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After a sight-seeing trip around Yaletown, drop by at Provence Marinaside for a quick bite. This restaurant specializes in seafood and Mediterranean cuisine. The restaurant has a fresh seafood bar and features an extensive selection of fishes and shellfish. The ambiance is pleasant, the staff is friendly and attentive, and most importantly, the food is sumptuous. The great place to catch a fine evening dinner with friends and family.
Tucked in a corner of an undiscovered neighborhood, Les Faux Bourgeois is one of the city’s hottest restaurants. From the rustic fare to the dark wood floors and dimly lit interior, everything about this little place is reminiscent of a Parisian bistro. The menu offers all the classics of French country cooking. Start with the escargots Bourgogne or frisée salad before moving onto a cassoulet or the duck confit served with a side of glazed seasonal vegetables. Not that hungry? Share a cheese plate and a bottle of Burgundy with friends, or sample one of the delectable French desserts.
The Twisted Fork Bistro on Granville Street satisfies your desire to dine at a classy French Bistro. Book a table at this restaurant and be prepared for the onslaught of creamy French delights that are prepared from scratch using fresh and local ingredients. The specialty mussels and confit duck is served with delicious sauces, which are appeasing to the taste buds. Twisted Fork Bistro is also a famous brunch spot, where dishes like Egg Benedicts and Scallops are served with flair. Call ahead for reservations and more information.
The Wedgewood Hotel & Spa popular piano lounge is perennially voted the best bar in the city by critics. Named after the epicurean god of wine, it nearly begs you to imbibe in luxurious style. It has a large by-the-glass wine list and fine French cuisine. Drinks and nibbles take the cake. The decor is dark antique and flower-filled elegance, with soft lighting and a gently tinkling piano. The dance floor is open on certain days and make sure you dress appropriately; casual attire is frowned upon. Call for reservations.
Noted in the Paris Saveur, this restaurant is a favorite among local and international critics. Le Crocodile is a sophisticated eatery, with walls painted in deep yellows and offset by French artwork. Ornate furniture and fixtures contribute to the opulent feel. Known for its Alsatian cuisine and presentation, the dishes are considered as much art as meals. Samples from the basic menu include Ris de Veau Pôelé with garlic, spinach and calvados and Atlantic Salmon grilled with a spinach and saffron sauce. The restaurant remains closed on Sundays, call ahead for open hours.
Located in the historic Gastown District, Le Abattoir is as chic and trendy as they come. A French restaurant and lounge by nature, this establishment is housed in the site of a former jailhouse and now spins those once harsh brick walls and stark interiors as chic 19th Century decor. Refurbished wooden beams, steel finishes, natural wood accents, elevated dining room and sun soaked atrium, this restaurant is sure to make a great backdrop for a romantic evening on the town or after work cocktail hour with friends. And not to be outdone by the atmosphere, the French cuisine is simply divine.
Reserve a table at Tableau in Coal Harbour for classic French dining with a West Coast twist. Celebrated chef Marc-André Choquette fuses traditional skills with contemporary flavors to design an award-winning menu that features the likes of onion soup, croque monsieur, steak frites, duck l'orange, garganelli pasta and rabbit terrine. Complement your selections with an impressive list of wines and cocktails. The ambiance is a blend of old-world elegance and modern sophistication. Plush leather booths, dark wood furnishings and checkered flooring make for tasteful interiors. If you enjoy the vibe, have them host your special occasion in one of their chic private spaces.
Embark on a culinary journey all the way to France, while dining at the Absinthe Bistro on Commercial Drive. The contemporary decor of the restaurant welcomes you to savor the regular French delights like Pan-Seared Scallops, Classic Duck Leg Confit and Salmon Tartare from its Fixed Price menu. Round of your meal with a special wine selection like Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. Call ahead for reservations and more information.