French restaurants might not dominate the British restaurant scene in quite the way they used to but every food lover in every town has their own favourite French bistro or brasserie. There is something irresistible about classic French cooking that means there is always a demand for restaurants that deliver an authentic taste of France. Thanks to 5pm, finding the best French restaurant in your area has never been easier.
Tracking down the finest French bistros and brasseries is simple with 5pm.co.uk. We list a massive selection of French eateries with all the information you need to know about them. If you want to know if they serve coq au vin or duck confit then check their sample menus. Just as useful are our readers’ reviews. Written by 5pm users who have eaten in the restaurants, they are packed with useful information. Whether you want to eat in the Cafe Des Amis in London or La Vallee Blanche in Glasgow, 5pm’s customer reviewers have been there already.
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French café and wine bar in Leith
An airy French café, bistro and wine bar on Commercial Street, Café Tartine is open for breakfast crepes right through to late nightcaps. The menus offer plenty of choice. There are lots of French classics such as onion soup, boeuf Bourguignon and confit duck leg. A popular option, especially when paired with an after work glass of wine, are the sharing platters of charcuterie, cheese, pâté and char grilled vegetables
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British, French, Mediterranean, Modern
Maison Bleue is a vibrant bistro on Victoria Street in Edinburgh’s Old Town serving French, North African, Asian and traditional Scottish cuisine. The historic blue building has been a local dining fixture since 1998. Inside, you will find an eclectic interior of 15th century archways, victorian stairways and hidden corners, which mirrors the variety of the menu.
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Maison Bleue Le Bistrot is the sister restaurant of the iconic Victoria Street Maison Bleue. Although the bistro aims to bring a touch of authentic Parisian cafe culture to Morningside, the menu is also delightfully eclectic with various Scottish and global influences.
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European, French, Mediterranean
Le Petit Cochon is a wine bar and bistro in Glasgow’s hip Finnieston. Soft lighting, candles, fairy lights and exposed brick walls create a cosy and welcoming space. The restaurant serves European dishes, brunch and small plates. Its wine bar boasts an extensive selection and recommended pairings can be advised to be served alongside the dishes.
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European, French, Modern
Le Bistrot is a French restaurant just off Edinburgh’s Royal Mile. Housed in the same building as the French Consulate and Insitut Français Ecosse, it brings an authentic taste of home to French nationals living in Scotland. The restaurant’s interior mimics the chic bistros of Paris, with a wide airy space, exposed brick wall and small bistro style tables.
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Offer: A la carte available
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British, French, Mediterranean, Modern
Offer: £11.50 for 2 courses on formule lunch menu + tea or coffee
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Hotel du Vin Bistro is a classic French bistro on The Scores in St Andrews. Flooded with natural light, the cosy bistro features dark, reclaimed floors, restored fireplaces and beautiful chandeliers. As the du Vin in the name suggests, this bistro offers a splendid selection of wines from around the world and the hotel’s friendly and highly trained sommelier is more than happy to guide guests around the list.
Offer: a la carte availability
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French, Scottish, Modern
h3. Modern European cooking in Edinburgh city centre
Part of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society, The Dining Room at 28 Queen Street serves some of the capital's finest food. Situated on the first floor of the Society's townhouse, the elegant dining room enjoys views over Queen Street Gardens and the New Town. Along with spacious Georgian proportions, The Dining Room features bold contemporary furniture and striking, whisky-themed
art. Private dining rooms, a Charles Heidsieck Champagne table and the superb range of single cask whisky in the ground floor Kaleidoscope Bar add to the appeal.
Offer: £37.50 for 2 courses on a la carte menu
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French, Mediterranean, Bistros & Brasseries
Since opening in 1975, La Bonne Auberge in Glasgow’s city centre has been a popular spot for fans of French and Mediterranean style food. Proud holder of an AA Rosette, La Bonne Auberge has pleased generations of Glasgow diners, especially pre-show visitors to the nearby theatre district.
Offer: £49.95 2 person offer - 3 courses each on prix fixe menu + bottle of wine to share
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The latest addition to Edinburgh's family of l'escargot restaurants, bar à vin is an authentic French wine bar on Queensferry Street. With walls covered in vintage French drink adverts and old pastis bottle lights hanging from the ceiling, bar à vin is a quirky spot for lunch, an after work glass of wine with nibbles or a leisurely get together with friends over a couple of bottles and a generous platter of charcuterie.
Offer: £12.50 for cheese fondue + glass of Riesling wine
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