The Best French Restaurants in Seattle, Washington

Photo of Sarah Lantz
9 February 2017

Seattle has several delicious French restaurants hidden around the city, from the Post Alley of the Pike Place Market or in the Queen Anne neighborhood. We’ve searched Seattle for some of its best French restaurants; read below to hear more about them.

Mussels at Maximilien | © jdong/Flickr

Maximilien Restaurant

Restaurant, French, $$$
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Tucked inside the corner of the Pike Place Market, Maximilien offers a splendid waterfront view and a simple, elegant ambiance in which to enjoy French cuisine. For dinner, they offer appetizers like ‘Escargots à la Bourguignonne’ baked in garlic and parsley butter and mains like ‘Tournedos de Boeuf bordelaise’ with pan-seared beef tenderloin, roasted bone marrow, potato purée, green beans and mushrooms poêlée, and red wine demi-glace.
Maximilien Rastaurant, Pike Place Market, 81 Pike St, Seattle, WA USA

Café Champagne

Cafe, Market, French, $$$
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Located along the historic Post Alley of the Pike Place Market, Café Champagne serves lunch, dinner, and weekend brunches of classic French cuisine, from savory and warm French onion soup to main dishes like ‘Moules Frites’ with steamed Mediterranean mussels with curry fennel cream, Pernod, and herbs, served with a basket of pommes frites. Cosy and bohemian, Café Champagne is the perfect place to dine on an autumn evening, satisfying your appetite with nostalgic French comfort food.

Le Pichet

Restaurant, French, $$$
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Another French restaurant in downtown Seattle near the Pike Place Market, Le Pichet offers a traditional menu that is reasonably priced. They offer seasonal plates such as ‘Courgettes farçies à la saucisse de porc’, a dish of roasted summer squashes stuffed with pork sausage, arugula, walnuts, sweet onion and parmesan, served with arugula pistou butter. They also offer a variety of meats, like ‘Pâté albigeois’ of country style pork pâté with honey and walnuts.

Bastille Café & Bar

Bar, Cafe, Restaurant, French, European, Beer, $$$
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A farm-to-table French cuisine restaurant in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood, Bastille Café & Bar serves many French dishes, slightly modified to fit the Northwest’s harvests and seafood. Bastille features a variety of French relics in their restaurant, from a Paris metro station clock to 19th century sconces from a French church. Their menu is seasonal and includes dishes like ‘Duck Pate’ with honey walnuts, pickled cherries, and espelette mustard.

Toulouse Petit

Located in the Queen Anne neighborhood of Seattle, Toulouse Petit is an intimate and candlelit dining spot perfect for an evening out. They have a menu that features dishes like ‘Toulouse Bolognese’ with lamb shoulder, prime beef, sage, and tagiliatelle pasta. You’ll also find French Quarter cuisine, like ‘Big Easy Jambalaya’ with spicy gulf shrimp, chicken, house-made andouille sausage, and tasso ham.
Toulouse Petit, 601 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA USA +1 206-432-9069

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