areas of the city to make sure we highlight the very best French restaurants around. So, whether you want to enjoy happy hour at Violette off of Clairmont Road or visit Babette's Cafe for their immensely popular Sunday Brunch, you know you are going to have a spectacular experience with either.
If you are looking for fun lunch outing, we've got you covered there as well. Bistro Niko is a nice spot for an upscale lunch or for a business meeting.
Wherever you choose to dine for French food, rest assured you'll find a great spot when you pick from our list of 10 Best French restaurants in Atlanta.
10 Douceur de France
Douceur de France is located in a nondescript area of Marietta. Inside of a renovated old home, the restaurant is best suited for small groups, both for the space inside and the tiny parking lot outside. They serve authentic French food and delicious pastries.
Visit at lunch and try the Croque Monsieur ( bread, Bechamel sauce - white sauce, smoked ham, and Swiss cheese) or the Quiche Lorraine (ham, bacon, and Swiss cheese). On your way out, you'll want to stop and get some pastries to go. We recommend the macaroons.
Their cakes are also quite good and perfect for a birthday or wedding celebration! (770) 425-5050)
Between the charming pianist at the entrance to the warm lighting and cozy atmosphere, this is what guests can expect to find to welcome them to this cute restaurant in the Clairmont road area. Canard à la Lavande (duck with lavender infused sauce) escargot, mussels in a classic sauce are all menu standouts. Happy hour runs from 5:00 to 6:30. Drink specials are under $5 and there are plenty of appetizers to choose from that are of good value. So, grab your friends or coworkers and head over to Violette after a hard days work.
Desserts of bread pudding and sorbet are delicious! (4046333363)
8 Atmosphère Restaurant
The neighborhood surrounding Ansley Park doesn't want for lack of charm, and folks there surely thank their lucky stars that one of their neighbors just happens to be this romantic French number. Located in an old, restored home, Atmosphère serves up a casual, understated attitude befitting its bistro-inspired inspired setting. The cuisine, it must be noted offers well-conceived takes on French classics like steamed mussels mariniere, roasted duck confit, and raviolis niçoise with beef stew and red wine reduction.
They have lots of specials. Besides prix fixe meals during the week, they offer $5 tapas at the bar and the first Wednesday of the month, they host a wine tasting. (678-702-1620)
7 Le Giverny Bistro
This hotel-affiliated French restaurant does its most brisk business at lunch, thanks to patronage from surrounding offices. After a bite of Le Giverny's delightful cuisine, these folks know they've found something good. Steak frites, a perennial classic, is always a terrific choice, and sautéed rainbow trout with a touch of hazelnut butter satisfies the need for something both light and flavorful. Pork tenderloin, merlot-braised lamb shank, and pastas are also delicious -- whether you sample them day or night. If you are on a budget they have several prix fixe menus to choose from. Also a great spot for groups. (404-325-7252)
6 Petite Auberge
It was 1974 when Petite Auberge, nestled away in a corner of Toco Hill Center, first opened its doors, by the Gropp Family. The present finds Petite Auberge still tucked away in a corner of Toco Hills Center and still serving classical cuisine. Although throughout the years our menus have changed to include fresh seafood, German cuisine, and other modernizations, the basic classical French Continental menu is still the same. For over 30 years, Nestled away in a quiet corner of the Toco Hill Center, this original Atlanta French restaurant keeps its guests coming back with such distinctive favorites as Beef Wellington, Coq au Vin, Rack of Lamb and many more. (4046346268)
5 Cafe Alsace
This restaurant located in the Decatur Square is easy to miss - be on the lookout for it. French classics like Coq au Vin are on the menu and should not be missed. Other french classics like Chicken Cordon Bleu and Beef Bourguignon. They often times have crepe specials, filled with delicious meats like lamb. Desserts like pear tarts or puff pastries shouldn't be missed either. There are lots of novelties scattered throughout the restaurant that are for sale. The staff is friendly and cheerful. Note that the restaurant is closed on Mondays, so make your plans for other days of the week. (404-373-5622)
4 Babette's Café
Occupying a converted bungalow in the historic Highlands area, the dining room is pure Country French. One of the best things about brunch at Babette's Cafe's brunch is the drinks. The Bloody Mary's are quite glorious, probably due to the fact that they make just about all the ingredients in house. Although it is a popular brunch spot, the non-brunch dishes far outweigh the conventional ones. Stick to items like chowder and shrimp and grits over pancakes and omelets. However, the Babette's Benedict is a standout with perfectly poached eggs and a sun-dried tomato hollandaise. If you don't want to valet, there is a pay lot across the street. (404-523-9121)
3 Bistro Niko
This quaint bistro in Atlanta's bustling Buckhead area serves up traditional French fare in a casual, yet sophisticated, setting of antique decor and warm lighting that give the space a Parisian flair. The menu, complete with French titles and English descriptions, features savory selections. To begin, start with the piquillo peppers stuffed with cod and potatoes, ravioli special or smoked salmon sandwiches. For mains go for items like fried duck and large prawns in a creamy lemon sauce. Bistro Niko also serves an exquisite Sunday brunch with delicious omelettes, sandwiches, soups, and pastries that capture the true delicacy of French cuisine. (404-261-6456)
2 Anis Bistro
With its lazy, easy ambience, you'll want to linger in this wonderful bungalow restaurant, preferably on its enviable patio, and enjoy great French cuisine. Begin with classic, white wine-steamed mussels or trout or halibut before sampling the veal porter house with wild rice or, perhaps, thyme-roasted free range chicken with fingerling potatoes. Live jazz permeates the place on weekends. It is quite pleasant, not overbearing, still allowing for nice dinner conversation. Staff is very friendly and is quite adept at helping guests pick out a delicious wine to pair with their entrees.
Don't forget that the restaurant is open for lunch too. (404-233-9889)
1 Floataway Café
This fabulous French-inspired restaurant is located in Atlanta's warehouse district. The industrial feel of the neighborhood extends to the quirky decor, which includes milk bottles that serve as hanging lights. The menu features appetizers of pasta or baby squid, followed by outstanding potato gnocchi with veal sweetbreads, wodd-grilled hangar steak or penne with braised lamb. If you are looking to save some dough, they do also have pizzas on the menu. The nice thing about having such a diverse menu is that there is something for everyone on the menu, so it is definitely a crowd-pleaser. Save room for the mouth watering desserts too. (404-892-1414)
About Malika Harricharan
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