Your tastebuds will be saying “Ooh la la!” after sampling the creme de la creme of French dining in Los Angeles. So sit back, relax and treat yourself to the finest pate and escargot LA has to offer at one (or all) of Haute Living’s top five French restaurants in the City of Angels.
Mélisse has earned its two Michelin stars for a reason: its French food is absolutely magnifique. Chef/Owner Josiah Citrin's classic Santa Monica restaurant is known just as much for its romantic ambiance as it is its stellar amuse bouche. Say 'oui' to the sweet corn ravioli with truffles or lemon egg custard with caviar: both are must-trys.
Patina has exceptional French food in a gorgeous setting. Located inside Downtown's Walt Disney Concert Hall, this Michelin-starred restaurant also has a stunning outdoor patio for additional ambiance. Chef Joachim Splichal's delicacies are perfectly tempered by the lovely al fresco dining experience and Patina's award-winning wine list. Bonus: come nighttime, the restaurant turns into a haute cocktail bar.
3 Bouchon Bistro
Thomas Keller's Bouchon is a quintessential yet exceptional French bistro that just so happens to be found in the midst of Beverly Hills. It is sophisticated, elegant and cozy with its brass bindings, tall mirrors and dark wooden details. But it is the food, of course, that makes Bouchon so popular in LA as it is in both its Napa Valley and Las Vegas locations. Order the Côte de Boeuf and Steak Frites; needless to say, you won't be disappointed.
Lucques is one of the first and definitely one of the most famous of Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne's plethora of restaurants for its fabulous French fare. Goin, who opened Lucques in 1998, was dubbed the James Beard Foundation's "Best Chef in California", for reasons that will become clear as soon as you taste her braised beef short ribs. Enjoy her perfectly flavored dishes while you relax in a glamorous, old school Hollywood setting: Lucques is the modern-day reincarnation of 20s-era silent film star Harold Lloyd's carriage house.
5 Comme Ça
Comme Ça backs up its slick, polished interior with sublime food from Chef/Founder David Myers, whose goal was to bring authentic haute cuisine to Los Angeles. His brasserie is a celebrity favorite whose menu features classic, perfectly prepared dishes using farm to table ingredients. Make sure to try the eatery's fabulous fusion cocktail menu, which is among the best in LA.