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Best French Cafés, Bakeries and Restaurants In and Around LA

July 13, 2011 9:24 PM

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Whether you love Paris or simply enjoy the culinary delights from the City of Lights and beyond, our guide to the best boulangeries, patisseries, bistros and brasseries will give you a taste of French foods that may even transport you (for a short time) to your favorite sidewalk café in Montmartre or bistro in the Côte d’Azur. Bon appétit!
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Fig & Olive

8490 Melrose Place
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 360-9100
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Newly opened in March 2011, Fig & Olive Melrose Place brings a bit of the French Riviera to West Hollywood in an expansive 8,000 sq. ft. split-level space. One can almost taste the coastal regions of the Mediterranean in dishes such as the Fig Gorgonzola Tart and Lemon Sole Papillote. Executive Chef Pascal Lorange pairs their signature ingredient, olive oil, beautifully with each dish.

Read about Fig & Olive’s Special Bastille Day Menu

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Normandie Bakery

3022 S Cochran Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90189
(323) 939-5528
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This unassuming bakery is in a slightly obscure neighborhood, but the only uncertainty will be in what to order when faced with mouth-watering, colorful French desserts, freshly-baked croissants and baguettes. Some customers swear this is the best French bakery in Los Angeles. The baguettes are light and airy with a crispy exterior and breakfast prices are low ($7 average). Normandie is also well-known for their homemade pate and make a ton of it (literally) every day.

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La Provence Patisserie & Café

8950 West Olympic Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
(310) 888-8833
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This Parisian gem has some of the best food, cakes and pastries in town. Pastry chef and owner, Farshid Hakim, honed his skills at the Hotel de Paris and prepares exquisitely beautiful French confections, such as cream puffs, tarts, napoleons and his famously delicious macaroons. La Provence is a great place for breakfast as well, with several egg dishes, brioche French toast, Belgian waffles, and breakfast sandwiches to choose from.

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Marche Moderne

3333 Bristol St
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 434-7900
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The best French restaurant in Orange County has to be Marche Moderne, located at South Coast Plaza above Tiffany & Co. Husband and wife cooking team, Florent and Amelia Marneau, put a contemporary twist on classic French dishes, emphasizing local farm-fresh fruits and vegetables. The décor of the intimate dining room is simple and sophisticated, with dark wood floors, white linens and French doors that lead to a rooftop patio. Try the three-course prix fixe menu, which ends with Amelia’s incredible desserts.

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La Petite Creperie

3809 Grand View Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90066
(310) 437-0226
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A variety of both savory crepes “galettes” (made from buckwheat flour) and sweet crepes (made from wheat flour) are offered at La Petite Creperie, which makes one of the best crepes in LA. Try the Citron crepe for dessert (lemon, sugar and butter), which is deliciously tart and sweet. This charming café has a homey, rustic feel and is very inviting. Excellent French press coffee and house made berry jam should not be missed ($8/jar).

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6250 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 798-1355
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Dining at Delphine at the W Hotel in Hollywood, is like stepping into an unpretentious brasserie in France’s Côte d’Azur. Classic dishes such as escargots, niçoise salad, steak frites with béarnaise, and cassoulet are joined by a variety of tapas, seafood, pastas, salads and sandwiches. Enjoy a seasonal hand-crafted cocktail in this chic, yet casual Provençal spot and oogle the selection of les fruits de mer from a bountiful raw bar.

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Ratata Buffet Froid et Petits Plats

1884 Westwood Blvd.
(310) 475-5900
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Co-owners Zaïa Lebtahi and Jeremie Cibert left France in 2007 and set about to recreate an authentic Parisian bistro with a warm and friendly atmosphere, similar to those found in Montmartre. They’ve created a place where people can gather to read, write, dream and eat traditional French dishes at reasonable prices. Live performances add to the convivial atmosphere, including Chef Zaia, who sings as well as cooks.

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Gerard’s French Restaurant

9814 Magnolia Ave
Riverside, CA 92503
(951) 687-4882
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Gerard’s may look like a humble, hole-in-the-wall café, but inside it’s something else altogether. Elegant décor and an intimate atmosphere make for a perfect place to celebrate a special occasion. Both the food and service are excellent and the prix fixe menu is a real value.

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La Cachette Bistro

1733 Ocean Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 434-9509
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After hiding away in Century City for 15 years as a traditional French restaurant, La Cachette reinvents itself as a contemporary bistro in its new digs on Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica. The bistro has a similar menu to the original, but is less expensive. Chef/owner Jean Francois Meteigner is known for making lighter French fare and shops regularly at the local Farmers’ Market, putting a California spin on classic French cooking.

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Christophe’s Restaurant & Lounge

296 N. 2nd. Ave.
Upland, CA 91786
(909) 256-4327
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Christophe’s has been on many “Best French restaurants” list, and deservingly so. This hip brasserie in downtown Upland has style and a lounge-like atmosphere that delivers French classics, such as frog legs, duck breast and beef bourguignon with aplomb. The menu is a fusion of French, Italian and Asian influences.

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1104 Wilshire Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 395-0881
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Melisse is sophisticated, refined and nearly perfect–the epitome of French fine dining. People come here for the special experience of having an evening filled with exquisite culinary delights and top-notch service. Melisse is one of the only restaurants in Los Angeles to earn a two Michelin Star Award. The food is simply superb.

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Café Beaujolais

1712 Colorado Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90041
(323) 255-5111

This Eagle Rock neighborhood café has a warm and authentic French country-feel to it, with French-speaking waiters and freshly baked baguettes. Beamed ceilings, a wooden bar and colorful French posters add a rustic charm. Stand out dishes are: the escargots (drenched in butter and garlic) and the shrimp and scallops with creamy potato. Finish off your meal with a tangy lemon curd tart or creamy chocolate mousse. Voila!

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  • David Rivanis

    What do you do when half your family is unemployed as a result of the worst recession in American history? You open up a restaurant, right?
    I know it sounds crazy but that’s how The Market Grill Monrovia started.
    It was the brainchild of our daughter and son-in-law Tracy Ramirez a graduate of Pacific Oaks College Pasadena and Alex Ramirez a graduate of The Southern California School of Culinary Arts also in Pasadena.
    When they first approached us with the idea, my wife Becky and I had no doubts about their abilities, but wondered if taking a risk in these times was wise. They were both out of work, Becky had just been laid off, and the financial institution I work for had just been taken over by the NCUA due to a multi billion dollar loss in mortgage backed security investments. In spite of all of all these negatives we decided to invest what we had into the venture.
    Our kid’s philosophy that good food should be affordable was a sound one. They wanted to bring that type of restaurant to the neighborhood in which they lived. It would be a soup, salad, and sandwich shop and bakery where everything was made from scratch the old fashioned way.
    The abandoned taco shop in The Monrovia Market would be the location. With the help of family and many friends it was transformed into the cozy little diner we have today.
    18 months later we have taken 4 people off unemployment and put them on The Market Grill payroll. Yelp members have consistently rated us over 4.5 out of 5 stars, and listed us as one of the best burgers in L.A. We also make a killer New England Style hot dog even Jay Leno was happy to hear about. I know this because I hand delivered them to him at his Big Dog Garage. We come from neighboring towns in Massachusetts.
    US Congressman David Dryer congratulated us at the last National Night Out Barbeque near our home in San Dimas for starting a successful business during such an economically difficult time. We have become a favorite child in Monrovia with the Mayor, The Monrovia Fire Department, Trader Joe’s corporate office down the street as well as other businesses and residents in the community. There have been numerous articles and blogs written about us, including one by Peter Dills.
    We are hoping for a spot on Diners, Drive Inns, and Dives due to some of our unusual items like the bacon chocolate chip cookie and our lemon mint potato salad. Our burgers are fresh ground daily and we make our hamburger and hot dog buns.
    Look us up on Yelp and Facebook.

    • Melinda

      Go away spiic.

    • Gregory

      What does your place have anything to do with those posted on the article?
      Must you spoil the lime light for yourself and remove all others.
      What modesty you have.
      Your ridiculous for posting on this site with your free ad here. Will see how your reviews are in the future.
      Step off!

  • Stefan

    I have tried Normandie Bakery on several occassions. My advice to you is to call ahead and ask them to save what you want. You may get there and find the item sold out. It’s that good!

  • John

    No mention of La Vien Rose? Well I guess that is technically in the OC.

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