French food may not be the most prominent kind of cuisine in Dallas, but the city does have a good variety of authentic spots to explore if you’re looking. You can find a romantic date night spot in an unassuming Lower Greenville space or a trendy, Francophile-friendly concept with crawfish beignets in Bishop Arts.
From soufflé-focused restaurants to neighborhood bistros, these are the 10 best French restaurants in Dallas.
A French-inspired, neighborhood bistro in Bishop Arts, this trendy spot has been around since 2012. Offering authentic bites like grilled baby octopus, crawfish beignets, and crispy duck leg confit, Boulevardier is a culinary adventure in the Oak Cliff neighborhood. Also don’t miss the steak frites and crème brûlée for dessert.
An intimate soufflé restaurant and wine bar in Inwood Village, rise nº1 is one of the most popular spots for French cuisine in Dallas (and a favorite of former First Lady Laura Bush). The bistro offers savory and sweet soufflé options, including the popular truffle-infused mushroom and a decadent chocolate dish. One must always begin their meal at rise nº1 though with the marshmallow soup — the bistro’s signature tomato soup with goat cheese “marshmallows.”
One of several new dining concepts in the rapidly developing Harwood District, this French bistro stands out for its ability to transport you to another world. Favorites at the spot include filet au poivre steak frites, pistachio-crusted rack of lamb, and moules frites. Also, don’t forget to start with the shishito peppers or ricotta and honey.
Toulouse Café and Bar
A French-influenced Belgian restaurant, this Texas-based concept offers some great cuisine. At the Knox Street location, you’ll find bites like escargots, frog legs, dover sole, and squid ink pasta. If you’re not as adventurous, Toulouse has more familiar options like a burger, lobster roll, or steak frites.
St. Martin’s Wine Bistro
An unassuming bistro in Lower Greenville, this French restaurant is one of the best in Dallas. With a low-lit and romantic interior, St. Martin is the perfect place for an anniversary or celebration. A live piano bar accompanies dinner, which consists of favorite dishes like the signature champagne brie soup, filet of sole, and boeuf bourgignon.
Lavendou Bistro Provincial
Since 1996, this authentic French restaurant has been serving seafood, steak, duck, and soufflés in North Dallas. The interior feels as if you’ve been transported to the French countryside with brick walls and bistro tables. Popular dishes on the menu include French onion soup, rack of lamb, and veal medallions with wild mushrooms. Don’t forget to order a soufflé for dessert.
One of Dallas restauranteur Stephan Courseau’s three Knox Street spots (Up on Knox and Georgie are the other two), Le Bilboquet Dallas is a spin-off of the New York City favorite. Known for its French wine, crab and avocado salad, and Cajun chicken, “Le Bib” (as the locals call it) makes it easy to post up with a glass of champagne and pretend you’re in Europe.
RM 12:20 Bistro
This Lake Highlands French bistro was founded by executive chef Erin Willis in 2019. The cozy spot in Lakeside Village Shopping Center serves dinner, and brunch on Sundays only. The dinner menu includes authentic French dishes like twice baked gruyere soufflé, chicken paillard, and loup en croute (salmon, shrimp, and spinach mousse in puff pastry).
This North Dallas spot is known for its elegant French cuisine cooked up by chef Jean-Marie Cadot, a Paris-native. On the menu, you’ll find everything from fois gras to escargot, but the stand-out items include the sea bass, crab cake, and filet mignon.
A neighborhood bistro in Oak Lawn, this French-inspired restaurant was opened by chef-owner Janice Provost in 2002. The popular spot offers a mix of French, American, and Italian cuisine including its famous deconstructed Cali roll, chef’s burger of the day, and Mr. Jordan’s veal milanese. It also has an outdoor patio out front for a charming, al fresco atmosphere with string lights.
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