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11 Great French Restaurants in Boston

From Paris to Provence, eat like a French person without leaving Boston

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A spread of food at Gaslight
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French food — especially in its most buttery and decadent forms — is a treat, and there’s nothing wrong with treating yourself to a little continental magic from time to time. Who doesn’t love a plate of stinky cheese, cassoulet, or beef bourguignon?

Also worth remembering: Not all French food is heavy. Provence is famous for the vegetable casserole ratatouille; you can’t think Côte d’Azur without thinking tapenade; and the favorite dish of the Marseillaise is a fish stew called bouillabaisse. You can eat a pound of butter while eating French, but you don’t have to.

Tip: While this map focuses on full-service restaurants in Boston proper, the Greater Boston area also features a number of outstanding French bakery and cafe options worth exploring. Start with Cafe Madeleine in Boston’s South End and then move beyond the city to Little Crepe Cafe in Cambridge, Ma France in Lexington (a French grocery shop with baked goods, charcuterie, cheese, and lots more), Clear Flour Bread in Brookline (serving French and Italian breads), and Mamadou’s Artisan Bakery in Winchester and Arlington, not to mention the recently opened Colette Bakery in Medford.

Restaurants began to reopen for outdoor and indoor dining in June, but the pandemic continues on, and many diners are sticking with takeout and delivery for now. And as the cold weather rolls in, restaurants that provide outdoor dining options will be harder to come by. Fortunately, some of the Boston area’s best purveyors of French food offer takeout and delivery.

This map has been updated with details on each restaurant’s current status in terms of takeout and delivery availability, outdoor seating, and indoor seating. Note that this should not be taken as endorsement for dining indoors, as there are still safety concerns: For updated information on coronavirus cases in the area, please visit the Massachusetts coronavirus website.

Also note that some of the city’s best French restaurants remain temporarily closed at the moment and have thus been temporarily removed from this map, including Miel (currently only serving breakfast), Bistro du Midi, Bastille Kitchen, Grand Tour, and Bar Lyon. Recent months have seen several permanent closures as well: The now-closed Les Zygomates and Bar Boulud have been retired from the map.

Here’s where to eat like the French without leaving the Boston area.

This map was originally published on May 24, 2018, and it is updated periodically; the date of the most recent update appears above.

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Ma Maison

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Chef Jacky Robert’s Cambridge Street joint, located on the edge of Beacon Hill and the West End, offers French classics like coq au vin and Provençal-style frog’s legs. Ma Maison also doesn’t shy away from organ meats, serving calf’s liver on the regular menu as well as a few weekly specials, such as sweetbreads on Wednesdays.

Ma Maison is currently open for indoor dining, outdoor dining (its patio has heaters), and takeout (call the restaurant.)

A cream puff topped with chocolate sauce sits on a white plate on a white tablecloth. A vase of colorful flowers sits in the background.
Profiterole at Ma Maison
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Troquet on South

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Troquet serves some damn good roasted fish, and it has a damn good wine list too. A little pricey, but worth the splurge if you can swing it. If it’s been a few years since your last visit, note that Troquet relocated to a larger space in early 2017 in Boston’s Leather District; it’s no longer on Boylston Street.

Troquet is currently open for indoor dining, outdoor dining, takeout and delivery through Caviar, and delivery through Seated.

Closeup of an elegantly plated chicken dish with asparagus, mushrooms, and a brown sauce surrounding the chicken on a white plate.
A chicken dish at Troquet on South
Troquet on South/Official Site

Under the umbrella of “modern fine dining,” Barbara Lynch’s Menton is mostly French but also sort of Italian, but it’s French enough to make this map. Get the seared foie gras, and have a glass of wine while you’re at it.

Menton is currently open for indoor dining.

La Voile

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This Cannes-inspired bistro offers great lunchtime snacks like chicken liver paté, which comes with onion confit, cornichons, and toast, as well as entrees like sole meunière and steak frites. There’s a Brookline location, too.

La Voile is currently open for indoor dining, outdoor dining, takeout through the restaurant, takeout and delivery through DoorDash, and delivery through Uber Eats.

Wooden board covered with pate, charcuterie, and a silver gravy boat full of small pickles
A paté plate from La Voile
La Voile/Official Site

Deuxave

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Back Bay’s Deuxave is very suitable for special-occasion dining, and the crispy duck confit is hard to beat. Don’t miss the cocktail list, and definitely save room for dessert.

Deuxave is currently open for indoor dining, outdoor dining (its patios has heaters), and takeout (call the restaurant.)

Rochambeau

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Rochambeau is known for decadent brunches filled with oysters and other raw bar snacks (and bubbly). The brioche French toast and crepes are also worth ordering. The multi-level restaurant — located right by Eataly at the Prudential Center — also has an all-day cafe attached.

Rochambeau is currently open for indoor dining, outdoor dining, takeout (call the restaurant, curbside pickup available), and delivery.

A plated cut of duck lightly topped with greens
Duck à l’orange at Rochambeau
Rochambeau [Official Photo]

Mistral

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This longstanding French-inspired restaurant in the South End offers excellent versions of classics like sole meunière, as well as fresh takes on other classics, like tuna tartare. Brunch is also popular (the pictured cinnamon buns are a must.)

Mistral is currently open for indoor dining, outdoor dining, takeout (with curbside pickup), and delivery. Call (617) 351-2618 for takeout and delivery orders.

Overhead view of two plump cinnamon buns smooshed next to each other in a black cast-iron rectangular pan.
Cinnamon buns at Mistral
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Aquitaine

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From the aluminum bar top to the hexagonal black and white tiles to the big blackboard special menus to the crimson booths, Aquitaine looks the part of a Parisian brasserie. The steak frites are exceptional, which also helps.

Aquitaine is currently open for indoor dining, outdoor dining, and takeout and delivery through Caviar and DoorDash.

A brunch spread, including an egg dish, waffle, and bloody mary, served on a table with a white tablecloth. One of the plates has the restaurant name, Aquitaine, printed along the edge.
Brunch at Aquitaine
Aquitaine/Official Site

Frenchie

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A bit literal, don’t you think? By all means order the croque madame in all its runny yolk glory. For dinner? A whole branzino, perhaps. The Frenchie team also has a newer restaurant in Cambridge, Colette, that is equally worth checking out.

Frenchie is currently open for indoor dining, outdoor dining, and takeout and delivery through Caviar and DoorDash.

A whole roasted branzino in a pan, with a hand sprinkling salt over it, at Boston’s Frenchie
Branzino at Frenchie
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Petit Robert Bistro

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Petit Robert Bistro has been dishing out French food on Columbus Avenue for nearly 15 years now. Go full French and try the coq au vin.

Petit Robert is currently open for indoor dining, outdoor dining, takeout and delivery through Caviar, and delivery through Uber Eats.

Exterior photo of a restaurant with a floor-to-ceiling window along the front. A red banner at the top has the restaurant’s name on it, Petit Robert Bistro.
Petit Robert Bistro
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Gaslight Brasserie du Coin

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Gaslight’s menu is vast and full of the French greatest hits, but the restaurant does fish best. Get the special, whatever it is, or get the pan-roasted cod.

Gaslight is currently open for indoor dining, outdoor dining, takeout and delivery through DoorDash, and delivery through Grubhub.

Overhead view of a table full of French food, desserts, and cocktails.
A spread of food at Gaslight
Gaslight/Official Site

Ma Maison

A cream puff topped with chocolate sauce sits on a white plate on a white tablecloth. A vase of colorful flowers sits in the background.
Profiterole at Ma Maison
Ma Maison/Official Site

Chef Jacky Robert’s Cambridge Street joint, located on the edge of Beacon Hill and the West End, offers French classics like coq au vin and Provençal-style frog’s legs. Ma Maison also doesn’t shy away from organ meats, serving calf’s liver on the regular menu as well as a few weekly specials, such as sweetbreads on Wednesdays.

Ma Maison is currently open for indoor dining, outdoor dining (its patio has heaters), and takeout (call the restaurant.)

A cream puff topped with chocolate sauce sits on a white plate on a white tablecloth. A vase of colorful flowers sits in the background.
Profiterole at Ma Maison
Ma Maison/Official Site

Troquet on South

Closeup of an elegantly plated chicken dish with asparagus, mushrooms, and a brown sauce surrounding the chicken on a white plate.
A chicken dish at Troquet on South
Troquet on South/Official Site

Troquet serves some damn good roasted fish, and it has a damn good wine list too. A little pricey, but worth the splurge if you can swing it. If it’s been a few years since your last visit, note that Troquet relocated to a larger space in early 2017 in Boston’s Leather District; it’s no longer on Boylston Street.

Troquet is currently open for indoor dining, outdoor dining, takeout and delivery through Caviar, and delivery through Seated.

Closeup of an elegantly plated chicken dish with asparagus, mushrooms, and a brown sauce surrounding the chicken on a white plate.
A chicken dish at Troquet on South
Troquet on South/Official Site

Menton

Under the umbrella of “modern fine dining,” Barbara Lynch’s Menton is mostly French but also sort of Italian, but it’s French enough to make this map. Get the seared foie gras, and have a glass of wine while you’re at it.

Menton is currently open for indoor dining.

La Voile

Wooden board covered with pate, charcuterie, and a silver gravy boat full of small pickles
A paté plate from La Voile
La Voile/Official Site

This Cannes-inspired bistro offers great lunchtime snacks like chicken liver paté, which comes with onion confit, cornichons, and toast, as well as entrees like sole meunière and steak frites. There’s a Brookline location, too.

La Voile is currently open for indoor dining, outdoor dining, takeout through the restaurant, takeout and delivery through DoorDash, and delivery through Uber Eats.

Wooden board covered with pate, charcuterie, and a silver gravy boat full of small pickles
A paté plate from La Voile
La Voile/Official Site

Deuxave

Back Bay’s Deuxave is very suitable for special-occasion dining, and the crispy duck confit is hard to beat. Don’t miss the cocktail list, and definitely save room for dessert.

Deuxave is currently open for indoor dining, outdoor dining (its patios has heaters), and takeout (call the restaurant.)

Rochambeau

A plated cut of duck lightly topped with greens
Duck à l’orange at Rochambeau
Rochambeau [Official Photo]

Rochambeau is known for decadent brunches filled with oysters and other raw bar snacks (and bubbly). The brioche French toast and crepes are also worth ordering. The multi-level restaurant — located right by Eataly at the Prudential Center — also has an all-day cafe attached.

Rochambeau is currently open for indoor dining, outdoor dining, takeout (call the restaurant, curbside pickup available), and delivery.

A plated cut of duck lightly topped with greens
Duck à l’orange at Rochambeau
Rochambeau [Official Photo]

Mistral

Overhead view of two plump cinnamon buns smooshed next to each other in a black cast-iron rectangular pan.
Cinnamon buns at Mistral
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

This longstanding French-inspired restaurant in the South End offers excellent versions of classics like sole meunière, as well as fresh takes on other classics, like tuna tartare. Brunch is also popular (the pictured cinnamon buns are a must.)

Mistral is currently open for indoor dining, outdoor dining, takeout (with curbside pickup), and delivery. Call (617) 351-2618 for takeout and delivery orders.

Overhead view of two plump cinnamon buns smooshed next to each other in a black cast-iron rectangular pan.
Cinnamon buns at Mistral
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Aquitaine

A brunch spread, including an egg dish, waffle, and bloody mary, served on a table with a white tablecloth. One of the plates has the restaurant name, Aquitaine, printed along the edge.
Brunch at Aquitaine
Aquitaine/Official Site

From the aluminum bar top to the hexagonal black and white tiles to the big blackboard special menus to the crimson booths, Aquitaine looks the part of a Parisian brasserie. The steak frites are exceptional, which also helps.

Aquitaine is currently open for indoor dining, outdoor dining, and takeout and delivery through Caviar and DoorDash.

A brunch spread, including an egg dish, waffle, and bloody mary, served on a table with a white tablecloth. One of the plates has the restaurant name, Aquitaine, printed along the edge.
Brunch at Aquitaine
Aquitaine/Official Site

Frenchie

A whole roasted branzino in a pan, with a hand sprinkling salt over it, at Boston’s Frenchie
Branzino at Frenchie
Brian Samuels

A bit literal, don’t you think? By all means order the croque madame in all its runny yolk glory. For dinner? A whole branzino, perhaps. The Frenchie team also has a newer restaurant in Cambridge, Colette, that is equally worth checking out.

Frenchie is currently open for indoor dining, outdoor dining, and takeout and delivery through Caviar and DoorDash.

A whole roasted branzino in a pan, with a hand sprinkling salt over it, at Boston’s Frenchie
Branzino at Frenchie
Brian Samuels

Petit Robert Bistro

Exterior photo of a restaurant with a floor-to-ceiling window along the front. A red banner at the top has the restaurant’s name on it, Petit Robert Bistro.
Petit Robert Bistro
Petit Robert Bistro/Official Site

Petit Robert Bistro has been dishing out French food on Columbus Avenue for nearly 15 years now. Go full French and try the coq au vin.

Petit Robert is currently open for indoor dining, outdoor dining, takeout and delivery through Caviar, and delivery through Uber Eats.

Exterior photo of a restaurant with a floor-to-ceiling window along the front. A red banner at the top has the restaurant’s name on it, Petit Robert Bistro.
Petit Robert Bistro
Petit Robert Bistro/Official Site

Gaslight Brasserie du Coin

Overhead view of a table full of French food, desserts, and cocktails.
A spread of food at Gaslight
Gaslight/Official Site

Gaslight’s menu is vast and full of the French greatest hits, but the restaurant does fish best. Get the special, whatever it is, or get the pan-roasted cod.

Gaslight is currently open for indoor dining, outdoor dining, takeout and delivery through DoorDash, and delivery through Grubhub.

Overhead view of a table full of French food, desserts, and cocktails.
A spread of food at Gaslight
Gaslight/Official Site

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