The Best French Restaurants in Toronto
The best French restaurants in Toronto show off a wide variety of approaches to this iconic cuisine. Whether you have an appetite for moules et frites in a casual bistro setting or intend to celebrate with champagne in one of this city's most upscale dining rooms, these restaurants can accommodate your desires.
Here are the best French restaurants in Toronto.
See also: The best steak frites in Toronto
Exuding undeniable French cottage charm, this uptown restaurant serves pricey, though immaculately prepared bistro favourites. Start with hand cut beef tartare before moving on to pan seared duck breast sauced with vadouvan. The wine list is as showy and expensive as you'd expect.
This bistro on Wellington remains the go-to destination for many Toronto diners looking to satiate their inner Francophile. Chef Albert Ponzo has all the usual suspects covered - steak frites, bouillabaisse, boudin noir, etc. - but presents them with an air of sophistication that justifies the not-so-bistro-like prices.
This east side breakfast spot triumphs the art of French baking and serves up a menu featuring quiches, tarts, and sandwiches built on fresh baguettes. Expect to queue up on weekends, as brunch crowds from near and far flock here to fill up on the delicious croque madam featuring ham and gruyere on brioche crowned with a fried egg.
Once a staple in Kensington Market, La Palette seems right at home in its pitch-perfect bistro setting on Queen West. Horse tartare is once again a fixture on the menu, along with prized French fare like escargot and foie gras. An extensive selection of wine is eschewed in favour of a beer list that's big on both local and international choices.
Batifole's menu may be reasonably priced, but not at the expense of well-executed dishes and intelligently sourced wines. Commonly thought to be the most authentic of Toronto's French restaurants, the unpretentious dining room takes a backseat to classic dishes like cassoulet and fish stews, which are the main draw for east side lovers of Gallic cuisine.
Find the kitchen at this neighbourhood bistro in the Annex serving up competent takes on standard bistro dishes like escargot, moules a la mariniere, and flank steak with a shallot demi glace. The wine list featuring well-priced Southern French reds is what keeps the crowds coming back.
This Leaside bistro attracts locals out for French onion soup, moules frites, and beef bourguignon, amongst other French classics. The setting is intimate (35 seats), the servers know their wine, and the owners understand how to craft a prototypical French dining experience. Bonus points awarded for the brunch options.
This third floor restaurant at Queen and Spadina is a temple to fine dining where haute cuisine is matched not just by the sophisticated decor, but also meticulous service. The tasting menu offers a couple of selections for each of five courses in addition to complimentary surprises from the kitchen along the way.
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