Best French Restaurants in Atlanta

10 Best Atlanta Frech Restaurants for a Special Occasion or Just Because

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. 


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!

Recommended for French because: There are always many French patrons here, lending to the authenticity of this restaurant.

Local Expert tip: Make sure to get there early as the restaurant closes at 6.

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Buford Highway

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!

Recommended for French because: There is a charming pianist at the entrance to the warm lighting and cozy atmosphere.

Local Expert tip: There is a great happy hour which features drink specials and specially priced appetizers.

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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.

Recommended for French because: This converted home in the Ansley Park neighborhood is cute but the cuisine is serious business.

Local Expert tip: Pre-fix menus $15 for lunch and $25 or $35 for Dinner Tuesday to Thursday

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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.

Recommended for French because: The restaurant in a quaint little spot, only holds about 30 people, but has a loyal following.

Local Expert tip: They sell pate by the pound.

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Babette's Café

Occupying a converted bungalow in the historic Highlands area, the dining room is pure Country French. You won't be disappointed with the array of classic delectable dishes offered up, including escargots and creme brulee. And while French fare plays heavily into their menu, the presence of other European influence can also be felt (and tasted) in dishes like Paella and Veal Piccata.

Recommended for French because: The French fare shines, with bonus points for a gluten free menu.

Local Expert tip: The country french decor is so romantic, many Atlanta couples have gotten engaged here.

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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.

Recommended for French because: Part of the Buckhead Life Restaurant Group, this is a beautifully appointed restaurant for group dining or a special occasion.

Local Expert tip: The noise level can be quite high, so may not be the best option for a romantic evening.

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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.

Recommended for French because: Although the restaurant is chic and classy it also feels quite comfortable as if you were invited to a friend's house.

Local Expert tip: The patio is lovely. Opt for patio dining whenever possible.

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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.

Recommended for French because: This is part of the Star Provisions restaurants, which are some of the best in the city.

Local Expert tip: There are pizzas and pastas to satisfy picky eaters too.

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