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French Bistro in Seattle?

luis Feb 18, 2006 07:14 PM

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

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    Mark Nobe RE: luis Feb 19, 2006 10:56 AM

    Cafe Campagne or Le Pichet by the Pike Place Market.

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      barleywino RE: Mark Nobe Feb 19, 2006 11:45 AM

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

      Link: http://www.forkseattle.com/

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        Ms F RE: barleywino Feb 19, 2006 01:36 PM

        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.

        Link: http://www.o2bistro.com/

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      Jim RE: luis Feb 19, 2006 12:13 PM

      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.

      Link: http://www.maximilienrestaurant.com/

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        Leper RE: Jim Feb 20, 2006 09:37 AM

        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.

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        Bunny-Bunny RE: luis Feb 20, 2006 04:55 PM

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

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          Bill Morgan RE: Bunny-Bunny Mar 29, 2006 01:59 PM

          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

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          kiliki RE: luis Feb 21, 2006 12:03 AM

          I love Le Pichet.

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            chomper RE: luis Mar 4, 2006 04:17 AM

            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.

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              Bobarino RE: luis May 28, 2007 05:41 PM

              For "casual French bistro dining" (as opposed to luxurious, full-on French some others seem to confuse this with) I would strongly second the recommendation for Cafe Campagne. What a great, small, hideaway -- with great food. Upstairs, Campagne proper is more a full-scale experience, but here you have a bright cheerful staff and good wine and the same excellent cooking, albeit a more limited menu.

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                equinoise RE: Bobarino May 29, 2007 10:29 AM

                Cremant in Madrona is a doggedly authentic french bistro--I spoke to someone there about how their steez is too make food like it is served at certain famous Paris bistros--and I think they pull it off quite well.

                Note that I have never been to Le Pichet and can't compare price or quality.

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                  barleywino RE: equinoise May 29, 2007 11:10 AM

                  i prefer Cremant over Le Pichet personally

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                    qalaur RE: barleywino May 29, 2007 11:19 AM

                    Le Pichet is extremely authentic, atmosphere-wise, but I agree with barleywino about Cremant's culinary superiority...

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                      Lauren RE: barleywino May 30, 2007 09:35 AM

                      I'm going to have to give Cremant another try. I've only been once but I was unimpressed and never wanted to go back. I've always loved Le Pichet.

                      But then again, I love Le Gourmand ;)

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                        barleywino RE: Lauren May 30, 2007 12:58 PM

                        haven't been to Cremant for a while, to be honest...i used to like their charcuterie and the braised veal w/ rice (which might be off their menu during the summer)...their chicken and steak were ok imo, not spectacular...

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                  stolenchange RE: luis May 30, 2007 11:24 PM

                  On the weekend, Cafe Campagne does have a fantastic brunch menu feature - the lamb burger with frites. My husband and I both ordered it and barely spoke during the meal. And it was a fight for the last of the aioli.

                  And I love the vibe in there for dinner. We stopped by on a whim on a weeknight, and they had an accordian band playing and a casual dining feel. Just a comfortable place.

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                    SeaSybarite RE: stolenchange Jun 6, 2007 06:00 PM

                    I completely agree about Cafe Campagne, tho i've not been in a few months. I esp liked the pink-centered thick-cut pork loin chop, paired to a nice glass of red Bordeaux.

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