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One can’t discuss French cuisine in Philadelphia without talking about Georges Perrier. In 1970, Perrier opened Le Bec-Fin and, with it, ushered in the city’s first new wave of fine dining. Le Bec-Fin today remains one of the city’s finest dining destinations.
Since then, French cuisine and French fusion have thrived in Philadelphia, where award-winning restaurants like Lacroix, Chez Colette and Bistrot La Minette continue to wow diners year after year.
A casual South Philly BYOB serving lovingly prepared, rustic French food
The labor of love of husband-and-wife team Charlotte and Pierre Calmels (former executive chef at Le Bec-Fin), Bibou serves delicately prepared, rustic French bistro fare in a casual space in South Philadelphia.
Rittenhouse Square’s original bistro-cafe
The Rouge Burger alone will make you an instant devotee.
Stephen Starr’s popular Rittenhouse Square bistro pays homage to Paris
With Parc, famed restaurateur Stephen Starr brings a certain je ne sais quoi to Rittenhouse Square. Parc offers an authentic French bistro experience, fully equipped with a chic Parisian ambiance and gorgeous sidewalk seating overlooking the Square.
Whether you like your crepes sweet or savory, L’Aube (“the dawn”) will griddle their way into your Gallic heart. The coffee, which they roast themselves, doesn’t hurt either.View More
Dance (or laugh) the night away tucked inside this hidden-in-plain-sight cabaret
This elegant second-floor lounge (upstairs from Creperie Beau Monde, see above) has a u-shaped bar, curtained booths and a petite dance floor that hosts both dancers and cabaret artists. DJs, improv companies, comedians and cross-dressing lounge acts are among the talents here.View More
Sweet and savory Breton-style crepes
Chic yet cozy, this corner bistro serves up crepes in endless savory or sweet combinations. Goat cheese salads, French onion soup and traditional ciders round out the menu.View More
A charming neighborhood cafe a block off Fitler Square
Cafe-goers choose this quaint, French-inspired nook for its substantial soup-and-sandwich combo, pleasant staff and sizable cups of coffee.View More
Fusion fare complemented by a spectacular wine list
Meritage features a fusion menu dotted with signature dishes, such as the local favorite Korean fried chicken. Two seating areas, a bar and a wine list praised by both Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast round out the dining experience.View More
A teeny BYOB fit for Francophiles
This 50-seat bistro serves French-inspired dishes with local and seasonal products, and it’s BYOB to boot.View More
South Philly meets French-Canada
The chef at Noir is a Montreal native, which means he cranks out native specialties like poutine and smoked brisket in addition to upscale bar food.View More
Perfect for pork lovers
French for “pig,” this one-room, open-kitchen BYOB is justly known for its hearty offerings, with an emphasis on the pork. Must-tries include bacon mashed potatoes, grilled spare ribs and, from the Sunday brunch menu, deep-fried oysters with bacon mayo.View More
The Iron Chef opens an all-in-one culinary destination and wine boutique
Situated in a large space in the Washington Square West neighborhood, Garces Trading Company — a gourmet market and cafe — is the sixth Philadelphia restaurant by Iron Chef Jose Garces.View More
Georges Perrier’s stylish French restaurant on the Main Line
georges’ is a Main Line restaurant from famed restaurateur Georges Perrier, the man behind the acclaimed Le Bec-Fin.View More