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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Homestead Inn is a fabulously romantic boutique hotel, and the on-site French restaurant takes the romance even further. This four-star restaurant is owned and run by Chef Thomas Henkelmann who has earned numerous awards for his French, German, and Swiss cooking. The menu features grilled Atlantic salmon, Maine lobster, and more delectable dishes.
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.
La Petit Café serves simple, elegant dishes created by the owner, Roy Ip, a French-trained chef from Hong Kong. The menu consists of a four-course prix fixe dinner menu with a choice of appetizer, first course, second course, and third course. Delicious dishes include duck leg confit, five spice duck breast, and Alaskan halibut.
Owned by a husband-wife team, Bernard’s is a swanky, romantic restaurant that aims to use locally grown produce, including produce grown in the owners’ own garden. The dinner menu features flavorful fresh options like asparagus soup, oysters, filet of grouper, and steak. The extensive wine list at Bernard’s is award winning and meant to perfectly complement any meal.
Inspired by French bistros with outdoor dining space, Versailles does its best to re-create this in Connecticut. Wicker chairs line the sidewalk and patio in the summer months, so guests can enjoy delicious food and drinks while people-watching. For breakfast, enjoy freshly baked croissants, Danishes, turnovers, or a savory quiche. Served from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays, their delicious lunch has stand-out favorites like crab avocado salad, croque monsier, croque madame, and more.
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.