Food, culture, fashion, and style of this European country are alive and well in Toronto. Here are our top choices for restaurants that will give a French accent to your Valentine’s Day or romantic night out in the city. Bon appétit!

Jacques Bistro du Parc | 126 Cumberland St, Toronto

A hidden old school gem in Yorkville, this little French restaurant has the feel of a small-family run establishment. Its charmingly dated decor and fresh French cuisine attracts a local fan base of patrons, sans pretentiousness. Warm up with the French Onion Soup, as it’s renowned as one of the best in the city!

Visit: www.jacquesbistro.com

Gare de L’est | 1190 Dundas St E, Toronto

Upscale, local ingredients, serving seasonal dishes in the tradition of a classy french brasserie. It’s a loft-like eatery situated directly within Crowsnest theatre – with plenty of parking nearby! The kitchen is run by chef de cuisine Mathew Gulyas, Erik Joyal and John Sinopoli (Broadview Hotel, Ascari Enoteca) who specialize in Parisian classics.

Visit: www.gdlbrasserie.com

Batifole | 744 Gerrard St E, Toronto

Intimate. Cozy. Authentic. Uniquely located in the “East” Chinatown, this French bistro features a 300-label wine list, it has been a popular destination for residents of Riverdale and Leslieville for the last decade. Reasonably priced, but not at the expense of beautifully executed dishes, like cassoulet and duck confit.

Visit: www.batifole.ca

Greta Soloman’s Dining Room | 1118 Queen St E, Toronto

In the heart of Leslieville, Greta Soloman offers an a la carte menu of traditional French food with a modern twist. Like the cuisine, there is a French emphasis on the wine list. It’s an intimate space, with only 26 seats including 8 at the bar. When the weather is nice, the large French doors open up for a suedo al fresco experience.

Visit: www.gretasolomonsdiningroom.com

Le Sélect Bistro | 432 Wellington St W, Toronto

Experience true Parisian ambience, food and drink in the elegant and polished dining room. The wine list is simply magnifique – a list of over 1,000 bottles. A classic Parisian Bistro cooking up classics like Steak Tartare, Confit de Canard, and always a new Soupe du Jour.

Visit: www.leselect.com

Auberge du Pommier | 4150 Yonge St, Toronto

An inviting escape from the city, this is one of North Toronto’s best fine dining options. Their cuisine is French, with North American influences, exuding a unique culinary experience. Its contemporary French cooking will have your mouth watering over crispy frog legs or beef tartare.

Visit: www.aubergedupommier.com/

Scaramouche | 1 Benvenuto Pl, Toronto

A sophisticated and understated dining room with an exceptional skyline view of the city. Refined haute cuisine in an upscale space, or in the open concept Pasta Bar for a more casual experience. Tucked away just off Avenue Road, this French restaurant is consistently regarded as one of the best in the city for the last few decades.

Visit: www.scaramoucherestaurant.com/

Restaurant Chantecler | 1320 Queen St W, Toronto

“Succulence. Elegance. Excellence.”: the mantra of this long and narrow restaurant with tightly packed tables. Begin your experience with the choices on the Petit Plats, like the Six Oysters or the piping-hot cheese puffs. The mains consist of French classics by Chef Peter Robson, and an eclectic selection of French wines to pair with your meal.

Visit: http://restaurantchantecler.com/

Le Paradis | 166 Bedford Rd, Toronto

A romantic French setting that has been around forever. This quaint and cozy Annex brasserie embraces its French traditions with a menu featuring the quintessential dishes. Savour Les Plats Principaux like Cassoulet au Confit de Canard or Boeuf a la Bourguignonne while you sip from the lovely wine selection.

Visit: www.leparadis.com

Chabrol | 90 Yorkville Ave, Toronto

Tucked away on Yorkville Avenue and barely visible from the street, Chabrol serves classic French cuisine and wines inspired by the south of France. A simple, elegant and relaxed atmosphere combined with a carefully curated list of French wines to accompany your meal.

Visit: www.chabrolrestaurant.com

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