Vive la France: Ten Top Dallas Eateries For Gallic Gourmets

French food might not dominate the Dallas dining scene like it once did, but it's still going strong. From light-as-air soufflés to coq au vin and steak frites, the city can be a Francophile’s paradise–provided you know where to look.
And one of the best places to start is on Lower Greenville Avenue at The Grape. This cozy bistro has been dishing up French classics (think grilled beef tournedos and roasted chicken) for over 40 years to much success.

Over in the Oak Lawn, you'll find Parigi (meaning Paris in Italian)–  a popular neighborhood spot, that even three decades in, remains just a good as ever. Perhaps it's because this place successfully combines great food with good booze and terrific hospitality.

In the mood for a soufflé? Then you're in luck at Rise, where you can get stuck in to a menu devoted to this puffed up French classic.

Locals have been flocking to Mercat Bistro for a French fix ever since it opened in Uptown back in 2013. This place serves all the classic hits, from charcuterie to veal sweet breads and steak frites. It also cranks out a killer menu for brunch and lunch. The croque madame here is definitely not to be missed.

But wait, there's more: From upscale restaurants to classic bistros, here are ten of the best spots to get your feast on French style. Bon appétit.    

Le Bilboquet
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Continually packed with Dallas' well-heeled happy-hour crowd, this New York offshoot has atmosphere in spades. Even if the food wasn't good, folks would still be coming here for late-night drinks and leisurely afternoons out on the terrace. But...  Read More

Cadot Restaurant
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This polished Far North Dallas bistro is widely loved for its seamless service and consistently delicious food. Not only that, everything is sensibly priced, especially considering the quality of the offerings. The restaurant belongs to...  Read More

Lavendou Bistro Provencal
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Don't let the strip mall locale fool you. Pascal Cayet's romantic, brick-walled gem wins fans for its friendly staff, terrific food and reasonable prices. And it's been kicking it up Provençale style since 1996. The menu features a roster of...  Read More

St. Martin's Wine Bistro
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Often billed as one of the most romantic restaurants in Dallas, this much-loved neighborhood stalwart oozes old-fashioned glamour with its dimly-lit Victorian decor, intimate little nooks and a menu that shines with comforting, Francophile...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Instagram User Aldo Sand

Veer off the beaten path from the main Bishop Arts dining area to find this lively rustic bistro serving delicious Gallic specialties to a packed house every night. You're sure to find all of your favorites like beef tartar and steak and frites,...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Kevin Marple

Comfortably chic with a bustling atmosphere and a friendly vibe to match, Parigi (meaning Paris in Italian) is a cozy neighborhood bistro, that even three decades in, remains as popular as ever. Owner and chef Janice Provost deals in delicious...  Read More

Toulouse Cafe and Bar
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With its fin-de-siècle decor and all the de rigueur trappings of a proper bistro--Café Toulouse would sit just as comfortably on the Left Bank of Paris (or perhaps in the center of Toulouse) as it does in Dallas. From weekend brunch to all-day...  Read More

The Grape
Photo courtesy of The Grape

With its cozy, rustic surrounds, seamless service and sensibly priced repertoire of smartly executed bistro cuisine, it's easy to see why this Greenville Avenue fixture has enjoyed an enduring appeal for over four decades. In addition to a...  Read More

West Lovers Lane
Rise No. 1
Photo courtesy of Rise No. 1 Instagram

It's a rarity to find soufflé on a restaurant menu these days, much less a place boasting a menu almost entirely devoted to this puffed up French classic. Enter Rise, a rustic French-inspired bistro showcasing ethereal soufflés in versions...  Read More

Mercat Bistro
Photo courtesy of Mercat Bistro Facebook

If you want somewhere more French than this Uptown eatery, you'll need to hop a flight over to Paris. And though it bills itself as a European contemporary bistro–everything about Mercat– from the menu items scrawled across the mirrors over...  Read More


Meet Ilene Jacobs

As a perpetual wanderer, foodie freak and wannabe chef, Ilene is always on the lookout for the best places to see, eat, drink and sleep. Ilene got hooked on this wanderlust lifestyle after...  More About Ilene

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