Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > Pacific Northwest >
Feb 18, 2006 07:14 PM

French Bistro in Seattle?

  • l

Hi I am wondering if anyone has recommendations for casual French bistro dining in Seattle

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. Cafe Campagne or Le Pichet by the Pike Place Market.

    2 Replies
    1. re: Mark Nobe

      FOr steak frites, Fork (Capitol hill) has a good version (injected with gorgonzola/garlic iirc). (skip the lobster corn dogs)


      1. re: barleywino

        I finally went to Fork. It's a charming little place, although I would definitely not call it a French bistro. The portions are rather small, but I guess "small plates" at big prices are all the rage these days.

        If it's Steak Frites you're after, I suggest O2 in West Seattle -- an excellent, casual neighborhood place (also not a French bistro). I prefer the taste, portion and value of the Steak Frites there.


    2. have not been to the others listed here, but Maximilien is casual yet luxurious (in a shabby chic way), and definitely French (replete with French-accented, pleasant waitstaff).

      Le Gourmand has also been listed as a must-go French spot in Ballard, although I have not been there yet and cannot comment on whether it is a full-bore upscale restaurant or a bistro.


      1 Reply
      1. re: Jim

        Jim, I second the vote on Maximillien's. Their menu is more extensive than Le Pichet and, if you want to have a private conversation, seating is better. (The upstairs bar is my preferance.) Le Gourmand is definitely upscale and is in the same league with Rover's in both quality and cost.

      2. I'd recommend Voila in Madison Park (near Cafe Flora). It's pretty and the food is excellent.

        1 Reply
        1. re: Bunny-Bunny

          Amen! We love Voila. Nice setting, nice menu, reasonable prices. Very authentic bistro feel, even if they do spell it with a final 'T' ;-)

          le Pichet is excellent

        2. I love Le Pichet.

          1. the places mentioned by other posters are great. another place was reviewed in the seattle p.i. very recently. sounded very good. called le p'tite bistro, or something similar. located in belltown, about the 2000 block, i believe.