At 10Best, we're always on the lookout for Baltimore's best restaurants, and while we appreciate places that have a broad culinary range, we can't help but adore restaurants that specialize in a given cuisine. When we're in the mood for French food in Baltimore, we head to Tio Pepe - a reader favorite - or we count on The Prime Rib's solid track record and consistently great dishes. You'll find these places - and any of the restaurants on our list - to be fantastic options for French cuisine, and if you're looking to concentrate your efforts, start with the vibrant Downtown area.

The Prime Rib
Photo courtesy of Tamar Aleia Fleishman

This retro-hip steakhouse has a swingin' kind of atmosphere that makes you think you might spot Frank Sinatra and the rest of the Rat Pack hanging out at a back table. A recent Baltimore poll named the sophisticated spot the most popular...  Read More

Mt Vernon
Tio Pepe

Spanish candlelit dining at its very best. Enjoy "Paella a' la Valenciana" (known in English as chicken, sausage, shrimp, clams, mussels, and saffron rice). The potato puffs are great too. This is a cellar-level dining room, but don't let that...  Read More

McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurant
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McCormick & Schmick's has been serving hungry seafood lovers at Pier 5 near the Inner Harbor since 1998. When the weather is warm, patrons have access to outdoor dining on a first come, first serve basis. The menu changes regularly and the...  Read More


Classy dining room provides the perfect atmosphere for a decadent Southern Creole dinner.

Petit Louis Bistro
Photo courtesy of Tamar Alexia Fleishman

Housed in a charming Tudor style building in Roland Park, this delightful bistro impresses even the most persnickety clientele. The talented kitchen staff produces delicacies such as roasted steak in mushroom Madeira and coquilles St. Jacques...  Read More