Explore the Flavors of France at Seattle's Best Restaurants

Do you love French food? Bien sur! We do too, and that's why we dedicate ourselves to finding the best places to enjoy French cuisine here in Seattle. We've diligently scouted out the top eateries, and we've listened to our readers and their reviews of Seattle restaurants. We share the places that get great buzz (like Café Campagne), and we showcase the ones that have proven themselves over time, like Le Gourmand. We also point out good neighborhoods for French restaurants like the downtown zone near Pike Place Market, for instance.

When the craving hits, we'll make sure you get your fix! French food in Seattle means fresh baguettes, quiches, soups, tartes, steaks, seafood and the decadent desserts we've all come to expect, but it also means fusion dishes inspired by global flavors. And of course extensive wine lists complement each food menu, and creative cocktails also make for excellent pairings in this modern age, too. All of these restaurants feature decor elements and ambiences that effectively reflect the romantic air of France; some whisk diners away to intimate Parisian eateries, perfect for a date night or a quiet spot in which to celebrate special occasions, while other venues have the feel of a bustling French cafe on a weekend morning. Either way, you will enjoy. La vie est belle!

Boat Street Café & Kitchen
Photo courtesy of Boat Street Cafe & Kitchen


This charming eatery offers French-style bistro food—lunch, brunch, dinner, cooking classes, private events and catering, too. Note that the venue now only serves happy hour and prix-fixe dinners on Friday, Saturday and Monday evenings....  Read More



A mainstay in the Pike Place Market for more than thirty years, Maximilien is a romantic and charming French restaurant with spectacular patio views. Owner-operated since 1997, Maximilien boasts the old-world charm of any romantic hideaway in...  Read More

Toulouse Petit Kitchen & Lounge


Toulouse Petit Kitchen and Lounge has been earning accolades almost since it opened. The ornate and filigreed interior of the space is just the beginning of a dining experience built upon the food, style and attitude of New Orleans' French...  Read More

Cafe Presse


This charming spot on South Capitol Hill near Seattle University (open since 2007) offers full coffee service featuring Caffe Vita coffee, house-made pastries, affordable French wines, a full bar open daily until 2 a.m., a newsstand of various...  Read More

Le Pichet


The skill in preparation that you'll find at this French bistro is practically awe-inspiring. From homemade sausages to a golden roast chicken, everything is provided the utmost care and given a light, capable touch. As a result, flavors shine...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Galdones Photography/RN74


Locals and visitors alike flock to RN74, Michael Mina's downtown outpost, known for its "creative, modern, yet simple interpretations of regional French cuisine." In the chic lounge area, visitors enjoy delectable treats like duck fat fries,...  Read More



If you can't get a reservation for lunch or dinner at Campagne and still want to experience the award-winning, bistro-style restaurant, then try the café for brunch. You can't go wrong, and you can visit the Market while in the area. The...  Read More



An intimate standout at Pike Place Market, this restaurant beckons you to spend romantic time with someone special. Whether you dine outdoors or inside the warm, inviting French bistro, find spectacular views. Indoor tables boast lovely window...  Read More

Brasserie Margaux


Filled with rich wood accents, snowy white tablecloths and elegant table settings, this restaurant in the Belltown neighborhood offers Northwest-influenced French classics in a comfortable, relaxed atmosphere. Start with the soup du jour; French...  Read More



Get transported to a Parisian cafe with charming, authentic decor like 19th-century sconces from a church in the French countryside, a clock that once hung in a Paris metro station and a host stand that once serviced a small French hotel. The...  Read More


Meet Corinne Whiting

Corinne hails from the other Washington, where she caught the travel bug early on. Corinne studied abroad in Strasbourg, France (undergrad) and in Edinburgh, Scotland (graduate school). She's...  More About Corinne