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.
The warmth and rustic décor of La Petite Maison are only two of the features that create the charm of this French restaurant in Olympia, Washington. Using fresh locally-sourced ingredients, a wonderfully circumspect wine list, and the best in seasonal French cuisine are also part of what makes this one of the area’s most popular places. Open Tuesday through Saturday, there are private chef-inspired lunches from time-to-time with delicious hors d’oeuvres, entrees, and sides that will please your palate. This is the place to go for a leisurely romantic five-course dining experience.
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.
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.
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.
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.