8 Best French Restaurants in Connecticut!

Known for vast stretches of luxurious beaches, lavender fields, and breathtaking art museums, France is a magnificent getaway—especially for foodies. But when a trip to France isn’t on the horizon, an authentic French restaurant can transport you there without the flight. Connecticut boasts some particularly amazing French restaurants that serve regional specialties and traditional menus with a twist. Dine at one of Connecticut’s romantic French restaurants tonight. Bon appetit!

Union League Café, New Haven, CT

With the same owner and executive chef, Jean Pierre Vuillermet, you know the chef has to be very, very talented. Each bite of their entrecote béarnaise or seared scallops in the stunning Old World atmosphere, complete with high ceilings and warm décor, will ignite your romantic evening. 

Bar Bouchee, Madison, CT

The attention to detail at this lovely restaurant and bistro are obvious in their relaxing bar area which features a zinc bar table imported directly from France, making the bar area feel exotic yet inviting. Within this authentic establishment, you can dine on lighter fare such as a charcuterie board with only the best meats, escargot cooked in butter, and fresh mussels with white wine. Larger dishes feature pan roasted lemon chicken, seared scallops, and croque monsieur. 

Avert Brasserie, West Hartford, CT

Using high-quality, locally sourced ingredients, the owners and chefs at Avert recreate masterful French comfort food with a modern interpretation. On the menu you’ll find charcuterie plates, escargots, moules frites, and beef bourguignon. Serving brunch, lunch, dinner, and dessert, Avert has you covered for French food cravings at any time.

RSVP, West Cornwall, CT

This unique French restaurant is an intimate affair with only two staff—the head chef and the co-owner who greets and serves the guests. Guests are served a set five-course menu focused on beautiful French food. While the menu changes frequently, diners might expect to savor soup, followed by a poultry course, seafood course, meat course, and dessert. Do note that this is a fine BYOB establishment that doesn’t have a corkage fee.

Luc’s Café, Ridgefield, CT

Whether you opt to dine indoors or on their terrace, Luc’s Café inspires Old World charm. The menu features a wide array of healthy, hearty salads, delicious soups and lighter plates, as well as entrees. Traditional options abound but a few of the favorites are jambon beurre cornich, croque madame, and steak tartare. 

L'escale Restaurant, Greenwich, CT

L'escale Restaurant is the spot for remarkable dining! Step off the Gold Coast of Connecticut and into the warmth and charm of Provence with two-hundred-year-old stone terra cotta tiles and a wood-burning fireplace. Enjoy seasonal Mediterranean cuisine and be transported to another world!

Bistro V, Greenwich, CT

Inspired by French restaurants with outdoor dining space, Bistro V does its best to re-create this in Connecticut. Wicker chairs line the sidewalk and patio in the summer, so guests can enjoy delicious food and drinks while people-watching. Enjoy freshly baked croissants, Danishes, turnovers, or a savory quiche for breakfast. Served from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays, their delicious lunch has stand-out favorites like crab avocado salad, croque monsieur, croque madame, and more.

Isabelle et Vincent, Fairfield, CT

What would a list of delicious French restaurants be without a perfect French patisserie? Isabelle et Vincent serve Connecticut residents high quality French pastries such as macarons, croissants, baguettes, and more. They also do special orders for items such as French wedding cakes.

This text was created by the author with the assistance of GPT-3, a large-scale language generation model developed by OpenAI. The author reviewed, edited, and revised the draft language to their satisfaction and is fully responsible for the content of this publication.

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