10 Best Bistros, Brasseries and Restaurants to Satisfy Your Desire for a Taste of France

Boston is home to a great deal of French restaurants, some that locals of French decent say serve the best French food outside of France. Each a bit different, ranging in everything from menu style to decor and falling in every type: formal to casual. Ultra high end dining experiences can be found at places like the time-tested Boston favorite Mistral, where fine dining is held to the highest standard. As well as more casual (and affordable) spots that serve home-style fare like Gaslight where you'll enjoy a laid back night with your friends and feeel like you are actually in Paris becasue the surroundings transport you to a true French Brasserie. Almost every neighborhood has a great French spot and some local eateries have turned into small Massachussetts "chains" with locations dotting the city's landscape like Petit Robert with multiple locations within Boston's city limits and one in a close suburb; each serving home-style cooking at reasonable prices and all just a bit different from the others. Restaurants on this list are chosen to provide you with a solid cross section of French options, from the high end to the casual one thing is certain, you'll be sure to love your expereince at each of the places 10best has found for you.



The defining restaurant of elegance in Boston, L'Espalier serves a nothing short of a perfect selection of caviars, cheeses and wines, both within the confines of their formal dining room and in the Salon. Four varieties of caviar are offered...  Read More



Aquitaine serves simple French food that is big on flavor and short on gimmicks. Their menu is filled with French staples like Sole Meuni?re, Crepes, Steak Frites, and Moules Frites and each is executed to perfection. Along with the classic...  Read More



Chef Tony Maws has been showered with accolades since opening his doors. Each night, Maws & crew create an ever changing a la carte menu that includes dishes like spice-bread-crusted wild boar chops and whole-roasted Vermont squab. The wine...  Read More



Petit Robert is as close to home-style French as you can get. Locals who have lived in France find memories of family meals in their food. Loving the Escargots, as much as the Chicken Coq au Vin with Buttered Noodles; claiming them as good as...  Read More

Miel Brasserie Provençale
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As Boston's first Provence-themed brasserie, Miel has asserted itself into the city as more than just a hotel restaurant, and has created a following of locals who come for the food, ambiance and their extensive selection of rose. Meaning ...  Read More



Mistral has been synonymous with sophisticated French food since opening its doors in 1997. Attracting those in the know, Mistral's high prices have proven themselves warranted for the excellence of their menu items. The uncomplicated French...  Read More



A casually elegant interior is swanky without being stuffy. Small tiles seem to glisten from the light reflecting off their shiny surface. The lively bar scene is the perfect place to sit solo and order a light meal, or a simple snack including...  Read More


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