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13 Best French Restaurants in Toronto

13 Best French Restaurants in Toronto

If you’re looking for an authentic taste of France, you’ll definitely want to hit up some of the best French restaurants in Toronto.

From Parisian-style bistros to elegant fine dining spots, you’ll find a variety of incredible French restaurants worth visiting in Toronto.

Here are some of the best French restaurants to eat at in Toronto, whether you’re craving garlicky escargots or decadent tartare!

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Le Select Bistro restaurant in Toronto, Canada

Le Sélect Bistro

Le Sélect Bistro is a gorgeous Parisian bistro in Toronto’s chic Fashion District, and they recently re-opened after closing during the pandemic.

They serve up classic French cuisine and an extensive wine list of over 1,000 bottles.

Enjoy dishes like their Escargots Bourguignons, Duck Confit, and Mille Feuille!

The restaurant itself is stunning, but they’ve also got a beautiful front patio during the summer months.

LOCATION: 432 Wellington St W, Toronto, ON

Jules Bistro

Jules is a super cute French bistro with locations in both Trinity Bellwoods and Leslieville.

Indulge in classics like Onion Soup, Escargot, or Steak Frites.

They’ve also got three types of delicious tartare: steak, salmon, or vegan mushroom!

Their Spécialités for 2 are perfect for date night, and you can choose between the Magret de Canard, Côte de Boeuf, or Rack of Lamb.

LOCATION: Various locations


Batifole is an intimate French bistro in Toronto’s Riverdale neighbourhood, and you’ll find authentic French dishes made using modern cooking techniques.

Enjoy delicious and unique dishes like their Cassolette d’Escargots, Cuisse de Canard Confite (with duck confit leg and duck breast), and Cassoulet Royal (with duck confit, pork sausage, and pork belly).

If you’re visiting during the summer, you’ve gotta check out their adorable patio!

LOCATION: 744 Gerrard St E, Toronto, ON

La Palette

This cozy and relaxed French bistro and wine bar on Queen West has been around for over two decades.

Order traditional French fare like Paté (house-made with wild boar) or Steak Tartare, or go for more modern dishes like their Surf and Turf featuring roasted bone marrow, bay scallops, pickled chillies, and toasted brioche.

They also serve up horse for tartare or frites, which you don’t often find at other Toronto restaurants!

LOCATION: 492 Queen St W, Toronto, ON

Le Baratin

Classic French staples with a modern twist are what you’ll find at Le Baratin, a cute and cozy spot on Dundas West.

All their sauces are made in-house using a veal-based stock, and you can enjoy heavenly dishes like their Escargots “Forestière” and their Jarret d’Agneau braisé (braised lamb shank in tomato broth).

Be sure to order a glass of wine from their extensive wine list, featuring wines from across France!

They’ve also got brunch on weekends, with a variety of French bistro classics, eggs bennies, and omelettes to choose from.

LOCATION: 1600 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON

Le Swan

This charming French diner on Queen West serves up a mix of French bistro eats alongside American comfort foods.

Go for traditional French bistro eats like Steak Tartare or Beef Bourguignon, or go for diner faves like Sloppy Joe or Meatloaf and Mash.

They’ve also got a wide variety of wines from France and beyond, and they’re open everyday for dinner.

You can find them right in the heart of the hip Trinity Bellwoods neighbourhood!

LOCATION: 892 Queen St W, Toronto, ON

Lemon Meringue Pie from Aloette in Toronto
The famous Lemon Meringue Pie from Aloette.


Aloette is the more casual outpost of the wildly popular Alo Restaurant, and you can find them by Queen & Spadina.

This neighbourhood bistro offers up delicious French-inspired dishes and their famous Lemon Meringue Pie.

Their dishes are perfect for sharing, with options like their Prawn Ceviche, ‘Nduja Stuffed Olives, and Beef Tartare.

The interior of the restaurant is absolutely stunning as well!

You can also visit their Aloette Go location in Liberty Village, which offers up a more simplified takeout menu of sandwich and salads.

LOCATION: 163 Spadina Ave, 1st Floor, Toronto, ON

Outdoor patio at Cluny Bistro in Toronto's Distillery District

Cluny Bistro & Boulangerie

Get a taste of modern French cuisine at the elegant Cluny Bistro, one of the cutest and best restaurants in Toronto’s Distillery District.

Enjoy traditional French bistro dishes like their classic Cluny French Onion Soup or their hearty Steak Frites, available with your choice of flat iron, tenderloin, or rib eye.

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I absolutely adore their stunning Parisian-style interior, and they’ve also got a really nice semi-enclosed outdoor patio that’s perfect for summer evenings.

Attached to the restaurant is a more casual café and boulangerie, where you’ll find coffee and freshly-baked pastries!

LOCATION: 35 Tank House Lane, Toronto, ON

Maison Selby Restaurant in Toronto

Maison Selby

Maison Selby serves up upscale French cuisine and craft cocktails in their gorgeous, century-old space.

Enjoy elevated French dishes like their Duck Liver Parfait with locally-sourced Brodflour baguette and their Steak Frites with your choice of flat iron or filet steak.

They also serve up brunch on the weekends, with unique dishes like Eggs Hemingway, French Onion Beef Chuck Burger, and Roasted Peach Waffle.

If you’re looking to enjoy a multi-course meal, you can also order their 5-course Chef’s tasting menu for $99 per person!

LOCATION: 592 Sherbourne St, Toronto, ON

Auberge du Pommier

Dine at this elegant and romantic restaurant in North York where you’ll find upscale French fare.

You’ll find classic French appetizers like Foie Gras and Tartare alongside entrées featuring Dungeness crab, lamb, or veal.

If you visit during the summer months, you’ve definitely gotta dine on their gorgeous patio!

LOCATION: 4150 Yonge St, North York, ON

La Banane

La Banane is a chic spot on Ossington serving up contemporary French cuisine.

Enjoy an extensive selection of fresh seafood dishes from their raw bar including East Coast Oysters, Nova Scotia Lobster, or Hokkaido Scallop.

You’ll also find plenty of inventive French-influenced dishes, like their Seared Foie Gras with roasted pineapple or their Eurobass-en-Croûte with yuzu beurre blanc.

Of course, you’ve also gotta pair your meal with a French wine from their extensive wine list!

LOCATION: 227 Ossington Ave, Toronto, ON

Café Boulud

Café Boulud is a French brasserie by Michelin Star Chef Daniel Boulud, and it’s located inside the Four Seasons Hotel in Yorkville.

They offer a seasonally-changing menu with a mix of bistro classics and contemporary dishes.

You’ll find elegant dishes like their Lobster Bagna Cauda with squid ink tagliatelle and their Octopus Coconut in red Thai curry sauce.

Order their tasting menu for $135 per person to try multiple dishes, and add wine pairings for an additional $75!

You can also enjoy their weekend brunch, and you can choose between two or three courses.

If you’re looking to do a romantic staycation in Toronto, you can stay at the Four Seasons Hotel for the night and enjoy the gorgeous Yorkville neighbourhood!

LOCATION: 60 Yorkville Ave, Toronto, ON


Alo has long been named as one of Toronto’s best restaurants, and they even earned one Michelin Star on the 2022 Toronto Michelin Guide.

This contemporary French restaurant serves up internationally-inspired, multi-course tasting menus using seasonal ingredients.

Their gorgeous restaurant is on the third floor of a heritage Victorian building, located just outside of Chinatown!

LOCATION: 163 Spadina Ave, 3rd Floor, Toronto, ON

Best French restaurants in Toronto:

  1. Le Sélect Bistro
  2. Jules Bistro
  3. Batifole
  4. La Palette
  5. Le Baratin
  6. Le Swan
  7. Aloette
  8. Cluny Bistro & Boulangerie
  9. Maison Selby
  10. Auberge du Pommier
  11. La Banane
  12. Café Boulud
  13. Alo

Whether you’re in the mood to hit up a traditional Parisian bistro or a more upscale fine dining spot, there are plenty of amazing French restaurants in Toronto you can try.

You’ll definitely enjoy hitting up one of these fantastic French restaurants in Toronto – bone-apple-teeth, my friends!

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