Food & Drink

Best French Cuisine in Seattle

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Café Campagne
1600 Post Ally
Seattle, WA 98101
206.728.2233

The Café has received rave reviews from its inception. Named as one of the top ten restaurants in its opening year by the Seattle Times and as one of the best restaurants in America by The Wine Spectator, Café Campagne has received the designation as Seattle’s top French Café/Bistro consistently by Zagat Survey, including Top 40 restaurants in Seattle, 2010. Discover Café Campagne for yourself, and fall in love with your own petite slice of France. The menu is based on Southern French, Mediterranean cuisine. Open for weekend brunch, lunch, dinner and happy hour, enjoy a wide selection of wines and champagnes, fresh salads, gourmet cheeses and an authentic French dining experience.

Bastille Café and Bar
5307 Ballard Avenue NW
Seattle, WA 98107
206.453.5014
http://www.bastilleseattle.com

The self-titled “damn good French cuisine” restaurant, has also gained attention from Bon Appétit Magazine. It’s an eclectic mix of Parisian and Northwest antique architecture in its cozy Ballard spot. With their rooftop garden (they give tours – just ask!) and aviary, to their partnerships with local farmers, foragers and fishermen, Bastille tries to use local and organic ingredients. Their menu includes French staples, along with a modern twist to keep things fresh. Serving Sunday brunch, dinners that run late into the night hours, lunches, happy hour and a back bar, there’s enough to keep the kitchen hopping all day long. And in the summertime, the patio seating makes you feel as if you’d stepped into a real French café.

Le Pichet
1933 1st Avenue
Seattle, Washington 98101
206.256.1499
http://www.lepichetseattle.com

Honored with a segment on The Food Network’s The Best Thing I Ever Ate in 2011, is Le Pichet’s Raclette Savoyarde, which they will feature on their menu in Fall, 2011. Open 7-days a week from 8:00am until midnight, this casual French bistro is the perfect place for a café au lait, casual lunch, or gourmet dinner. If you want to brush up on your high school French, or want to pick up another language, The French Conversation Table is a fun and relaxed way to meet people who are interested in French language and to hone your conversation skills. Just drop in to the restaurant between 4pm and 6pm every other Wednesday for unstructured French conversation. July dates for the French Conversation Table are 7/13 and 7/27. For more information, call 206 709-7674.

Place Pigalle
81 Pike Street
Seattle, WA 98101
206.624.1756
http://www.placepigalle-seattle.com

Pacific Northwest Magazine calls Place Pigalle “sexy, sophisticated, elegant and alluring….” a cozy, stylish bistro tucked away in the Pike Place Market, with a made-in-Seattle view and a well-executed menu of dishes. The restaurant is open 7-days a week, for lunch, drinks and dinner (Sundays they close at 3:00pm). A Pike Place fixture for nearly 20 years, Place Pigalle is fortunate enough to be within arm’s reach of all the season’s freshest produce at the Market. A warm and inviting little spot, come sit for a spell and enjoy a leisurely lunch or dinner.

RN74 by Michael Mina
1433 Fourth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
206.456.7474
http://www.michaelmina.net

RN74 Seattle is an urban wine bar by Michael Mina celebrating Burgundy and the Pacific Northwest. Michael Mina is a restauranteur and chef whose restaurants span coast to coast, from New Jersey to San Francisco to several upscale and successful spots in Las Vegas. Now home where he was raised, Michael has opened a Seattle restaurant that serves regional French cuisine punctuated with seasonal, fresh ingredients and bold flavors, all executed with a signature original twist. The restaurant is named after RN74, a highway that runs through the Burgandy region of France. With an extensive and excellent wine menu, Michael carefully executes each dish to bring out the flavors of the wine, not the other way around. You’ll feel as if you’ve slipped into a French railway station, even having paper tickets wrapped ’round your linen napkin. Communal tables, a full bar and cozy seating make this a place to come for a great cocktail, glass of wine, lunch or elegant dinner.

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