Philadelphia is a city that’s well known for its cheesesteaks, and it’s exceptional community of Italian restaurants. We do also enjoy a brilliant French restaurant scene here, and these are some of our favorites across town.
This upscale French restaurant is well known for its famous chef’s table, which offers a tasting menu experience in the kitchen. In the dining room, guests are regularly served the best seasonal French dishes, each paired perfectly with a fine wine.
Lacroix Restaurant at The Rittenhouse. 210 W Rittenhouse Square.
Bistrot La Minette is quite artful with a number of original paintings hanging from the wall, and occasional screenings of French films on its picturesque terrace. Of course, it also serves a full menu of classic bistro favorites, with a commitment to humanely-raised meats and locally-sourced vegetables.
Bistrot La Minette. 623 S 6th St.
This French bistro in Philadelphia is one of the most romantic restaurants in town. The menu is heavenly: we recommend the Marinated Hamachi, served with cucumber, sesame, lime, cilantro, and furikake. One of the best main courses is the Lavender Braised Rabbit Pot au Feu.
Townsend. 1623 E Passyunk Ave.
This beloved local French restaurant in Philadelphia features a glass door, and mosaic-tiled staircase—both serving a 1930s Parisian aesthetic that carries on throughout. This is a great place for classics like escargot and and French wines.
Paris Bistro & Jazz Cafe. 8235 Germantown Ave.
Zinc is an intimate Parisian-style bistro with an old-school aesthetic in its redbrick walls and dark-wood floor. This is another place for French classics like patê, croquettes, and foie gras.
Zinc. 246 S 11th St.