Where to get the best French food in Vancouver

Sep 10 2019, 2:45 pm

When it comes to food, it is a universal fact that the French do some of the best.

From succulent meats to rich buttery sauces, some of the best and most beloved flavour profiles and dishes originate from France (not to mention all the flakey pastries and desserts that are to die for).

Lucky for us, we can indulge in fine French cuisine without the pricey international airfare at these best French restaurants in Vancouver.

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Le Crocodile

 

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For over 30 years, Le Crocodile continues to remain a fixture in Vancouver’s fine dining scene. From impeccable service to classic French dishes that tantalize your tastebuds, Le Crocodile is well worth the splurge. The menu features several French dishes like fatty duck breast and succulent veal medallions, but to truly complete your experience at Le Crocodile, you will want to save room for their Creme Brûlée A L’Orange. 

Address: 100 – 909 Burrard Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-669-4298 

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St. Lawrence Restaurant

 

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Chef Proirer’s Quebecois-inspired restaurant was named top ten new restaurants in Canada in 2018, so it is no wonder St. Lawrence has been on everyone’s lips. Classic French dishes like Grilled Hanger Steak with Bone Marrow and Braised Lamb Shoulder with Parisian Gnocchi populate the menu, but we recommend you start with their wildly popular Oreilles de Crisse. The deep-fried curly crunchy pork rinds are tossed in maple syrup and Montreal steak spice and arrive at your table overflowing from a maple-syrup tin can.

Address: 269 Powell Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-620-3800

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Au Comptoir

 

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From its French bistro chairs to its French-speaking staff, Au Comptoir is a little slice of Paris in Kitsilano. Pop by early morning for a breakfast of flakey house-made pastries or head by for a dinner of veal tartare and honey glazed duck breast. You can live your best Parisian food life all day long thanks to Au Comptoir. 

Address: 2278 West 4th Ave, Vancouver 
Phone: 604-569-2278

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L’Abbatoir

 

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At the intersection of historic Gaoler’s Mews and Blood Alley in Gastown is L’Abbatoir’s stunning glass-enclosed atrium featuring French tile work and a driftwood chandelier. The modern West Coast menu gives a nod to French cuisine and features flavour-packed dishes like Butter Poached Lobster Tail, Steak Diane, and Pan-Fried Veal Sweetbreads.

Address: 217 Carrall Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-568-1701 

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Jules Bistro

 

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Picture yourself in a Parisian cobblestone alleyway — in this case, Gastown’s Abbott street — and stumbling across a little bistro because that is how you will feel when you discover this gem, Jules Bistro. Serving French dishes with just the right amount of West Coast influence, you will find Moulard Duck Leg and juicy Tenderloin steaks with fat pats of herbed butter on the menu. 

Address: 216 Abbott Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-669-0033

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Tableau Bar Bistro

 

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With white and black checkered flooring and chocolate brown leather chairs, Tableau Bar Bistro is much a feast for your eyes as it is for your palette. The bistro honours its French roots by reimagining classics like escargots, bone marrow and steak frites, but also takes advantage of the fresh seafood that the West Coast has to offer. So you will also find some pretty epic seafood towers here too. In addition to their lunch and dinner service, Tableau Bar Bistro has recently added brunch. 

Address: 1181 Melville Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-639-8692 

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Bistro Wagon Rouge

 

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Bistro Wagon Rouge is the sister restaurant to Vancouver’s beloved Red Wagon, but whereas one serves brunch, the other focuses on classic French cuisine. The menu centres around the use of fresh seasonal ingredients; however, French favourites like Cassoulet, Terrine, and Steak Frites do make a regular appearance. 

Address: 1869 Powell Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-251-4070 

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Provence Marinaside

 

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France meets Pacific West Coast at the waterfront beauty Provence Marinaside. With the menu focused more towards seafood, indulge in Crab Cakes, Smoked Sablefish, and Sautéed Wild Prawns Provencal. Consult one of their knowledgeable sommelier to learn which wines will pair well with your meal for an unforgettable night in Yaletown. 

Address: 1177 Marinaside Crescent, Vancouver
Phone: 604-681-4144

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Cafe Salade de Fruits

 

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Tucked inside the French Cultural Centre on West 7th off of Granville Street is a casual French bistro that is cooking up hearty classics with a Parisian flair. Their Moules Frites are irresistible, mussels steamed in butter, garlic, cream, and white wine. The key is to sop up all the creamy saucy goodness with pieces of bread. 

Address: 1551 West 7th Avenue, Vancouver
Phone: 604-714-5987

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Les Faux Bourgeois

 

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The food is French, the atmosphere is delightful and the price is right, these are just three of the many reasons why Les Faux Bourgeois is beloved by Vancouverites. Enjoy classic French dishes like Escargot, Pate, Beef Tartar, and Mussels in wine sauce. 

Address: 663 east 15th Avenue, Vancouver
Phone: 604-873-9733

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Origo Club

 

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The 5,200 sq. ft. spot screams French bistro in style but has a visible array of Chinese elements, presenting the patron a feast for the eyes as soon as they walk in. Get French classics at this spot and you won’t be disappointed.

Address: 6888 River Road, Richmond
Phone: 604-285-8889

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