Located in the Wedgewood Hotel, Bacchus is a local gem that's been around for years. The room is filled with touches of rich wood, jewel-toned velvet, and soothing music from the live pianist. They're open from the early morning hours for breakfast through to the evening for dinner and drinks. The menu is chock-full of delicious options. Start with the Nova Scotia lobster bisque served with smoked pepper beignets and cognac créme fraîche before tucking into the beef tenderloin and braised short rib that's served with creamed polenta, roasted root vegetables, and pan juices. Be sure to save room for a French classic, vanilla creme brulee! After dinner, head to the lounge for a night cap in front of the warm fireplace.
Recommended for French because: The atmosphere at Bacchus Restaurant & Lounge is one of the most cozy and romantic in the city. Paired with delicious food and you're set.
Natasha's expert tip: They offer complementary valet parking for dinner guests.
Provence Marinaside is a go-to restaurant when you're chasing the sun with a hungry belly. Open for breakfast, brunch (weekends), lunch and dinner, a French meal can be enjoyed any time of day. Breakfast and brunch has all of your classic favorites, like eggs Benedict, crepes, and omelettes. No brunch is complete without a mimosa and they have a few different twists on the classic. Lunch and dinner offerings are comprised of French classics, West Coast-inspired plates and lovely antipasto options that are great for sharing. While the French food draws people in, the waterfront views are a welcome addition. The patio fills up quickly on warm days so if you want to sit outside and soak up the sun, get there early.
What happens when you combine traditional French and modern Vietnamese cooking? Linh Cafe, of course. This family-style restaurant's atmosphere is cozy and fuss-free, the service is friendly, and the food is excellent. Tai Nguyen, chef and owner, moved to Vancouver from North Vietnam in 2001 and after learning from some of the city's best French chefs, his love (and skill) for French cuisine was developed. The menu can be described as "authentic country-style French cuisine with a twist of Vietnamese cuisine". Diners will enjoy French dishes like chicken fricasse and cassoulet or Vietnamese dishes like the Hanoi breakfast (beef noodle soup) and banh mi cay hai phong (spicy baguette sticks); it's all about enjoying the best of both worlds here. Located in Kitsilano on West 4th Ave, Cafe Linh is easy to get to. They're open for brunch, lunch, and dinner, Wednesday through Sunday.
Recommended for French because: Linh Cafe's chicken fricasse with tomato confit, preserved lemon, and couscous is light and satisfying.
Natasha's expert tip: If you want to order the steak tartar, they ask that you call ahead to place your order.
Want to feel like you've turned the corner and landed in Paris? Seek out this little cafe right in the middle of the French Cultural Center and your wallet will thank you in more ways than one; no airfare for starters, and a great value on well-prepared dishes. You'll need a rudimentary knowledge of French to make a selection from a menu that includes classics such as carnard confit and lapin grille entrees and for dessert creme brulée du jour or decadent gâteau ganache. The changing weekly table d'hôte is also a great deal. A leisurely brunch at Salade de Fruits is a wonderful way to spend a Saturday or Sunday.
Recommended for French because: You don't often see rabbit on menus here, but it's a classic French ingredient and Salade de Fruits Cafe's cuisse de lapin confit is delicious.
Natasha's expert tip: They are closed Sunday and Monday, but open the rest of the week for lunch and dinner and weekend brunch.
Jules Bistro has been a Gastown staple for those looking for French cuisine since 2007. Born and raised in Dijon, France, owner and chef, Emmanuel Joinville, brings his skillful love of cooking to each dish he creates. After his apprenticeship and opening his own restaurant in Dijon, he ventured to Paris where he opened a small gastropub near the Eiffel Tower before moving to Vancouver and opening Jules Bistro. Set among Vancouver's cobblestone streets, Jules Bistro serves traditional French dishes with West Coast touches. On the menu you'll find classic dishes like escargots bourguignonne, duck confit, moules frites and flavourful steaks served with your choice of sauce. For dessert, a sour cherry clafoutis with buttermilk-lemon sorbet does just the trick and is the perfect blend of sweet and tart. Jules Bistro is open for lunch, dinner, happy hour and weekend brunch.
Recommended for French because: The steak tenderloin with ratatouille, scalloped potatoes, and a red wine reduction at Jules Bistro is a must order.
Natasha's expert tip: They're open for brunch so if you're looking to start your morning off in a romantic way, head to Jules Bistro.
L'Abattoir is located in the centre of Gastown between historic Gaoler's Mews and Blood Alley. The restaurant was built in the 19th century and is the site of Vancouver's first jail. Originally buttressed to the city's main butchery and meat packing district, the name L'Abattoir pays homage to the neighborhood's colorful past. Set in a refurbished brick and beam building that combines classic French tile work with industrial fixtures, natural wood, and glass and steel finishes. The restaurant offers a bar and lounge setting, elevated dining room and a plush, sun soaked atrium. The menu showcases artfully prepared dishes that pay homage to French cuisine.
Recommended for French because: L'Abattoir offers a unique take on French food that sets it apart from other restaurants in Vancouver.
Natasha's expert tip: The cocktails at L'Abattoir are excellent.
Bistro Wagon Rouge is the sister restaurant to Red Wagon, a popular brunch spot in Vancouver, but the only things they have in common are great food and reasonable prices. Bistro Wagon Rouge is a blue collar French restaurant in East Vancouver. It's the epitome of a neighborhood restaurant-its cozy atmosphere, daily specials, and great service have attracted a following of regulars. The menu includes classic French dishes like steak frites, onion soup, terrines, cassoulet and other familiar dishes. The menu changes regularly because they use what's fresh and in season, which makes dining here a new experience each time. The food is excellent and the price point is very reasonable for what you're getting.
Recommended for French because: Most dishes at Bistro Wagon Rouge are under $20 (with a few exceptions) and the menu changes daily so you're always in for a treat.
Natasha's expert tip: If you're just looking for a drink and a small bite, the bar is comfy and has a handful of stools.
If you have a love affair with Parisian cafes, Au Comptoir in Vancouver's Kitsilano doesn't disappoint. They're also open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner so you've got options. In the morning go for the flaky pastries or the omelette with gruyere, fine herbs, and salad; with a cafe au lait, of course. For lunch, you've got light and hearty options that'll keep you going for the rest of the day. The house burger and frites is worth the midday splurge because it's made with house ground beef, onion jam,and raclette cheese. Feeling extra indulgent? Add foie gras. Throughout the week they have various specials (along with the regular menu) that complement the well-stocked wine list. The space itself nods to Parisian cafes; from the outside, classic French bistro chairs greet guests. When it comes to service, it's friendly and efficient.
Recommended for French because: Au Comptoir is open from the early morning hours until later into the evening so a French meal can be enjoyed anytime of day.
Natasha's expert tip: If you're a burger fan, you've got to order Au Comptoir's. It's made in-house, it's incredibly juicy, and it's packed with flavor.
Chef Michel Jacob's Alsatian-style cuisine is one for the books and absolutely worth the splurge. From the warm and inviting atmosphere to the impeccable service and incredible dishes, Le Crocodile continues to be a local favorite for special occasions. The menu boasts plenty of sumptuous hot and cold starters that set the stage nicely for the main event. Finish your meal with French cheeses or a sweet treat to complete your experience. Le Crocodile is a Vancouver institution and has been around for over 30 years. Locals know they can go to Le Crocodile for a consistently good meal and that old school French charm, making it one of the best restaurants in the downtown core.
Recommended for French because: Le Crocodile has been a French institution in Vancouver for over 30 years. It's also a wonderful place to go for celebratory meals.
Natasha's expert tip: It's advisable to make a reservation.
Les Faux Bourgeois is a favorite among Vancouverites because the food is excellent, the atmosphere is warm, and the price is right. You don't have to spend a bundle to enjoy classic French cuisine in Vancouver, making this spot a perfect place to take a date. Most main course dishes are under $25 and the portion sizes are generous. The menu features traditional French dishes like canard confit, mussels in white wine, and coq au vin. Appetizers include escargots de bourgogne, sweetbreads, country style pork pate and other mouth watering treats to start your meal. The menu hasn't seen any major changes since opening and diners love that they know they can always count on their favorite dish being on the menu. Daily specials are offered for those looking for a change, or to try something new.
Recommended for French because: Les Faux Bourgeois' dishes are affordable and don't compromise flavor, quality, or serving size.
Natasha's expert tip: If you're planning on going on a weekend during peak hours, make a reservation a couple of weeks in advance. Otherwise, you may not be able to get a reservation until 9pm.