Cuisine Fran├žaise: The Best French Restaurants in New Orleans

Kristopher Neild

By , Local Expert, New Orleans
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New Orleans embodies so much French tradition and culture, whether in architecture, fashion or food. With the latter being such a big draw for the many travelers that descend upon the Crescent City each year, eating at a French restaurant should be given a preferential spot on every visitor's "to do" list. 

Whether it's traditional or contemporary, fusion or Creole, New Orleans offers diners a variety of options when selecting a French restaurant. 

For le petit déjeuner (breakfast), check out La Boulangerie for excellent cafe au lait and chocolate croissants. Around lunch time, Lilette can be great for a cocktail and a...  Read more »

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    La Provence

    La Provence is literal carbon copy of a French farmhouse, situated on beautiful acreage that provide many of the fresh ingredients for their meals.

    Local Expert Tip: "You'll have to drive out of the city to get here, but will be greatly rewarded."

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    Restaurant August

    Restaurant August is an upscale dining marvel, doing a great service to the traditional French restaurants of old.

    Local Expert Tip: "Come for lunch if you don't want to hemorrhage cash, come for dinner if you are looking to impress."

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    Herbsaint blends French and Italian cooking methods with local ingredients for the creation of their mostly Southern style entrees.

    Local Expert Tip: "Saving room for dessert here is a necessity. Herbsaint recommends drink options to pair with each post-entree sweet."

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    Patois takes traditional French cooking style and fuses it with local food and flavors; the result is culinary brilliance.

    Local Expert Tip: "This spot is new, hip and known for its "farm-to-table" menu. "

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    French wines, scrumptious foods and a dining room referred to as the "sexiest in New Orleans" makes Lilette a necessary eating stop.

    Local Expert Tip: "Ladies love stopping in Lilette for lunch and drinks after boutique shopping "

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    La Petite Grocery

    • Cuisine: French
    • Average Main Course Price: $30
    • Neighborhood: Uptown

    La Petite Grocery head chef Justin Deviller was recently up for the James Beard "Best Chef-South" award.

    Local Expert Tip: "Don't be fooled by the name, as La Petite Grocery is named after the business that used to exist on the property; a specialty grocery store."

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    Cafe Degas

    • Cuisine: European, French
    • Average Main Course Price: $17
    • Neighborhood: Mid-City

    A tight space in an artsy neighborhood with great interior decor, Cafe Degas screams authentic French Bistro.

    Local Expert Tip: "A great place to go if you are a sucker for an innovative menu with crazy concoctions. "

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    Galatoire's Restaurant

    Galatoire's focus to serving authentic French-Creole cuisine is unmatched.

    Local Expert Tip: "Make a reservation, as Galatoire's is extremely popular among locals."

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    La Boulangerie

    La Boulangerie makes some of the best French breads and pastries in the city.

    Local Expert Tip: "Great place to read the paper, drink a French coffee, grab a pastry and plan the day's activities. "

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    Antoine's Restaurant

    Antoine's was established in 1840 and is the country's oldest run family restaurant. They must be doing...  Read more »

    Local Expert Tip: "Coming to Antoine's is as much or more about the history and tradition of the place."



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