French

Aimee’s

800 S. Pacific Coast Hwy., Los Angeles, CA, 90277

310-316-1081

Buttery escargots, epaule d’agneau (lamb shank to you), and tender beef bourguignonne bring a bit of France to Redondo Beach…

Website: http://aimeesbistro.com

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Bashan

3459 N. Verdugo Rd., Los Angeles, CA, 91208

818-541-1532

Appropriate to the résumé of chef Nadav Bashan (Michael’s, Providence), the seafood at this neighborhood find is superb…

Website: http://bashanrestaurant.com

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Bistro de la Gare

921 Meridian Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 91030

626-799-8828

This upscale boîte comes from the folks formerly behind Café Beaujolais in Eagle Rock. We love the escargots…

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Bistro Provence

345 N. Pass Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 91505

818-840-9050

This café may be set in a strip mall next to a Starbucks, but chef Miki Zivkovic, ex of Pinot Bistro, presents a fine Cal-French menu…

Website: http://www.bistroprovenceburbank.com/

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Bouchon

235 N. Canon Dr., Los Angeles, CA, 90210

310-271-9910

Though a Yontville transplant, Thomas Keller’s Bouchon has settled into the surreal luxury of Beverly Hills like a pricey leather armchair.

Website: http://bouchonbistro.com

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Café Midi

148 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90036

323-939-9860

This very French café with indoor and outdoor seating is open until 5:30 daily…

Website: http://cafemidi.com

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Cafe Rodeo

Luxe Hotel, 360 N. Rodeo Dr., Los Angeles, CA, 90210

310-273-0300

It can be noisy at this tiny alcove, but there’s some nice bubbly by the glass and the food’s good…

Website: http://luxehotels.com

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Church & State

1850 Industrial St., Ste. 100, Los Angeles, CA, 90021

213-405-1434

Chef Jeremy Berlin has put his stamp on this urban-romantic bistro with such items as the hearty vegetarian cassoulet with Tuscan kale, and braised pork belly with a pickled vegetable salad.

Website: http://www.churchandstatebistro.com/

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Figaro Bistrot

1802 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90027

323-662-1587

The sidewalk seating, dimly lit dining room, distressed mirrors, and tables this-close-together might put you in mind of a Left Bank bistro…

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French Market Café

2321 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90291

310-577-9775

Order at the register in this café-deli, and sit on the wooden patio…

Website: http://frenchmarket-cafe.com

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Joe’s Restaurant

1023 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90291

310-399-5811

Joe’s has been true to its ingredient-driven vision since 1991.

Website: http://joesrestaurant.com

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Julienne

2649 Mission St., Los Angeles, CA, 91108

626-441-2299

The ladies who lunch get together here for brioche, croissants, and creative sandwiches, soups, and light entrées…

Website: http://juliennetogo.com

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La Rive Gauche

320 Tejon Pl., Los Angeles, CA, 90274

310-378-0267

Classic French cuisine is served amid candlelit formality, with a piano playing and lots of romance in the air…

Website: http://chowbaby.com/larivegauche

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Le Petit Bistro

631 N. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90069

310-289-9797

Step off La Cienega into this red-walled cocoon and through the smoke haze of the enclosed patio, and you’ll feel a lot closer to Paris.

Website: http://lepetitbistro.us

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Marvin

8114 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90048

323-655-5553

Not enough restaurants in this town take aim at the everyday, and those that do seem to think our palates are somehow less sharp between Monday and Thursday

Website: http://www.chezmarvin.com/

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Mélisse

11104 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90401

310-395-0881

Since opening in 1999, Josiah Citrin’s Santa Monica respite has never wavered from its mission to provide a restaurant that celebrates the difference between eating and dining.

Website: http://melisse.com

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Mistral

13422 Ventura Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 91423

818-981-6650

An elegant dining room with chandeliers, dark wood paneling, and a near-silent crew of servers sets the stage for simple, sophisticated French cuisine.

Website: http://mistralrestaurant.net

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Morels Bistro and Steakhouse

The Grove, 189 The Grove Dr., Los Angeles, CA, 90036

323-965-9595

This place could pass for a street-corner café in Paris…

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