5 Best French Restaurants in Washington!

The French restaurants of Washington State offer refined excellence in food and atmosphere. Whether you’re in the mood for beef bourguignon in a cozy bistro or artisan crepes in a fine dining space, you will find some of the best in Washington State. If you love the rich flavors and delicate textures of French cuisine, these restaurants are for you. Here are our favorites. 

Maximilien, Seattle, WA

Maximilien is an award-winning French restaurant in the heart of Seattle's iconic Pike Place Market. With years of service, the restaurant chefs blend local ingredients with classic French cooking techniques to create a seasonally changing menu. From delightful Duck Confit to the unparalleled gorgeous view of Seattle, Maximilien is the perfect place for romantic dinners and special occasions.

Citron European Bistro, Tacoma, WA

With a multi-cultural menu that mirrors the foods of Germany and its neighbor, France, Citron European Bistro in Tacoma, Washington, offers amazing combinations of all things delicious. Open Tuesday through Saturday, this restaurant is open and inviting and once you dine here you’ll wonder why you didn’t try it before. Whether you’re a connoisseur of fine German and French food or just love experiencing new dishes, you can choices like the French onion soup, Wiener schnitzel, or Boeuf Bourguignon. 

Gainsbourg, Seattle, WA

Named for Serge Gainsbourg, a French singer from the 1960s, Gainsbourg has been described as a laid-back lounge serving reasonably-priced small plates of French fare with a nice selection of wines. The restaurant seeks to inspire appetites through appetizers, sandwiches, entrees, desserts, and a weekend brunch that will leave you craving more. Besides wine, you can enjoy imported and national beers, specialty cocktails, and non-alcoholic beverages that pair well with any meal. Come and experience Gainsbourg.

L’Oursin, Seattle, WA

If you’ve been looking for great French cuisine combined with a sustainable flair near the Central District of Seattle, Washington, you must stop by L’Oursin. Mentioned by Zagat as one of the “7 Sexiest New Restaurants and Bars in Seattle” and one of the “8 Unexpectedly Romantic Restaurants and Bars in Seattle,” and more, L’Oursin errs on the mischievous side of creative cuisine with its daily à la carte and tasting menus and the Sunday Fixed Menu offerings. This is a must visit for lovers of French food.

Red Cow, Seattle, WA

Part of the collection of Ethan Stowell restaurants, Red Cow is located in the Madrona area of Seattle, Washington, and offers a traditional French take on fine dining. With a full bar and some of the best house-made charcuterie and cheese plates in the state, you probably want to make a reservation here due to the popularity of the place. 

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