Walter and Margarita Manzke's award-winning, critically acclaimed La Brea bakery and restaurant is the one French(-Californian) restaurant that can't be stopped. Brave the lines for brunch on the weekends, or head here in the evening with a reservation—or a bit of patience—to dine inside the cathedral-esque space that once housed Nancy Silverton and the late Mark Peel's Campanile. Interiors aside, the food lineup here will blow you mind from morning to night, from beautiful, seasonal fruit-topped pastries like the mango-topped passionfruit cream pie to the beef tartare and corn agnolotti come dinner.
L.A. is bursting with phenomenal food from every cuisine—Indian, Mexican, Greek, you name it—but the French food scene here is alive, well and better than ever. From traditional French cooking to experimental prix-fixe menus, food from the tres chic country takes a number of forms. But where to start? If you're looking for some top-notch places to get your steak frites fix—or maybe just a really good omelet—check out our guide to L.A.’s best French restaurants.