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Need French in Seattle!

rjewyo Oct 25, 2011 10:40 AM

Will be at the Fairmont Hotel this Thursday and would like a good French (nothing haute) dinner! Region not an issue. Any suggestions...thx Alice

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    PAO RE: rjewyo Oct 25, 2011 10:43 AM

    Cafe Campagne in the Market or Le Pichet on 1st Avenue.

    Cafe Campagne
    1600 Post Alley, Seattle, WA 98101

    Le Pichet
    1933 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98101

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      libstewart RE: rjewyo Oct 25, 2011 11:44 AM

      I like Maximillien's at Pike Place Market. Last visit to Cafe Campagne - service was stuffy and overpriced.

      Pike Place Market
      1501 Pike Pl, Seattle, WA 98101

      Cafe Campagne
      1600 Post Alley, Seattle, WA 98101

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        cocktailhour RE: rjewyo Oct 25, 2011 02:42 PM

        Le Luc for very French, in addition to Cafe Campagne and Le Pichet. Le Pichet is more cafe-bistro. Le Luc is more brasserie.

        Cafe Campagne
        1600 Post Alley, Seattle, WA 98101

        Le Pichet
        Seattle, WA, Seattle, WA

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          Booklegger451 RE: rjewyo Oct 25, 2011 03:35 PM

          You might also check out Boat Street Cafe, for French.

          Boat Street Cafe
          909 NE Boat St, Seattle, WA

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            Leper RE: rjewyo Oct 25, 2011 04:50 PM

            I second Maximilien's--especially for their fresh mussels prepared several different ways. (I suggest their quaint upstairs bar rather than their white table cloth downstairs.) However, if you want to experience Seattle's best French it's Rover's. (Not necessarily haute` by Paris standards, but not cheap although they deliver the real deal. Worth a splurge.)

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              equinoise RE: Leper Oct 25, 2011 04:56 PM

              I absolutely agree that Rover's is still Seattle's best French. have not been to Luc, but it was slammed in a Seattle Weekly review. My favorite brasserie-style place was Cremant (now closed) but I find Le Pichet and Presse satisfying.

              Le Pichet
              Seattle, WA, Seattle, WA

              615 Boren Ave Apt 27, Seattle, WA 98104

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                Lauren RE: equinoise Oct 26, 2011 11:22 AM

                Do you think that Rover's is better than Le Gourmand? I've been to Rover's a half a dozen times or so and it's always been just okay. One time was quite bad. Le Gourmand on the other hand, never fails to wow me.

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                  equinoise RE: Lauren Oct 27, 2011 12:38 PM

                  Strange. I have had the opposite experience, on 3-4 visits to Rover's and one to Le Gourmand; the food at Le Gourmand was underwhelming (and the staff provided a mild dose of bad attitude, which I rarely get anywhere in Seattle).

            2. babette feasts RE: rjewyo Oct 25, 2011 06:39 PM

              Anyone been to Marche'? This is the new iteration of Campagne upstairs, supposed to be more rustic & accessible & less classical than it was before. http://marcheseattle.com/ Finally opened a couple of weeks ago after being closed for remodeling for most of the year.

              86 Pine, Seattle, WA 98101

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                howard 1st RE: rjewyo Oct 26, 2011 09:34 AM

                le gourmand in the wilds of outer ballard has been producing superb french food under the foodie radar for some time

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                  RandyB RE: howard 1st Oct 26, 2011 08:57 PM

                  I had an excellent meal, beautifully served, at le Gourmand a few years ago. The only problem was the price. Even with my $100 gift certificate, I think I spent over $50 more.

                  Le Gourmand Restaurant
                  425 NW Market St, Seattle, WA 98107

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                  christy319 RE: rjewyo Oct 26, 2011 11:53 AM

                  Le PIchet for sure. A definite no to the Maximilien's recommendations you're getting.

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