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Steak frites at République
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman Steak frites at République

L.A.’s best French restaurants

Channel your inner Parisian with a visit to one the best French restaurants in Los Angeles. Caviar, anyone?

By Wilder Shaw
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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.

Dine at one of these French restaurants

République
Photograph: Ryan Tanaka

1. République

Restaurants French La Brea

If there’s one French restaurant in L.A. that can’t be stopped, it’s République. The La Brea eatery is one of Jonathan Gold’s favorite spots, but if that isn’t enough to convince you, just take a look at the lines that form during breakfast, lunch and dinner. It’s hard to tell which is more stunning: the menu or the dining room itself. The cathedral-esque space—originally built for Charlie Chaplin—is a beauty, but it’s the food lineup that will likely blow your mind: salmon tartines and brioche French toast, kimchi fried rice and shakshouka, duck liver mousse and steak frites—chefs Walter and Margarita Manzke nail each one of these admirably.

Omelette at Petit Trois
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman

2. Petit Trois

Restaurants French Hollywood

Petit Trois is just what it sounds like: a smaller, more accessible version of Trois Mec, the younger sibling offers the same quality of food on a menu that won’t leave as much of a hole in your wallet. Oh, and Petit Trois doesn’t even allow reservations. Everything here is a winner, but Petit’s hallmark just might be the omelet—despite the fact that it’s truly just made with fluffed eggs, Boursin cheese and plenty of butter, most people swear it’s one of the best dishes they have ever tasted. Don’t believe us? Better head over and find out for yourself. That is, if you don’t wind up ordering the Big Mec first, which is undebatably one of the city’s most iconic between-buns dishes.

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Le Petit Paris
Photograph: Courtesy Le Petit Paris

3. Le Petit Paris

Restaurants French Downtown Historic Core

While many of L.A.’s French restaurants expand beyond traditional French cooking, Le Petit Paris focuses on the classics. They’re also open during the day; though lunch and dinner are excellent (think top-notch French onion soup, foie gras and sorrel-roasted salmon), you should definitely give the Sunday brunch buffet a whirl. For $49, diners have access to plenty of options, like a Benedict station, seasonal carving stations, fresh French pastries, charcuterie and a chocolate fountain.

Marvin
Photograph: Courtesy Marvin

4. Marvin

Restaurants French Beverly

This slick Beverly Grove hot spot has been drawing a crowd since opening its doors. Wine pairing is the name of the game here, and between Marvin’s extensive wine list and knowledgeable staff, you’d be hard-pressed to make the wrong choice. Gather up a group and split some stuff, like the house ratatouille, white anchovies or that A+ heirloom tomato and burrata salad. And yes, Marvin is another one of those French spots that you shouldn’t leave without ordering a poached pear.

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Papilles
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5. Papilles Bistro

Restaurants French Hollywood

Papilles Bistro, a discreet restaurant located right by a 101 freeway onramp, boasts one of L.A.’s best prix-fixe dinners. The French strip-mall legend (owned by Santos Uly of Lost at Sea and Mignon wine bar) has managed to keep its menu fresh and relevant. For $38, diners can tuck into a three-course meal bursting with French classics, with additional snacks included. Try the duck à l’orange or the bluenose bass. And while you’re at it, go for the rotating, supplemental side dish, because it’s always a knockout.

Melisse
Photograph: Courtesy Melisse

6. Mélisse

Restaurants French Santa Monica

Michelin-starred chef Josiah Citrin is behind Mélisse, a fine-dining restaurant that specializes in elaborate tasting menus. The price tag starts at a cool $135 for four courses, running up to $195 for a whopping 10 courses, but you’ll get to indulge in plates full of Golden Osetra caviar, Maine diver scallops, seared foie gras, prime rib eye, stuffed rotisserie chicken and an unforgettable egg caviar. Don’t fret if you’re not into meat—there’s a vegetarian tasting option as well. Mélisse is easily one of L.A.’s most upscale dining experiences, so if you’re celebrating a special occasion, impress your dinner companion and book a reservation here.

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Avec Nous
Photograph: Courtesy Avec Nous

7. Avec Nous

Restaurants French Beverly Hills

Are you staying at L’Ermitage Hotel? Are you anywhere near L’Ermitage Hotel? Are you in L.A. at all? All of these are great reasons to visit Avec Nous, the upscale French spot tucked away inside said hotel. The menu is packed with goodies like Gruyère omelets, a standout Niçoise salad and rack of lamb. The cocktails are exceptional as well—there’s a French 75, of course—and you’d do well to order a few.

Caviar burger at Petrossian
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman

8. Petrossian

Restaurants French West Hollywood

When it comes to French restaurants in L.A., Petrossian is just what you need in a sea of elaborate tasting menus. Head to this West Hollywood institution for a homey, relaxed vibe that does caviar the right way. It offers the ultimate French brunch, with options like smoked fish platters, cheeses, charcuterie and plenty of caviar and accompaniments, and of course, teas, coffee and jams. People also lose their minds for the caviar martini, and there are even monthly caviar classes. Did we mention the caviar?

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