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 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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French, Seafood, Modern
Creme de la Creme is a modern bistro serving up fresh, quality, locally sourced dishes with a French twist. As well as hearty mains, you can also drop by for a coffee, elegant patisserie cake, ice cream or even freshly made lolly. The stripped brickwork and simple decor is a blend of industrial chic and cheerfully rustic, with leather sofas and a fireplace adding to the cosiness. In short, Creme de la Creme would be equally suited to a casual meal or a gossipy catch-up over macaroons. Please note that the restaurant is BYOB.
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British, French, Mediterranean, Modern
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Offer: 25% discount on a la carte menu
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French, Seafood, Modern
Offer: £15 for 2 courses on main menu + tea or coffee
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The sister restaurant to L’Escargot Bleu on Broughton Street, L’Escargot Blanc is an atmospheric French bistro on Queensferry Street in Edinburgh’s West End. Vintage French posters and monochrome photos give it a dash of Parisian chic while the food is simple but packed with flavour and very carefully sourced. Many would say that the two L’Escargot restaurants are among the most authentic French restaurants in Edinburgh.
Offer: £14.90 for 2 courses on daily specials board
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French, Bistros & Brasseries
Serving classic French dishes, the Bistro at Hotel du Vin is tucked away off Bristo Place in Edinburgh’s atmospheric Old Town. It is a cosy, welcoming space with restored fireplaces, reclaimed floorboards and lots of wine merchant memorabilia.
Service is polished but informal and the sommelier is always happy to advise anyone in need of a little friendly guidance around the 200 plus bin list. The Bistro's courtyard - complete with cigar bothy and heaters - is a hidden gem which is well worth seeking out in the sunnier months.
Offer: A la carte available
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Located on St Vincent Place, Atlantic Bar and Brasserie is a French restaurant on the lower ground floor, underneath sister restaurant The Anchor Line. Inspired by an early Glasgow pop-up restaurant which was built for the Empire Exhibition of 1938, Atlantic offers a contemporary French brasserie and bar in a sophisticated and glamorous vintage setting.
Offer: £16.95 for 2 courses on set menu
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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: £22.50 for classic afternoon tea
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