Here at the Atlanta Toulouse Sister City Committee, we love French food! You’ll see that many of our past and upcoming events are and will be accompanied by a luncheon at local French restaurants in Atlanta. We’re lucky to have great French cuisine in Atlanta, and some of the best French food in the South. In this post, we’re going to list our five favorite French restaurants in Atlanta; you’ll probably notice that we choose these, time and time again!
French Cuisine in Atlanta Is a Result of Our Shared Cultures
One of the reasons we have some of the most authentic, best french food here in Atlanta is because of our sister city relationship with Toulouse, France. The Atlanta Toulouse Sister City Committee has been facilitating this cultural boon since December 17, 1974, when Atlanta and Toulouse officially became sister cities. Since then, our exchange of culture, students, and citizens has introduced that “je ne sais quoi” that has given us more and more cultural diversity here in Atlanta.
Top 5 French Restaurants in Atlanta You Need to Visit
At La Petite Maison, you will be greeted with a fine dining experience and aromatic interior. Menu items like cheese plates, fine wines, pasta dishes with fish, and even escargot are sure to catch your eye and make your mouth water. Stephanie Jaouen-Spells owns this authentic French cuisine restaurant, a location that offers some of the best French food in the South. Lunch and dinner are served every day but Sunday. La Petite Maison is located at 6510 Roswell Rd NE in Sandy Springs, Atlanta.
4. Bistro Niko
“Bistro Niko is a true neighborhood restaurant where we welcome you warmly and serve satisfying foods that change with the seasons and define regional, comfort French cuisine. It is a casual bistro to enjoy the company of friends and family and relish one of the richest culinary heritages in the world, striking the balance between sophistication and comfort. Bon appétit!”
Bistro Niko is an authentic French comfort cuisine restaurant with a gorgeous bistro feel inside. They feature seasonal cooking, many delicious wines, stunning charcuterie, and an amazing selection of naturally gluten-free options. Bistro Niko is under the Buckhead Life Restaurant Group, a selection of well-maintained restaurants in Buckhead, Atlanta. You can find Bistro Niko, open every day but Monday, at 3344 Peachtree Road NE.
Opened in 1974 by Wolfgang Gropp, Petit Violette has been an Atlanta mainstay for almost fifty years. They cook delicious fine French food, making them one of the best French restaurants in Atlanta. This elegant, fine dining, French experience is loved by locals and tourists alike, and the service is superb. Petit Violette is known for their delicious, authentic sauces that elevate every dish on their menu. Petit Violette is located at 2948 Clairmont Rd NE right here in Brookhaven, Atlanta.
2. Le Bon Nosh
“Le Bon Nosh is a new culinary destination with an emphasis on community engagement, rich experiences and sharing simple, delicious food.”
-Le Bon Nosh
This bakery, cafe, and marketplace opened up recently as a statement for the foodie community. It is run by Fourough Vakili, an Iranian who studied French cuisine at Le Cordon Bleu Paris and worked at a Michelin star restaurant right in Brittany, France. Upon returning to the States, Vakili wanted to create a wine stop that focused on community and fine French food. You may remember Le Bon Nosh’s review in Atlanta Magazine; you can find this restaurant at 65 Irby Avenue NW Suite 103 here in Buckhead, Atlanta.
Cafe Lapin is a classic neighborhood bistro with a light and airy feel. The stunning pink interior of this restaurant is one of the reasons the ATSCC loves going to this restaurant after events in the area (like this event back in December, 2021). The food is delicious and includes French favorites like papillote, Caprese, escargot, and piccata. Cafe Lapin is located at 2341 Peachtree Rd here in Atlanta.
We hope you found this list as delightful as the food each of these French restaurants in Atlanta serves. Try these locations out on your next date, get-together, or night out on the town.