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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.