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A Guide to Atlanta’s Top French Restaurants

Let’s get this baguette 🥖  Take a look at our guide to the best French restaurants around town if you’re in a Paris state of mind!  

Alon's Bakery - Croissant | Photo:
Alon’s Bakery – Croissant | Photo:

Alon’s Bakery

French gastronomy is famous all over the world, but it’s really their bread and pastries that are the real stars. You’ll be able to find beautiful tarts, créme brulee, éclairs, and macarons here. Their menu is more New American than French, strictly, but you can still find a salade niçoise on the menu. The lamb sandwich is also legendary–tomato, rosemary, garlic roasted lamb, red onion marmalade on country French bread combine in total deliciousness.  

Atmosphere - French Onion Soup | Photo:
Atmosphere – French Onion Soup | Photo:

Atmosphere Bistro

This hidden gem has been flying under-the-radar for years, They have a great outdoor patio that will remind you of the bistros and streets of Europe. Enjoy French favorites like escargot braised in garlic butter and confit de canard. They’ve got a takeout menu, as well, with a super comforting croque monsieur if you’re more comfortable eating at home at this time.

Bistro Niko - Profiteroles | Photo: Facebook/bistroniko
Bistro Niko – Profiteroles | Photo: Facebook/bistroniko

Bistro Niko 

It’s French food with a modern twist! Bistro Niko is an Atlanta institution and part of the Buckhead Life Restaurant Group with every French delicacy from duck leg confit to escargots topped with puff pastry to steak au poivre. Be sure to save room for dessert and enjoy their profiteroles–a typical dessert you’d find in the bistros of Paris that consists of delicate choux pastry topped with a dark chocolate sauce and vanilla ice cream. 

Bread & Butterfly

This a great spot to enjoy breakfast or brunch with your girl friends! This Inman Park restaurant might be the restaurant that feels the most like a French bistro in Paris, with beautiful green tiles inside and tons of patio tables throughout. The menu is casual but elegant. Enjoy croissants, perfectly poached eggs on toast, and jambon buerre for brunch. Or for something a little more comforting, the puff pastry tomato soup is decadently delicious.  

Cafe Alsace - Crepes | Photo:
Cafe Alsace – Crepes | Photo:

Cafe Alsace

A lot of Atlanta area French restaurants have a croque monsieur, have a creme brulee, but that might be the extent of the French fare they have. Cafe Alsace takes French cuisine to another level by offering true French fare, from beef bourguignon to ratatouille to beef wellington to coq au vin to cassoulet. They also specialize in spaetzle, a German dish that also can be found in the Alsace region due to German influences from past territory disputes between France and Germany over this region. At this time, they are curbside pick-up only. 

Cafe Vendôme  

This Sandy Springs spot has been a delight to the neighborhood for a few years now. The owner, Hamid Rouchdi, has made a commitment to using no preservatives and only the freshest ingredients. The pastries, croissants, and other baked goods are all top notch. The croque madame is traditional and perfect for cheese lovers, and they have a quiche that’s out-of-this-world.  Yes, it seems wild to describe a quiche as out-of-this-world, but it TRULY is a super creamy, super delicious out-of-this-world quiche! Find it at City Springs and on Roswell Rd. behind Cibo e Beve

Julianna’s Coffee & Crepes 

While not necessarily a French spot, this is THE place to go for a French favorite–crepes! Enjoy both sweet and savory crepes at this cute-as-a-button Old Fourth Ward spot, right near Krog Street Market. The bistro seating is irresistible when the weather is nice, and the interiors are cozy and inviting as well. 

Le Bilboquet - Pastry
Le Bilboquet – Pastry

Le Bilboquet 

We love this elegant Buckhead spot! Their patio is perfect for soaking in the vibes in fair weather. Hop on over for cocktails and drinks and stay for a fantastic dinner of French hits like moules marinieres, wagyu beef tartare, and duck confit. They also have a great brunch–get the flaming crepes suzette! 

Petite Violette - French Onion Soup | Photo: Facebook/VioletteRestaurant
Petite Violette – French Onion Soup | Photo: Facebook/VioletteRestaurant

Petite Violette

“The finest French restaurant in Atlanta,” and “I really feel like I’m in France!” are just some of the rave reviews diners are saying about Petite Violette (formerly known as Petite Auberge). Enjoy the live French music that plays most nights, the gorgeous ambiance, and outstanding dishes such as the French Onion Soup, Beef Wellington filet, and Sea Bass Florentine. You can also order them for catering, or rent out their private dining rooms and facilities to host your special event

Tiny Lou's - Ode to Blondie | Photo: Facebook/tinylousatl
Tiny Lou’s – Ode to Blondie | Photo: Facebook/tinylousatl

Tiny Lou’s 

The revamped and revitalized Hotel Clermont has taken extra touches to make the dining experience and ambiance as special as the rest. Walking into Tiny Lou’s is like taking a step back into a more glamorous place in time, and we love the tiny nods to that famous establishment in the basement that can be found in things like their “Ode To Blondie” dessert. Tiny Lou’s recently welcomed Executive Chef Jon Novak and Pastry Chef Charmain Ware to their roster, bringing French modern classics to the menu like prime beef carpaccio and steak frites. 

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