Essential French Restaurants You Need to Try in LA

From modern takes in the Arts District to ambitious tasting menus on the Westside, get your dose of French fare at these top spots.

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Le Petit Paris

The spectacular interior of the former El Dorado Hotel lobby here at this Downtown brasserie is worth a visit alone.



Downtown - $$$

While you’re checking out those circular crystal chandeliers and grand staircase, you might as well order up a cocktail and some oysters. And since you’re there, you might as well stick around for the Crispy Duck Breast, or go big with the Cognac-Flambeed Lobster or Truffle Burger.

How to book: Reservations are recommended.

Mistral

Since 1988, this classy French bistro has been winning loyal fans with its classic dishes, lengthy wine list, and sharp service.



Sherman Oaks - $$$

Thankfully not much has changed over the years, including the sparkling chandeliers, dark wood paneling, and vintage mirrored bar.

Be sure to check out the reliable takes on essentials like Steak au Poivre, Roasted Chicken, and an excellent Chocolate Soufflé.

How to book: Don’t forget to make a reservation — it’s a classic place.

Taix French Restaurant

This nearly century-old institution still serves up hearty French Basque country fare.



Echo Park - $$

Grab booth in one of the banquet rooms for dinner, order a bottle of French wine, and prepare for a feast of Ratatouille, Escargot cooked in shell, and bigger dishes like Duck à L’Orange (on Saturdays only), Braised Lamb Shank (Wednesdays), and Frog Legs, before finishing off the night with Chocolate Mousse or Crème Brûlée.

The beloved Echo Park hot spot was even given a historic monument designation in 2021.
How to book: Make a reservation online or by calling the restaurant at 213-484-1265 for Friday and Saturday nights.

The more casual lounge and bar take walk-ins on a first-come, first-served basis.

Marvin

This fun, casual bistro is perfect for grabbing a glass of wine and Steak Tartare at the bar



Beverly Grove$$$

Earlier in the day, you’ll find some excellent brunch options, including the Jamon Tomato Toast and the Asparagus with Fried Egg.

For parties larger than nine, food is served family-style for $55 per person, with plates like Ratatouille and Goat Cheese, Meatballs, Roasted Chicken and Fish du Jour on offer.

There's also an early evening happy hour from 6-7 pm with $10 wine, $6 beer, and favorites including Mussels, Mac and Cheese, Oysters, and of course Marvin's famous Cheeseburger.

How to book: Reservations are recommended.

République

While we can’t say for certain if Charlie Chaplin was a fan of French fare, we have a good feeling he’d be stoked to dine in his former office space.



Photo: Sierra Prescott, courtesy of République.

Mid-City - $$

The expansive space with exposed brick and large, front-facing windows is now a stunning, cathedral-like hotspot where chef Walter Manzke turns out exceptional renditions of French hits using farm-fresh ingredients.

How to book: Walk-ins accepted for breakfast, lunch, and brunch, but reservations are required for dinner.

Cafe Beaujolais

This laid-back neighborhood favorite is a refreshing option to some of the pricier French outposts around town



Eagle Rock$$$$

This laid-back neighborhood favorite is a refreshing option to some of the pricier French outposts around town, and has the added charm of a mostly-French waitstaff.

There’s plenty of hearty comfort fare to be had, like the Oven-Baked Chicken with Cognac and morels, or the Rack of Lamb with a mustard sauce.

How to book: Reservations are available via Yelp.

The Little Door

Hidden behind an actual little wooden door, the sparkling garden patio has played host to countless romantic dates



Beverly Grove - $$$

On the French-Moroccan-leaning menu, you’ll find winners like Spicy Mussels with a ras el hanout broth, Lamb Stew with merguez sausage and couscous, and some great desserts like a near-perfect Crème Brûlée.

Celebrate the occasion with an option from their long list of classic cocktails, bubbles, domestic and international wine lists, as well as aperitifs, digestifs, and dessert wines.

How to book: Reservations are required and seating is limited.

Avec Nous

Nestled inside the Beverly Hills' L'Ermitage Hotel, this elegant spot focuses on bistro classics with a contemporary spin



Beverly Hills - $$$

And offers a glitzy, Saint Tropez-inspired vibe.

The service is sharply attentive, and the roaming champagne and boozy candy carts are an added bonus.

Cafe Stella

Hidden behind a wall at the heart of Sunset Junction, Cafe Stella offers a bustling Parisian-style bistro



Silver Lake - $$

Complete with eclectic wall hangings, wicker furniture, and excellent French eats.

How to book: Walk-ins are welcomed but reservations are recommended.

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