Any good French restaurants in LA?
Are there any good French restaurants in LA?
Or is my best bet to get on a plane, and fly to NY?
I'm looking for a place similar to Balthazar.
Closest thing to Balthazar in LA would probably be Cafe Beaujolais out in Eagle Rock, or maybe Bouchon in Beverly Hills.
Mind you, this does not mean that Cafe Beaujolais is on par with Balthazar; rather, it's more like a step-child adopted by the same parents that gave birth to Balthazar.
And Bouchon has too much of a corporate feel to give you that nice cozy, bistro atmosphere that's part of the charm of Balthazar you are probably seeking.
Maison Giraud in the Palisades.
Not only great (still pretty new), but part of the fun is the excitement of the cliental - Palisadians who finally have a great restaurant in their hood. They're all smiles and giggles.
Not like Balthazar however. Bouchon and Comme Ca is more along those lines. Church & State downtown too (was more like that with previous chef, but still very good.)
Melisse is haute. Fine dining. More like a Jean Georges experience. (but better in my experience).
Have to second Church & State as a pseudo Balthazar in LA (with far better food). Despite the rotating chef, we just had a very solid meal there couple of days of ago. Beaujolais may have French-accented waiters, but I'll take the cocktail program and the crowd pleasing tarte flambees at C&S anytime.
Echoing ips, upstairs Bouchon feels like a corporate meeting room. Echoing maudies5, I much prefer Bar Bouchon downstairs, and rather enjoy it.
I wish I could recommend Comme Ça. I've been several times, because it SHOULD be a really great French restaurant. They have decent cocktails and a well-curated wine list, but the food is just not up to par. Sometimes it's reasonably good but other times the meat is desperately overcooked and you can tell it's sat in the passthrough under the heat lamps.
I'd recommend Bistro Provence in Burbank before Comme Ça, but it's not like Balthazar either.
Bouchon tackles French food very well, but if you want the feeling of eating in a Paris bistro try Le Petit Four on Sunset in West Hollywood. Amazing food and free parking (just use the Sunset Plaza parking lots).
Le Petit Four
8654 W Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
235 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90212